Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

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Terrible
Employee (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMNovember 4, 2017
Horrible management, horrible work environment, unprofessional and HR is a mess. This is a very unprofessional work environment where folks complain about each other for no reason. Not worth the drama.
Pros
benefits
Cons
TERRIBLE management and HR
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Great Scientific Minds
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMOctober 28, 2017
Aerosol Respiratory and Dosimetry Program at LRRI staff scientist
Aerosol Scientist, Study Director and Supervisor
IACUC member
Infectious Diseases Committee
Biological Safety Level-3 Committee.
Visiting scientist at the Research Center for Toxicology and Hygienic Regulation of Biopreparations
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This company listens to employees
Clinical Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMAugust 15, 2017
Outstanding leadership. Bi-weekly conference call details accomplishments, and supervisor always inquires, if I need anything to make my job easier.
Supervisor makes a site visit, at least once a year, and she is always available via telephone calls.
Pros
N/a
Cons
Travel funds
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Don't work here...if you have experience
Research Technologist (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJune 21, 2017
An okay place to work to get feet your foot in the door for research. They'll hire you even if you don't have any experience. The pay however is quite low and moral is very very low.
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Just a job.
Human Resources Assistant (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 25, 2017
LLRI was a decent place to work at. The staff was very kind but it was not for me. Everyone was divided by their individual departments. They also test on many animals including dogs. The dogs never get to experience a life outside of the secure facility.
Pros
Great holiday bonus.
Cons
They kill animals.
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Unstable Environment
Scientist (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 13, 2017
The company struggles with maintaining a healthy business model while playing favorites to individuals who are well-liked by upper management. Not an ideal option for individuals seeking long-term employment.
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Good
Supervisor/Manager (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMFebruary 5, 2017
LRRI offered opportunities for advancement and reimbursement for education (must meet specific requirements). LRRI does offer many learning experiences and the benefits are nice. High paced, stressful environment requires the ability to adapt quickly.
Pros
Retirement benefits
Cons
Job security
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Unethical Illicit Behavior
Independent Contractor (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJanuary 24, 2017
This place truly is a disaster waiting to happen. The Upper Management is corrupt and unethical. They know the research they do there is totally inadequate. They don't fix their equipment, and who needs hot water? Fuctioning heat or air conditioning is a lot to ask for. Just continue going through the motions so they can get more government funding! Anyone bright enough to question the illicit activity (or need for hot water sanitation) need not apply, because you'll be fired and replaced with cheap student labor if you dare speak up. Also, they retaliate maliciously if they don't like you especially. Animal escapes, violations, fines.... Don't work here if you're a sincere person. They don't want you.
Pros
If I think of any I'll let you know.
Cons
Unethical Management, No respect for science, No regard for employees, Always cutting costs, dangerous environment, disregard for public saftey
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Productive
Sr. Contracts Specialist (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMOctober 9, 2016
Productive important work. Important work for humanity. Super fast busy every day. The future depend on this type of company to provide research for caner and respiratory disease.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Far from my home
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An Exciting and very active company to work for.
Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H) Manager (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMMay 4, 2016
I was able to excel and exceed in updating the safety program with the full support of the administration. I had an outstanding crew of safety professionals working for me as well as great working relationships with the science staff, facilities maintenance and technicians throughout the company.
Pros
Freedom to expand the safety program
Cons
travel distance from work to home
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Fast paced but fun environment
Sr. Lab Tech (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 19, 2016
Frequent meeting to pass on information for various studies. Supportive management.
Coworkers willing to share their skills and train others.
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fun work place
Veterinary Technician (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 1, 2016
The people where fun to work with, although I did not like seeing the animals in pain. But otherwise that was my job and that was to bring them back to heath.
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Good benefits and pay, unfocused management
Research Technologist (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMMay 26, 2015
Company provides good pay and benefits. Technicians are highly undervalued and have little job security. Recent management turnover has left the company like a ship without a sail, treatment of technicians largely unprofessional. Human Resources department nearly all new but treat all employees fairly and honestly.
Pros
Pay, benefits
Cons
Little job security, no understanding by management that technicians have a life outside of work
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Management upheaval
Laboratory Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, New MexicoMay 21, 2015
LRRI is undergoing substantial management shifts and personnel lay-offs. There is a severe lack of communication between management and employees at all levels. It does not feel like a stable place to be employed at this time. The caliber of research being done was enjoyable, but the feeling of distrust filtering from management to lower level employees fosters an environment of stress.
Pros
fun science
Cons
micro-management
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This place is in emense debt!
Veterinary Technician (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 1, 2015
LRRI just had a mass lay off. Occording to my boss, the company is in $7 million of debt and this was the 3rd major lay off event since he started. The management is complete garbage! Unless you keep your nose shoved up the right person's crack, you will not succeed here.
Pros
Benefits start immediately
Cons
Everything else
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Great people researching ways to make the populace healthier
Internship (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMSeptember 2, 2014
Research experiments that lead to helping better treat and hopefully cure fatal diseases and viruses.
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Work is great, Company management is poor
CMVS (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMOctober 3, 2013
The work and experience one gains from working at this institution is very unique, and rewarding. The management of the company is something else. The Human Resources Dept., basically runs the company, and often straddles the line of legal and illegal practices.
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Highly Confidental Company
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMMay 31, 2013
My typical day a work is to schedule appointments, make travel arrangements, reconcile credit cards, answer phones and other duties for CFO, CHRO, and Director of IT. I learned many new software programs that I did not know about previously. Management has 1200 employees. I have many co-workers that I help with scheduling appointments and conference rooms. The hardest part of the job is there is quite a turnover. The most enjoyable part of the job is employees who work with me.
Pros
Free Coffee
Cons
Healthcare
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Very troubled institute
Scientist (Current Employee) –  AlbuquerqueMay 10, 2013
This a non-profit organization with a stated purpose of finding cures for lung diseases. This is a lofty goal, but in the real world it takes money to do research. Unfortunately the LRRI culture is so obsessed with money, that science has taken a very distant back seat. As has respect for workers. The workplace culture is absolutely awful, and that is just the flat truth. In my 20+ years of working I have never witnessed such a demoralized, bullying, contemptuous work environment. Largely this comes from the CEO, and the 3 or 4 other individuals who are benefitting from and maintaining the status quo. When you interview here, you will be told many wonderful things about the flat organizational structure, the entrepreneurship, how excited they are to have you, and your room for advancement. After you get here you will be treated as a dispensable labor source, until you quit, are fired, or simply give up on your dreams of doing science to benefit humankind. Please don't think these are the rants of someone who failed, I am still employed here and being productive. And being disrespected daily like 99% of the workforce. Outside of the CEO and 3 to 4 others, I doubt you will find many folks who disagree with what I am saying.

There are a few positives: the pay is OK. There are some good scientists. There is flexibility in terms of the type of work you can do (pharma vs. academic).
Pros
Ok pay
Cons
Culture of disrespect
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Intelligent people everywhere! Difficult culture.
Training Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJanuary 19, 2013
As with most companies there are great people and there are people who leave a lot to be desired.

One of the south facilities is difficult to get to, especially in bad weather - a long drive.

Unfortunately, yelling and screaming at employees is accepted as a normal operating procedure. Bullying is allowed and management prefers to turn a blind eye rather than deal with it.
Pros
awesome benefits
Cons
challenging work environment
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