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Updated December 4, 2017
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  • All the red tape can hinder research (in 28 reviews)

  • Long hours sometimes if you need to run a longer experiment (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "I loved working at NIH"

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    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No grant writing, ubiquitous funding, interesting seminars, endless resources. Best place in the world.

    Cons

    The hiring freeze was frustrating but not the fault of anyone at NIH


  2. "Project Officer"

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, safe, community friendly, minimum pressure to produce.

    Cons

    traffic, no office, lack of privacy,

  3. Helpful (1)

    "DIscrimination, Nepotism, Incompetent managers, time fraud"

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    Current Employee - IT PM in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - IT PM in Bethesda, MD
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been with Office of Research facilities, NIH for few years. The mission is noble and there are many opportunities to make a difference to contribute to NIH mission.

    Cons

    While there are many opportunities to contribute to make a difference, there are equally number of old school employees and managers who are stuck in their positions and don't allow progress. There is no fair opportunity for job growth based on qualifications. Managers engage in discrimination and retaliation against their employees. Some employees engage time in fraud where they don't even show up to work while others abuse telework by doing little to nothing when working from home. There are positions that are designed to park FTE's until they decide to retire. They have no responsibilities other than to collect paychecks. This costs government and ORF millions of dollars. Overall environment is very toxic and management is well aware of problems but unwilling to do anything to enforce existing policies or provide oversight. They follow basic unwritten policy of no news is good news and look the other way. Some managers cheat, copy ideas, and get credit for work performed by their employees. Some even copy entire email text written by someone else and forward it up the chain as their own hence stealing ideas and getting credit for something they did not contribute. One manager told me once, if you have ideas go somewhere else. We don't care about ideas here at (ORF)

    Advice to Management

    Honesty is the best policy. Organization must identify non-performing managers and demote them. They need to establish random audits of divisions and branches to identify problem spots and make management changes or staff changes to make program more efficient. Don't allow managers to pass their responsibilities to contractors by putting together contracts to run entire branch and allow FTE's to stay under radar at minimum performance levels. At minimum identify high performing employees and credit ideas. Identify hardworking employees without depending on Chain of Command since sometimes is non-performing. Perhaps allow peers to nominate individuals for recognition.

    Don't allow hiring decisions by unqualified selecting officials. In other words selecting officials must be qualified and have experience doing the work for which selecting officials is interviewing candidates. Otherwise basis for hiring becomes popularity contest where mostly minorities lose.


  4. "Project Management"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegiality, location, Director, mission, and opportunities, available educational growth and support.

    Cons

    NIAID in transition, vision is unclear, and staff departures are growing as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Call an All-hands brown bag meeting, explain the vision for the future. Quell the discomfort.


  5. "Great place to work for a college kid!"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with really, really smart people who love what they do and love working where they work AND who have a sense of being there to help humanity. Loved working there.

    Cons

    Parking. Low pay considering what I could have made in the open market. Sometimes long hours. Honestly it was not something I feel unhappy about at all - I would have stayed there forever if I hadn't had to go back to school.

    Advice to Management

    Be really really really really really nice to your employees. My immediate bosses were great, but I didn't get the sense that every level of management was willing to go to bat for their employees.


  6. "NIH is a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to grow in a profession
    Great team atmosphere

    Cons

    There are none to note as it is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  7. "Great experience, but be prepared to work hard for very little remuneration"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment conducive to great research. A lot of exposure to great science: world-class researchers frequently invited to give seminars at NIH.

    Cons

    Low pay. Inadequate daycare facilities. All the red tape can hinder research. Some PIs can be very pushy and leading to an overly pressurizing environment.

    Advice to Management

    More oversight in terms of the way PIs treat their postdocs

  8. "Best work life balance in federal government"

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    Former Employee - Health Science Policy Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Health Science Policy Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning about the best and latest biomedical research

    Cons

    Hierarchical - very much like academia.

    Advice to Management

    Provide outlets for the creative spirit of your employees


  9. "Great place for biomedical research"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place for biomedical research. You can find all kinds of resources and collaboration within NIH.

    Cons

    It's a federal government lab. The style is a bit slow and conservative.


  10. "Extramural Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Extramural Support Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Extramural Support Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location to work! Great People!

    Cons

    Need to move up more.


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