Agensys Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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Sef Kurstjens
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Growing biotech company with clueless senior management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers! The pay is competitive but not high enough to live in Santa Monica. The company is small enough to cross train in different departments. There is a gym onsite for employees. Lime cafe is also onsite.

    Cons

    The parking is horrible. Contractors are treated like second class citizens. Poor performing employees are hard to get rid of and therefore affects moral. Senior management do not acknowledge lower level employees but praise them when giving their monthly speeches at meetings. We "crank turners" work hard to make sure they get their bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is a joke and employees are afraid to report anything to Human Resources.


  2. Helpful (2)

    do yourself a favor and work elsewhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Agensys

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

    Pros

    lime cafe, gym, half day fridays, new building, clean

    Cons

    Jealousy amongst coworkers, people quick to throw you under the bus and cover-ups galore

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and see what is going on behind the scenes. Get a more professional HR staff.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good potential held in check by indecisive and oblivious relics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Agensys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good parent company, solid benefits, decent foundation

    Cons

    Poor management, still clinging to small company baggage.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions. Hold people accountable for their decisions. You can't take credit for success if you're not willing to accept blame for failure.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Heavy work load with short time lines

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

    I have been working at Agensys

    Pros

    Good salary and good benefits

    Cons

    Expensive location to relocate to


  6. Helpful (4)

    Do yourself a favor and choose another company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Agensys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, new building and research facilities. Hard working and talented research associate scientists.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrible leadership from the majority of the senior leaders. Bad behavior of certain employees is not reprimanded and is often rewarded. Lack of transparency in how decisions are made. Back-stabbing is encouraged. Two or more groups working in competition on the same assay/question is not discouraged. This does not support a collaborative environment. Poor appreciation of being scientifically literate. Most senior leaders don't read the top journals in their field and lack the basic skills as a scientist to design well controlled studies. The problems are not with Sef Kurstjens, or with Astellas but with the majority of the senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the politics and lack of transparency and focus of creating a collaborative, productive environment where poor behavior and performance are not rewarded. Improve your scientific IQ by reading the scientific literature in your areas of expertise and encourage people to propose new ideas. Support these ideas and most importantly, lead by example.


  7. Helpful (4)

    neutral

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Agensys full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    location, benefits, my own office, some of the instrumentation

    Cons

    office culture, lack of funds for new laboratory instrumentation

    Advice to Management

    office culture


  8. Helpful (6)

    Stay Away!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great location, decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Overall horrible management. Very little to no recognition for employees. Management likes to play favoritism and is completely dishonest. The cons far outweigh the salary and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Give more recognition to your employees and be more open. Trust is a two way street.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Sr. Management all need to be fired

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist (Group Leader) in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist (Group Leader) in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Location, New facility, Great scientists and staff.

    Cons

    Sr. Management is blinded to what is going on within their own ranks, Complete dishonesty, regarding projects, results, and personel. When middle management tries to present these issues they are regarded as trouble makers, and HR is 100% against the employees and needs to be replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let some real leaders step in. Stop Bashing, and degrading the Astellas management saying "we do it our way, not theirs" This is not a Team building attitude. The VPs and Sr. Directors need to be fired or resign. Too many highly trained and competent people left the company only to get higher positions and their talents acknowledged, get a clue.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Culture promotes indirect and dishonest communication

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

    I worked at Agensys full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and higher end of the salary range

    Cons

    I felt the agensys culture overall fostered distrust and manipulation between both employees and management. There was a competitiveness between employees that also seemed to cultivate distrust rather than team work ethic. In some groups employees were mistreated to encourage turnover. HR is really out of touch with the true nature of the culture and seems to only want to promote the agenda of upper management manipulations.

    Advice to Management

    To take an honest look at employee morale and sentiment within the environment and promote honest and direct communication that encourages a solid team work ethic. HR needs to support the employees at all levels not just blindly promote the upper managements manipulative agendas.


  11. Helpful (7)

    People were good but upper management lacking compassion and honesty

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great scientists, parent company Astellas is very supportive, salaries great

    Cons

    the sr. management is out of touch with what is going on with the middle management, HR does not support employees at all, and spend most of their time only listening to the untruths of the managers. typical of pharma companies they promote scientists to management positions they are not qualified for.

    Advice to Management

    i can offer no advice to management as it goes unheard



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