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Working at Moderna is different work experience for better or worse

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Indentured Servant
Current Employee - Indentured Servant

I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (less than an year)

Pros

The strength of Moderna is in the potential of the technology that we are working on. For the most part the people working in the lab make it easier to deal with some of the stress and pressure thrown at the research staff by upper management.

Cons

The poor planning and the changing of experiments and goals on the fly makes it extremely difficult at times to execute the proper experiments. There is also a sense of disrespect towards the research associates by upper management. The feeling is that they do not care about our personal time and our personal obligations outside of the Moderna building. This has lead to a turn style type turnover in employees. Some of the turnover was a good thing for the company as it removed some of the excess baggage; however, there also has been very skilled people who have left the company and that can not happen if Moderna is going to be succesful.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It is important for management to realize that they need to respect their employees time and opinions because there are many very skilled and intelligent people in the lab that are not easily replaced. The compensation and benefits offered also need to become more competitive or people will continue to leave.

Neutral Outlook

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not sure who wrote these negative reviews. I've had nothing but great experiences.

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

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The thing about Moderna is you have to be exceptional at your job. Plain and simple. The ethos of the company is to hire only the best, and it shows. The people from CEO, to finance, to scientists, to facility management are all fantastic, and they expect you to be fantastic, too. If you're not, you'll feel the pressure to excel. This is handled either by meeting the expectations of the organization or leaving. Welcome to biotech in the 2010's, things are competitive.

    Cons

    All the usual things you'd find at a company experiencing hyper growth. Since things move so fast, sometimes it's hard to see the bigger picture. It's a lot like building an airplane mid-flight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mis-steps by upper management should be admitted to the company by email and include an explanation of why the wrong decision was made. Accountability must scale, or faith in the top will crumble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting technology, great potential, awesome team of scientists and leaders

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

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. More holidays, lower health insurance premiums and better salary than the large pharma benefits at my last position. The perks of free lunch, iPad, free parking, completely paid cell phone bill, free catered lunch are all nice too. Moderna has done a great job at hiring really smart and dynamic people who I enjoy interacting with.

    Cons

    It's right in Kendall Square which can make for a challenging commute. This is not a place to come and do the minimum to get by. You need to work hard and be prepared to put a few extra hours in but it's not a sweat shop. The management team seem like good people who are all invested in getting this technology to the clinic and helping patients. It is a fast-paced company with many moving pieces. You need "comfort with ambiguity". Sometimes there is too much focus on speed instead of slowing down and fully understanding issues that arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more. Err on the side of good science instead of speed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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