Moderna Therapeutics Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (7)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    An extremely exciting place to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -exciting science -great people -great location -great benefits

    Cons

    -currently the company is split between two locations in Cambridge (5min walk from each other).


  3. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (11)

    Working at Moderna is different work experience for better or worse

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Indentured Servant
    Current Employee - Indentured Servant

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (13)

    “Must be willing to work long hours”

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great location, nice office, plenty of food and drinks.

    Cons

    Management is really tough on RAs, they're expected to be in the office very early and not to leave until very late, they are pushed incredibly hard and rewarded little

    Advice to Management

    Try working some late hours too instead on going on vacations all the time.


  7. Helpful (14)

    toxic environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    snacks and soda are provided

    Cons

    Moderna has unrealistic expectations of time commitment for all employees. The workloads are outrageous and extremely high turnover puts more stress on already strung out employees who remain. Bad science practices, blame and finger pointing abound and poor management and lack of planning send reverberations throughout the entire company on a daily basis.


  8. Helpful (13)

    I don't know why anyone would want to work here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's in a great location in Cambridge.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is very dysfunctional and, frankly, frightening. A lot of people have been fired which management backs up using questionable, if not blatantly false, information. People are leaving the company faster than they can hire new people. So, between the firings and resignations, there's a lot of gossip and badmouthing going on within the company and an overall atmosphere of hostility and fear. Management takes advantage of employees by overworking them and then excluding them from getting proper recognition and credit---if anything, management actually punishes productive people by taking things away from them. It is common practice for the management team to position employees against each other in what appear to be bizarre mind games.

    Advice to Management

    The company is run by an abusive and unbelievably disrespectful management team. Drop the take-it-or-leave-it attitude you have with working with employees because they are all leaving, you're not that great.


  9. Helpful (13)

    Terrible place to work

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

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None. Literally none. The building is kind of nice.

    Cons

    This place is a disaster. The CEO and CSO have no respect for the employees. It was made clear from the beginning that everyone is completely replaceable, but that plan seems to have backfired as they are now hemorrhaging people, and the new people they do hire are useless. They've lost over 10 people in 10 months.

    Advice to Management

    Do yourselves and the company a favor and quit, you are clearly not compatible.


  10. Helpful (12)

    Awful Place to Work

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

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Cambridge is a great location. - Friendly HR.

    Cons

    - Questionable laboratory practices to increase data accumulation. - Experiments were conducted by personnel with dubious scientific backgrounds. - Lab personnel were hostile, possibly due to being overworked. - Very high expectations for very little pay.

    Advice to Management

    Increase payrate in order to compensate for high expectations.


  11. Helpful (14)

    Amazing how Management does not change

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is potential for a new and exciting technology that could define a new class of therapeutics. The company has a few very scientifically strong Scientists and Research Associates that have provided the key data to make the unheard of deal that was made with Astra Zeneca.

    Cons

    The management is extremely arrogant and believes everyone beneath them is replaceable. They preach behaviors are just as important as performance; however, they do not treat their employees with respect at all. The CEO runs the company like a dictatorship and shows absolutely no respect for anyone but he demands everyone respect him. The CSO is incompetent and lacks the basic knowledge of how to run proper experiments. The company is growing but so is the negativity internally and the bad reputation externally.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so arrogant and realize that maybe the reason you were able to do that deal with AZ is because you have some very talented individuals working for you because if you don't they will continue to leave in droves....



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