Boston Biomedical Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
12 Reviews

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    Good work balance but not so good higher management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Biomedical as a contractor

    Pros

    Good location, environment and staff.

    Cons

    Lack of good management and industry experience people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more senior and experience people with industry insight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do your homework before accepting a position here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Boston Biomedical full-time

    Pros

    1) New facility right on the Charles.
    2) Lots of snacks in the kitchen.
    3) Employees are respectful and helpful of each other.

    Cons

    1) It is standard practice to establish illogical/irrational/superfluous deadlines without rhyme or reason.
    2) Said illogical deadlines are pushed and when they pass without product, *you* are held accountable in the form of A) Lack of promotion, B) Lack of raises, C) Increased micromanagement (emphasis on increased), or D) embarrassment.
    3) Promotions/raises are consistently mentioned in the context of the corporate structure behaving like a meritocracy (You're rewarded based on your work output). The reality is that your work is not valued or rewarded. Instead, small raises are doled out en masse as a means of damage control to decrease the rate of employee turnover.
    4) Professional growth/upward mobility is practically impossible. If entering as a Postdoc, you will (with favorable probability) remain in Postdoc prison for years, despite the facade of moderate title promotions.
    5) Critical groups that in any other biotech, would be attached at the hip, do not communicate with each other. Ever. And if you ask to see corroborating data to statements made in corporate meetings you'll be hand-waved into oblivion.
    6) Your hours are counted and logged.
    7) The flat structure, so heavily advertised, doesn't exist. It is strictly top-down management.
    8) Middle management has *no say* in terms of department-specific goals/paths/strategies; good luck getting real support in advancing your work.
    9) Salaries *are not* industry standard by any metric, despite the rhetoric.
    10) Departmental meetings are unproductive; Collaborative discussion is suppressed; Advice/directives on project path/strategy from senior management is commonly bewildering and all too often directly contradictory over time.
    11) Please do your due diligence before working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is difficult to believe that you value your employees. Treat them right, and they will stop leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Exciting, fast paced and positive atmosphere, while working to cure cancer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Boston Biomedical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working at Boston Biomedical is as exciting as it is challenging. The environment is positive, busy and fast paced. The opportunities for growth are endless (in all departments of the company). The mission of the company is to cure cancer, and the teams are passionate and enthusiastic about this cause. Hard work and dedication is acknowledged and rewarded.

    Other perks; incredibly nice and caring co-workers, beautiful labs and offices, huge parking lot, gym in the building.

    Cons

    Long hours and occasionally rough commute. The management recognizes this, though, and allows shifting of works hours to avoid traffic or accommodate family schedules etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place for smart people to learn, be challenged, and be rewarded

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Biomedical full-time

    Pros

    An exciting innovative place to work. The company is expanding rapidly and therefore there are lots of opportunities to advance at all levels. As deliverables are often highly demanding, one can make visible difference if he/she is capable and the reward is fast career advancement. Fast-learners who are self-driven, diligent, focused and reliable will do well here while pure talkers may not.

    Cons

    The company's HQ moved from Norwood to Cambridge and everyday commute is more challenging now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard Work Pays Off

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Boston Biomedical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are so many opportunities to grow within this company. Despite doubling in size over the last year, it has maintained its exciting start-up atmosphere. Many projects are "all hands on deck," while the company focuses on giving back to its employees. The work is challenging but very rewarding. If you put in the effort, you can move up and gain responsibility quickly because the company is growing so fast and new responsibilities frequently present themselves. If you are looking for a effortless, 9-5 job with no accountability, this is not the company for you. Individuals who want to be invested in a company that is thriving in its field and be proud their impact on the company should consider Boston Biomedical.

    Additional perks: free snacks, coffee, other food, pizza lunch once a week, happy hour on Fridays, free parking close to key locations in Cambridge and Boston, flexible hours, decent vacation and holidays, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Longer hours, communication is often convoluted, stress related to new job responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hollow Experience, Degrading Working Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Biomedical full-time

    Pros

    It's a job.
    Free coffee.
    Large parking lot.

