MedImmune Reviews in Gaithersburg, MD

Updated May 8, 2014
Updated May 8, 2014
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Pros
  • Pays well, nice, improving campus, trying to make work/life balance better (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits offered by the company, work-life balance was pretty good (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Does not seem to care about work-life balance of employees (in 15 reviews)

  • since its growing quickly with AZ acquisition, lots of work to do (in 4 reviews)

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    Contractor

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Contractor in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at MedImmune full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Less stress and just need to follow what they ask you to do.

    Cons

    Easy to lost job any time. Very less sick and vacation leaves. En-organized work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never got a chance to get involve with the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing Company

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at MedImmune as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent salary for a contractor.

    Cons

    Office culture is bad with gossip and office politics. Hires from the outside instead of hiring the contractors. Middle management is not good..poor communication. Contractors are treated like second-class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid the lazy employees and hire the hard-working contractors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company with no standard and fairness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and bonus are not bad for the past few years. The gym is pretty good if you use it.

    Cons

    There is no cross board standard within company, within department. The head of the department is the king. Whatever policy or working standard can be override by the king.
    Promotion is a mess, only based on whether you are the favorite of the boss. No fairness at all, even relatively. Boss likes you, he can hire somebody for you even you work part time with a bachelor's degree. If boss does not like you, even you have 10 years of experience with a Ph.D. degree, you are on you own.

    Salary is below industry average.

    HR really sucks. No respect to employees. They can promise you something when you are hired and later on would not honor it. So be careful, make sure everything is on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral is so low but I guess management does not really care. There is employee survey every year but the concerns from employees are the same every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    MedImmune used to be a great place to work, but it's acquisition by AstraZeneca changed all that

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at MedImmune full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people. Dedicated to developing medicines to make patients' lives better

    Cons

    Now saddled with massive AstraZeneca bureaucracy and resulting pharma-related continuous reorganizations and layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Biotech people are not like big pharma people. Morale will continue to decline as job uncertainty persists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Miserable, but learned a lot

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist I  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist I in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at MedImmune full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities, can learn a lot

    Cons

    Mismanaged; too political, incompetent managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics, more science, more competent managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going down fast

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    salary, work-life balance, benefits, team members

    Cons

    Leadership ineptitude, CEO & leaders say one thing but middle managers and VPs are not in line, goals are constantly different from what leaders stress, DATA DOES NOT DRIVE THE PROJECT TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON MARKET AND PROFIT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at MedImmune

    Pros

    High salaries and good benefits such as EAP to deal with emotional demands. There are some truly remarkable staff level employees.

    Cons

    Management operates in a 'reality free' zone. This might work if you are Steve Jobs, but not in this organization. Culture is one of problem avoidance, transference or denial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start talking in real terms about the problems and why this firm is behaving differently than its peers. Start rewarding risk taking even when things do not succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    You are just a number

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at MedImmune

    Pros

    competitive benefits
    Depending on your department, opportunities for growth
    family friendly neighborhood
    successful company

    Cons

    *horrible work life balance (despite great executives/benefits the average worker is always overwhelmed)
    *promotions mean nothing in R&D but more work: My promotion was a cut in pay (from working constant overtime to a salaried employee = you're doing a great job and we want to keep you, let's increase you're title, and take away you're overtime)
    *always a constant focus on upper management and how important they are. if you're below scientist II you are really just a number to medimmune
    * excessive stress and work load in R&D despite the effort to reduce this through better benefits. your workload will never decrease.
    *decisions are made on your behalf and your voice means nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite the effort to reduce stress,Operations are demoting several of the hardest workers at Medimmune, and the most educated, by forcing them to share already very small cubicle spaces. This is due to poor office space planning on their part. Hmmm, I wonder why HR or even commercial get nice large work spaces with their BA degrees......seems messed up. Meanwhile, R&D are being treated like cattle, while Operations management are able to maintain their large spacious offices. You can use your PhD and post doc experience elsewhere, where you will be respected. Upper management is always praised and promoted though widespread acknowledgements. If you aren't already at this level, you will not attain this through promotion, not will you ever get what you feel you are giving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    No PhD = no career future here

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at MedImmune

    Pros

    - Generous benefits
    - Annual bonus (based on company performance)
    - Good relocation benefits if moving > 50 miles from original residence
    - Generally good support for obtaining needed resources
    - Moderately good compensation (caveat: the DC metro is a very expensive cost-of-living area, so money doesn't go very far)

    Cons

    - WORST biotech in terms of promotion of non-PhDs to scientist-level positions, regardless of success, years of experiences, or contributions
    - Career stagnation
    - Poor and inexperienced middle-managers, put in place because of who they know or the degree they have, not because of their managerial competence
    - Rigid, multi-layered, and top-heavy hierarchy
    - Frustrating IT support
    - Creativity is not encouraged and can be held against you
    - Wasteful with purchases (discarding a piece of equipment in the name of "organization" only to re-purchase the same equipment a month later)
    - A lot of talk but not much action or follow-through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Having a PhD does not necessarily mean the individual is a good manager or a good scientist. Look at industry experience, not just academic achievements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Are they really surprised that people are leaving?

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at MedImmune

    Pros

    good health benefits
    fair salary
    good yearly bonus
    good relocation package
    work from home 1 to 2 days a week

    Cons

    No room for career advancement
    The promotion policy needs to be clear and equitably applied to all employees
     You cannot expect employees to stay when you freeze promotion cycles. This is not only demoralizing for the employees who were submitted for promotion, but it is also demoralizing for the other employees in the company.
    Too many initiatives
    upper level managment is out of touch and or negative at times
    hiring process is slow, burdensome and ineffective at best
    employee morale has quickly eroded in the last 6 months
    retention rates will continue to worsen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the exception of Peter Greenleaf, upper level management seems incapable of communicating in a positive way to the employees.

    No opinion of CEO

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