Cubist Pharmaceuticals

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Cubist Pharmaceuticals Reviews in Lexington, MA

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cubist has good people and interesting work. Plenty of challenging things to do in this growing company. Leadership has integrity. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Commute to Lexington is a hassle thanks to 128 traffic. Company has become very hierarchical and some new people hired in not at right level creates resentment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Particularly good culture for undergrad and masters level scientists. Good work life balance. Good company values

    Cons

    Constantly moving target for promotions, that's about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Professionally stimulating, fair, collaborative, flexible work environment

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rapidly growing company offers variety of learning experiences and opportunities to apply yourself. Mostly fair, intelligent, down-to-earth management. Collaborative work environment. Above average compensation. Flexibility as long as you deliver.

    Cons

    Rapid growth is accompanied by growing pains, such as constant adjustments to structure and policies, transformation from an egalitarian, entrepreneurial biotech start up into a larger, more structured and hierarchical corporate entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve environment that fosters innovation and collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Small company trying to grow and play in the big leagues.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, compensation is adequate. Company is growing quickly. People are generally very nice.

    Cons

    Senior leadership (in Tech Ops) is disorganized. Poor/under performers are not coached up or out. Goals are fluid. Reactionary culture. We float from one catastrophe to the next. Still hold on to a lot of old ways of doing things, when we had 1 and only drug. Now we have several, different dosage forms and are not structured well to handle it. Weak pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the short and long term business needs are, build an organization to meet those needs, plan, think forward and communicate that vision downwards.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I was taken advantage of as a contractor, lied to about the length of my assignment. I was hired merely as a placeholder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very ethical company, with an important product line. Interesting side benefits.

    Cons

    This is a big company that is still using small company systems. They are way behind the curve of support systems a company this size really needs to be effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have GOT to engage your employees. They are not just numbers. Talk with your subordinates. You need them a lot more than they need you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Most excellent

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good work life balance. Interesting research. Very good work life balance. Interesting research. Very good work life balance. Interesting research. Very good work life balance. Interesting research

    Cons

    Path for promotion not clear. Path for promotion not clear. Path for promotion not clear. v. Path for promotion not clear. Path for promotion not clear

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly growing company showing significant growing pains.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment and overall positive culture of working to discover, develop and bring to market new therapeutics for key unmet medical needs. Lots of opportunities to work with people with different backgrounds, experiences and expertise. Many good colleagues over the years, although a lot of the more experienced workers are being pushed out. Many nice perks, including ESPP, 401k matching, on-site fitness facility, exercise classes & free massages, summer ice cream truck, and monthly Friday celebrations.

    Cons

    Lots of new egos and plenty of management structure getting in the way of conducting high quality science. Decisions made by managers with limited experience and breadth of understanding. Too many silos from group to group and across different departments. Oftentimes conflicting and changing leadership positions and directions. Poor communication between research, clinical, business & development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions and rewards focus too much on higher visibility positions and higher level workers. Opportunities for formal training are often limited or non-existent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I have enjoyed the challenge of the work and the incredible support of the people

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Fellow in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Fellow in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company that is working for a true unmet medical need
    Incredible Culture
    Opportunity for growth
    Much room for entrepreneurship and having ideas heard

    Cons

    Small company that is still working out processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are on point in medicine and in STEM funding; however the company lacks initiative around sustainable practices to ensure a healthy planet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great learning place

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Intern in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Intern in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to start out and learn.

    Cons

    Immense differentiation between contractors and full time employees. Employees are not very keen to share work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to develop the culture and promote work and knowledge sharing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happy for the most part

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance / intelligent, dedicated colleagues

    Cons

    Salary for my function is not as competitive as it should be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be better at recognizing and rewarding employees who make valuable contributions but are not necessarily in high profile positions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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