Henry M. Jackson Foundation Employee Reviews

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interesting work
Senior Epidemiologist (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 15, 2019
the topics researched are interesting and good work-life balance. Learned a lot about working with military populations. Management was ok. Some turnover
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Office politics rule
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDMarch 3, 2019
This is a job you should consider short term until you find something better. Tensions are high and it's best not to voice your opinions too often. Don't be fooled by promises of a supporting environment. I don't think they know what that means.
Pros
Clean environment, good benefits, free parking
Cons
Low pay. Obvious racism. Self servicing leadership.
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Unfortunate place to work
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDFebruary 12, 2019
I found this organization to be very unsupportive of veteran and minority employees. Typical workplace culture was that of a college dorm and was largely unprofessional and not inclusive. Employees are not treated like people but as objects that are easily replaced. If you want to really support military health I recommend another place to work.
Pros
Longest lunch breaks ever, lax management
Cons
Bro culture
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Problems with HR
Project Associate (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDFebruary 7, 2019
HR does not take sexism and racial discrimination seriously. Multiple HR reps are "color blind". They invalidate you and your experience. They are completely ignorant. They refuse to take any action to address these issues.
Pros
Experience
Cons
Sexist/racist HR, no accountability, no room for growth, won't invest in their employees
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3.0
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Great place to work
Administrative Assistant/Travel Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDFebruary 5, 2019
Its an awesome place to work, it also depends on what program and department you are working within. The organization identity is lacking in some programs but HJF gives you great benefits
Pros
paid time off
Cons
lack of organization
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4.0
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Great place to work
Program Manager IV (Current Employee) –  Bethesda, MD 20817January 2, 2019
The Foundation has wonderful opportunities for growth. The benefits are the best that I have noticed around the DC area if you are not in the government.
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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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Medical Technologist (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDNovember 13, 2018
Commute to the area is bad. 495 travel is one of the worse part of the job. Back roads and GPS are your safest bet to get to work on time.
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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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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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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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3.0
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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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5.0
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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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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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4.0
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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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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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5.0
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Productive and enjoyable staff
Norovirus Research Phlebotomy Technician (Current Employee) –  North Chicago, ILMay 5, 2018
A typical day at work will start with 200 hundred or less draws. You learn to multi-task and be efficient so everything can run smooth.
Enjoy working with management.
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3.0
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Very low paying
Research Assistant I (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDApril 25, 2018
Depending what department you work in you will end up doing work that should be done by two people. They want people to work there for less to nothing and give up their whole life to work there.
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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
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Management
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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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