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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Reviews

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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute President Kristiina Vuori
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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)

  • Toxic (almost hostile) work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "No respect for non-science admin staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, campus is in a beautiful location, good benefits, other admin staff are friendly

    Cons

    People don't get respect or opportunity to move up unless in science or have an advanced degree. Work environment and culture is discouraging. People seem generally unhappy.. all the time. Management are micromanagers or people who say they will help advocate for you but don't. This job has given me terrible anxiety and insomnia.

    Advice to Management

    Be humble. Be considerate of your workers. Respect your admin staff and learn how to be culturally competent without being problematic. Practice what you preach with the 5 C's.


  2. "Sad state of affairs- lots of problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very little- used to be nice place to work- now not so much

    Cons

    CEO can decide to shut down projects, buildings, entire campuses etc. pretty arbitrarily and is insincere with their "motivations." Very little representation or recourse for anyone not in senior admin.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "used to be a much better organization to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of great and smart people

    Cons

    poor senior leadership, no transparency on their strategy


  4. 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 Prebys Medical Discovery 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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "So much potential..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being a part of meaningful, cutting edge, life changing research. This is a great place to learn, take what you can from your time here, but don't waste too many years!

    Cons

    Academia.....Upper management is so focused on what looks good on paper (what degree and where you attended school ) that they fail to recognize or celebrate true talent if it's not backed up by a certificate . Additionally there is horrible communication all around and good raises typically do not happen even with a great performance review.

    Advice to Management

    Somethings got to change and it starts at the top. I would encourage management to take a close look at the overall climate of the Institute as a whole...are the employees happy? Not just the researchers, but your lab assistants, admins, animal care workers, and maintenence workers etc. If most were honest, I believe, they would say no. It's how you treat all employees that shows your worth as an employer....the top dogs as well as the little people and SBMRI falls quite short.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Postdoctoral research institute with great facilities"

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

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, excellent scientists, small and comfortable buildings, decent salaries, convenient location, excellent weather!

    Cons

    Lack of guidance in so many labs, people don't matter, solely publication oriented, no credit given even to the most fruitful, complete lack of culture, values and social life.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring for the postdocs and they will care for the science! One BBQ a year is not called a social life.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good scientific reputation but administrative side is complete mess"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting to be at a company doing promising research, 401(k) plan can't be beat

    Cons

    The administrative departments (marketing, development, finance, etc.) are an afterthought at best. Most of them are relegated to an ugly building way down the street from the labs, where morale is abysmal. Many people in these departments have never even met the CEO or had a tour of the campus. One guy in development who has been there many years seems to call the shots about who is hired and fired. People live in fear of being laid off for arbitrary reasons while people who do next to nothing get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate administration with the science side better, and get someone to oversee admin who will boost morale and reward hard work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Non profit setting running with profit style"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in La Jolla, CA

    Pros

    Prestigious reputation, great location at center of torrey pine scientific mesa

    Cons

    be careful with everything else: career advance, potential development

    Advice to Management

    unless you already a VP, don't go there


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