Salk Institute for Biological Studies Employee Reviews

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fun and interesting work place
Shipping / Receiving Clerk (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CADecember 29, 2018
a very nice and interesting workplace where you meet intersting people from different countries. I missed the free foods and drinks during the monthly parties.
Pros
free foods and drinks
Cons
no advancement
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Horrible
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) –  La Jolla, CANovember 8, 2018
If you are coming here as a post-doc, it is such a waste of time and career prospects. The management is awful. You will be used like a cheap labor here. Run away!
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They make sure you are physiologically alive
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Too many to list
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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Human Resources Manager/Consultant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 5, 2018
The workplace culture varied between each of the laboratories. The company had a diverse set of employees with highly specialized skills in research and development.
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The Salk Institute: Where careers end!
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAJune 10, 2018
Such a scandalous environment, far from academia. Mafia-like management. Complete exploitation of postdocs under the label of "training". Especially foreigners bound by their visa restrictions and "at will" contract are taken advantage of. You have a PhD from an Ivy League school? Doesn't matter, you will be treated like a labor here with no respect. You have high ambitions in academia? Doesn't matter, you will be disposed once they are done with you. You will be under constant pressure to recruit funding. The PI will be the official applicant most of the time, hence you won't be given any credit as a ghost author. You are bound by whatever the PI decides at the end despite you take care of everything, from recruiting funding to producing and testing ideas. You've found out your colleagues are doing your project generated by no other than you? You are meanwhile forced to do the tasks your PI is supposed to do? You think you are not given the proper credit? You have to either bear with it or leave. You won't find any help from the institute. Instead, you will be treated like a traitor the moment you seek help. None of the offices and committees are trustworthy. They are only part of a show to comply with the legal and academic requirements. They just function as a surveillance to identify potential "troublemaker" postdocs by pretending they are there to help. All they do is to find a strategy to cover up or neutralize the issues you bring up instead of solving them. Don't be surprised if one day you are told your employment is terminated by a phony excuse.  more... Because you are under "at will" contract in California. Per Salk Policy, you'll be immediately escorted out before having a chance to make any personal and professional arrangements. You'll be disposed by your car, not allowed to come back ever; your email access will be instantly blocked and you will receive your personal items by mail. You wanted to start your own lab? Good luck with that; now you only have your car keys with you after all the years of work you have done. Don't join Salk. You'll be used like a milking cow. Period.  less
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Beautiful sunset, free exercise classes
Cons
Bad management, low pay, low benefits, too much work load, scandalous environment, lack of career prospects
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The Salk Institute: Where careers end!
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAJune 10, 2018
Such a scandalous environment, far from academia. Mafia-like management. Complete exploitation of postdocs under the label of "training". Especially foreigners bound by their visa restrictions and "at will" contract are taken advantage of. You have a PhD from an Ivy League school? Doesn't matter, you will be treated like a labor here with no respect. You have high ambitions in academia? Doesn't matter, you will be disposed once they are done with you. You will be under constant pressure to recruit funding. The PI will be the official applicant most of the time, hence you won't be given any credit as a ghost author. You are bound by whatever the PI decides at the end despite you take care of everything, from recruiting funding to producing and testing ideas. You've found out your colleagues are doing your project generated by no other than you? You are meanwhile forced to do the tasks your PI is supposed to do? You think you are not given the proper credit? You have to either bear with it or leave. You won't find any help from the institute. Instead, you will be treated like a traitor the moment you seek help. None of the offices and committees are trustworthy. They are only part of a show to comply with the legal and academic requirements. They just function as a surveillance to identify potential "troublemaker" postdocs by pretending they are there to help. All they do is to find a strategy to cover up or neutralize the issues you bring up instead of solving them. Don't be surprised if one day you are told your employment is terminated by a phony excuse.  more... Because you are under "at will" contract in California. Per Salk Policy, you'll be immediately escorted out before having a chance to make any personal and professional arrangements. You'll be disposed by your car, not allowed to come back ever; your email access will be instantly blocked and you will receive your personal items by mail. You wanted to start your own lab? Good luck with that; now you only have your car keys with you after all the years of work you have done. Don't join Salk. You'll be used like a milking cow. Period.  less
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Beautiful sunset, free exercise classes
Cons
Bad management, low pay, low benefits, too much work load, scandalous environment, lack of career prospects
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Internship
Intern (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 7, 2018
A great place for an internship. Knowledgeable staff willing to take the time to invest in teaching individuals who are new to the industry. Overall a valuable experience.
