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  1. Helpful (1)

    Nice People, Don't Know How to Keep Employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Eugene, OR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technicians have a huge amount of freedom and this culture makes Abcam's Eugene office an intellectually challenging place to work. The work/life balance is good, but then that should be expected for hourly positions. The 401K contribution is a nice perk. PTO is easy to manage and is reliably given when you want it.

    Cons

    There's very little possibility for advancement. Raises almost never happen, and when they do they're minimal. Compensation is well below the industry average even in the region. Fortunately they're right next to the University of Oregon, so there's a pretty constant stream of new faces as new graduates get experience, but it's a shame they aren't willing to step up to try to keep some of their more talented employees for longer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Office, Great People, Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Abcam is a great place to work. People treat each other well and the company's mission is compelling. Management is approachable and they want employees working on the front lines to take ownership of the process. It’s a company that is growing rapidly and it can get pretty hectic but everyone supports each other. It's a real team environment. which is cool becuase you never feel like you're on your own. This is better than being at a company that isn’t growing or that is laying people off.

    Cons

    Pay should be higher but the benefits package is really good. 20 days vacation to start, 95% of insurance is paid by the company, ect.

    Advice to Management

    support your staff with system improvements. It's necessary if we're going to continue to grow so fast.


  3. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Scientist in Eugene, OR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Abcam has a grassroots policy, giving employees a real channel to voice their concerns, feedback or to give new ideas to the company

    Cons

    A lot of re-org in some areas of the company, which can be unsettling for some.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good place to work...but really could be a "great" place to work with a few changes.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Abcam

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Abcam has a very nice environment and a lot of ambitious plans as a company. I am proud to say I work there, and when people find out I work there (if they know who we are), they know I am working for a good place. I receive good benefits (100% paid insurance!) and other perks. It's great.

    Cons

    I don't like trying to find a place to park there, and they do not provide parking. Also, it feels like I cannot advance and get promoted, because the people managing the place have been there a long time and are not going anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job. Abcam is a good place to work, and still has a small-business feel. I enjoy my job.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Friendly start-up moving towards corporate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Abcam is a fast changing, challenging environment. People are generally friendly and open and team work is valued. It has offices in the UK, US, Japan, China, Hong Kong and many interactions between the different offices, giving lots of opportunities to work with people from other sites. Work/life balance is good and the company is not overly burocatic. A

    Cons

    Abcam has recently aquired 3 companies followed by a major restructure. This has affected the work of a lot of people and departments (jobs and responsibilites have changed, there were also some reduncancies, and many new positions needed to be filled) and things havent settled down to normal yet. Also salaries are not very high, probably a remainder from the start up times.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Abcam UK for 3 years and thought it was a great company to work for. Particularly at the beginning of a career as I was trusted with responsibilities from the start and it helped my CV a lot. Work environment is fun, always lots of activities/training/social commitee stuff going on, never a dull moment! The recent acquisitions made the workload quite heavy but also presented some very interested challenges that I found interesting to work on.
    As company keeps expending, was possible to be promoted after a year or so for the best people.

    Cons

    The salary is below what the rest of the industry would pay, although it improved in 2013.

    Advice to Management

    Salary matters.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting and not so common line of business (antibodies and protein detection tools) makes work interesting and quite varied. Very friendly and open environment. Steady company growth despite economic downturn.

    Cons

    Average salaries. Behind the scenes politics can occasionally complicate projects and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Remuneration could be tied to individual's rather than the whole company.



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