Human Genome Sciences Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Human Genome Sciences President, CEO, and Director Tom Watkins
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  1. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Genome Sciences (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small company environment, great people, challenging work.

    Cons

    Company was acquired Miss working with great colleagues


  2. Bioprocess Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Human Genome Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Amazing facilities - lab and manufacturing, very knowledgeable colleagues, willingness to spend on technology and continuous improvement, everyone participated in social events, fringe benefits.

    Cons

    The company was financial unstable, and there were multiple rounds of layoffs. Resource model was imbalanced. Large workload falling on a very few people. Little career development.

    Advice to Management

    Please speak honestly to employees, and reevaluate the strategy of lean operations. Avoid laying off only to hire up again.


  3. I will miss it

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    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Genome Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    All of the management and my co-workers were easy to work with and get along with.

    Cons

    They sold out to get gobbled up by big pharma

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell


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  5. Good option

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Was exposed to a variety of projects and people to work with. Compensation, vacation, hours.

    Cons

    Less responsibility, career growth, less challenging work that would have prefered


  6. Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Human Genome Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, developing products that had the potential to significantly improve patient health, opportunity to be involved in health authority interactions as a relatively new hire.

    Cons

    Although HR and senior management were aware - as a result of a large number of exit interviews - at least one management person was not suited to the role and would have been better off without direct reports.


  7. Fun Place, Unfortunately Defunct

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate I in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate I in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Genome Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Awesome training program; they make sure you know your stuff before putting you on field -Many good/fun natured and sociable people (at least manufacturing side). -Awesome amenities and infrastructure (the glass building in rockville is amazing). -Fun Perks (ex. surprise breakfasts and lots of free food)

    Cons

    -A lot of personal drama among colleagues -Unfortunately now a part of GlaxoSmithKline

    Advice to Management

    -Should have stayed its own company


  8. I learned to work with many different people and learn new things i didn't know befor

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    Former Employee - Custodion in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Custodion in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Human Genome Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    knowing what chemicals are safe to use and which are not.And to learn how to organize special needs

    Cons

    Not giving the chance to do some of the things i would of liked to of learned or getting credit for some of the changes I made.


  9. Was a great company. Very good atmosphere.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good environment to work in.

    Cons

    GSK bought it and has completely changed it.


  10. Amazing company until bought by GSK

    Former Employee - Coordinator in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Genome Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Profound sense of purpose until the GSK buyout

    Cons

    Now part of a gigantic biopharma monolith

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  11. HGS review

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Genome Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment. Great co-workers great home/work balance

    Cons

    Office politics Um-meritted promotions Upper management decisions are not well planned There is a great disconnect between upper management and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the people actually doing work and promote based on that knowledge.



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