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Updated February 18, 2017
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  • Government red tape is a challenge (in 25 reviews)

  • Tough competition and long hours as a hard-core scientist (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "postdoc"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    a lot of great training courses

    Cons

    limited travel funds for postdocs


  2. "NIH Laboratory Technician"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive, encouraging work environment. Plenty of opportunity for growth and promotion.

    Cons

    Salary for cost of living in DC is not the best.


  3. "Postdoc opportunities everywhere, jobs...not so much."

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by some of the best researchers in the world with a huge budget.

    Cons

    Dry government workers everywhere. You have to deal with so much red tape and federal employees who have worked here way too long and don't care about their jobs anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring staff scientists again. They are the backbone of continuity in science.


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  5. "government"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    science related govt jobs
    some challenging work

    Cons

    millennials rise faster than others, even with lack of experience
    good old boy mentality still alive and well
    ICs vary with respect to management style

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    good science, not so bad pay

    Cons

    science can be exciting or repetitative depending on your project


  7. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Analytical Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Analytical Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best institute for research

    Cons

    Transforming bench research work to industry

    Advice to Management

    open


  8. "Oversee 16 staff members and coordinate 40 projects."

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

    Pros

    We perform cutting edge research to advance knowledge of human disease. I think our work is noble and contributes to the greater good.

    Cons

    Government red tape is a challenge. Ordering equipment and supplies is onerous and delays research. Hiring takes months and is painful.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to fire unproductive employees.


  9. "Good introduction to the lab"

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

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

    Pros

    Worked at NIH under their Summer Internship Program (SIP). Got a lot of one-on-one time with my staff scientist supervisor. Learned several important techniques. Opportunities to do stuff outside of lab like poster presentations, attend lectures, participate in journal club, etc. Fun to be in D.C. for the summer.

    Cons

    Horrible organization on the administrative side - they didn't even tell me where to go on the first day. Very little access to principal investigator.

    Advice to Management

    For those that organize the summer internship program - just give clear instructions to interns before arriving, it would help with the onboarding process a lot.


  10. "Fantastic environment and work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior UI & User Experience Designer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior UI & User Experience Designer in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work at a place literally saving lives
    Overall extremely intelligent, professional, well meaning coworkers
    Flexible with your hours for emergencies etc, as long as you get your work done

    Cons

    Bureaucracy (It's government, it's expected), so things take forever
    Everything is political, even when it isn't
    High turnover rate in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    Streamline procedures and get projects completed with a long term strategy for future revisions, rather than having a "has to be perfect" attitude.


  11. "Great Postdoc experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of options for collaboration.
    Great health insurance.
    A lot of opportunities for personal and professional development.
    One of the best paid postdoc options in the US.

    Cons

    Not technically an employee so payment is different. And as such, no option for getting child care credit on taxes.



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