- Stowers Institute For Medical Research17.Mar 2016
Workplace bullying from supervisors is commonplace
Support from management
No clear or realistic targets, contradictory advice, lack of mentorship.
Colleagues at some levels work well together. Large difficulties between postdoctoral/student researchers and laboratory heads.
Freedom to work independently
Unwritten and non-communicated limits on employment duration not stated in contracts.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Focus on hiring younger employees
Career development is achieved through leaving the company
Overall compensation for your work
Paid on time. Have to work there for 5-6 years to have full vesting in retirement fund, yet most postdoctoral fellows are limited to 3 years.
Office / Work Environment
Workplace safety is not prioritized. Priority on the look of the place rather than comfort.
Long working hours expected
Short work contracts, was often told job would be eliminated.
At the time I worked there, no safety training was offered.
Suggestions for improvement
- Staff training on awareness/prevention of workplace bullying, establish whistleblower protection and a safety training program, clearly define career development path including employment duration limits written within work contracts and information prior to hiring.
What I like about the company
In most cases, they have well equipped laboratories for medical research
What I dislike about the company
Lack of safety training, no policy against workplace bullying/abuse, lack of mentorship/leadership skills among senior academic staff, unwritten HR policies against long term employment/career development.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyStowers Institute For Medical Research
- CityKansas City
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2007