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Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work at the Pilot Bioproduction Facility"

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    Former Employee - Senior Down Stream Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Down Stream Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good environment to work, a lot of work.

    Cons

    Contract position, no place to grow

    Advice to Management

    Hope it will be the same


  2. "Every person for themselves"

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    Former Employee - Support Services in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Support Services in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent job security and pay.

    Cons

    Very limited advancement and training opportunities. Support personnel are expected to do everything for customers. New contract lab techs. are not fully trained in how to obtain access support services. Plenty of work but not enough workers. Practically no team work among support sections. Management throws support personnel into running a program with no training, support, or assistance but will slam them when things go wrong. Management only looks out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Support and train your employees.


  3. "Workload"

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    Current Employee - Support in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Support in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and job security.

    Cons

    No advancement or training opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The rules that apply to one, apply to all.


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  5. "Translational Medicine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great ground level people with superior skill sets, dedication and work ethic. Super team effort with a drive to succeed.

    Cons

    Poor relationship with Army product sponsor and many dysfunctional challenges


  6. "Student Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's great for students as there's a lot of down time in between studies. The mentors are great because they're always willing to help and will push you to be better.

    Cons

    The atmosphere isn't all that great. It's a very kill or be killed attitude amongst the lab members. Lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your student workers properly. We want as much experience as possible; don't give all the work to a select few. Equally share the work.


  7. "WRAIR"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours and updated laboratories, all staff are polite and the environment is professional and well organized.

    Cons

    Because of the tight structure it can take more time to get things done.


  8. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Student Aide in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Student Aide in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Hands-on experience with many scientists and important people. If you're a STEM major, this will definitely look great on your resume.

    Cons

    Interviewing process was very informal. I felt like I didn't get hired because of my qualifications, but because I knew somebody who worked there. Getting in-processed and out-processed is a pain, and so is the training.

    Advice to Management

    Try to refinance the student program so students can learn and grow at WRAIR!


  9. "The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research--once a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Microbiologist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Microbiologist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There were a great many different research projects ongoing from vaccine research and development to the multi-drug resistant organisms and how they work. There are opportunities to work in BSL 1 thru 3, with various pathogens both bacterial and viral. Most of the work in some way will benefit the US Military that are fighting overseas in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

    Cons

    I retired in Nov 2011 and had knee replacement surgery. At 62, I was at the peak of my career there in vaccine R&D and found that it was very difficult to get re-hired as a contractor, even though the bulk of my career (32 years) was spent between WRAIR at 16th and Dahlia in the District and on Brookville Dr. In order to be considered you must contact the correct contractor for very specific jobs. There are a variety of nationalities working there, both foreign nationals as well as US citizens as well as US Military both officers and enlisted. Sometimes the cultural differences as well as the military vs civilian differences require a great deal of patience and tolerance.

    Advice to Management

    Open up the hiring to retirees, especially those who have gained a great deal of experience and know how to navigate the bureaucracy and have had the necessary experience to deal with both civilian and military as well as US citizens and foreign nationals.


  10. "Lots of free time for students"

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    Current Employee - Student Research Technician in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Student Research Technician in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of free time for completing homework; lots of great opportunities for research experience; hands on experience on studies; flexible hours.

    Cons

    Little to no cycling when scheduling over night shifts.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "very relaxed but must be proactive"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very relaxed and flexible environment. very low stress. Perfect job for a student. Some groups are doing some great research and there are opportunities for collaborations and being proactive on other studies. Open 24/7, gym and showers, play soccer on fridays. Made a number of good friends.

    Cons

    Sometimes was not challenging at all. it was quite easy to do nothing all day and just goof around. the research itself seemed kinda lacking and slow paced, especially compared to NIH. Publications were mostly non-existent and the workforce was often not very ambitious.

    Advice to Management

    There is not much room for growth within the groups as positions are usually static. Maybe create promotions i.e. lab tech 1, 2, 3 etc with pay increases depending on performance.


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