NIH Reviews

Updated May 17, 2022

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NIH NIH Director Francis S. Collins
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  • "Low pay and can be boring(in 68 reviews)
  • "The salaries are low and essentially non(in 48 reviews)
  • "Very little recourse for bad management.(in 16 reviews)
  • "Too much bureaucracy too many people doing nothing.(in 10 reviews)
  • "'Bad' Departments has poor leadership, micromanage and terrible behaviors unbecoming of what a manager should be.(in 6 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great

    May 16, 2022 - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Unlimited funding and good location

    Cons

    Didn't think about it yet

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Science is replaced by Politics

    May 17, 2022 - Program Officer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    challenging, hot science, working with smart people

    Cons

    Science is being replaced by Politics. No work/life balance. Benefits are not available to all. Lengthy and not transparent hiring process.

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  3. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great place to work

    May 10, 2022 - IT Specialist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place to work i liked working at this place

    Cons

    i dont have any cons for NIH

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Opportunity to work at a company with a worthy cause

    Mar 29, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - You are helping others - Great Salary and Benefits - Some really nice people to work for and with - Feels like campus life. Plenty of opportunities to move up if you get with the right department.

    Cons

    - If you end up with the wrong department, things can go left quickly - Unfortunately with these "bad" departments no room for growth - "Bad" Departments has poor leadership, micromanage and terrible behaviors unbecoming of what a manager should be. Strongly recommend doing your research prior to saying yes to a job/find out what institute or department prior to.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good position

    May 6, 2022 - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Higher salary than academia for postdoc. Great support by the staff.

    Cons

    Promotion to a full position are rare

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    career growth

    May 7, 2022 - Graduate Student Researcher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    excellent mentorship, great resources, good benefits

    Cons

    salaried employee, federal paperwork, often slow process

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Overall good opportunities, very lab dependent

    Apr 26, 2022 - Postbaccalaureate IRTA in Baltimore, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good option for recent grads interested in graduate school or medical school. Many people get publications or to present at conferences. Good CV builder.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low-- on par with a grad school stipend (27-31K depending on experience). Experiences vary widely lab to lab and there isn't a good system in place to prevent abuse of power. Some IRTAs are made to work late nights and evenings and have very little opportunity for professional development, others are able to manage projects independently and get publications. Make sure to talk to current lab members before joining a lab and look for "red flags"

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    gREAT experience

    May 6, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    my team members were great. Also has amazing benefits

    Cons

    I didn't experience any cons

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good job overall

    May 15, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A prestigious job that has a lot of connections

    Cons

    The workload is too much for such little pay.

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Great work life balance

    May 11, 2022 - Program Director in Rockville, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexibility and work life balance were excellent. 40 hours/week no weekends. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salary lower than industry. Work could be boring and tedious. Limited opportunities for advancement. Need an MD degree to run most divisions.

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NIH has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5, based on over 1,919 reviews left anonymously by employees. 91% of employees would recommend working at NIH to a friend and 80% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, NIH employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.0 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at NIH. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

91% of NIH employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated NIH 4.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.2 for culture and values and 4.2 for career opportunities.

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