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I have been working at Bio Architecture Lab
Pros – This is a small, nimble startup, which changes direction fast. There is room to interact with all levels at the company and if you show promise, you can easily get noticed and get more responsibility very fast. HR here is great.
Cons – It's hard to get funding in biofuels and this company has struggled. Executives have been very distant from the realities of the office. Management doesn't seem like it knows what its doing often. They don't have enough technical experience to lead a technology company.
Advice to Senior Management – Need to bring on people with experience commercializing a technology like this. Can't just fake it till you make it. Interact with people outside of your normal workflow more.
2013-05-09 22:12 PDT
I worked at Bio Architecture Lab as a contractor for less than a year
Pros – company provides snack every 2 weeks.
Cons – this company is really small Therefore, expect A LOT of work. Once they see you can handle it they add more and more in your plate and the excuse is "we are a start up company" . there is no room for growth and no appriciation for employees. The scientist (managers) are very arrogant . I didn’t see a lot of potential in the company. Basically people with bachelor degree are disposable in their eyes no matter how many years of experience you have! I have never had encountered such a work environment. The management is extremely poor, and they dont consider their employee. Not a family friendly company. Overall I didn’t enjoy working in that company!
Advice to Senior Management – NOT everyone can be a manager so, please do choose your manger/supervisor wisely!!
employees are not slaves so, do respect them and have some sympathy.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-07-24 14:37 PDT
I have been working at Bio Architecture Lab full-time
Pros – There are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and gain responsibility. Everyone works hard and efficiently. Colleagues are generally friendly. Management gives people opportunities to present work and learn about other projects. People are rewarded for smart work and taking initiative. Promotions are given to those who work hard, work smart, and take on new responsibilities.
There are lots of opportunities for getting together with colleagues during group lunches, birthday/holiday celebrations and informal happy hours, as this is generally a "young" company and people are friendly with each other. Snack food and coffee/tea are freely available, and lunches are provided at least a couple of times per month.
Vacation and leave time is freely approved after discussing plans with supervisor. Rarely has anyone had issues with taking vacation or personal days. Expected hours are reasonable - no one is expected to work outside normal work hours on a regular basis, and if they do work late or on weekends, it is due to personal motivation or a lack of time management. This doesn't happen often.
Cons – Funding and budgets can be tight at times. Some supervisors are not great, but that is probably true at any company. Fast-paced and sometimes exhausting because projects and duties change frequently due to new information or constraints. This is probably true of all start-ups. If you don't like start-up culture and mentality, you will probably find more cons than pros here.
2013-01-08 23:38 PST
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