Research Technician (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – May 18, 2016
A culture of favoritism and nepotism exists in this Institute. There is a clear hierarchy with principle investigators at the top followed by post doc fellows, then graduate students. Research technicians, admin professionals, and other staff are considered dispensable. There is very little professional development and opportunities for advancement for technicians and administrators. If you decide to work at the Gladstone Institutes, learn what you can and move on quickly.
Visiting Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 10, 2016
Typical day involves browsing literature, designing and executing experiments, interpreting and presenting results Learned how to manage one's own research and how to provide and receive active feedback during lab meetings Friendly and collaborative coworkers who take active interest in one another's work Hardest is bouncing back from failed/uninformative experiments, most enjoyable is accomplishment and exchanging ideas
Free coffee, incredible location
No compensation (although as a visiting student it wasn't expected)
Event Coordinator/Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – March 25, 2014
Gladstone is doing incredible research using basic science. It is an honor to work at a company so well respected and innovative. All departments work cooperatively and everyone was part of a team. Not only was I able to create successful events but I met very influential people and learned about scientific discoveries.
Of course after an event there was always leftover food.
Former G&A (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – November 20, 2013
I worked in the office environment and I totally disliked it. There is a lot of favoritism - if you're one of the ones that are liked, you're in. If not, you'll find everything goes uphill.
Admin is confined to the ground floor. The rest of the floors are dedicated to scientists and research. The ground floor isn't laid out efficiently and you'll find yourself doing a lot of walking - to the copy machine (there's only one), to someone's office. The assistants are in a cubicle area far from the exec offices, which made for a lot of steps (difficult in heels!).
They have antiquated copy machines. The IT department is good, again if you're well-liked - but customer service is not high on their priority list and you will have to wait for everything.
The general attitude in the exec area is stuffy, conservative, and very political. The company relies a lot on philanthropy, so they are always having prospective donors in for meetings.
If you're a scientist, you're treated like a god. Scientists can do no wrong.
G&A staff are expected to work and work and work. Not very good work/life balance.
There is no cafeteria, which is surprising because it's a big building. You have to go across the street to one of the other buildings to their cafes. Nice, but expensive and time-consuming.
Definitely not recommended for G&A staff.
Nice building, great area. Good benefits.
Stuffy, conservative atmosphere and mind-set. G&A are made to feel like slaves rowing the ship.