Abcam Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Temp Survey

    Former Employee - Temp in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Temp in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Easy going staff, kitchen stocked for breakfast, accessible location. I was hired for a two week span, from 10-2 in order to get a certain # of customers to take a survey. Most customers were pretty willing to talk, so it was fun (except a few).

    Cons

    I was hired as a temp for a project done once a year. I had to cold call customers and get them to take a survey, asking about their customer satisfaction, some of which weren't interested and could be rude.


  2. could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits are generally good to make up for below average pay

    Cons

    logistics position has no upward mobility, have been required to come to work when the T was down


  3. "Do More With Less"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Abcam full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair bit of latitude in freedom of how to do the job, great individual co-workers at every level, great perks and benefits. (401K match and stock options). Exemplary levels of transparency and well thought out things like like having structured meeting notes and quarterly reviews that make sense.

    Cons

    Stunningly out-dated internal systems, no dedication to investing in systematic improvements to make their staff's lives easier. Policies that encouraged workers to come to work sick. Somewhat low pay, with no opportunity for pay increases other than COLA adjustment. Distressingly antiquated security practices at many levels.

    Advice to Management

    You don't get a world-class company without world class employees, and you only get those with competitive benefits and wages. Listen and actually make changes based on all that feedback you request.


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  5. Nice junior staff, incompetent management, little room to grow, act like their low salaries are generous.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer a lot of trendy benefits- free food, social events, etc. Most of the junior staff are very nice and pleasant to work with. Cool office. Liberal time off policy, even for early career individuals. Great place to learn about the industry or start a career (just don't plan on staying long).

    Cons

    Low salaries with limited growth potential. Act like a 1% annual raise on your already below-market salary is generous. No real direction- lots of rapid strategy changes based on the popular business book of the moment. Extensive favoritism for promotions- many long term, competent employees get passed over in favor of individuals who flatter their bosses the most or for individuals who are dating a member of the management team. Very closed door culture, even though they espouse being open. Employee feedback is welcomed and then almost always completely ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote incompetent people based on convenience or unjustified favoritism. Be transparent with employees about job performance ( or at least grade them consistently throughout the year, not just super harshly at review time). Act on employee feedback, don't just collect it in an attempt to boost morale. Make managers answer for their own performance. Bring in some outside candidates who know how to plan for long term growth.


  6. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Great company, great culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abcam is a great place to work. The work life balance is actually a company objective. It is also a successful company that has shown consistent growth year in and year out.

    Cons

    They do tend to make frequent changes so you have to be flexible. This is not necessarily a negative aspect but it may not be an ideal situation for everyone. Keep that in mind if you prefer more regularity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. The culture is a strong point and it is rare to find an organization that strives for greatness and maintains a positive supporting environment.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Office, Great People, Great Company

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    Current Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Scientist in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    No guidance, ineffective middle management, boring rote work

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    Former Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a startup, so the atmosphere is fairly low-key. Dress is minimal, people sit on big rubber stress balls, and the building is sort of renovated brick-mill chic. Upper management seems hands off and relaxed. Overall work of the company is compelling and interesting (sales of antibodies and proteins for institutional and private company life-sciences research). Overall, the company is really pretty neat, and well-run.

    Cons

    If you are in "logistics", you will likely either be brought in on a temporary contract basis, or you will be taken in on a "permanent" basis, and likely fired in exactly a month. I've noticed that this company takes new people for this position every few months, meaning they run right through them like tissue paper, and promptly lay them off. In other words, they lure unsuspecting college grads in biology, etc, and they have them perform incredibly uninspiring, yet overly stressful work in the lab and on their computers, all for very low pay. There is no chance for upward mobility, as you are basically an interchangeable piece of labor that happens to have a college degree in the sciences. The only 'pro' is once you leave this job, it will look fairly decent on your resume ('logistics technician' sounds great, even though in reality the work is not impressive at all). Certain middle management types are overbearing, overstressed, and don't know at all how to guide or train their employees. Work is either incredibly rote, methodical and boring, or totally impossible to figure out. Standards and compliance are often difficult to understand, and for that reason, one may increasingly find themselves after several weeks, being told that they are "not quite working up to standards". What standards, I ask? Above all, management at that level was very unclear and totally incompetent. Logistics department was frankly a mess, with an outdated and overcomplicated computer tracking system, and totally stressed out, un-likeable managers (in fairness, only some of them).

    Advice to Management

    Please, revise the situation in the logistics department. That is your bread and butter, as they basically handle all material coming in and out of your company's headquarters. All aspects of actual product quality, amount, and packaging move through there. Some of the middle management that is working there does not know at all what they're doing, and they take out their frustrations on the logistics technicians coming through that revolving door. Again to be fair as well, this seems to be a well-run little company on the macro level. Sales/customer support people reported good satisfaction. Science and IT guys, similarly so. Upper management was hands off, highly intelligent, and communicative almost to a fault! I have nothing but good things to say about the company on the whole. It is really the logistics department, and at that, only some bad apple frustrated and over-stressed middling management types that like to micro-manage, but don't know how to set proper standards or even make it clear what is actually to be done/learned.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Nice culture but low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Abcam full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and contribute to bigger picture strategies

    Cons

    Low salary, flat organization, little room to grow

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation



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