Communication Systems Specialist (Former Employee) – Bethesda, MD – December 14, 2017
I got all the clues wrong. I thought they would keep me because of my college degree, wrong. I am overly proud. I had not realized to that point that we are not equal but complementary. I had no idea what the management expected of me.
Great benefits but admin staff are like scared rabbits - researchers wield all the power with no checks
ADMINISTRATIVE LAB COORDINATOR (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – November 21, 2017
I appreciated all of the benefits however as administrative staff at HHMI we ran around in fear of researchers - who were often pre-eminent in their field. Rather than help resolve issues that arose with literally no communication from my new PI boss, Administrative supervisors only intervened to execute the will of the all-powerful investigator. While other institutions have put checks and balances in place my boss was able to "decline" to participate in a 30-day probationary period when issues arose due to literally no communication and insist that I be terminated immediately because it was "too stressful". Because there was no real cause (just an issue with extra food at an event he held no one attended) they paid me to quietly sneak off into the night. Other friends have worked for great investigators and been very happy but there is a reason the admin staff seems a bit terrified!
Great health and dental benefits - five weeks vacation
If the professor has issues with you then you are gotten rid of with no due process
Business Analyst (Current Employee) – Chevy Chase, MD – July 9, 2017
When I first started at this company, I saw myself staying here long term because of the people and culture. Everyone is so friendly and fun to work with. However, it seems like this organization has changed to be more about money efficient than for their employees and research. Although it is still a great place to work, there are a lot more turnover these days.
HHMI has an odd culture. The new president is trying to fix it - but has left some poor leaders in charge of FTE heavy areas. When the leader in charge of a large group is manipulative and disingenuous - culture issues are bound to remain, it's very sad.
The last few years the "leadership" has done nothing but constant unnecessary re-organizing. Used to be a place that put value in their employees and their commitment to their work and the mission. However, now there is total disregard for the human element. A huge reliance on external consultants and out-sourcing; non-stop politics and revolving door of employees. The motto used to be "People before Projects". Kind of laughable now.
Research Scientist/Postdoc Fellow (Current Employee) – New York, NY – April 30, 2017
HHMI has outstanding resource and comprehensive benefits. HHMI has a network of labs across the country. It is easy to find opportunity to collaborate. Salary is fair. Benefits are excellent. It is a good place to work.
Administrative Assistant with 12 years of experience with a high degree of efficiency.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – New Haven, CT – December 7, 2016
My typical day at work is very productive. I provide thorough and skillful support to two professors. Responding to emails, managing and scheduling the calendar. Prepare travel arrangements and itineraries. Assisting with preparation of grant applications and manuscripts. Ordering supplies.
I am a hard worker willing to help out in any way I can. Also my attendance is superb.
Medical benefits and holidays off
My job is ending due to no funding for my salary. I will explain: