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Pennington Biomedical Research Center Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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  1. "Pennington is full of people without character who only think of their own advantage."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pennington Center is very quite as it was built in the middle of nowhere. This might be beneficial to anyone who likes to work without much distraction.

    Cons

    The main downside are the people who work there. Most of the faculty knows how to use their elbows. If they don't know from the start, they will learn quickly. The place is characterized by dishonesty and intrigues. All this is enforced by massive budget problems and a boss who has learned how to play the rules in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Advice to Management

    Life is more than compiling grant money. You need to control those people who have no character even though they attract a lot of grant money.


  2. "Great organization. No, really!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, firm work hours (no crazy nights/weekends), nice people, great benefits, a feeling of doing really good work, beautiful buildings/landscape.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty low since it's Louisiana State System, pretty non-receptive to vacation leave, not a huge amount of room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing some great work, but understand that people need to feel comfortable taking personal time off (even sick time). I personally don't take much PTO, but I saw others requesting it (and having time saved up) and getting sighs, eyerolls, etc. from management. A little disheartening. Otherwise, a fantastic company and I would definitely recommend it!

  3. "Great Environment for Postdoc Learning and Development"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pennington Biomedical Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facilities and equipment, other faculty that work there, opportunities for collaboration across different subject areas, Postdocs and Junior Faculty are mentored and have many learning experiences, Louisiana has the 2nd highest rate of obesity in the US so there are many peeople available to be participants

    Cons

    Baton Rouge itself has some downsides (no sidewalks, car culture, not easy to have an active and outdoors lifestyle, slightly backward).

    Advice to Management

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  4. "It's okay in these hard times."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Baton Rouge, LA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pennington Biomedical Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and includes 14 paid holidays.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible. There isn't much opportunity for advancement.


  5. "Great Starter Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits. Hours. That's about it.

    Cons

    No room to move up in the company. Monotonous work.

    Advice to Management

    Bonuses! Room to move.


  6. "Wonderful place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Pennington Biomedical Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, strong leadership, faculty wants employees to experience professional and personal growth

    Cons

    Can be a bit tedious sometimes


  7. "Good facilities, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Instructor/Researcher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Instructor/Researcher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pennington Biomedical Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good core research facilities
    Good benefits
    Opportunity to work with world-class researchers

    Cons

    PBRC was managed poorly
    Human Resources could terminate people for any reason, even if under a contract
    Salaries were low compared to other institutes of similar rank
    Many faculty left the institute due to funding cuts and poor management

    Advice to Management

    Faculty retention should be more of a priority

  8. "Major turnover and disrespectful to employees."

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician - Animal Technician in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician - Animal Technician in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pennington Biomedical Research Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits like insurance, etc.
    Training was fast

    Cons

    Manager was very disrespectful and bi-polar.
    Would not let anyone use their phones during their lunch breaks because they thought it was disrespectful.
    They had unspoken rules that you wouldn't know until you were being yelled at for breaking, including phone rules, the way you open doors, how you stack your boxes, and other confusing childish rules.
    A lot of drama between all the women and talking behind their backs.
    No over-time
    Time off was technically possible but since they have a limited amount of techs you had to know well well well well in advance and no sick days.
    NO ability to go farther in the facility.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see some rules written down rather than being yelled at without knowing what the problems are. If you work over-time, you should get paid for it. Discipline people who start drama and eliminate it...there is no place for it in your work!
    Manager shouldn't treat employees like they are beneath her.


  9. "Great work environment, not terrific pay"

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    Current Employee - Bio Statistician
    Current Employee - Bio Statistician
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pennington Biomedical Research Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, very good benefits, energized atmosphere and talented researchers

    Cons

    Low pay, hard to get raises due to it being tied to state and state budget cuts


  10. "ok as starting point"

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    Current Employee - Research Study Coordinator
    Current Employee - Research Study Coordinator

    I have been working at Pennington Biomedical Research Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours depending on department, nice benefits such as accruing 14 hours of vacation every month. Nice starting job to get your feet in the water

    Cons

    No upper mobility within the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention. Manager and his posse do as they please and keep cream of the crop of tasks for themselves, leaving only crumbs to those who are there to learn the ropes and want to work. everyday s groundhog day.


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