Sanger Institute Reviews

Updated 14 Sep 2020

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33 Ratings
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  • "Poor career progression and communication(in 6 reviews)

  • "Free bus but the campus is far away and it takes at least 30 minutes to get there(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great resources, great people, good benefits

    Cons

    Little work security, at times stressful

  2. "World class institution that treats you well"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hinxton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World class research, good pay and benefits, great people

    Cons

    Location is the only real con

    Sanger Institute Response

    Recruitment Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Thank you for the feedback, it is much appreciated. I am glad you are enjoying your time at Sanger Institute. All the best, Sophie


  3. "Good lab"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are very vompetent and nice

    Cons

    I do not know about this

    Sanger Institute Response

    Recruitment Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Thanks for the feedback! Best wishes Sophie

  4. "Great science , staff and facilities"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hinxton, England

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great science is done here. It is a very friendly and collaborative atmosphere. Facilities are incredible with lots of green spaces.

    Cons

    A bit far away from everything

    Sanger Institute Response

    Recruitment Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again someday soon. Best wishes, Sophie

  5. "Top tier research"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Student in London, England

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity to develop personally and professionally

    Cons

    I could not provide any based on my time there

    Sanger Institute Response

    Recruitment Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback. Best regards, Sophie

  6. "Overall good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Cambridge, England

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, great campus, good work life balance

    Cons

    On occasion questionable scientific prorities

    Sanger Institute Response

    Recruitment Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated! Regards, Sophie

  7. "Great place to work... although some senior staff need to work on their management skills"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Hinxton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Beautiful grounds, Meaningful work, On-site creche & small gym, Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Some senior members of staff are out of touch with how to motivate their staff and are poor at giving meaningful and helpful feedback

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    Sanger Institute Response

    Recruitment Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Hello, I appreciate the time you've taken to provide feedback to us. I'm sorry to hear that you experienced some issues with management whilst working at Sanger Institute. I will pass on your comments onto our HR team. Best regards, Sophie

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Learned a lot but not valued enough"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    I work in a great lab with the opportunity to help different researchers so I can ask for more work doing what I enjoy or learn some completely new skills alongside another assistant working in their lab if I have the time.

    Cons

    I don't feel valued enough to stay here. They do not take into account previous experience so expect to start at the bottom of the pay scale as they do not negotiate. I have been given the excuse that this is a charity several times. Yet project managers paid very well. Senior management submit performance reviews when they are unaware of an individual's daily work, time commitments and efforts.

    Sanger Institute Response

    Recruitment Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Hello, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling valued and feel like your work hasn't been recognised. Have you reached out to Technician Commitment team? We signed up to this commitment to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians. The team will be able to provide some advise in terms of career opportunities or further training. I would also recommend speaking to your Employee Partner. Please speak up, you will be listened to. Wishing you all the best Sophie

  9. "Postdoctoral fellow"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sanger Institute

    Pros

    Good facilities and resources Excellent scientific community

    Cons

    Could do better to improve professional development for staff Not clear on promotion opportunities Not great salary packages for postdocs

  10. Helpful (1)

    "A place for those early in their career (Postdoc etc)."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Interesting science at scale, free bus from Cambridge and train station, salaries are better than University, but can easily be beaten by surrounding companies & institutes (EBI). Depending on department, can be fairly relaxed.

    Cons

    They tell you, you are at Sanger for the science, everything else like salaries, acknowledgment, career progression, go somewhere else. They are trying to change their ways (technician commitment is a UK wide campaign that just started at Sanger and doesn't have any real value for existing employees, maybe now improved?). Salaries are capped, meaning there is only X amount to give out, if everyone performs exceptionally well, unfortunately not everyone will be rewarded at the same level. Career progression doesn't exist, but most academic organizations follow the same system. Recently, Sanger has been hit by scandals, from bullying to misuse of african data all reported by the media. Everyone has an opinion whether its true or not, but even having a hint of this type of toxic environment in the public realm is not a good look.

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