    Cons

    This place is a severe disappointment. While the mission to cure cancer is lofty and the companies’ headquarters and rhetoric appear enticing, don’t be surprised to quickly discover many hypocrisies and false promises once you are hired.

    BBI has already seen a number of good people leave because they were hired for a particular role but their skillsets were not utilized. And while this is challenging enough for talented and driven individuals, the feeling of dissatisfaction is only heightened by the many other problems this company perpetuates.

    The pay is not industry standard and you are expected to work at minimum 45 hours per week (you’re paid as if you work a standard 40). If you work 45, you are seen as just a day worker, with no initiative to go the extra mile. But it’s hard to go that extra distance when you already don’t feel appreciated nor compensated well enough for the work you do. There’s a pattern of hiring someone for a role and then outsourcing those tasks or bringing in consultants and paying them far more to complete them. And don’t believe the long-term bonus/promotion scheme - it's exactly that, a scheme, ritually promised and never fulfilled, contrived to keep what few employees are left here for the long haul. In a fast-paced industry, where talent comes and goes for more fitting opportunities, and especially where the company’s prospects are dependent on current performance of studies and drug development, employees should be rewarded in real-time, not debased to chase a carrot on a stick.

    When you’re dealing with clinical trials and all its attendant regulations, you would expect to have some semblance of standard protocols and trainings. This is not the case here. Employees are just expected to figure out proper ways of handling things as they go along, and if anything falls through, to shoulder the responsibility. Individuals in this field don’t want to just work for a company, but exercise and expand their training and skills. If you don’t provide this, especially to entry-level employees who need training from the outset, you’ll only be offering hollow experience that will be hard to transfer to new companies when they move on.

    BBI is plagued by disorganization and lack of communication – one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing, and sometimes this honestly seems to be, on some level, intentional. Because of the flux of workers and the upper-management’s short-sightedness or just sheer ignorance of how to lay a proper foundation for this type of work, the disorganization is reflected at every level of the workflow. There is a lot of redundancy in tasks, mostly due to massive disorganization of computer files and projects half-finished as workers realized the folly of their journey and gave up or left the company. Constantly tracing peoples’ breadcrumbs and redoing work with a new viewpoint is exhausting and inefficient. And again, when you necessarily have to devote more time to plugging the holes of a sinking ship, the captain might not understand why there isn’t more order on the deck.

    Micromanagement is another major problem here, likely because of the start-up vibe that is still desperately clinging to (and drowning) the company. It’s often the case that you function merely as their personal secretaries and yes-men. There’s a lot of email forwarding and cc’ing. If you actually are given something to do yourself, you’ll always need to submit it for their approval before you send it out, even if it’s something as simple as an email correspondence to a site. Respect is mutual. Respect your employees’ intelligence and effort and they will respect yours. You hired them to fulfill a role because you cannot handle all the work yourself and you need to delegate. Otherwise, you will not succeed. Furthermore, some of the managers and executives do not get along with each other or have competing ideas for how a task should be done or which study should be given priority. This amounts to a situation where the bickering parents try to gain a foothold with the children by seeing which ones will side with them and do things their way. And when things in the company don’t go their way, you can expect the executives’ game of musical chairs, switching around your offices’ arbitrarily to give them some sense of control.

    Initiative is not rewarded. Many (certainly not all) of your workers are intelligent and honest people who are (or at least were before they had their wills crushed) interested in improving the companies’ operations and making its mission to cure cancer viable. You would think that the executives who spout weeding out candidates to the elite 1% of the market would then heed those workers’ initiatives and opinions for improvement, or at least respect them for the work they do. Instead, expect a canned response of “we do things differently at BBI.” Different isn’t necessarily good.

    Finally, there is no on-premise HR department.

    And don’t believe the good reviews on this website. They were planted there to try to salvage the consensus of honest and negative reviews left by the “disgruntled employees.”

