Santa Cruz Biotechnology Reviews

Updated May 30, 2015
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John Stephenson
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Pros
  • The company frequently offers free food (Bagels, BBQ, etc (in 9 reviews)

  • Some nice coworkers, lunch once a week, flexible schedule (depending on your manager), and that's about it (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • poor pay and no raises (very little exception) (in 7 reviews)

  • You master the "skills" in a week, , super high turnover rate (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Dull work, great people.

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    Former Employee - Polyclonal Lab Assistant in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Polyclonal Lab Assistant in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are nice enough and everybody's in the same boat as you. Hours are fairly flexible, work is easy but boring.

    Cons

    As expected with a biotech job, work was fairly repetitive and a bit dull. As I wasn't looking for a permanent career here I didn't mind too much. Probably wouldn't recommend staying here for more than a year. Also they expect quite a lot of work, but are incredibly harsh on you if you go over time to finish it (as I found out after accidentally, whereupon I made it a point to basically do the least amount of work possible. There's not really a point when there's no appreciation for effort). Manager seemed to be much less organized and knowledgeable than many of the senior lab assistants as well, and the insecurity showed.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with a little more consideration! Hire some more driven managers, and liven up the place so it doesn't feel like such a treadmill. Your people enjoy science and want to work hard, but you don't give much of a reason to.


  2. Horrible place to work, no advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology part-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    There are some food days.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work for. They don't value their employees. Raise freezes that last years. No room for advancement, and low pay compared to other companies.


  3. Good for a year...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    No experience necessary and there are younger co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor management, owner lacks direction and focus and does not value employees who work hard. Management views everyone as replaceable and will tell you directly that you don't have to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and you will have less turn around and better quality products.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice young cowed. A stepping stone to biotechnology career. Great start if you just graduated school. hardly any work life balance. Job security is great. There is always demands for their products.

    Cons

    You will NEVER get a raise. The bonus are a joke. One of my bonus cheeks was less than $20. If you try to work hard and have over time hours, you will get yelled at instead of a thank you,

    Advice to Management

    Give people what they are worth. Give structural raises. If people work hard rewards them rather than punishing them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    No recognition of hard work or opportunity for advancement.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Paso Robles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Paso Robles, CA

    I have been working at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    This is a good place to start right after college. I learned some good basic skills like ELISA, but there is absolutely no thinking to this job.

    Cons

    You never use your brain and just go through the motions everyday, though this is a production company with no research being done, so this aspect of the job is not surprising. They work you extremely hard and definitely do not pay enough for it. I didn't get a raise in 2 1/2 years!

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they're worth!


  7. Great start but ended badly...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You get to work with great co-workers and there's little in office politics. Offers typical benefits, paid time off, vacation, generous medical plan.

    Cons

    Good on-the-job training but high turnover rate. Lots of micro-managing by the upper management and little upward mobility in terms of career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Provide your employes ample opportunities for them to voice their opinions to improve the company and listen to them.


  8. Sales Rep

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some of the people were fun to work with. Nice Customers.

    Cons

    The owners ignore much of the negative behavior behavior from their employees; employees that waste time doing personal things at work: texting, social network, gossiping, etc. Very unorganized work place.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in morale and what your employees are doing. Encourage those who are doing a good job.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Animals and employees alike are treated unethically

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    free coffee and lunches. You don't need much work experience to get hired. Good beginner job.

    Cons

    There is no where to advance in this company, also there is no reward system (raises) for those who work hard and want to exceed. Management turns a blind eye towards real problems that they just don't want to deal with (people clocking others in, name calling, sexual harassment ) making the work environment unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    If you valued your employees more you would probably be a more successful company, and wouldn't have to spend so much time re-training new employees due to so many people constantly quitting.


  10. Company does not value their employees

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paso Robles, CA

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time

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

    Pros

    Good place to get some experience. Young, down-to-earth co-workers. Flexible work hours. Free food days.

    Cons

    Little to know chance for advancement/raise. Very inconsistent treatment based on department you work in. Very stressful work environment. No positive feedback. No reward for exceptional work. Work load that forces many people to work through their breaks. Cheap/defective equipment in the labs. Many employees made to feel insignificant and not valued.


  11. Helpful (2)

    An "ok" experience

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

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Free food once a week. Work life/balance exists because you hardly do work at all. Friendly young staff, easy to learn the position, can move around departments when theres an opening (which is always available).

    Cons

    Poor poor pay and no raises. If you move departments, still, no raises. Benefits are horrible. You master the "skills" in a week, , super high turnover rate. CEO does not communicate with the staff. Supervisors (not all) lie, treat you poorly, and do not contribute to the work. They even admit that if you can find a better job, then take it. Company is trying to expand into other fields like selling chemicals, but the business is very shady. No research is done in this company, just production.

    Advice to Management

    CEO, invest into your employees instead of expanding into a shady business and feeding them junk food. Supervisors, tell the CEO the truth instead of saying employees are satisfied with what they have. Improve and invest in your employees.



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