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Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  1. "Research Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    There are many resources and opportunities to expand your professional network.

    Cons

    Sexism is very much apparent within the army and this is also extends to the civilians working in laboratories. The higher ups do not acknowledge these events when brought to their attention, especially if the incidents involved a PI. It highly depends what laboratory you work in. The one I worked in had an extremely tense environment especially around the PI and was not a fun place to walk into on Monday morning. If you are a genuinely hard worker and want to succeed in science this is NOT the place for you.


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    "Noble idea, poor execution"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    place is deserted after 5 so no problems with work-life balance. most labs are nice and office culture friendly.

    Cons

    Building is falling down - bathrooms have been broken for weeks, walls have holes still not repaired from pipes bursting in winter. Doors broken for months. Recycling contract never got renewed so boxes left everywhere. Cafeteria is terrible, sometimes not open and no one is notified - closest food a 20min drive away. Bureaucracy is ridiculous - 90 day approval to go to a conference even if you only got invited in less than that time. Academics treated badly because they are not military - no communication about anything occurring on the campus. Training takes way too much time, especially when the training is geared to the military and not to the academics. Postdocs ignored and treated like they are non-existent. Mandatory training consists or lectures where they treat you like school children. No career development. Building isolated and transport is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally, regardless of military status. Fix building space and increase transport options.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good after college job"

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Looks excellent on a resume. Good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    No chance of upward movement. Poor managers.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and offer opportunity for advancement.


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