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NIH Bethesda Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Relaxed environment (better work-life balance than universities) (in 27 reviews)

  • Great place for those interest in the biomedical sciences to gain exposure before committing to future careers (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • Government red tape is a challenge (in 26 reviews)

  • With the Post-doc salary provided you'll end up living in a basement or sharing an apartment with someone else (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Nurse Practitioner NIH"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Family Nurse Practitioner in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Family Nurse Practitioner in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating work with many opportunities for learning.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement beyond GS 13.


  2. "Lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great funding
    No Grant writing
    Ample opportunities to collaborate

    Cons

    Massive red tape
    Lots of obstructionism
    Insane bureaucratic burden

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing management can do. The government is just a complicated mess, but it's still one of the best places to do science.


  3. "Senior Molecular Biologist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Molecular Biologist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Molecular Biologist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with cutting edge science (Systems Immunology, High Throughput Genomics, big data)

    Cons

    Chances of growing are limited; chances of independent career are limited


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  5. "Great place for research"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible, very great place for research, facilities are great!

    Cons

    fellow has time limitation; a lot of paperwork


  6. "Post-doctoral Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great place to be trained at forefront of science and do cutting edge research.
    - Great OITE (Office of Intramural Training and Education) - trainees must get involved with them as soon as possible. They provide valuable career advice that one will not find working in the lab while only doing research.

    Cons

    - A lot depends on the PI whose lab you are in. One has to be selective in choosing a mentor and a lab. There are labs where one can thrive and there are labs where one can waste its time and efforts due to PI's poor mentorship skills.
    - Although it is a great place to be innovative and develop new ideas, there are a lot of obstacles and too much politics involved for post-docs to patent their inventions.

    Advice to Management

    Retire/replace unproductive PIs and increase the pool of staff scientist and researches. It is great to train top-notch research specialists. Yet, it would be wise to keep best expertise allowing them to continue contributing to developing science. There are many well trained and productive post-docs who could and want at this time point of their career continue to make significant contributions; yet they have to leave and start building their careers in different directions. The lab hires new post-docs and needs to invest 2-3 years (time and funding) to get those individuals to the adequate scientific level expecting them to contribute to science for several years and leave. This is great enterprise model to train people in large numbers, but very weak approach to finding solutions for scientific problems. NIH could do much better in those two directions, training and science leadership.


  7. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, lots of meetings and seminars for growth, great mission, interesting and inspiring coworkers, metro stop on campus

    Cons

    Traffic around campus can get bad, parking is tight


  8. "postdoc"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    a lot of great training courses

    Cons

    limited travel funds for postdocs


  9. "NIH Laboratory Technician"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Positive, encouraging work environment. Plenty of opportunity for growth and promotion.

    Cons

    Salary for cost of living in DC is not the best.


  10. "Great learning experiences with the top scientists in their fields"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse III in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse III in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always being on the forefront of medical research allows for growth with cutting edge knowledge. Great resources available to pursue fields of interest

    Cons

    It is a large organization with a structured hierarchical system and many components are necessary to work together for success.


  11. "Postdoc opportunities everywhere, jobs...not so much."

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by some of the best researchers in the world with a huge budget.

    Cons

    Dry government workers everywhere. You have to deal with so much red tape and federal employees who have worked here way too long and don't care about their jobs anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring staff scientists again. They are the backbone of continuity in science.


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