MedImmune

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Unaccountable Middle Management/Company in Decline

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Management in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Project Management in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

Salary and benefits are competitive; senior executive team tries to be transparent about company progress, goals and future direction; senior executive team tries to implement new policies based on yearly surveys that benefit employees

Cons

Middle management lacks accountability and does not live up to the company's mission or the promises of the senior executive team; poor decision making at the top, poor and sometimes total lack of planning which means that employees are always scrambling to accomplish goals with little time to spare; due to economic climate, company is choosing to outsource a lot of core functions which will mean less quality

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Middle management should be reassessed; implement 360 reviews to get a better understanding of how managers are actually performing

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company for an R&D scientist

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary
    Very nice gym
    Nice buildings, grounds and facilities
    I don't know what life is like in other departments and I understand that lower level Scientist jobs can be frustrating and mundane, but I really don't understand some of the reviews I read for this company and I don't know what the folks complaining actually want. Coming from academia, I know what no work-life balance is, and Medimmune is luxurious. I never see anyone here after 6 (other than other research junkies) and on weekends you could set off a fire alarm and I think 5 people would appear. Management encourages work-life balance and we get bombarded with emails about how to take care of ourselves. They regularly do surveys on what we want to improve things, and act on it if possible (like dry cleaning, the fitness center, an ATM with no fees, in chair massage services, a medical clinic, a metro shuttle service). Then half the time, nobody ever uses them (though they complain if its taken away of course). The metro shuttle service was fantastic but we lost it because hardly anyone used it and it turned out it would cost the company less to bring us here in cabs every day. To their credit though, they really did give the service every chance and in the end arranged a compromise that, while not as good, is better than nothing.

    I realise a lot of the really dissatisfied reviews comes from Associates scientists who want to advance, but I have limited sympathy after years of hard work and low wages completing a PhD and post-doctoral training. There are plenty of very capable nurses who could easily do the job of a physician, but life doesn't work like that. If you want that job, go off and get the qualification like we did. Yes, there are senior folks in research (exceptionally good ones) that did not get PhDs, but those days are over.

    Like all of Pharma, Medi is struggling with finances but they are doing their best to keep the sacrifice sensible and equitable. There was a huge amount of fat here that was ready to be trimmed from what I could see and we are now getting things done far more efficiently than even 6 months ago. I really think a lot of people who have worked in industry a long time are spoiled from some good years and don't know how hard life is in the rest of the world of science.

    Though it's fair to say the quality of life here is very manager-dependent. If you report to someone good, your life is a dream, if not you're screwed. There's not much back up or escape in this regard, but it's a big enough company that you can move internally, and folks who aren't happy should do that as the manager gets flagged if too many people leave their group.

    I enjoy working here so much I try not to tell the ones I had to leave behind because it seems kind of cruel. Any R&D scientist who wants to work in industry would be very very happy here. ...

    Cons

    Some spoiled employees who don't know a good thing when they have it
    Promotions are difficult. Aim for the highest appointment possible on entry and shouldn't expect promotion within 4-5 years of joining the company.
    They treat contractors horribly
    The IT support is WOEFUL!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage real innovation, not just more of the same.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Entrepreneurial mid-sized biotech company, with exciting opportunities for growth as an employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Opportunities internally to develop transferable skills such as team-working as well as technical skills like technical writing.

    Cons

    In transition from small to mid-sized biotech company; infrastructure is evolving to meet company needs. New construction of offices, labs, etc ongoing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company, well managed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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