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State-of-the art research facilities and a collaborative atmosphere
Highly collaborative workplace, with small, highly specialized research groups that work on addressing a wide range of science questions in biology, imaging, neuroscience, computation and chemistry. The institute provides excellent benefits, safe work environment and management is friendly and reachable.
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Harassment is very common
HHMI is a place to get physically harassed and has very corrupt group leaders for the most part. Most of them take advantage of postdocs and only care about furthering their own benefits. Good research though.
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Great Benefits but low salary because they can.
Tough Interview. They talk a lot about joining a community but if you do not have a graduate degree you are not welcome. Three weeks vacation time and a winter break off though, can't beat that.
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Productive and Fun environment
Productive and Fun environment. Management is super supportive of scientists. Great Food, sometimes it can be hard to work with some of PI's but this place is chaining fast.
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Takes very good care of employees
I loved this job! Everything about it, from hours, to benefits, to co-workers was wonderful. They encourage people to grow and learn more, to attend conferences and school. The very best manager I ever worked under was here. I cannot speak highly enough of it!
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Phenomenal benefits! Great work environment, feeling like the work you do matters
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It's not my job anymore - seriously, that's it.
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The Best place to work
At least for me, this is the best place I've ever worked at. The institution is one of the most advanced neuroscience research centers in the world. And the job that is performed there is very noble in the discovery of the brain and how it works. Some findings will be used in the next 100 to 200 years to come, and some of them are already in use now. Advance imaging center with the most sophisticated microscopes is attractive for the scientist from around the world where they can visit, and search into their own data. The AI and Machine learning techniques with neural networks developed at this institution are far more advanced than the ones developed by the tech supergiants in the business.
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Collaborating with the brightest minds on the planet. Excellent social life.
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Mostly transitional roles and associates contracts.
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Only employee friendly for PHDs
Very biased towards academics and highly educated individuals. Institutionally dishonest, and a great deal of political backstabbing unfortunately, because the work is exciting and rewarding and the benefits are fantastic.
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Benefits, great facility
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Only supportive of the highly educated, no employee loyalty
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Fun
You work exceedingly hard if you are a staff member, or as a postdoc really. Not a lot of opportunity to advance really; its more of a stopping off point before you go on to the rest of your career.
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Great organization
Excellent place to work
You will work hard but the opportunities for growth and recognition are numerous

The main campus is an inspiring place to be

Well managed
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independent research environment
The campus is at a relatively isolated location. A typical day at work would involve meetings with colleagues and conduct experiments that are needed to answer your research questions. The culture is very open, people from various countries work together to tackle the most challenging questions that are unlikely to be concurred in other places. Overall, the scientific and financial support is top-notch. However, don't forget to get your work and life balanced out .
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Great place to work but the low pay is not justified. Facilities are beautiful, however, there is a great division of power within the company. The science is great and the benefits are amazing.
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Often Fun Place to Work
Can be chaotic wrt requirements, but having an endowment, it is not tied to short-term grants like other scientific Not-for-Profits, making it more stable than most.

I learned about imaging technologies, microscopes and neuroscience to some extent.


I got to work with folks ranging from young Programmers to PhDs in bio sciences.


Nice campus.
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Good work/life
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Limited salary compared to industry
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Average work place on a beautiful site
Was a great company, this location, in the beginning years. Now that there are so many people, the "new" culture has brought down it's prestige.
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Free fruit, coffe, tea. Beautiful archutecture and art work.
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Management has too much unnecassary politics, not a lot of options for professional development or cross over
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Intellectualy stimulating environment
Designed to promote innovative research, the Janelia Research Campus is more like a university than anything else. The key difference is that researchers do not have nearly the overhead they might at a university.
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Lots of support of research
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Productive and fun place to work
Very enjoyable place to work, the flexibility to work how and when you want is very nice. Very nice community feel as there is a lot of independent and collaboration going on across multiple labs
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Private research facility - great place for the right people
If you are interested in basic scientific research, how the brain actually works for example, this is the right place for you. If you need a place to work that you understand the expectations every day; that your job is clearly defined and the future is understandable, then this may not be for you. This organization is purposefully vague, exceptionally lean from a hierarchical perspective, and changes focus on a dime. Management will allow you to make decisions with little guidance. Beware if you make the wrong call. You need to be a mind reader to get by. If you're a social animal and are happier spending time in this area, you should apply. If you prefer to keep your nose to the grind and get your job done, you'll get no extra points for this behavior. If you hang out at the pub after hours and socialize (maybe talk a little business, or science) you'll be seen as a solid contributor.
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great physical plant, awesome amenities (gym, day care, etc)
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culture du jour, unclear expectations
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