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Updated 21 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Great campus atmosphere and work-life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Its a very beautiful campus with great benefits" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lmited opportunities for career progression for staff and low number of independent fellowships for non-faculty members" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Site is located in the middle of nowhere" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Excellent facilities and equipment. The best of everything. Lovely campus. Free bus to site from Cambridge

    Cons

    Site is located in the middle of nowhere. Salary wasn't great and Cambridge is an expensive place to live


  2. "Bioinformatician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Nice Campus
    Diverse coworkers
    Cutting-edge research
    Good support system

    Cons

    The pay is often not competitive - but this is academia.

  3. "post-doc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good reputation, excellent genomics facilities, opportunities for learning new lab techniques and bioinformatics.

    Cons

    Expensive place to live, pay relatively low compared to expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Improve pay and benefits


  4. "Postdoc view"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great collaboration
    Excellent resources
    Free transport to and from campus

    Cons

    Distance from campus
    Salary
    Not that many good benefits


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Self-destructing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hinxton, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hinxton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The institute has nice grounds, a good restaurant and gym. It is also well funded (although for how much longer?) which means that you can usually get the equipment that you need.

    Cons

    Under the CEO's direction the institute is returning to it's roots of sequencing and pretty much nothing else. It's a shame since a lot of the transnational science that we had been doing was pretty interesting, but perhaps we were getting too diverse. That said, the rationalisation has been handled very badly, with lots of disgruntled staff being released into the local community and many negative stories in the national press and on social media.
    Sanger has always preferred to appoint from within (perhaps part of the above problem?) and has made some frankly bizarre internal appointments recently.
     Perhaps this is because our poor reputation locally has made it difficult to recruit decent candidates, but the recent appointment at the very top of scientific operation by the executive has left many people frankly gobsmacked and has led to even more high profile departures. A real case of 'the inept appointing the incompetent' as one observer put it.

    Advice to Management

    We seem to have destroyed the reputation of a great place. Our reputation in the local area was getting bad before the Guardian articles and now it's even worse. Not sure what can be done really, might be time for a clean sweep and a few people to fall on their swords? Failing that, perhaps the institute in it's current form has run it's course and it's time to shut it down and replace it with something different?


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good life-work balance. Benefits, flexible working hours. Great vibe

    Cons

    Sanger owns all your work, you can do freelancing or anything outside


  7. "Nice Relaxed Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Great to develop external collaborations, Free shuttle bus from-to the campus to many sites around Cambridge, Onsite gym

    Cons

    Poor benefit schema, campus located far from Cambridge

  8. Helpful (2)

    "I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    - Flexible working environment
    - Campus is beautiful

    The long distance from Cambridge isn't actually too much of a problem

    Cons

    - Non-research staff are not valued
    - Things move slowly
    - Can be bureaucratic


  9. "Staff Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work with nursery and gym

    Cons

    A bit far from the city.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "If you are qualified international researcher do not waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    not much to say besides the reputation, which is good only if you want to stay in science.

    Cons

    I worked at the institute for four years as a postdoctoral scientist. The institute has a very poor and unhealthy working environment. Full of nepotism, favouritism and politics that a new comer international employee cannot understand. This is reflected in different management levels. After talking to othee peers, I relaized my case is not rare and happens commonly at other groups. If you are qualified international scientist, esp. from Asia, avoid this place.