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NIH CEO Francis S. Collins
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  • "Government red tape: congress, annual funding fights(in 33 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to similar positions in the private sector(in 20 reviews)

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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more 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...

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    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...

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    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. "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 4 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...

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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....

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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 :)

  3. "NIH is one of the best places for employment in the federal government."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    It takes very good care of its imployees

    Cons

    Really none to speak of.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide a stimulating environment.

  4. "Recommend to others"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

    I worked at NIH full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    work life balance, networking opportunities

    Cons

    temporary, long hours, low pay

  5. "Good transition place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    great health insurance, decent pay, enough funding for research

    Cons

    bureaucracy, everything is slow, hard to transfer to H visa

  6. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Java Developer in Rockville, MD
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    I worked at NIH full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good People to work with, very friendly environment

    Cons

    Work life balance in times is compromised

  7. "Overall Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at NIH full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    resources are great and plenty

    Cons

    very slow paced and can not do your work independent of others

  8. "Good postbac program"

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    Former Employee - IRTA Postbac Fellow in Bethesda, MD
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    I worked at NIH full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    By spending two years here I was able to find a good direction to go for grad school. Getting into a good lab is so critical, and I was fortunate to have a supportive mentor and PI.

    Cons

    A few collaborators that I worked with in other labs were real nasty. Almost ruined my whole experience at the NIH.

  9. "Great place for researchers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The NIH offers lots of training opportunities to help improve yourselves.

    Cons

    Paper works are complicated.

  10. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - very good regarding imigration issues

    Cons

    - considering possession of PhD, severely underpaid

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