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NIH Rockville Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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  • All the red tape can hinder research (in 27 reviews)

  • Long hours sometimes if you need to run a longer experiment (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Can't go wrong with NIH"

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    Current Employee - Extramural Support Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Extramural Support Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Stability with a fixed schedule, typically only 40 hours/week and can't beat the overall benefits.

    Cons

    Very little on the downside, except possible the actually salaries for Fed. Gov't can be a bit less than their counter parts in Private sector


  2. "Program Director"

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    Current Employee - Program Dire in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Program Dire in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and great mission.

    Cons

    Pay is fixed and low compared to industry.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to incentivize high preforming employees.

  3. "Summer Intern @ NIAID Twinbrook"

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    Former Intern - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Former Intern - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people and decent pay for a summer internship.

    Cons

    Less work life balance than expected, I ended up having to work around 45-50 hrs/week during the middle/end portion of the internship.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more involved? I only talked to my PI once.


  4. "PostDoc"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Not much chance for grant writing


  5. "Great place to start a career"

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    Former Contractor - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Former Contractor - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Rockville, MD
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    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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