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Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Reviews

Updated March 23, 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. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research assistant"

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

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time

    Pros

    It has good potential
    Autonomy
    slow pace, great if youre raising kids

    Cons

    Too much red tape
    Not enough guidance
    PI's are in a more of an antagonistic position than an advising role
    No clear growth potential

    Advice to Management

    Stop the blame game culture which hurts comradery and wanting to find solutions to people just doing the minimum amount of work to transfer the blame


  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  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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