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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2019

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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute CEO Kristiina Vuori
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Pros
  • "good collaborative work environment, flexible work hours, retirement benefit(in 13 reviews)

  • "Great PI and working environment, good support from some core facilities(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "It was challenging to find time to discuss the experiments and gain more direction with the lead research scientist(in 8 reviews)

  • "No clear path for career advancement(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with great scientists. Great seminars and talks provided.

    Cons

    can't think of any cons

    Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-06-26
  2. "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in La Jolla, CA

      I have been working at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      This is a very collaborative environment. The core services offered generally allows for faster turn-around time for projects outside your scope of expertise (bioinformatics, drug screening, RNA-seq, etc) than if you found a collaborator from another lab yourself. There are career development services and info sessions regularly to improve your skills, learn about career options, help with your CV, and get more insight...

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      Cons

      As with any lab job, who you work for dictates most of your work environment. There should be more protections for grad students and postdocs, but this is true for just about every institution IMO. I have a great PI so I am happy. However, this is not the case for everyone. Also, there is no maternity leave beyond what the state of CA offers/dictates as required allowances. Even for new faculty there is nothing,...

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      Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-06-17
    • "Good starting point in research"

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        Current Employee - Research Assistant 

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

        Pros

        I learned a lot in this position and had the opportunity to gain insights into research science, and expand my knowledge of various experiments. People in the lab were friendly There was a strong effort to build professional friendships through lab meetings and social events.

        Cons

        It was challenging to find time to discuss the experiments and gain more direction with the lead research scientist.

        Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-06-05
      • "Amazing lab, but no clear future"

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        Former Employee - Laboratory Assistant 
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        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        People are awesome Holiday and season events Sports and events Big budget depending on your lab Work life balance depends on your manager butnmine was great Great first job

        Cons

        Your developmental future depends on the lab you work for Low pay, even with a degree No raise after a year

        Advice to Management

        Make sure your employees are paid fairly for their work

        Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-04-22
      • "Good company"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

          Pros

          Friendly environment to work in.

          Cons

          number of employees varies a lot depending on department.

          Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-02-25
        • "Small but mighty!"

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

          I have been working at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for more than 3 years

          Pros

          Great community, nice location, best cafeteria on Torrey Pines Mesa, top quality research

          Cons

          Not many people know about us

          Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-02-23
        • "Great benefits but no room for growth."

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          Current Employee - Research Assistant I in San Diego, CA
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I have been working at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for less than a year

          Pros

          Great benefits (2:1 retirement matching after 1 year, company paid long-term disability, and low insurance cost) VERY Flexible schedule (depends on the lab/PI)

          Cons

          very low salary. Unclear/ no room for career growth

          Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-03-04
        • "good"

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          Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

          I have been working at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for more than 5 years

          Pros

          benefit and environment is very good.

          Cons

          Work/life balance depend on lab. Some lab PIs are very tough.

          Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-02-17
        • "Good multi-disciplinary environment"

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          Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I worked at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for more than 3 years

          Pros

          Good multi-disciplinary environment, exposure to world class science

          Cons

          Salaries are not competitive, not much room for enhancement of career

          Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-01-23
        • "PhD student"

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            Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

            I have been working at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute full-time for more than a year

            Pros

            A very nice work environment

            Cons

            Not a lot of places to eat lunch in the area

            Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute2019-01-05
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