Cubist Pharmaceuticals

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Cubist Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
37 Reviews
3.7
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Startup Atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    During my internship I noticed that the company was in the process of hiring and developing several new departments which brought in a considerable amount of new talent. The work-life balance is easy to maintain while working for Cubist, though without a car the commute to and from Lexington can be brutal.

    Cons

    As has been mentioned in other posts it seems that the company is focused more on hiring proven talent from other companies rather than aggressively hiring college grads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Professionally stimulating, fair, collaborative, flexible work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    over several years, very favorable with exception of last few.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cubist Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong Pipeline, decent leadership. CEO has great intentions and has a balanced view of work/life balance. but rumor he is to retire soon.
    is financially sound
    has the antibiotic niche entrenched

    Cons

    Past few years a disconnect between executive leadership and middle to lower sales management.
    Operations and guidance has faltered to the point sales is running with almost no direction and loads of reports

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with those in the trenches and hold first line sales managers accountable for their actions. Some have a lofty attrition rate. Does that affect the bottom line? Remove as much admin from sales and empower them to make big boy big girl decisions. Scrap reach and frequency - everyone lies anyway. Get back to the original entrepreneurship culture ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Most excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Overall a good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities if you play the game

    Cons

    Some toxic people who continue to get promoted despite bringing work environment down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cubist Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Monthly massage allowance, great benefits, stock

    Cons

    You will work very hard here but it will be very rewarding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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
  11.  

    overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Business Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Clinical Business Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    has finally acquired new products. middle managers were previous reps and very solid individuals. Stock

    Cons

    Bonus paid quarterly and delayed a month which means only 3 checks a year. Lots of busy work with planners and call entry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay monthly bonus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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