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NIH Rockville Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Relaxed environment (better work-life balance than universities) (in 26 reviews)

  • Positive, encouraging work environment (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • Government red tape is a challenge (in 26 reviews)

  • With the Post-doc salary provided you'll end up living in a basement or sharing an apartment with someone else (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Former Contractor - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NIH as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had a position in the NIH Post-Bac program. This program gave me an opportunity to refine my skills in the lab while continuing to find the appropriate path forward in my career. There were a lot of career fairs and other career coaching opportunities, mostly geared towards the PhD and MD paths however. Not much coaching towards the transition to the business side of life sciences - this may have changed in recent years.

    Cons

    This is a 1-2 year program. There are not really any opportunities for upwards promotion at the NIH after the program. Candidates are well attuned to this fact and realize the Post-Bac program is solely geared towards the next step, after NIH.


  2. "The grants management position at NIH is highly administrative."

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    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    Job stability. It's a government job with benefits, so that is always a pro. The idea of working for the NIH was very cool, but as a grants management specialist you are not connected.

    Cons

    Highly administrative. The grants management position will feel like you are just checking boxes and pushing buttons. It's just about getting your grants out.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management. There is really nothing they can do, the job itself is just administrative.


  3. "Government Research"

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    Current Employee - Technology Transfer Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Technology Transfer Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable work environment; excellent research community

    Cons

    very linear management process/project analysis

    Advice to Management

    continue the excellent cancer research


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  5. "IRTA Postbac"

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    Former Employee - Postbaccalaureate IRTA in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Postbaccalaureate IRTA in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to network and grow your career. You learn from top notch scientist and future employers constantly are impressed. Also a great entryway into graduate/medical school.

    Cons

    It would be nice if the pay was a little higher however the opportunities provided by the program are worth it.


  6. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    great scientific environment, living close to DC

    Cons

    bureaucracy, hard to get grant from external sources


  7. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Predoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Predoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    There are many resources available for you to learn and grow in your career. People are very nice and love what they do.

    Cons

    It's a very independent environment. People are very focused on their projects ad it's hard to find time to get help

    Advice to Management

    Change the training process and make people more open to teaching.


  8. "Disappointed with Management"

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Training opportunities. Nice buildings.

    Cons

    Very little recourse for bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Seek feedback from all levels of staff on management.


  9. "Decade Journey"

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    Current Employee - ROYALTIES COORDINATOR in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - ROYALTIES COORDINATOR in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have very flexible schedules that allow for work life balance

    Cons

    The division I work for has no growth opportunities.


  10. "internship"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The managers I worked for seemed actively interested in finding ways for me to plug in to projects they were working on and supplied me with opportunities for experience.

    Cons

    Didn't have any permissions on my computer so I spent a large amount of time asking IT for permission to do basic things like move files from one place to another.

    Advice to Management

    The management doesn't need advice here, everyone seems happy and projects appear to be getting completed from my limited viewpoint as the low man on the totem pole.


  11. "Grants Management Officer"

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    Former Employee - Grants Management Officer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Grants Management Officer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Teleworking! Exciting work and mission. Great training experience with cutting edge issues. Fast paced. Mentoring and training program outstanding. Promotion potential.

    Cons

    The office moved to a new building with cubicles. Not much privacy. Floor plan is not conducive to discussing issues with co-workers

    Advice to Management

    It's a tough office with fast deadlines. Supervisor need to maintain respect and patience. You get more need with sugar than vinegar



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