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Flagship Ventures Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
3 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very smart people with big ideas

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Flagship Ventures

    Pros

    surrounded by smart people, always thinking big

    Cons

    exit ops for lower level people are not great because it is so specialized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nurture young people to attract more talent

  2.  

    Sharp People, Toxic Culture

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

    I worked at Flagship Ventures as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people within the firm are very sharp, and generally fun to interact with on a day-to-day basis. Interesting work; Flagship initiates and invests in companies working on the cutting edge of science, and takes an open-minded approach to new ideas.

    Cons

    Culture of extreme paranoia and secrecy. Poor communication. The firm treats those "on the outside" (entrepreneurs, interns, experts) very poorly, and generally tries to extract the most that they can from these people while giving little back in return (worse yet, a few people within the firm seem to take particular glee in such behavior). Top-down management; it seems that all decisions must originate from the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have so many ingredients for success, but I don't think that they'll be realized over the long term unless you start treating employees and other stakeholders in a way that won't alienate them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Tough and fraught with political/interpersonal ambiguities that don't add value to the LPs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Flagship Ventures as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Super bright partners with a great reputation for success

    Cons

    Secretive culture w/in organization seems to discourage mentoring or iteration.

    Doesn't Recommend
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