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to run clinical trials properly NOW. Provide training. Implement and stick to your protocols. Raise your salaries and reward employees in real-time, not by promises. Learn to delegate tasks and respect employees' autonomy for fulfilling them. Get some more structure and organization for taking care of all the details of tracking documents and processes. Get a real HR representative. Hire more people to share the workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Over Promise, Under Deliver...the BBI Way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Biomedical full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1) Better than no job…maybe
    2) Free coffee and breakfast
    3) Talented and hard working co-workers
    4) Okay place to get your foot into the biotech world

    Cons

    There is a reason why there are only 1 star reviews and 5 star reviews. It makes you wonder who writes the 5 star reviews…

    Management will tell you what you want to hear to get you in but once you’re there they will go back on their word. Nothing about this company is industry standard. The pay is far below industry standard and raises/real-time promotions are biased and reserved for people that “get it.” The facilities are nice but it’s a ghost town because of 1) people leaving the first chance they get, and 2) management’s passion for outsourcing everything. The day-to-day activities consist of drafting emails for management and attending meetings to discuss how they are going to pay another company to do the work you were hired for. The best part is that whenever someone leaves, they divide the work amongst the rest of the unfortunate teams members without any plans to fill the position.

    Everything from bathroom privileges to work hours are restricted. Yes, I said bathroom privileges. They are extremely concerned with the “optics” of the company and how it looks to the outside world, hence why they spend their time and resources writing fake reviews and attempting to get negative posts removed instead of doing legitimate work (hint: you can’t, otherwise Glassdoor wouldn’t be in business…shocking I know).

    Bottom line, read the 4 and 5 star reviews and flip the pro’s and con’s. Biotech is fast, BBI is slow. It is a complete hierarchy, not a flat structure. You will always be doing “scut work,” not the work you were hired to do. Flexibility is not in BBI’s vocabulary. The culture is about making management money, not about helping patients.

    Advice to interested candidates: Look on LinkedIn for current and past employees to get an honest opinion of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money and time posting fake reviews and actually address the real issue at hand - yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment, flat structure, must have interest for biotech or you'll get bored

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Biomedical full-time

    Pros

    -Great work environment. There are a lot of smart people here. People are nice and not pretentious. The facility is high-tech and modern and in a good location.
    -I'm actually involved in all the projects I work on, not just doing "scut work." The projects are interesting and I learn a lot.
    -The work hours are flexible. Not being a morning person, it's nice to have the option to get in and leave later.
    -The company has expanded but the management is still accessible.

    Cons

    -Although the projects themselves are different, it's easy to fall into routine.
    -Work is not always challenging.
    -Progress is fast but results in biotech are slow.
    -If you don't have passion for science and drug development, this work won't be exciting to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the company grows more, try to keep the structure the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Reality does not match the rhetoric

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Biomedical full-time

    Pros

    Despite the toxic work culture and business practices (or perhaps because of them) there is good camaraderie among the staff. The Cambridge location is also a beautiful facility (especially compared to Norwood).

    Cons

    Despite the company's promises and constant rhetoric there are no opportunities for advancement (don't believe the "real-time bonus/promotion" scheme - it's just a clever way to avoid having periodic reviews and bonuses). Initiative and independent thinking are frowned upon and actively discouraged. Public shaming in departmental meetings is common practice. Senior management has no clue how to conduct research or run clinical trials, and so directives are constantly changing in order to keep pace with the compounding mistakes. And as the icing on the cake, the pay is awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wise up to reality: you can't keep running this company on deception, suppression, and unnecessary secrecy. Oh, and don't submit blatant propagandized "reviews" on glassdoor - it's beyond transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Please DO NOT work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Biomedical

    Pros

    Ha...Ha....Nice one....! If being a CHEAP workaholic is your thing...! This is the place to be

    Cons

    Employees are dissatisfied with the SALARY and the work culture is pathetic. They should advertise as "Cheap Labour Needed". No dedicated HR (HR is also a scientist) and hence, no professional work culture. NOT E-verified...!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together. Pay your scientists better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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