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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Collaborative research environment with great access to core facilities (in 8 reviews)

  • Great place to learn as an intern (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Follow lowest academic salaries but expect to work more than for a company (in 2 reviews)

  • not much support for career advancement of entry-level scientists (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to do research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse research groups. to work.

    Cons

    High housing cost and traffic


  2. "aaa"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding biomedical science research is conducted by world class scientists

    Cons

    Top leadership is incapable of controlling management and doing what is necessary for the company

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so self-centered

  3. "Research Assistant I"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn new skills and good for new scientist development.

    Cons

    The salary is very low. I suggest you learn all you can and leave.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees more


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great PI and working environment, good support from some core facilities

    Cons

    No clear path for career advancement


  5. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Research Environment and Research Facility if PI has plenty of budgets

    Cons

    No grant, No research and No life


  6. "Great place for a postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New buildings, many facilities to do research, state of the art equipment, modern laboratories.
    Scientific meetings and talks, symposiums.
    The office of training is great and offers many opportunities.

    Cons

    Expensive cost for using the facilities


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provides a lot of resources for researchers.
    Always get well-known scholars and scientists to give seminar.
    Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Due to the location, employee working at Lake Nona site felt a little isolated from LJ site.
    Salary is not very competitive for researchers.

  8. "Entrepreneurial Environment"

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

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment that responds quickly to changes in the funding environment. Sanford-Burnham has found a way to stay solvent through the recession and will likely continue to survive into the future. The mood is generally upbeat and facilities are good.

    Sanford Burnham Is not trying to be like Salk or TSRI any more and has forged it's own path.

    Cons

    Basic research is being de-emphasized in favor of drug discovery. It's a financial reality, but not necessarily a popular move.

    Experience depends upon supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Need better snacks after cafeteria closes. A coffee cart might do the trick. Can we keep the same name and still bring in donations?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on PI"

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

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge science and interesting research

    Cons

    Isolated and some PIs treat Scientist like slaves

    Advice to Management

    More regulation on PIs


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place for research, but not much else."

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

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly coworkers, decent benefits, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Low compensation, politics, limited career advancements. Pros are very lab dependent.


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