The Salk Institute for Biological Studies Employee Reviews

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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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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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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 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.
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It has a very diversified areas of research
Cons
there are limited number of experts in immunology
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Great place to work and start off your career.
Lab Coordinator (Current Employee) –  La Jolla, CAFebruary 6, 2017
Room for growth is limited unless you get lucky, but this is typical of academic research. heath benefits have declined over the years and have shifted to a more expensive version for the employee.
Pros
retiment plan.
Cons
Limiting funding
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great place
Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist (Current Employee) –  La Jolla, CADecember 22, 2016
wonderful place to work, really enjoy the science and collaborative environment here, and a great place that can really make you learn new things and make many good friends.
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Good Cafeteria and close to gliderport
Animal Health Technician (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 16, 2016
Great place to start my career in the pharmaceutical field. Helpful team members to train a new comer. Close knit group but welcoming at the same time.
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One of the most respected place on Earth in Life Science.
Staff Researcher (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CANovember 6, 2014
The Institute is open for 24/7 with excellent Facility Services. We have professional leadership in each departments with highly respected Professors from all around the World. Well equipped laboratories, perfect safety environments , massive building which is safe for extreme earthquake. Beautiful view to the Pacific Ocean, good cafeteria. Excellent scientific presentations near every week, large variety of social programs, such as Symphony at Salk. I am participating and leading a friendly soccer team since the last 21 years, playing twice a week on the lawn of the Institute, and accept boys and girls from the near-by research and educational facilities, such as Scripps, and UCSD.
Our co-workers are from the five Continents, working together in harmony and successfully.
The hardest part of my job is the HF cleavage of the peptides from the polymer matrix. HF (hydrogen fluoride) is one of the most dangerous gas among millions of chemicals used today.
The most enjoyable part is the birthday celebrations of our existing and ex-workers in our group, which is going back in decades.
All together, the Salk Institute is a dream place for work in life sciences.
Pros
The proof is my 21 years here.
Cons
I have no negative comments.
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Small but excellent place
Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee) –  La Jolla, CAOctober 15, 2014
It is a small institute, but is very efficiently managed. People are very friendly to each other. There is no balance of work/life. If you don't succeed, you better find another place.
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