Aeras Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Open

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aeras

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Lots of very smart international workers offering a very diverse atmosphere
    2. open-door policy
    3. Aeras does its best to bridge the communication gap between upper management and workers by having one-on-one biweekly meetings

    Cons

    1. Direction of the company is not always very clear
    2. Company is funded mostly by a single donor: The Gates Foundation, who literally dictate the direction of the company....This does not give management room to effectively lead the company

    Advice to Management

    1. Clear direction as to what the direction of the company is.
    2. Most investment in improving its workers skills
    3. Diversify funding base

  2. One word - awful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aeras (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, free coffee, vending machines with low prices

    Cons

    The management team is incompetent. They do not communicate openly, they practice nepotism and cronyism, they waste donor money, and they do not deliver on the mission.

    Advice to Management

    Many of your employees know what is going on and that is why there is such low morale and high turnover

  3. Helpful (1)

    I had very mixed positive and negative experiences --- overall, probably not a good fit for me.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aeras

    Pros

    There was a lot of camaraderie among the 2nd floor and the more down-to-earth employees throughout the organization. Telecommute opportunities are good for full-time, permanent employees. The building is very nice. It's located close enough to food places to grab lunch if you have a car. Each floor has a kitchen area with Keurigs, fridge, and microwave. I did have the pleasure of working with one very good empowering manager.

    Cons

    A lot of elitism on the 3rd floor. A lot of ego among the leadership and people who've been there a really long time. Also a lot of favoritism ... not a level playing field for sharing input. Unless you're among "the chosen," almost caste-like system of "don't speak unless you're spoken to or asked to speak." Too much timidity among mid-level management. Way too much of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing both within departments and across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the people who are trying to take care of you. Organizational efficiency outside of manufacturing leaves a lot to be desired, especially across departments -- it may have more impact on morale than you think.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company. Teams Operate Very Differently.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aeras full-time

    Pros

    Really valuable and impressive work.

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and staff.

  6. Good place to begin career.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aeras full-time

    Pros

    Friendly place to work and grow as an individual.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Getting better.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Research in Rockville, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Needed research for the development of an effective treatment.

    Cons

    Previous senior management was incompetent at vaccine development and unable to accept responsibility for shortfalls.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit appropriate persons into senior executive positions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Critical mission, poor execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Working to find a vaccine for a disease that kills thousands of the poorest people on Earth. Great location, facilities and benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible management, a lot of donor money is wasted, quality of work is not great.

  9. Great Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Aeras

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, flexibility, colleagues are awesome!

    Cons

    Less pay but compensated with amazing benefits

    Advice to Management

    Recruit the best researchers!

  10. Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aeras

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is very good and every employee can benefit from flexible hours and great medical coverage. I appreciate the level of understanding of the science in the labs from managament staff.

    Cons

    Number of sick days and the maternity leave could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Some poeple should take their responsability rather than blaming others for their mistakes.

  11. A great stand up organization

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Aeras

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Since its a non-profit organization that is working towards providing free TB vaccine to developing countries, it feels good to know that you are helping the world.

    Aeras is a small organization so you get the opportunity to interact with everyone including the CEO. For the same reason, you get the unique opportunity to have your hands in a lot of things that you would normally not have the chance to. So you really learn and develop a lot of skills while performing your work.

    Cons

    Can't really think of a downside. Mostly good compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Always keep a good line of communication going. Let your direct reports know when they are doing a good job. It will fuel them to keep working hard.

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