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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Reviews

Updated December 20, 2017
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  • Post-doc salaries are low considering high cost of living in San Diego-La Jolla area and are not increased as often as it should be (in 6 reviews)

  • low internal promotion and career advancement (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "friendly people and collaborative environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    many seminar series, career development workshops, scientific resources
    friendly work environment!
    free parking (unlike UCSD)
    cheap cafeteria with a lot of options

    Cons

    none that I can think of, but it probably depends a lot on who your PI is


  2. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good environment to work as a scientist

    Cons

    low salary as compared with industry

  3. "Nice place to work, but management was strange at the time"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Positive environment open to collaboration
    -Clean facilities with good specialty cores
    -Cafeteria is pretty much the best in the area in terms of value
    -Plenty of parking

    Cons

    -Campus consists of multiple buildings, so it is hard to get to know people outside of your department
    -Management at the time changed its mind on a few issues that they had asked employees to vote for (donor opinion > employee opinion)

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clearly to employees and avoid reneging on issues employee feedback was actively gathered for


  4. "assistant manager"

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

    Pros

    good camaraderie and work culture

    Cons

    low internal promotion and career advancement


  5. "It all depends on the principal investigator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative research, where you feel like doing meaningful work and possibly even new discoveries. Very diverse work force and the ability to learn from the pros

    Cons

    100% de pendant on your pi and if unlucky he can work you like a slave. Company financially depends on donations and nonexistent grants


  6. "Administrative Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Science, people, the potential for new drug discoveries

    Cons

    Lack of recognition, play favorites


  7. "Great place to start a career in biomed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time

    Pros

    Excellent leadership
    Exposure to most up to date r&d
    Location

    Cons

    Growth opportunities vary greatly by lab

    Advice to Management

    Nurture talent and promote internally

  8. Helpful (1)

    "STAFF SCIENTIST"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    It provides best research facilities and benefits

    Cons

    Florida campus is not as great as LaJolla one


  9. "Good research lab"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to get an idea of academic research labs, you will receive great training here within your lab and with many workshops, seminars, talks, and events.

    Cons

    Be careful to not get burned out


  10. "Best Research Institute"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Orlando, FL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent research environment. good shared equipment and core supporting.

    Cons

    Post doc does not have official vacation period.


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