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Great place to work & Fantastic Benefits
Customer Service (Current Employee), Bar Harbor, MaineFebruary 27, 2015
If you are looking for a great place to work, you will want to work at The Jackson Laboratory. They really take care of their employees, promote a healthy work/lilfe balance and they value innovative thinking. This is definitely one of the best employers in the state of Maine.
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Fun place to work, on the job training and advancement
Production Technologist II (Former Employee), Sacramento, CAFebruary 3, 2015
Pros: employee appreciation days, awards
Room for job growth and advancement.
Everyone is helpful and readdy to assist if extra work is given.
Lifting and and some heacy pushing of cages is required.
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Hardworking environment with great benefits
Operations Trainee (Former Employee), Sacramento, CAOctober 30, 2014
Pros: excellent co-workers, fantastic healthcare benefits, working for a noble cause.
Cons: overbearing and unfair management practices, not much room for growth in operations department.
The tasks that I performed were primarily repetitive and simple. I learned how to better work as a good teammate and also how to better adjust my work pace to accommodate the workload. Management was not ideal. They acted like they cared about the employees and tried to be supportive, but they provided disciplinary action for the smallest "instances". For example, being a minute late into your work area even though you showed up 10 minutes early for work and it took you an extra minute to change your clothes. Also they liked to spy and eavesdrop on employees constantly to catch anyone doing anything slightly wrong. My co-workers were fantastic. Everyone was a strong team player and didn't hesitate to assist you if you were still learning a process or job. The hardest part of the job was muscle fatigue from hours of doing the same repetitive motion. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing that what I was doing was helping people find cures for all kinds of serious genetic diseases.
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great place to work for everyone.
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee), Sacramento, CAOctober 20, 2014
Pros: heathcare prices, 403b
Cons: lots of work
The staff was great. All your managers treated you equal not like they are above you. The benefits are great they match 401 k. lots of holidays and day off including two floating holidays every six months. The hardest part of this job is you have to be determined and ready to work and do everything, once you get in routine it is easy. Just now your managers is always their for you.
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Great Experience
Summer Student Research Program Intern (Former Employee), Bar Harbor, MEJuly 28, 2014
For a college student looking for a summer internship, I highly recommend Jax SSP.
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Fun place to learn about the potential of mouse genetics and how it can be exploited to designing personalized medicine in the future.
Postdoctoral Associate, Reproductive genetics (Former Employee), Bar Harbor, MENovember 14, 2013
Pros: friendly people, great benefits package.
Cons: remote location
Typical day at work involved performing experiments at the bench, discussing experimental design and research data with co-workers, attending seminars presented by external speakers or journal clubs hosted by specific interest groups within the Jackson lab, presenting research data at lab meetings or journal clubs, writing manuscripts.

Since Jackson Labs is a premier institution for mouse genetics, we had access to a large array of genetically modified mouse models, free of cost. This facilitated testing of various hypotheses in relevant mouse models without compromising on time or lab resources.

The most exciting part of being at Jax was getting an opportunity to acquaint myself with the tools of mouse genetics that help identify modifier genes. These are genes that act as suppressors or enhancers of disease phenotypes and will form the very basis of personalized medicine in the future.

The ambiance is great and people are friendly and helping. The extreme weather conditions were sometimes hard to tackle.
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Great non-profit company
Project Manager (Current Employee), Sacramento, CASeptember 29, 2013
Many opportunities to learn and grow. Integrated approach to running a business, ability to gain experience in all aspects of project management.
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High throughput, fast-paced scientific laboratory
Genotyping Technician, Transgenic Services (Current Employee), Bar Harbor, MEAugust 13, 2013
Pros: autonomy, a variety of responsibilities, freedom to choose work hours
Cons: very fast-paced (employees tend to burn out form the work load), low pay for the work accomplished, limited advancement opportunities
A typical work day involves continuous use, development, and design of biological assays and subsequent analysis of assay results. Skills gained include, but are not limited to: specific lab techniques and use of analysis software, multi-tasking, critical thinking, email communication with customers and upper-level management, and team work with co-workers to work towards a shared goal of customer satisfaction and quality results. Co-workers are focused and expected to meet specified metrics. The department is divided into several different teams, each with its own "team lead" and specific set of assays. More advanced technicians are cross-trained to fill in for absent coworkers. The most difficult part of this position is the constant flow of work and the unrelenting pace of the work. However, the most enjoyable part of the job is the autonomy granted and individual responsibilities allowed to each employee- this demonstrates a high level of trust in the technicians by upper-level management and is a reflection of the competency of employees.
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Excellent Scientific Community with Strong Core Values
Manager, Breeding Services (Current Employee), Bar Harbor, MEJune 10, 2013
Pros: great benefits, high value on work life balance
Cons: locations may not be ideal for all candidates
The Jackson Lab offers employment growth opportunities for a large demographic, and supports ongoing scientific research leveraging high quality research support (Mice and Services) to advance a large research organization to advance scientific exploration in disease research and Human Genomics.

The Lab actively supports all of its employees, and provides excellent employment opportunities in three locations with in the US (Bar Harbor, ME; Sacramento, CA; Farmington, CT). Employee development is placed at a premium, and leadership as well as innovative thought is valued highly.
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I loved working at Jackson Lab, I lefted for personal reasons.
Senior Laboratory Assistant II (Former Employee), Bar Harbor, MENovember 28, 2012
Pros: i learned so much at the lab, that l am enrolled at uma in the vet tech program.
Cons: i wish i hadn't left in 2000.
I started as a animal care technician and worked my way up to a Senior Laboratory Assistant II. The group that I worked for were wonderful to work with.
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Excellent organizational values and dedicated to employee welfare
Manager, Breeding Services (Current Employee), Bar Harbor, MEAugust 27, 2012
Pros: great benefits, dedicated to employees, and well respected in the research community.
Cons: the headquaters is geographically isolated from major metropolitan areas (this could be a pro)
The Jackson Lab is a unique not for prophet organization that has three main focuses; world class customer service related to supporting research using mouse models, cutting edge translational research and quality education both on and off campus.

The lab has focused in developing internal resources to truly provide a space for high quality products and research. The dichotomy of having a thriving research program and an large production facility sometimes makes managing the lab as a whole seem awkward, but this has also allowed the lab to explore product and research space not possible for other institutions.

About The Jackson Laboratory

The Jackson Laboratory (www.jax.org) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and a National Cancer Institute-designated – Read more