Moderna Therapeutics Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (11)

    an honest assessment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good location..a potentially innovative technology

    Cons

    so many to count! management is incompetent! favoritism is rampant. Incompetent RAs are retained because they know nothing but back-stabbing, bad-mouthing, kissing up....and sometime hamstring management into hiring them with threat of legal lawsuit for discrimination. scientists are just not competent...you know who you are! only two are competent, the rest are just very average but somehow they survived by sucking up to management. My advice: go back to post doc! get yourself trained. RAs are so incompetent...very low IQs. back-stabbing and kissing up are their sport. Only 3 or so RAs there are superbly intelligent and capable, one or two are definitely better than some scientists there. These 3 or so probably have a told in increasing the over all IQ average! management? there is no word to describe them!

    Advice to Management

    look for for qualified people in your company and promote them...let them voice their opinion...get rid of the CSO who is just bad in every way especially in science....let the number 2 guy there(you know who he is!) takes over...he is the brain and the voice of reason!


  2. Helpful (12)

    Awful Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Cambridge is a great location. - Friendly HR.

    Cons

    - Questionable laboratory practices to increase data accumulation. - Experiments were conducted by personnel with dubious scientific backgrounds. - Lab personnel were hostile, possibly due to being overworked. - Very high expectations for very little pay.

    Advice to Management

    Increase payrate in order to compensate for high expectations.


  3. Helpful (13)

    Terrible place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None. Literally none. The building is kind of nice.

    Cons

    This place is a disaster. The CEO and CSO have no respect for the employees. It was made clear from the beginning that everyone is completely replaceable, but that plan seems to have backfired as they are now hemorrhaging people, and the new people they do hire are useless. They've lost over 10 people in 10 months.

    Advice to Management

    Do yourselves and the company a favor and quit, you are clearly not compatible.


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  5. Helpful (14)

    toxic environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    snacks and soda are provided

    Cons

    Moderna has unrealistic expectations of time commitment for all employees. The workloads are outrageous and extremely high turnover puts more stress on already strung out employees who remain. Bad science practices, blame and finger pointing abound and poor management and lack of planning send reverberations throughout the entire company on a daily basis.


  6. Helpful (13)

    I don't know why anyone would want to work here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's in a great location in Cambridge.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is very dysfunctional and, frankly, frightening. A lot of people have been fired which management backs up using questionable, if not blatantly false, information. People are leaving the company faster than they can hire new people. So, between the firings and resignations, there's a lot of gossip and badmouthing going on within the company and an overall atmosphere of hostility and fear. Management takes advantage of employees by overworking them and then excluding them from getting proper recognition and credit---if anything, management actually punishes productive people by taking things away from them. It is common practice for the management team to position employees against each other in what appear to be bizarre mind games.

    Advice to Management

    The company is run by an abusive and unbelievably disrespectful management team. Drop the take-it-or-leave-it attitude you have with working with employees because they are all leaving, you're not that great.


  7. Helpful (13)

    “Must be willing to work long hours”

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great location, nice office, plenty of food and drinks.

    Cons

    Management is really tough on RAs, they're expected to be in the office very early and not to leave until very late, they are pushed incredibly hard and rewarded little

    Advice to Management

    Try working some late hours too instead on going on vacations all the time.



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