Good place to get initial experience however salary is not competitive and many, on the research side, do not plan to stay for the long-term
Research Associate (Current Employee) – Boston, MA – April 1, 2013
This is my first full-time job after graduating with a Bachelor's degree and I was fortunate enough to join a great lab but know quite a few people who were not as lucky. I learned many new techniques and my PI was very flexible in allowing his employees to take classes and often encouraged it. However, while it is a sufficient environment to gain initial experience and grow in knowledge, the longer you stay in a lab at BIDMC, the more you realize you need to leave in order to progress.
Also, the salary and benefits are not competitive with other surrounding institutions and BIDMC is very secretive with pay grade and job descriptions, making it very difficult to prepare for performance evaluations and to know what you can and cannot ask for, in terms of promotions and salary increase. BIDMC is also terrible with vacation time; every week, employees earn about 4 hours of "earned time" which comes out to about 24 days per year. This bank includes your vacation time, the NATIONAL HOLIDAYS (i.e. Christmas, New Years, etc) holidays AND sick time (if one is sick for three consecutive days or less, the time is taken from this bank...if one is sick for more than three consecutive days, the first three days are still taken from this bank and the remainder is taken from his/her "earned illness" bank which accumulates at a ridiculously slow rate).
great educational location and environment (hospitals and universities galore), good food, right in the heart of the city
unpaid half hour lunch break, traffic from red sox games and all of the students during the school year, not a place to stay for the long term if you're a research assistant