American Type Culture Collection
2.1 of 5 24 reviews
www.atcc.org Manassas, VA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 31, 2014

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Raymond H Cypess

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14% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good place to get started after college

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at American Type Culture Collection full-time

Prosfriendly co worker, flexible schedule

Conshard to move up within the company

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Underpaid and Micromanaged...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at American Type Culture Collection full-time for less than a year

ProsI loved my co-workers. They were some of the most friendly co-workers I have ever had. Also, the hours and flexibility of schedule was nice.

ConsThe salaries are low for the area because they have the monopoly on the biotech business in the northern Virginia area. Also, you feel like you are constantly being watched. I do not appreciate being micromanaged being a salaried employee. As long as you produce excellent work in a timely manner, it should not matter that you take an extra ten minutes at lunch.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more money on your valuable employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This is NOT a company where you can develop your career

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at American Type Culture Collection

Pros7.5-hr working days; nice employees

ConsEmployees do not feel valued or appreciated in the company. Negative emotions permeate throughout the organization.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people but horrible leader

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at American Type Culture Collection

Pros- Great people
- Company has potential but as time goes by they are missing the boat.
- As long as you're not in management, good life work balance.

Cons- Uncle C is in charge and won't do the necessary things to grow the company.
- High turnover especially with talented employees
- No innovation which will eventually doom the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great opportunity to gain experience in field of biology. Frustrating work environment.

Associate Biologist (Current Employee)

I have been working at American Type Culture Collection full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent opportunity to gain experience in a variety of departments.
Decent benefits package.

ConsExtremely difficult to move up in the company.
Extremely difficult to move around to different departments.
Management is poorly chosen and seem to have no guidelines.
Very poor compensation.

Advice to Senior ManagementDefine management position expectations.
Increase ease of promotion and movement within the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a good place to learn some skills but Do NOT stay longer it's unworthy at all

Employee (Former Employee)
Manassas, VA

I worked at American Type Culture Collection full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGet tons of Federal funds, most of employees are nice, good universal medical coverage plan

ConsStrong polilitian culture. Extremely poor management for instance almost every apps full time developer left ATCC within 4months and they cannot find right person to replace so far. Salary is lower than average job market level

Advice to Senior ManagementGo find younger CEO and give him full support so he may save the company's future, do not make him become a Yes boy to to follow current CEO's will

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Do as you are told, never ask questions...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at American Type Culture Collection full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIf I could summarize three good things about ATCC, I would say: Coworkers are generally very friendly, ATCC offers good benefits and a manageable work schedule.

ConsNow for the not so good things about ATCC: Poorly-defined mission, Stodgy management and work environment, Poor communication, and distrust between different divisions

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on what you want the mission of ATCC to be and let your employees know what their roles are.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An Enormous Mistake

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at American Type Culture Collection

ProsNone, except for a short work-week.

ConsIt's been a year since the President was forced out for having a new vision for ATCC, and the organization has suffered in that time. Many of the most talented employees have left, and contracts have been lost or are endangered.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Organization with great potential, held back by management.

Manager (Former Employee)
Manassas, VA

I worked at American Type Culture Collection full-time

ProsGreat mission - to support medical researchers, bio QC, etc. A lot of good, dedicated people that believe in the mission and in supporting customers.

ConsMuch turmoil with many reorganizations over the last few years -- one step forward, two steps back. Culture of keep your head down, CYA, and hope you don't get noticed. Led by the whim of the CEO, who is also COB.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a CEO that leads by inspiration instead of fear.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Manassas, VA

I have been working at American Type Culture Collection full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat benefits and understanding of work/life balance.

ConsFew growth opportunities and many broken promises.

Advice to Senior ManagementPrioritize mentorship and training.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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