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Sanger Institute Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
10 Reviews
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10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very good academic institution

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Hinxton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hinxton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cutting edge science
    Nice people to collaborate and network
    Good life/work balance
    Very good benefits for an academic institution

    Cons

    Little possibility to progress your career at the institute
    Management was not the best but this depends on your line manager

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wouldn't recommend to anyone

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Hinxton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Management in Hinxton, England (UK)

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, world leading research institute full of smart people and interesting projects, easy to obtain funding

    Cons

    Poor compensation, no focus on career development, line managers often have zero management training and don't do any management, horrendous office politics, corporate services don't really function and have little influence as board of management are mainly scientists and only care about science and not operational side critical to making things happen, bureaucracy is heavy. Many people are employed and do actually do a lot. No performance measurement that is actually measured, not linked to pay. Pay is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change in culture/attitude, restructuring and cutting the dead weight, implement measurable performance indicators and reward performance, obligatory management training and give corporate services more power e.g. ability to penalise PIs who don't follow institutional policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Postdoctoral Scientist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good environment, good setting, good funding

    Cons

    No quick progression, projects far from academic projects

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    It will change the way you think about science.....it's all about the big picture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanger Institute

    Pros

    Good resource
    Good opportunities to present your work
    Being surrounded by great minds
    Having free access to the WT scientific conferences and courses
    Talks from world leaders

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. It's hard to climb the ladder.
    Only Faculty can have home office project licences and grants.
    Post-docs can only stay 3 years.
    Salaries aren't great - in line with Cambridge Uni.

  6.  

    Good but not amazing

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Nice campus with lots of sports facilities and canteen
    - Free shuttle buses to Cambridge and surrounding villages
    - Not very stressful environment
    - Lots of talks given by guests from all over the world
    - Interesting work environment

    Cons

    - A bit disorganized - starting from HR, IT
    - Annoying rule not letting you take holidays when going away for a conference - you need to leave at most 2 days before, and 2 after(no matter if you travel 10h-15h) and even 2 days is hard to obtain
    - Hard to obtain the hardware configuration that you want for your work machine - they have only standard things they want to give and nothing else
    - Old IT infrastructure (not the most modern -- annoying sometimes)
    - Very Perl-oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the "no holidays after/before conference" rule!

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great start to academic career

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - great facilities
    - famous institute, therefore great career prospects
    - substantial funding
    - very collaborative work environment

    Cons

    - very focused on 'big' projects, difficult for students to drive their own small projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunity to do things, not much creative thinking.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great resources and facilities, lots of space.

    Cons

    Assembly line factory science. Anti-intellectual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facilitate collaborations with Cambridge departments at an individual level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sanger

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Sanger

    Cons

    The location is rather inconvenient

  10.  

    Good facilities, bad management

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Hinxton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very pleasant campus, nice academic feel, excellent facilities, great people. Nice place for a short stint.

    Cons

    No career prospects, relatively poor salaries, managers who mostly don't want to be managers but have been promoted outside of their areas of expertise. The Peter Principle very much applies here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Post-doc at Sanger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanger Institute

    Pros

    good campus, excellent facilities, good academic environment

    Cons

    unfocused management, unclear prospects, poor team working across the institute

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