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Updated Oct 12, 2019

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NIH CEO Francis S. Collins
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  • "A moins de vouloir devenir PI, en lien avec la clinique, c'est un institut de passage pour les postdocs(in 39 reviews)

  • "There is lots of red tape and bureaucracy(in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
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    "Great place to work, but the usual gov't caveats"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Rockville, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    NIH is a stimulating and purpose-driven place to work. The vast majority of staff are highly committed to the mission of "turning discovery into health." There are so many interesting educational opportunities -- every day there are lectures and events. There are good employee resources as well. We utilize NIH daycare (POPI, which is *excellent*) and when my son was tiny I was able to receive lactation support... in my building. There is a gym in my building that offers fitness classes, and every year they give flu shots free of charge to employees. The work itself varies a lot; for me this is a positive thing. I get to read about so many interesting scientific projects and interact with researchers around the country who are just as committed to the mission of doing health research as people on campus. It's truly a great place to work. In addition, NIH takes diversity/equity/inclusion and harassment seriously, and they have a fair system in place for giving out raises/bonuses/promotions.

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    Cons

    NIH is a part of the Federal government, and this means Feds and contractors are subject to shutdowns, pay freezes, etc. In addition, issues with budget can make it hard to effectively move the mission forward. Pay is fair but most higher-level employees could be making more in the private sector. Benefits are good but there are a few caveats to this. The biggest one for me is that there is ZERO parental... leave. This is true of all government agencies but it was something I wasn't aware of starting out. Unpaid FMLA is OK and people can donate their vacation time to you, but overall you are pretty much on your own if you have a child. Other issues with working in government include the Hatch Act which limits the types of things Federal employees can say/do during an election.

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    Advice to Management

    Understandably, most of management's hands are tied with regard to resolving the biggest issues. So I guess I would say keep doing your good work but if Congress asks, make sure to vote for salary increases and parental leave for employees :)

    NIH2019-03-18
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Rockville, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Job stability, ability to try different jobs (detail)

    Cons

    Slow to change, everything is approved by higher ups (sometimes outside of NIH)

    NIH2019-10-12
  3. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at NIH full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NIH is a worldwide scientific "meca".

    Cons

    Too much paperwork for everything, huge bureaucratic burden and bad administration.

    NIH2019-10-11
  4. "entirely institute dependent"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Fellow 

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    NIH as a whole has a great culture, lovely campus, and good benefits, and I hear from other fellows in other training programs how happy they are

    Cons

    Certain institutes can have very toxic cultures toward trainees

    NIH2019-10-09
  5. "Great place to post doc"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow 

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    High impact research, excellent funding

    Cons

    Little to no benefits, few grant writing opportunities

    NIH2019-10-08
  6. "NIH funded postdoctoral position have set salaries"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

    I have been working at NIH full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You don't have to negotiate with the people who employ you.

    Cons

    You can't negotiate for a higher salary.

    NIH2019-09-06
  7. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Postbacccalaureate Fellow 

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Great experience and flexible hours

    Cons

    Long commute if you don’t live near MD

    NIH2019-09-19
  8. "Great place to work, great culture"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work. Your surrounded some of the most brilliant doctors and researchers in the world in the world.No other company in the world can say they have a more important mission. The research done at NIH has literally saved millions of lives over the last 50 years.

    Cons

    Regulations, it's government, but I love being a public servant.

    NIH2019-09-17
  9. "Love this place"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow 
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Great science, great people.

    Cons

    limited upward mobility for junior scientists

    NIH2019-08-27
  10. "Great chance to get experience"

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    Current Employee - Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellow 

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    will receive good experience for graduate/ medical school

    Cons

    some labs are run much better than others

    NIH2019-08-22
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