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Salk Institute La Jolla Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • All kinds of core facilities available (although at a charge, but accessible and there) (in 5 reviews)

  • This is a great place to work with post-doctorate researchers and receive mentoring (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • You are overworked for a low pay (in 4 reviews)

  • Like most academic institutions, the working conditions can vary widely from lab to lab, based on the principal investigator (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic place to do your postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salk Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Core facilities are fabulous, and the speakers every week are the cream of the crop. Everyone is very good at what they do at the Institute, and are available to you for help if you need advice on a project.

    Cons

    Being a postdoc isn't easy - period. On top of it all, the Salk has a lot of work to do to make the postdocs feel valued at the institute.


  2. "No commet"

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    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salk Institute (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are very nice

    Cons

    My last supervisor sucked out loud

    Advice to Management

    Get better managers

  3. "Good for Undergrad getting into research"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in La Jolla, CA

    Pros

    This is a great place to work with post-doctorate researchers and receive mentoring. Plus, unlike many lab positions on campus, this lab pays their lab assistants, which is a nice bonus.

    Cons

    THe demands of working in a lab are higher than others since you do have to work 16+ hours a week even during finals week


  4. "Laboratory Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small community. Relatively good retirement plan.

    Cons

    They don't have enough money anymore and see their imployees as numbers on a piece of paper. Everyone is replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    You need to pay your employees.


  5. "Scientific Research"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Salk Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing scientific environment. Beautiful location. Collaborative efforts abound.

    Cons

    Cost of living is high. Not within walking distance to just about anything you might want.

    Advice to Management

    The disconnect between science and administration is very real and is frustrating.


  6. "Top Notch Research Institute"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant II/Lab Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant II/Lab Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salk Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    you're working with the best of the best, aesthetically pleasing institute, great benefits, proud history, highly collaborative environment, nice institute-wide functions, retirement contributions, salkfest (happy hours), cozy little library with book exchange

    Cons

    limited in what you can do without a PhD, politics of getting published, people can be anti-social, lots of workaholics...not a great work-life balance, expected to work many hours

    Advice to Management

    have more social events to further promote connections between labs, subsidize cafeteria food to allow more people to be interested


  7. "Postdoc at Salk"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Salk Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salk Institute provides a good benefit package. Due to open nature of lab spaces, collaborations between different departments are very easy.

    Cons

    Human Resources is not helping international Postdocs as good as it used to be.

  8. "great academic setting"

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    Current Employee - RAII in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - RAII in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    focused on basic biological understanding

    Cons

    limited upward mobility due to lack of funding and politics of a small institute


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Resources, Friendly Colleagues, Confusing Management Decisions"

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    Former Employee - Light Microscopy Specialist in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Light Microscopy Specialist in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The facilities were great, colleagues friendly and the location were nice. The work being done at the Salk gains notoriety and the development staff is hard working to obtain a funds. Overall for the science being performed it is a great institute.

    Cons

    For better or worse 2-3 labs make decisions for the entire institute sometimes in there own interest. Also while I was there management made some questionable decisions when addressing the employees. Career opportunities to advance are severely limited and pay is hard to live on in San Diego. You feel like you are in graduate school situation but made to work a full professional job.


  10. "Postdoc at Salk"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Salk Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful view, top-notch research, diverse scientific research going on here.

    Cons

    No real benefits, but this is the same for all postdoc positions anywhere in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Provide support for families. Must provide daycare options! As of now, it is impossible to obtain daycare at nearby institutes, the waitlist is outrageous.


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