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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Reviews

Updated October 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. 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

  3. "Six week intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute as an intern

    Pros

    - Very interesting
    - Fun

    Cons

    - No social life
    - Very Competitive


  4. "Great place to do research!"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, excellent science, very collaborative!

    Cons

    After 4 years there, I only have good things to say.


  5. "postdoctoral fellow"

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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

    Great environment, good cores assistance

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A nice place to work if a little unsettled"

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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 Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    The buildings and lab spaces with the accompanying equipment are generally quite modern and well functioning. The HR department as well as administration, shipping and receiving, safety, and facilities are generally very efficient and prompt with taking care of things and being helpful.

    Cons

    The name of the institute has changed twice in the last five years or so due to large donations from philanthropists which is nice but it gives a feeling of always being in flux. People don't know what to call the institute. The official name is a mouthful. People often do not know what exactly management is doing with all of the money and often feel like they are spending it in the wrong ways.

    Advice to Management

    Long term investments are important but it might also be a good idea to try to make sure some of the donation money directly supports the basic science research.


  7. "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 Prebys Medical Discovery 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

  8. "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 Prebys Medical Discovery 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environement and many resources. The facilities are good and there is a lot of involvment from people working there

    Cons

    The buildings are in different places and it is difficult to network within the institute. There should be more communication among labs


  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 Prebys Medical Discovery Institute as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, excellent science, well-equipped labs.

    Cons

    Very expensive place to live.


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