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Updated February 18, 2018
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  • All the red tape can hinder research (in 28 reviews)

  • Long hours sometimes if you need to run a longer experiment (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great postdoc experience"

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    There is a ton of money for your research, decent health insurance, and access to resources including training seminars, classes, and facilities.

    Cons

    Your experience is mentor specific. Job offers after your postdoc are extremely rare.


  2. "NIAID is a GREAT place to work!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, world renown scientists, lectures available to attend, offer training, great work/life balance!

    Cons

    Competitive to get into NIAID/NIH

  3. "HR Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH part-time

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance
    Amazing People
    Great Work Environment

    Cons

    Sometimes not challenging enough

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to get interns more engaged


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Summer Research Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Summer Research Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with smart scientists and engineers. I was an intern so I didn't have the experience of a full-time worker but I enjoyed my time at the NIH Bioethics department. The team is friendly, welcoming, and encourage learning/academic development for their interns. Everyone is willing to help and guide you, if you are an intern. The cafeteria has great options.

    Cons

    No cons coming from an intern's perspective.


  5. "Clinical Research Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse in Bethesda, MD
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Sciencific advances happening bench to bedside and genuine care for patients and family being a Nonprofit facility.

    Cons

    Government pay scale may influence lower salaries.


  6. "good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    if you find the right PI, great opportunities

    Cons

    if you end up in the wrong lab, it could be a bad experience


  7. "postdoc fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    good salaries and time, nice area and people

    Cons

    tons of paperwork, limited experiment progress

    Advice to Management

    good workplace

  8. "na"

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    You can advance to any state working with government.

    Cons

    not enough upward mobility at this company for lower level employees

    Advice to Management

    na


  9. "Chief Clinical Laboratory Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Chief Clinical Laboratory Scientisr in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Chief Clinical Laboratory Scientisr in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many training and continuing education opportunities; work with some of the best scientists and physicians in the world, so much to learn, even just with exposure; accessibility to advanced technologies; altruistically rewarding work

    Cons

    Way too much workload on individuals; elitists attitudes; highly competitive environment when supposed to be integrated team work approach for healthcare; poor leadership; lacking resources for administrators to perform effectively; lack of support from above; extremely poor management and lack of knowledge in personnel related departments such as HR, Payroll, Recruitment & Retention, Safety, Quality, etc.

    Advice to Management

    See cons. Enforce and ensure regulations are understood and implemented appropriately, especially from OPM and CFR.


  10. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    NIH provides good health insurance

    Cons

    limited vacation time and no other benefit than health insurance


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