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Sanger Institute Reviews

Updated July 25, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great campus atmosphere and work-life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Good pay, flexible time, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful campus" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lmited opportunities for career progression for staff and low number of independent fellowships for non-faculty members" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Competitive, poorly paid reflecting Cambridge rates, high cost of living in Cambridge, located far away from city facilities, commuting" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "working as RA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work , knowledgeable

    Cons

    nothing much really as usual

    Advice to Management

    nope


  2. "Great opportunity to work and learn"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible to work in the environment

    Cons

    far away from every where

    Advice to Management

    nothing to advice for the management

  3. "Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff support
    Great science
    Excellent benefits (pension, health insurance, etc)

    Cons

    Salaries are not high enough compared to the cost of living in Cambridge
    The institute is away from the vibrant Cambridge


  4. "World leading genomics research organisation"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Expertise in large-scale genomics projects
    Opportunities for large-scale collaborations and high impact publications
    A plethora of seminars and courses available on site
    Campus growth with many start-ups and European Bioinformatics Institute around
    Large IT department and computer infrastructure to support the computational needs of these large-scale projects
    Nice campus with subsidised food, small gym and workplace nursery on site.

    Cons

    Fast-paced environment, strict selection criteria, high staff turnover, permanency depends on outcomes and very high publication standards are expected.
    As a result, high pressure for group leaders, often relayed on staff.
    Compared to a University research environment I would say it's less nurturing for PhDs and post-docs due to the absence of a teaching component which cultivates relationships between staff and peers other than your line manager.
    Gender inequality in senior roles
    Lots of politics to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Make time to coach and mentor your staff and improve on the work-life balance.


  5. "Great Science but bad staff managment"

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    Current Employee - Research and Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research and Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great campus and cutting edge science, A great place to build a career in research

    Cons

    Leadership at senior levels is lacking. Yes, this is a scientific institute but non-research staff aren't valued. Poor communication, lack of engagement and no competency framework. Very limited internal career progression opportunities. No defined culture or values , which has precipitated bad behaviours and slothful leadership.

    Advice to Management

    There needs a change in culture/attitude and senior leadership needs to come to realise that the non-research staff are an integral part of the institute. For all its talks about inclusion, diversity, respect - there is no evidence that this is in practice. Senior leadership need coaching in how to manage more effectively - there is an intense feeling up having double standards. More transparency is needed to regain trust.


  6. "Good stepping stone, long-term opportunities limited"

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    Current Employee - ARA in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - ARA in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great campus in a lovely setting.
    Highly collaborative environment with lots of seminars / talks / events for employees.
    Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Not much in the way of progression past the first year.
    Can be very bureaucratic with a lot of time wasted.
    Few opportunities to advance from ARA

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should spend more time with Team Leads or getting to know processes before making decisions on them to avoid shooting themselves in the foot.


  7. "Great exposure to genomics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Got world class exposure and training in NGS and genomics analysis. Learnt how to work with big data and cloud environment

    Cons

    Its pretty far from the town centre but I hear they have introduced a shuttle.
    Limited dining options

  8. "Great place to work but no career opportunities for software developers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    - Good working atmosphere.
    - Interesting and meaningful projects.
    - OpenSource software development.

    Cons

    - No career opportunities for software developers.
    - Flexi-time is almost pointless if you don't have a car.
    - Fairly long bus commute (+ queueing).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Could do better"

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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 Sanger Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful and there are lots of perks to benefit from working here. Flexible working is encouraged (in some areas of the business).

    Cons

    Staff turnover is high, particularly at Director level and it's worrying that it seems to be one particular gender at the most senior level, they struggle to retain. They show great initiative for equality, diversity and inclusion but don't seem to have addressed the issues on their own doorstep. It's okay in the short-term but there are plenty of other opportunities in Cambridge, in this industry for long-term careers where staff will be valued. All the facilities are there to make this a great place to work and there are people trying to make it better, but perhaps their ideas are too radical or it's simple not a priority on the top table. Evident blame culture.

    Advice to Management

    Of course the science is important, but don't forget the people that make it happen. Improve top down communication - most of the staff know when they're being fed a story, credit them with some intelligence.


  10. "Good benefits, and grounds location not ideal"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most groups are friendly and happy to help or collaborate.
    Lots of benefits like cheap on-site gym, on-site nursery and a sports and social club.
    Free bus to site

    Cons

    Location is not great as its about 25 min drive from Cambridge, but there is a free bus service provided.


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