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Learn many technical skills in a short period of time!
In Vivo Technologist (Current Employee) –  Sacramento, CANovember 13, 2017
Jackson Laboratory teaches its technologists many techniques in a 3 month period to prepare you well to work on study projects with confidence and ease. I entered Jackson not having held a mouse, and after working there for a few months, I was able to gain confidence in my abilities to not only perform study activities, but also lead some projects. The only downside is that the hours are long and the hardest part of the job would be staying positive while working not so ideal shifts. The work culture is great though, and the other technicians do not think twice about staying longer to help others out.
Pros
Benefits, work culture, tech week, opportunity to take classes to further education, they pay you to get ALAAS certified, etc.
Cons
long hours, have to work weekends, not enough people know how to do all the tasks
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Life at JAX
SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee) –  Bar Harbor, MEOctober 29, 2017
The Jackson Lab was an amazing place to work. Due to their goals you felt like you were personally involved in helping others with their health and life. The research provided help to people suffering from health issues.
Pros
Work environment, company goals, feeling of accomplishment
Cons
Workload
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Great place to work
Help Desk Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Bar Harbor, MEOctober 3, 2017
I love supporting all the users there. Workday was busy but fun. Hardest part of the was suiting up to go into the mouse room since I didn't do it all the time. It was interesting once you got in the room through.

Great location in Bar Harbor. Can't beat it!.
Pros
Work hours, Users, Support team
Cons
Getting lost in some of the older bldgs.
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Very collaborative environment.
SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER (Current Employee) –  Farmington, CTOctober 2, 2017
Very mission focused organization with strong scientific focus. Strong management team on the scientific side and great collaboration between different parts of the organization.
Pros
Mission and Collaboration
Cons
Nonprofit pay scale
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Detaled Oriented Work
Animal Care Technician (Current Employee) –  Bar Harbor, MESeptember 5, 2017
Working here at the lab, you learn a lot. You have many opportunities to work and grow in this field. Whether you're in animal care or a research assistant. You get great benefits, and get paid well.
Pros
paid well, great benefits, meet great people
Cons
very stressful at times, hard flooring leaving you sore afterwards
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Initially great, now not so much
Research Assistant/Lab Manager (Current Employee) –  Bar Harbor, MEAugust 31, 2017
Mouse research was initially very mentally stimulating and exciting. For the first ten years I loved my job, worked lots of voluntary overtime and looked forward to working there well into retirement. However, in recent years we've gradually become over-regulated and 'dumbed-down'. Innovation and creativity are now largely discouraged and the work environment has become physically very uncomfortable, due to a number of newer legal requirements and managerial decisions. It's stable work for good wages, if that's all you're looking for, and depending on how you approach your job, you might even consider it fun to work there. But if you have higher aspirations, you'll likely become increasingly disillusioned over time.
Pros
beautiful environment, good wages for this area, competitive in the industry
Cons
over-regulated and over-managed
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The Company does not have yor best interest
Animal Care Technician II/Operations Technician (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAMay 2, 2017
Working there at the Company is all about what they can get out of you period.To much drama and if your not liked they set you up to fail not worth it
Pros
Good co-workers
Cons
Don't bother working with this company it will only stress you out.
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Great Company
Breeding Services Animal Care Technologist (Current Employee) –  Sacramento, CA 95838April 4, 2017
Great company to work for. Fair and great growth opportunity. I respect the companies goal to improving human health. I enjoy everything about my job. The job is very mental and physical in nature but your given lots of training to help support you as you grow.
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Great company to work for
Breeding Services Mid Technician (Current Employee) –  Sacramento, CAMarch 18, 2017
Over the last few years I have advanced pretty fast and learned a lot along the way. I believe in the company and the core values. I often do not agree with upper management but I want to continue to grow with the company.
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Nice environment to work at, but low salary
Project Manager - In Vivo Pharmacology Service (Current Employee) –  Sacramento, CAFebruary 20, 2017
JAX provides a nice environment to work at. The on-site gym and lunch break room are pretty nice. Overall the benefits package is pretty nice for health insurance and 403B, but the salary is too low compared to industrial standard.
Pros
Gym
Cons
Low salary
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It was a part time job
Animal Care Technician (Current Employee) –  Bar Harbor, MEJanuary 9, 2017
Gym on campus
Independent work
Teamwork
Goals
Great lunch time
Campus cafe
Get leave time
Work 7-3:30 shift
Have buses from Bangor Ellsworth and cherry field
Pros
Set schedules retirement plan benefits gym on campus
Cons
Under staffed
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Horrible management, principal investigator
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Farmington, CTMarch 2, 2016
I agree with the other post on how bad on how terrible management and integrity of scientific values are. Some principal investigator
treatment of employees really bad, not tearm work. Demanding the impossible in work, and overwhelming stressful workplace (physically and mentally, as a result so many injuries are happening). Over working hour in the weekend and they believe in favoritism and quantity over quality.
Pros
overwhelming stressful workplace
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Horrible management, people, pay, and treatment.
Animal Care Trainee (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAJanuary 19, 2016
I agree with the other post on how bad on how terrible management and integrity of scientific values are.
Terrible treatment of employees (really bad), customer service skills lacking (everyday making new rules in all departments) Demanding the impossible in work, and overwhelming stressful workplace (physically and mentally, as a result so many injuries are happening). They believe in favoritism and quantity over quality. Mostly all coworkers believe the have received the one over and are unhappy ( not just 2 or 3, a LOT like 40 or 50)
Cons
Low pay and contiuous monitoring of workforce. Three stike system and you'll be terminated.
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Laboratory Technician
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CANovember 17, 2015
Assisted with all encompassing genetically modified animal testing, production, colony management, various scientific applications, and many internal trainings that include coursework up to advanced genetics.
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Horrible Managment.
In Vivo Sciences (Former Employee) –  TechnicianJune 23, 2015
Terrible management and integrity of scientific values.
Terrible treatment of employees and customer service skills lacking.
Pros
None
Cons
Low pay and contiuous monitoring of workforce. Three stike system and you'll be terminated.
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Nice place to work
Senior Test Engineer (Current Employee) –  Bar Harbor, MEApril 16, 2015
Nice environment and Nice place to work.great benefits, enthusiastic smart people, great work/life balance, fantastic campus, a sense of fun
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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
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.
Pros
Employee appreciation days, awards
Cons
None
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great place to work for everyone.
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAOctober 20, 2014
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.
Pros
Heathcare prices, 403b
Cons
lots of work
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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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