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Updated April 26, 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. "Excellent for training; not so much for career growth"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Excellent for Training; not so much for career growth. Depending on the institute, and the manager or Principal Investigator, it can be nurturing and good for work/life balance. Science innovation and cutting edge research are invaluable. Core facilities are great in general but not so well managed some times.

    Cons

    Career growth possibilities are very limited; government jobs are hard to find and HR personnel to screen for candidates, depending on the job application, is not always professional or qualified. Culture and values way too insular, managers not so in touch with career growth possibilities of needs of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucracy and HR empowerment and abuse; more professionalism and respect for scientists. Avoid managers with benign neglect attitude.


  2. "CRTA fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRTA Postdoctoral Fellow in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - CRTA Postdoctoral Fellow in Frederick, MD
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health benefits, salary, core labs

    Cons

    Mentoring, temporary, no scope to advance at NIH

    Advice to Management

    Create new positions for teaching fellows and administrative fellows. Offer better mentoring opportunities and opportunities to spend time at different laboratories to acquire different skill sets.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Great place to start a career"

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    Former Contractor - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Former Contractor - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NIH as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had a position in the NIH Post-Bac program. This program gave me an opportunity to refine my skills in the lab while continuing to find the appropriate path forward in my career. There were a lot of career fairs and other career coaching opportunities, mostly geared towards the PhD and MD paths however. Not much coaching towards the transition to the business side of life sciences - this may have changed in recent years.

    Cons

    This is a 1-2 year program. There are not really any opportunities for upwards promotion at the NIH after the program. Candidates are well attuned to this fact and realize the Post-Bac program is solely geared towards the next step, after NIH.


  6. "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.


  7. "The grants management position at NIH is highly administrative."

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    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    Job stability. It's a government job with benefits, so that is always a pro. The idea of working for the NIH was very cool, but as a grants management specialist you are not connected.

    Cons

    Highly administrative. The grants management position will feel like you are just checking boxes and pushing buttons. It's just about getting your grants out.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management. There is really nothing they can do, the job itself is just administrative.


  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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.


  11. "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


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