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Updated January 21, 2019
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  • "Lots of bureaucracy and red tape to navigate" (in 32 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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great, Collaborative Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Constant flow of interns who bring new ideas and creativity
    Ingenious leadership
    Great community
    Not very transient- make lifelong friendships

    Cons

    Pay is lower than private industry (however, the work is rewarding and the insurance is great)

  3. "Great Research Experience Here at NIH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    a lot of very talented and intelligent people

    Cons

    low salary, but good experience


  4. "Great Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, location, and the people

    Cons

    Demanding work and education personalities can be conflicting.


  5. "don't work here,."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    government job as well as a top notch respected and trusted employeer

    Cons

    management is only the people who know somebody to get that position

    Advice to Management

    HIRE OTHERS.


  6. "HSA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good opportunities for training and professional development

    Cons

    Very competitive environment. Employees tend to have low morale despite the altruistic mission and nature of work.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  7. "poor managed resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited money
    Multiple collaborations
    federal benefits and holidays

    Cons

    poor managing
    poor mentoring
    no life

  8. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Great diversity in this place

    Cons

    Cost of living of the area


  9. "Wonderful Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The NIH mission is incredible and has far-reaching impact on human health and life in the US and worldwide. In my office, I have supportive colleagues and leadership, great work-life balance, good benefits, ample training opportunities, and challenging, meaningful work. Many people who leave NIH for other opportunities actually come back due to its unique environment. Many employees have worked at the agency for decades or even their entire careers.

    Cons

    NIH leadership can be very political and non-transparent, and being a federal agency, there is typical bureaucratic red tape. Also, poorly-performing employees are not always held accountable because management doesn't want to make time to deal with them.

    Advice to Management

    We recognize that you have high-stress jobs. Try to be as genuine and kind as possible when you need to make tough decisions. Employees recognize, appreciate, and support managers who lead by example and with integrity.


  10. "Management Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, nice mission, intellectually stimulating

    Cons

    I do not have an cons

    Advice to Management

    None