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Updated May 21, 2018
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  • Lots of bureaucracy and red tape to navigate (in 29 reviews)

  • Long hours sometimes if you need to run a longer experiment (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Microbiologist - Staff Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Microbiologist - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Microbiologist - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very efficient, accurate and up to dates.

    Cons

    It is hard for a new job seekers to recognize your website.

    Advice to Management

    More advertising on the web browser.


  2. "Slow but secure"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intramural fund make the place more secure.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is excessive and overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy. It doesn't save money.

  3. "So far an amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant minds all around and incentives to be creative and pursue different research. Practically, within NIH you can find every collaboration you need to help advance your science

    Cons

    It's a government agency so a lot of bureaucracy is needed for everything you do and I believe you need more care with your conduct than in other places

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, the more organized the better the outcomes.


  4. "IRTA postbac fellow"

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

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    - An incredible research environment
    - Many career development opportunities
    - Opportunities to collaborate and expand horizon
    - Great health insurance

    Cons

    - Low pay
    - Work/life balance, career development, etc. highly dependent on lab
    - Vision insurance mediocre


  5. "postdoctoral research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Five years of stability with no worries

    Cons

    Principal Investigators do not care about your project since they have their position secure


  6. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources on campus, access to equipment
    Many seminars on different scientific topics
    Career panels and workshops from OITE

    Cons

    PIs sometimes not as engaged after tenure (since they don't need to write grants), and level of scientific and mentorship support can be disappointing

    Less social connection among the postdoc population, as there are no social events sponsored by NIH due to government regulations

    Less exposure to grant writing

    Limit to 5 years, which is often insufficient when applying for academic jobs

    Advice to Management

    Implement exit surveys to give fellows a chance to evaluate their experience here


  7. "Chemist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Federal holidays, benefits, and positive challenges

    Cons

    Management did not know what they were doing

    Advice to Management

    Hire better leadership

  8. "Great job after B.S."

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    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great job with lots of benefits depending on the lab you work in.

    Cons

    Can be a little stressful and demanding but that comes with the territory.


  9. "Ehn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Flexible start and end times

    Cons

    Not worth spending my time writing out


  10. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    -lots of great minds
    -experts abound

    Cons

    -federal holidays
    -takes time to process orders


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