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Alan Hirzel
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    Nice People, Don't Know How to Keep Employees

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    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Eugene, OR

    I worked at Abcam full-time (more than an year)


    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.


    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.

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    Customer Service Specialist - Burlingame, CA Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Abcam in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    The position was posted on on October 9, 2013. I applied online (October 10, 2013) thru which redirected me to Abcam, a company in Cambridge, MA & UK.
    Abcam acquired Epitomics Inc. I used the company email address to inquire about the status of my online application after 2 weeks. No answer. So, I contacted an HR Recruiter in MA then tried contacting a HR Generalist thru in Burlingame, CA and she answered.

    At the end of the month, I got a phone and 1-to-1 interview with the Supervisor & colleague in MA on video conferencing. The Supervisor mentioned that they were not going to have 2nd interview till the end of the year (December).

    Interview Questions
    • They asked questions about skill set related to Customer Service and Microsoft software, for example Outlook(email), WORD, PowerPoint, etc... Personality traits and what word or phrase would you used to describe oneself. I mentioned honesty and being genuine.

      I had received a voice mail message saying that I would be contacted in the first week of Dec. for a 2nd interview. I was not so I emailed & attached the voice mail message of stating that I would be contacted (to refresh the Supervisor memory). A couple of hours later, I received another voice message stating that I was not chosen for the 2nd interview.

      I saved both voice mail messages & I am hoping to get in contact with the Senior HR to let her know of these messages b/c they are totally opposite of each other. The first voice mail message stating that I would get a 2nd interview & the second voice mail message stating I was not chosen. The discrepancy is disingenuine.

      I just got off the phone with the Senior HR and she was no help at all in understanding. When I asked, the Senior HR stated that 100 candidates
      applied for the position.
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Additional Info

Headquarters Cambridge, United Kingdom
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1998
Type Company - Public (ABC)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Abcam is a leading web based business supplying research tools to life scientists worldwide. Our head office is in Cambridge (UK), we also have offices in Bristol (UK), Cambridge, Eugene and San Francisco, (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong and Hangzhou, Shanghai (China).

Our culture is one that empowers individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. We place great...

Mission: 'To enable scientists to discover more'. 'Discover more' reflects researchers' quest for knowledge and Abcam's ongoing commitment and support.

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