Henry M. Jackson Foundation Employee Reviews

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A stressful an unfriendly environment with ambiguous goals.
Manager (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDDecember 6, 2018
Weak upper management that seem cold and uncaring.

There is little regard for the people getting the work done.

Although there was talk of increasing diversity the results say otherwise. There is very little racial diversity in upper management.

I witnessed unprofessional retaliation for personal differences that upper manager ignored or in some cases, was a party to. There is little effort to investigation or resolve issues and instead management picks a side or will just let the chips fall where they may.

Be careful not to offer unsolicited advise. It well surely be viewed as meddling especially if you are right. The place is just backwards.
Pros
Free coffee, good benefits
Cons
Lack of training for existing staff. Responsibility with no authority.
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Technology Transfer Department Staff Member (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDOctober 8, 2018
My typical day consists of juggling multiple tasks within the Tech Transfer department in Rockville. Workload and responsibilities are not clearly defined. The health benefits are superb. Management should consider a course or two in effectively managing people, instead of deadlines. Management does a terrific job at keeping everyone at each other's throat everyday, and are more concerned about your personal life then the real issues in the department. I've never seen any like it.

Come Spring 2019 there will be another clean sweep of upper levels and I hope it is our Directors. Old school thinking for new school way of working. The CEO is a great guy it seems. He is very friendly and seems to be approachable. We also enjoy a comfortable work space.
Pros
Health benefits
Cons
accrued vacation; bad attitudes; ineffective management; old workplce rules; outdated processes
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Many sites, not a on size fits all
Reseach Assistant III (Current Employee) –  Bethesda, MDNovember 6, 2018
I can't imagine the difficulty in managing governement money for so many labs, but even with a central office, communication of available resources, channels and responsibilities are unclear.
Pros
Solid benefits
Cons
Non universal trainings, little career advancement
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Stable job with excellent benefits
Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Portsmouth, VAAugust 8, 2018
Company provides excellent benefits and the ability to have a flexible schedule to accommodate work/life balance. This particular position at this location has no room for advancement.
Pros
Excellent benefits
Cons
No opportunity for advancement
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Enjoyable Employer - Wish compensation were better
Research Technician (Current Employee) –  Bethesda, MDSeptember 4, 2018
HJF is an enjoyable place to work. It is a driven company, and very partial towards hiring new graduates straight out of college. It offers important experience to new graduates, and the benefits are nice. However, the pay is unfortunately subpar.
Pros
Good company environment
Cons
Low pay
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Diverse culture of professionals
Acute Pain Nurse Manager (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDOctober 23, 2018
HJFis a wonderful place to ascertain a wealth of healthcare related clinical research exposure. The incentives are program specific however, the benefits are great and comparable to the federal system which is great.
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Great place to hone your technical skills
Veterinary Technician II (Current Employee) –  Fort Sam Houston, TXAugust 1, 2018
Research oriented work. Not able to go into day to day procedures.

For some reason there needs to be 150 characters for this review which seems a little overboard in my opinion.
Pros
Benefits are amazing.
Cons
Rotating schedules to fit protocols.
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Great place to work for
Veterinary Technician (Current Employee) –  Bethesda, MDAugust 22, 2018
Henry M. Jackson Foundation is one of the best companies to work for. Fair pay and great benefits which include, paid vacation, paid sick leave, retirement plan with the company matching a percentage.
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Typical Day
Program Finance Manager (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDAugust 4, 2018
- Busy Work day
- Time Management
- Work independently
- Change agents
- Compliant based
- Knowledgebase management
- Flexible schedules
- Good Benefits
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Great benefits...lacking proper management
Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDApril 13, 2018
This organization offers a great benefits package, however management is lacking with employees working off-site. Culture is diverse. Difficult part of the job, getting things done in a timely manner, and having people at the main office get back to you regarding issues/questions, and general work.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Management
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Challenging Oppportunity
Scientist (Current Employee) –  Bethesda, MDMay 6, 2018
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation supports military medicine the so the organization is performing an important role that can be very rewarding. The organization is going through numerous changes to better support this mission both on the administrative and the programmatic end.
Pros
Employer matched savings
Cons
Expensive health benefits
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Good compromise between great benefits and poor salary
Scientist (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDFebruary 16, 2018
Overall this is a good contracting company with great benefits (health, retirement, paid-time off, etc.). The company doesn't do well with salary.There is no fair mechanism of how employees are paid based on their credentials. Employees with fair credentials (education + experience) can get paid much more than other highly qualified personnel placed in the same department. The company may or may not enforce yearly evaluation of employee performance.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Unfair salary
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Does not pay well but has good work/life balance
Analyst (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDOctober 22, 2018
Good work life balance, lots of telework and flexible schedule options. Generous sick leave and average vacation. Public service student loan forgiveness is an option for employees.
Cons
Low pay
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really amazing coworkers
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDApril 1, 2018
really amazing and supportive coworkers
- The work that HJF is doing through research to advance research innovations.
- Benefits package
- Growth within the company
- The ability to adapt to change
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Great place to work
Data Management Specialist (DMS) (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDFebruary 12, 2018
The Henry Jackson Foundation is a great place to work with very competitive benefits and a very good mission. I will recommended to any one. I have being here for 9 year now.
Pros
Competitives benefits..
Cons
short breaks
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No professional development
Project Coordinator/Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Bethesda, MDOctober 10, 2017
The daily work is great to initially learn the ins and outs of the company, however it is not challenging.

There is no training or opportunity to develop one's skills available within the company. There is no opportunity for advancement either.

Depending on the position, travel may be required.
Pros
Travel and benefits
Cons
lack of organization and no training
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Good for beginners
Clinical Trials Specialist (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDDecember 11, 2017
Great stepping stone for beginners.
Many collaborations.
Many stakeholders.
Not much opportunity to grow.
Compensation poor.
Management, not so great.
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Great job
RESEARCH ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee) –  Research AdministratorSeptember 12, 2018
Great job, Loved the people I worked with. I learned a lot about grant management. I learned a lot about budget management. I learned a lot about logistics and personnel Management.
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Excelent Place to work.
Data Management Specialist (DMS) (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDOctober 20, 2017
Excellent place to work highly recommended. Great vision and great benefits. However there is some limitations when it comes to keep on pursuing high salaries and positions.
Pros
great place to Work
Cons
Limit on persuit new challenges.
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Good starting point
Research Assistant 1 (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDJune 11, 2017
The pay is decent for starting out of college. The benefits from the company are fantastic. Advancement hinges on if you want to further your education. If you do not you might remain research assistant. The people there are nice. You must be into science and research if you want to stay long term. They are willing to teach you lots of new lab skills and will hire you without much experience.
Pros
Stable job where your contribution helps people around the world
Cons
Short breaks or sometimes no breaks if you have an involved experiment.
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