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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Reviews

Updated November 17, 2016
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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. "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


  2. "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.


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    "Postdoc"

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

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

    Pros

    The community is fantastic., very colaborayive. The facilities are amazing and the experience doing research there was life changing.

    Cons

    Could improve post doc counseling. Many foreigners feel lost and need some help during their transition.

    Advice to Management

    Improve career counseiling. Seminars and have a group to check the relationship postdoc x PI.


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  5. "I had a great experience working at this institute."

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

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ii is an institute with great scientists, amazing group of core facilities and personnel and very safe, friendly, and encouraging work environment.

    Cons

    Not many multidisciplinary lectures, institute is mainly focused on cancer biology and does not have a very active research students association.

    Advice to Management

    The institute should organize frequent career guidance seminars. If the core facilities can give a 30 minute, once a month, short presentation about data analysis, it would be awesome. The institute can have a bigger lecture hall and should invite speakers from diverse fields, basic and applied.


  6. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are very nice and act professionally.

    Cons

    No con, the job just wasn't for me.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  7. "I believe SBMRI can be one of top place to experience science, collaboration, and good environment."

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    Former Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    well balanced environmental condition for science and family.

    Cons

    Too much focused on cancer.


  8. "Great research environment for those transitioning between or interested in both academia and industry"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, very well-funded with excellent core facilities. Basic research oriented but also with a hand in drug discovery and development; pointed research with a medical purpose.

    Cons

    Compensation will be much less than in biopharmaceutical companies in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. "postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great environment, good cores assistance

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons


  10. "SBP discovery-postdoc"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, excellent science, well-equipped labs.

    Cons

    Very expensive place to live.


  11. "Sanford-burnham"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good collaborative work environment, flexible work hours, retirement benefit.

    Cons

    salary not competitive to the industrial scale.


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