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Stowers Institute For Medical Research Kansas City Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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Stowers Institute For Medical Research President & CEO David M. Chao
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  • Again because of being isolated, the turn over is slow so if you want a job here, there are not many opportunities open (in 2 reviews)

  • Not many labs work on the hot areas (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place with Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, People are friendly, Great place to have worked

    Cons

    A lot of events that can distract you from work.


  2. "Stay away from IT careers"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - IT Support in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and a massive budget for random software. The scientific leadership is proven and good for PhDs and researchers. Lavish environment.

    Cons

    Middle management in the technical departments are stubborn and misguided about how to treat employees. A lack of personal and technical leadership leads to poor morale and wanting for a non-toxic environment. Heads seem to prefer what improves their own status over whats good for their employees or the institute as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Executive team needs to improve the entire culture by cleaning up the corrupt middle layer of admin management, but they don't seem to care about the legacy or future of the institute either.

  3. "Research Technician II"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere. You won't lose your job due to lack of funding, many resources available to employees.

    Cons

    Can be hard to advance depending on your department. Technician salaries are not the greatest, but great benefits second to none.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Facility and Amenities and Benefits.

    Cons

    Salary for Technicians are low.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot of techniques used in genetic research and are given free reign to conduct your own experiments in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    The staff is very uninviting and treat you less than. They do not teach you well and expect you to know everything right off the bat.


  6. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good core facilities and private funding support.

    Cons

    Not many labs work on the hot areas.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stowers Summer Scholar - Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Summer Scholar in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Summer Scholar in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Independence
    - Everyone is really friendly and willing to help in labs
    - Nice weather in summer and gardens to walk around
    - Great activities to experience the area
    - Stowers itself has fantastic facilities to enable research
    - Good gym if that matters to you
    - The people themselves are lovely

    Cons

    - If you wanted to travel you really need a car as NY is not just around the corner (midwest)

  8. "Amazing company!!!"

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    Former Intern - Summer Scholar () in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Summer Scholar () in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, incredible employees, privately funded, beautiful building/environment to work in

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

    Advice to Management

    I thought management was great. It's a research institute, so each lab is run by the PI, therefore they are all different. For the sake of interns, I would suggest that some labs be more patient and not expect graduate student level of productivity.


  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatician in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Bioinformatician in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time

    Pros

    Flex Time, Cafe, Free Food, Science Talks, Casual Dress, Opportunities for Advancement, Connections, Scientific Resources

    Cons

    In the Midwest, lower salary offers, very high expectations


  10. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful facilities, exceptional core facilities. It's a hidden gem of a research institute within fly-over country. The funding and facilities within the institute are rivaled by only a select few institutes within the world. Disneyland for scientists.

    Cons

    No room for upward movement. Fixed pay scale. Geographically difficult to network with leading institutions outside of national and international conferences. Becoming a little heavy-handed on the administrative side, it used to be more flexible for scientists.

    Advice to Management

    Need more promotion of postdocs to either permanent salaried internal positions, or actively promote the career of young investigators aspiring to move on.


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