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Beautiful Campus & intelligent people
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 16, 2018
If you like research you'll love it here. There are so many research that fails, but that's what happens when you are trying to learn something new. The workplace was amazing b/c of the people. They are so intelligent! The surrounding was beautiful!
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Great place for research, with views of the ocean.
Research Assistant II (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAApril 11, 2018
I loved working here, but administration took over. I believe the science is suffering in order to attract upper management for a non-profit in order to compete with private biotechs.
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Exciting research environment
Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAMarch 16, 2018
I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in an outstanding laboratory. All of the laboratories and faculty were wonderful. Very collaborative environment. A great experience overall.
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Great place to work
Research Intern (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAFebruary 27, 2018
Enjoyable workplace and great learning environment.
Excellent talks and workshops offered almost everyday, if not every week. Great networking opportunities
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Very low pay
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  San Diego County, CAJanuary 23, 2018
Nice co-workers, but, was paid very low and had little (basically no) opportunity for improvement. The lab I worked in did not feel bad choosing people with bachelor's degrees only for jobs paying barely more than minimum wage.
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Good people, fun place to work
Custodian II (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CADecember 30, 2017
Excellent experience, a nice place to work and a beautiful building to work in right next to the Pacific ocean. Always willing to work with employees.
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Nice place for biological research
Staff Scientist (PI (Current Employee) –  La Jolla, CANovember 1, 2017
Low pay (NIH and state minimum) but excellent place for science.
Many chance to meet top scientist in the world, including The Salk Institute. Many international post-docs.
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Can be a great place to work
Director (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAOctober 17, 2017
The culture is very dependent on the department, some suffer from misogyny.

Beautiful building, inspiring location, good benefits and salary as long as not at student or post-doc.
Pros
Art/music/culture, location, great lecture series
Cons
Administration not in line with scientists, senior scientists/PIs are mostly male and reminiscent of boys club, glass ceiling is alive and well despite having a female president now
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Salk is a good place
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMay 26, 2017
Salk is a good place but poor management. HR turnover. Special events are helpful. Other workers are friendly and informative. You can work here even during school.
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Productive enviorment
Assistant Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMay 16, 2017
Room for promotion, well renowned company. Tons of research, company established. Multiple awards and recognition world wide. Employees from around the world. Lots of interns
Pros
Cafeteria
Cons
healthcare, 401k
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4.0
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Productive , positive enviorment
Animal Technician (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAMay 16, 2017
Large, well known established company. Many aspects of science, friendly environment. New management within vivarium, great place to work. Room for promotion
Pros
401k retirement plan
Cons
healthcare
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4.0
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Excellent Research Program
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAApril 12, 2017
the most beautiful location for a job.
Should offer higher pay and better benefits to postdoctoral researchers.
Lab life will depend highly on PI and varies greatly between labs.
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Great level of science
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 8, 2017
The culture was great, and the level of science was unmatched. Scientists at Salk were very focused and very well trained in their fields of expertise as well as cross-fields.
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Productive and open environment
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAFebruary 25, 2017
The Institute is a top-notch research non-profit institution. It provides an open and collaborative environment for scientists to perform discovery and ground breaking research. The core facilities that provide microscopy, animal research, next-generation sequencing services are of high quality.
Pros
It has a very diversified areas of research
Cons
there are limited number of experts in immunology
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