ScienCell Research Laboratories
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    ScienCell is a relatively small company (a little over 20 employees), so there are many opportunities to gain exposure to, and experience in multiple parts of the company. Many employees are new graduates, so it's a good opportunity to get a foot in the door of the biotech industry, gain experience, and rise on the merits of your performance. The atmosphere among employees is cooperative rather than competitive, and there is always someone around to help out if you're stuck or busy. The compensation is competitive, especially for a smaller company: annual raises based on performance, bonuses, medical insurance covered 100% by the company, an IRA retirement plan, and 2-3 weeks of vacation. Many of the complaints about low salary do not take all of the benefits into consideration, and tend to come from new graduates with unrealistic expectations. Most employees are not expected to work on the weekends. Some of the cell culture positions do require a few hours' work on the weekend, but this is explicitly stated during the interview process, and those employees are encouraged to take that time off during the week so as not to work more than 40 hours. If you show up and do your best, you will succeed and be rewarded.


    Many employees are new graduates who sometimes have unrealistic expectations, given it's their first job. Some literally don't understand why they can't show up late all the time, or do things the way they want to do them and not the way their superior wants them done. Some of the positions are technically challenging, and require a specific skill set that is difficult to assess via interview.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce company policies consistently and uniformly across the company to avoid resentment among employees. Some positions could benefit from hiring more experienced individuals who may be successful faster, and thus result in less turnover.

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Headquarters Carlsbad, CA
Size 1 to 50 Employees
Founded 1999
Type Company - Private
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $1 to $5 million (USD) per year
Competitors Lonza, Life Technologies

ScienCell Research Laboratories is an expanding biotechnology company whose mission is the research and development of cell and cell-related products for experimental and therapeutic use. The ScienCell technology provides a variety of high quality normal human and animal cells, cell culture media and reagents, cell growth supplements, cell-derived DNA, RNA, and proteins, cell-based assay kits, and stem cell products for the research community. To complement our vast array of primary cells, we offer specialty medium designed to selectively promote unique cell growth ... More

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