Pros: relaxed, interesting work, amazing mentors, great job security, adequate benefits, fun coworkers, interesting talks
Cons: terrible union, horrible hr, allusions of a corporate ladder system, lazy admin, lower than average salary, no bonuses
Very relaxed atmosphere and great people to work with. Extremely low stress except for the research which can be daunting but that's research. Every tool in molecular biology is at your finger tips and you're working along side some of the most brilliant scientists in the field.
Though, it is extremely difficult to work your way up the ladder here. – more... Raises are very rare and you're better off going somewhere else for more money if that's what you need. No bonuses ever. Expect a lower than average salary since it's academia. The RA union is terrible and only take their portion from your paychecks ($50/month), never really coming to your aid when you want a promotion. HR will not help you at all in advancements. The trick is to get an outside offer which forces them to do their job. They hate working more than they have to. Most of the admin on the campus is like this so you'll have to be aggressive to make it to Sr. RA. Good luck. – less