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Dynamic place to work; great staff and benefits

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Abcam

Pros

Numouer challenges and opportunities to grow in your role. Inernal growth supported., independence to work as you do best, support from mgmt, benefits

Cons

Base pay could be higher
Workload can, at times, seem overwhelming
Office size makes it difficult for growth to exist in all departments

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue with dedication to communication and transparency
Increase base salary and consider creating more senior roles in departments to help retain great staff

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21 Other Employee Reviews for Abcam (View Most Recent)

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    Nice People, Don't Know How to Keep Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Eugene, OR

    I worked at Abcam full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Technicians have a huge amount of freedom and this culture makes Abcam's Eugene office an intellectually challenging place to work. The work/life balance is good, but then that should be expected for hourly positions. The 401K contribution is a nice perk. PTO is easy to manage and is reliably given when you want it.

    Cons

    There's very little possibility for advancement. Raises almost never happen, and when they do they're minimal. Compensation is well below the industry average even in the region. Fortunately they're right next to the University of Oregon, so there's a pretty constant stream of new faces as new graduates get experience, but it's a shame they aren't willing to step up to try to keep some of their more talented employees for longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice junior staff, incompetent management, little room to grow, act like their low salaries are generous.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    They offer a lot of trendy benefits- free food, social events, etc. Most of the junior staff are very nice and pleasant to work with. Cool office. Liberal time off policy, even for early career individuals. Great place to learn about the industry or start a career (just don't plan on staying long).

    Cons

    Low salaries with limited growth potential. Act like a 1% annual raise on your already below-market salary is generous. No real direction- lots of rapid strategy changes based on the popular business book of the moment. Extensive favoritism for promotions- many long term, competent employees get passed over in favor of individuals who flatter their bosses the most or for individuals who are dating a member of the management team. Very closed door culture, even though they espouse being open. Employee feedback is welcomed and then almost always completely ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote incompetent people based on convenience or unjustified favoritism. Be transparent with employees about job performance ( or at least grade them consistently throughout the year, not just super harshly at review time). Act on employee feedback, don't just collect it in an attempt to boost morale. Make managers answer for their own performance. Bring in some outside candidates who know how to plan for long term growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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