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The Gladstone Institutes Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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Pros
  • They offer great benefits, especially for a non-profit organization (in 6 reviews)

  • Very collegial and smart people - values of integrity, teamwork and excellence show (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • San Francisco is trrribly expensive (in 7 reviews)

  • There are not a lot of cons, but the low pay stands out the most (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research Associate 3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time

    Pros

    good learning experience with senior scientists

    Cons

    Weekend working, could be better in salary


  2. "Great environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management can listen to employee's concerns and make improvement. Great atmosphere for scientists and trainees.

    Cons

    Salary too low to live in SF city. Common problem in Academia though.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great science, terrible business model"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great science. Interesting seminars. Great core facilities and building in general. Nice people. Have access to UCSF's excellent career center.

    Cons

    Lacks the flexibility of academia and the pay of industry.
    The upper level management appear to be receptive to change, but change takes a minimum of 6 months to a year- this bureaucratic set up hinders progress.
    Benefits are minimal, but are touted as excellent. Many "benefits"/policies are the minimum required by CA law.
    Postdocs are still called "trainees" but are the work horses of Gladstone. Postdocs are told that there is only room for minimal salary increases, but all PIs seem to be hiring, therefore, there is clearly extra money around.
    In general, there is no personal reward for fellowships.
    Most people have very long commutes or spend over $3k/month on rent.
    Postdocs need to be aware that they will neither be able to support their families, or save any money, during their tenure at Gladstone.

    Advice to Management

    You are missing an opportunity to revolutionize postdoc benefits and quality of life. We have Ph.D.s and deserve salaries and benefits that are sufficient to support our families. Change is coming- be on the right side of it.


  4. "Balanced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Recommends

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great culture and administrative, IT, etc support

    Cons

    need more diversity and inclusion efforts


  5. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Gladstone is an open lab and has collaborative nature in work. Resources are freely shared and the mind set of employees in general are very open.

    Cons

    There aren't particular cons, as this is case by case basis. The area around Gladstone is booming in construction and traffic does get quite hectic with ball games.


  6. "We are the best so don't mess up!"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Completely depends on who is your PI. Some are great mentors who are passionate about science and care for their students. Some are 100% selfish and show concern for themselves, their image.

    Cons

    You must create data or you are going to be yelled at in group meetings. Ego-driven atmosphere.
    Some floors have have a small number of labs compared to other floors. which limits effective intercommunication and fruitful discussions.

    Advice to Management

    Forget your image, be real scientists.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for scientists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart colleagues, great benefits, interesting talks and events for scientists to learn new techniques and meet more scientists, many instruments and cores in the institution, decent time off, UCSF campus doesn't have the best food.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of cons, but the low pay stands out the most. San Francisco is trrribly expensive. They will make you pay $280/month for parking. No where to move up without PhD.

    Advice to Management

    Provide your employees a place to park without astronomical fees. If you overwork the scientists without allowing them to move up in position, they will feel burned out with little to motivate them beyond their paper and future prospects (with other companies).

  8. "Good place for postdoc!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a very good place for postdocs. Gladstone provide excellent scientific training and generous benefit for postdocs. In addition, Gladstone provides awesome working environment and scientific atmosphere.

    Cons

    Although the salary for postdocs is higher than that of postdocs working at UCSF. It is still hard to afford to live in San Francisco, especially for people have little kids.

    Advice to Management

    Good management. Very well organized and efficient. Maybe Gladstone need to work on postdoc mentoring and provide more job opportunity for postdocs.


  9. "Working as Reseach Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time

    Pros

    It is a good place for training and interaction

    Cons

    Living in San Francisco is very expensive

    Advice to Management

    Improve the benefit to support the living cost


  10. "decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Gladstone Institutes full-time

    Pros

    great staff to work with everyday and good team to learn new skills off of. I would recommend this as a place to join as a first time graduate

    Cons

    cons are limited geuinley enjoyed working with everyone. worklife balance was decent and in general the mood was positive day to day

    Advice to Management

    keep good work up


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