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Updated December 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great campus atmosphere and work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

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

Cons
  • far away from cambridge city centre (30 mins bus, free shuttle) (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor career progression and communication (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Wouldn't recommend to anyone"

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    Former Employee - Management in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Management in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, world leading research institute full of smart people and interesting projects, easy to obtain funding

    Cons

    Poor compensation, no focus on career development, line managers often have zero management training and don't do any management, horrendous office politics, corporate services don't really function and have little influence as board of management are mainly scientists and only care about science and not operational side critical to making things happen, bureaucracy is heavy. Many people are employed and do actually do a lot. No performance measurement that is actually measured, not linked to pay. Pay is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Change in culture/attitude, restructuring and cutting the dead weight, implement measurable performance indicators and reward performance, obligatory management training and give corporate services more power e.g. ability to penalise PIs who don't follow institutional policy.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Eccentric management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good science; very little pressure and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No prospects for promotion for those who are not faculty or academic researchers. Management have made several teams redundant in a way that is borderline illegal. Vicious and vindictive HR department.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do things like that... eventually fingers will get burned.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good facilities, bad management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very pleasant campus, nice academic feel, excellent facilities, great people. Nice place for a short stint.

    Cons

    No career prospects, relatively poor salaries, managers who mostly don't want to be managers but have been promoted outside of their areas of expertise. The Peter Principle very much applies here.


  4. "Postdoctoral Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment, good setting, good funding

    Cons

    No quick progression, projects far from academic projects


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sometimes it's great, sometimes not so much"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great facilities both for work and leisure
    Access to open lectures and field experts
    Beautiful area around campus
    Free transport to and from site
    Flourishing social activities
    A great place for a starter job

    Cons

    Poor training of middle management
    Lack of career progression within the company


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice location, lousy salary, no promotion prospects"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The institute is in a great location, there's a free bus from Cambridge, and some managers allow flexible working including occasional working from home.

    Cons

    The salary range is very poor - 38k max for senior software developer. Cambridge is a very expensive city and there are plenty of high-tech companies in the area, so 38k isn't going to attract the top talent. Also, there are very few opportunities for promotion into the salary band above 38k, because that's regarded as a management grade.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your senior software developers a realistic salary. Improve promotion opportunities by allowing people to move into the top salary band on technical merit.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "relaxing work environment"

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

    Pros

    relaxing environment, nice restaurant and free gym, on site nursery, free shuttle bus

    Cons

    low pay/salary, low bonus, not much of career development unless you are a scientist

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Science Factory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge science, rapidly changing directions and technology, great cafeteria, free buses to city center

    Cons

    Cold management, hierarchical, factory-like workplace

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and trainees, they're not just factory workers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great science"

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Good facilities.
    Bright minds.
    Science and IT at a scale you won't find in many places.
    Good pension scheme.
    Provided bus services to local towns

    Cons

    Modest salaries.
    Predominantly open plan offices can make concentration difficult.
    Limited room for promotion within the organisation.
    Strategic decisions sometimes made without enough consideration given to the impact on non-scientific support functions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the enabling functions of the organisation, without which the science cannot happen. Make sure these are in place before the scientific programme needs them, not as afterthoughts.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for cutting-edge science"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent science, good benefits package.

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring leads to loss of scientific expertise.


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