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NIH Washington DC Reviews

Updated September 22, 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. "Great place for biomedical research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for biomedical research. You can find all kinds of resources and collaboration within NIH.

    Cons

    It's a federal government lab. The style is a bit slow and conservative.


  2. "Extramural Support Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great location to work! Great People!

    Cons

    Need to move up more.

  3. "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


  4. "Good working knowledge of Federal Regulations, GCP, NIH policies and procedures."

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyday you will learn something new and different about the human body, research, and much more.

    Cons

    Government benefits are not what they used to be.


  5. "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.


  6. "Great mission, stimulating place, political however"

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

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

    Pros

    Mission; telework up to 2 days a week if your job is suited to it; federal benefits; can commute by car; some green space around

    Cons

    Parking situation on main campus (if you go out and try to return before about 2:00 you may not get a space on your return); traffic in the area; noise from constant construction; no restaurants, drugstores, etc., nearby to walk to; many top management positions held by people who are smart scientifically but lacking on the people-skills side; it is possible to just become "part of the woodwork" if you stay a long time while management's favorites advance, receive the interesting assignments, etc.; expect that your focus is science and how much you also focus on the health care aspect may depend on what part of NIH you are in and what your job is.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the current director. Be fair in offering opportunities to EVERYONE. Insist that your managers receive ongoing training in managing people and developing their non-scientific skills. Org. culture can lack visible expression of appreciation and "attaboys" except to a few.


  7. "Undergraduate Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn incredible skills. Exposure to the forefront of medical research.

    Cons

    Working for the government and witnessing misuse of tax dollars can be discouraging.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Employer was not concerned with professional development"

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Federal employment provided flexible hours and good benefits. However Human Resources did not always provide timely and adequate information. The environment was stimulating and interesting.

    Cons

    The management did not promote females or encourage their professional development. . The place is run by the "Old Boys Club" which regards women as second class professionals.


  9. "Postdoc IRTA"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of full time employment opportunities for postdocs.

    Advice to Management

    Increase funding support for postdocs.


  10. "Awesome place for growing"

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

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

    Pros

    It depends on the lab you are in. However, I am in one of the field-leading labs in the world. A lot of room for growing.

    You can find experts in any field you want and collaboration is really easy (Across buildings).

    A lot of free activities to boost your scientific profile.

    Cons

    Bethesda Area is a little bit expensive


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