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Updated July 25, 2017
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  • Government red tape is a challenge (in 26 reviews)

  • Long hours sometimes if you need to run a longer experiment (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "PostBac IRTA Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunity to interact with leading physicians and scientists in respective fields. Amazing exposure to top science lectures and research opportunities.

    Cons

    It was difficult to attain vertical growth without any graduate degree. Very hierarchical structure, and it is difficult to have personal projects.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote involvement in leading scientific lectures and small groups by postbacc irtas, as they are great ways to promote involvement in science research.

    NIH Response

    Jan 25, 2017 – marketing program specialist

    Thank you! We appreciate your review and will continue take comments such as yours into consideration as we think of new strategies to improve our agency and how it functions.


  2. "NIH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mission and organization with some outstanding people.

    Cons

    None at this time, NIH is a great institution.

    Advice to Management

    great place.

  3. "Academic Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH part-time

    Pros

    Chance to work with fellow students

    Cons

    Can be hard to teach if the student is not willing


  4. "molecular bio postbac"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    It's a great way to get 1 or 2 years of research experience before graduate or medical school. Everyone around was really friendly. There's a good amount of support for postbacs. My advisor was fantastic and even gave me a lot of advice for my grad school applications and did a couple mock interviews with me. Working hours depends on experiments, like lab research usually is; most weekdays I worked roughly 9-10 hours/day, sometimes 12-13h, and about 3h on Sat/Sun. I was in the Baltimore campus, and if you live not too far from campus, they had Night Ride for when you needed a ride home after working later at night.

    Cons

    Nothing significant. They don't take taxes out of your paycheck, so you need to pay estimated taxes.


  5. "Post Bac Research Fellowship position"

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    Current Employee - NIH Post-Bac Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - NIH Post-Bac Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Transportation costs covered
    NIH has a great brand name
    Lots of exposure to all sorts of science

    Cons

    Your experience really depends on which department you work in and which lab you are a part of.


  6. "I like research environment of NIH."

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

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

    Pros

    NIH operates more than 3 billion dollars per year for inside research (intramural). It provides great opportunities for junior scientists including health insurance, salary, educational opportunities and so on.

    Cons

    It is very hard to get a job inside NIH. Conversion to H visa or getting green card before 5 years of training is not easy.


  7. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and make friends

    Cons

    nothing bad. too much to learn

    Advice to Management

    Great place to learn from leader

  8. "life at NIH"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    good working environment and infrastructure

    Cons

    since federal government, procedures are slow


  9. "NIH procides a nurturing environment for research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary, great research facility, good learning opportunities

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to be hired as an employee


  10. "Overall good"

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

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance, good location, working environment is good

    Cons

    Order is slow, DC. Metro is expensive to live.


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