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Updated 18 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Great campus atmosphere and work-life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "state of art facilities, lots of benefits, great community" (in 4 reviews)

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

  • "Competitive, poorly paid reflecting Cambridge rates, high cost of living in Cambridge, located far away from city facilities, commuting" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    state of art facilities, lots of benefits, great community

    Cons

    out of Cambridge! transportation dependent on company coaches


  2. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment and good progression

    Cons

    none really, long working hours

  3. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with a fantastic team of friendly and supportive people; beautiful surroundings; great benefits; working flexibility;

    Cons

    There really arent many for me - Things moves slowly- can be hard to effect change due to academic way of working, can frustrate. Remote location is often cited as a con but I live nearby so not an issue for me.


  4. "Great opportunity to work and learn"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Hinxton, England
    Current Employee - Developer in Hinxton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible to work in the environment

    Cons

    far away from every where

    Advice to Management

    nothing to advice for the management


  5. "World leading genomics research organisation"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Expertise in large-scale genomics projects
    Opportunities for large-scale collaborations and high impact publications
    A plethora of seminars and courses available on site
    Campus growth with many start-ups and European Bioinformatics Institute around
    Large IT department and computer infrastructure to support the computational needs of these large-scale projects
    Nice campus with subsidised food, small gym and workplace nursery on site.

    Cons

    Fast-paced environment, strict selection criteria, high staff turnover, permanency depends on outcomes and very high publication standards are expected.
    As a result, high pressure for group leaders, often relayed on staff.
    Compared to a University research environment I would say it's less nurturing for PhDs and post-docs due to the absence of a teaching component which cultivates relationships between staff and peers other than your line manager.
    Gender inequality in senior roles
    Lots of politics to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Make time to coach and mentor your staff and improve on the work-life balance.


  6. "Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Staff support
    Great science
    Excellent benefits (pension, health insurance, etc)

    Cons

    Salaries are not high enough compared to the cost of living in Cambridge
    The institute is away from the vibrant Cambridge


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great Science but bad staff managment"

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    Current Employee - Research and Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research and Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great campus and cutting edge science, A great place to build a career in research

    Cons

    Leadership at senior levels is lacking. Yes, this is a scientific institute but non-research staff aren't valued. Poor communication, lack of engagement and no competency framework. Very limited internal career progression opportunities. No defined culture or values , which has precipitated bad behaviours and slothful leadership.

    Advice to Management

    There needs a change in culture/attitude and senior leadership needs to come to realise that the non-research staff are an integral part of the institute. For all its talks about inclusion, diversity, respect - there is no evidence that this is in practice. Senior leadership need coaching in how to manage more effectively - there is an intense feeling up having double standards. More transparency is needed to regain trust.

  8. "Good stepping stone, long-term opportunities limited"

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

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

    Pros

    Great campus in a lovely setting.
    Highly collaborative environment with lots of seminars / talks / events for employees.
    Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Not much in the way of progression past the first year.
    Can be very bureaucratic with a lot of time wasted.
    Few opportunities to advance from ARA

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should spend more time with Team Leads or getting to know processes before making decisions on them to avoid shooting themselves in the foot.


  9. "Great exposure to genomics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    Got world class exposure and training in NGS and genomics analysis. Learnt how to work with big data and cloud environment

    Cons

    Its pretty far from the town centre but I hear they have introduced a shuttle.
    Limited dining options


  10. "Great place to work but no career opportunities for software developers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanger Institute full-time

    Pros

    - Good working atmosphere.
    - Interesting and meaningful projects.
    - OpenSource software development.

    Cons

    - No career opportunities for software developers.
    - Flexi-time is almost pointless if you don't have a car.
    - Fairly long bus commute (+ queueing).


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