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Updated November 15, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

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    "Wonderful environment for cutting-edge scientific enterprise"

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    Current Employee - Ph D Biologist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Ph D Biologist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collegiality and sense of common public wellness permeates a scientific environment where virtually everything is possible!
    Opportunities for growth are abundant, you just need to work hard and look around if you feel the need of challenging yourself to grow.
    Principal Investigators are professionally trained to guide students and trainees to best school applications, or writing supportive reference letters that open doors to postdoctoral fellows all across the globe!
    Research is collaborative and extremely well-supported and professionally oriented to accommodate career developments of all kinds.
    Core facilities are comprehensively available, no budget restrictions for using them, there are always possibilities of collaborations.
    NIH in general is a welcoming, internationally diverse, and protective environment for science.
    I just got back as a contractor and feel like I should have never left to anywhere else.
    NIH is a beacon of hope for excellence in biomedical research, and seems to withstand the damaging US government political scenario nowadays that is affecting other agencies very negatively (such as FDA< EPA, etc.). There seems to be a heroic resistance in NIH to still provide the best unbiased approach in scientific research and enterprise.

    Cons

    As a Federal Agency, NIH is unfortunately subjected to some fluctuations in budget that may cause concerns, from temporary government shutdowns to labs closing out of funds (rarely happened).
    Research pace can sometimes be slow, depending on the lab where people work. To get things done, a lot of politics and pleasing administrative staff are required (supporting administrative staff are not necessarily in sync with research needs and may work in their own pace).

    Advice to Management

    Just keep maintaining the excellence and the excitement of cutting edge science and feeding the hope that we all deposit in this extremely important agency of research for our country, regardless the attempts of this current administration to dismiss everything that is public and good in this country.


  2. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Full funding and accessible resources

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in FTE ranking system

  3. "Collaborative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Many core facilities to help move your research forward

    Cons

    Can be difficult to go between Frederick and Bethesda for events or collaborations


  4. "One of the Better Fedeal Agencies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Mission is as good as gets, Science focused, less buracratic than other agencies

    Cons

    Gov pace is slow, promotions slow, occasionally poor performing federal workers hard to get rid of.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting rid of the bad apples


  5. "Chief Information officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Insurance, and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Non competitive salary compared to industry.


  6. "Postdoc Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Great research facilities, great postdoc pay

    Cons

    small town in Hamilton, MT


  7. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Health Insurance and flexible time

    Cons

    temporary work status and so on

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant at NIH"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of Resources
    -Many great connections
    -Cutting-edge research

    Cons

    -Hard work for the pay at lower levels


  9. "Magnificent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Educational, Innovative, Challenging, Refreshing, Rewarding , Assertive

    Cons

    Only Contractual work
    No seniority

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  10. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, cutting-edge technologies, continuos fundings to do research.

    Cons

    Little exposure to grant writing, location (Baltimore) is not safe,


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