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Updated August 15, 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. "NIH Culture- Enjoying the challenge"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work schedules
    -Challenging work that makes a difference in the world!
    -Management is typically fair and honest- tends towards collaboration
    -Great culture of scientific innovation; makes new ideas the norm

    Cons

    -If you love highly charged political work - you might not find it here. NIH research focuses on long term health objectives for humans around the world. Not something that comes and goes with new leadership or management.
    -This is a very collegial focused atmosphere where opinions are heard out. If you don't have patience to work out consensus or find data to support your opinions to share with peers, you might get annoyed. I personally love it but some prefer direct orders.


  2. "postdoctoral fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    great research environment, amazing people

    Cons

    specific to postdoctoral salary: it's low for the area.

  3. "postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, a lot of employees

    Cons

    It is academic and very much depends on the supervisor. Life could be boring and hard.


  4. "Postbac"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Lots of experience in the science field

    Cons

    Low pay for a lot of hard work


  5. "Postdoc"

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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

    It is very nice to work here

    Cons

    Nothing bad, it’s a fantastic academic institute


  6. "Contract Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best work environment in terms of flexibility and work load.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover due to people leaving for better jobs


  7. "Boiler Plant Operator"

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

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

    Pros

    All good . I have nothing negative to say about NIH

    Cons

    No cons. Besides the area is very expensive to live near by.

  8. "nih scientist working environment experience"

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

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

    Pros

    good environment, and good resource

    Cons

    bad admin, cafe and promotion opportunity


  9. "its the govt"

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    nice people and good benefits

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy and regulations


  10. "IRTA post-doctoral research fellow"

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    Current Employee - IRTA Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - IRTA Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to choose and pursue various research projects

    Cons

    dealing with the administrative aspects of a government research position

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


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