Aeras Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aeras full-time

    Pros

    Offers unparalleled growth--personal and professional

    Cons

    They're really not sure if non-prof or drug development


  2. Non-profit biotech focused on TB vaccines development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to global public health mission

    Cons

    Overly-dependence on key donor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, constrains effective scientific pursuits and strategic leadership decisions


  3. Open

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


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  5. One word - awful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  6. 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

    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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Getting better.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Research in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Critical mission, poor execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  11. Great Place to Work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    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!



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