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Helpful (2)

Exciting, young company

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Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

I worked at Genocea Biosciences as a contractor

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Very innovative and exciting pipeline. Collaborative environment, populated by smart, creative people without giant egos -- most people there are very approachable. Great location, space, and work/life balance.

Cons

Sometimes there are ambiguities or miscommunications, though this can happen anywhere, and I wouldn't consider it to be an intrinsic quality of this comany

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work!

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    Genocea Speed = Chaos Mode

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

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The scientific platform that Genocea is based on is a novel concept that can do very well in the vaccine world.

    Cons

    I would agree with 95% of the previous review with the exception of being penalized for having a life outside of work.
    There are far too many chiefs at Genocea. Each manager is in charge of one or two people.
    If you are not a manager your opinion or ideas matter very little. It is more of a ruling class and working class environment.
    Managers very rarely work in the lab.
    They like to say they work at "Genocea Speed" yet it is really chaos mode.
    Deadlines are unrealistic.
    Employees are severely micromanaged.
    Managers have very little to no proper managerial training and lack skills needed to motivate employees.
    I would not recommend working at Genocea.

    Advice to Management

    Understanding how to properly motivate employees and developing people skills is the one area where management can greatly improve to. Valuing the ideas and opinions of each and every employee would make employees feel like more a part of the company rather than a cog in a wheel.

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    Toxic Environment

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

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Ability to know every person in company, from CEO to interns
    Option to learn as many new skills as you feel comfortable with

    Cons

    Expectations unclear for job titles
    Unreasonable work expectations
    Penalized for having life outside of work
    Promotions are given on unknown scale
    Micromanaging is rampant and wastes time
    Company in general sets unattainable goals

    Advice to Management

    The fast paced work environment, while productive, leads to an unhappy workforce who dreads coming to work.

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