Toxikon Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Laxman S Desai
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  1. Informing the misinformed

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    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I've been working at Toxikon for some time, and some of these reviews are so far off, its ridiculous. In my time here, I have yet to see one BSC that is not OSHA compliant, as someone erroneously posted. The Health & Safety program is adequate and is committed to ensuring the health & safety of all employees, as well as supporting Toxikon's commitment to the environment. Further, Management reviews the quality and cleanliness of ALL laboratories to ensure GLP compliance.

    Cons

    A handful of negative people who just want to complain about petty issues.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Business Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn more about preclinical CRO..Lax is a wealth of knowledge since most study directors are too chicken to think outside the box.

    Cons

    Benefits are not the greatest; so back up on reports, mistakes are made and not learned from ..customer service is not existing.

    Advice to Management

    instill LEAN or Six Sigma into the testing process. It will improve on customer relations, which in the end will bring in more business.


  3. RA 2

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time

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

    Pros

    Commute from home very little. Lots of new techniques to learn

    Cons

    Horrible pay, horrible management. Some study directors are terrible people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


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  5. Do Not Accept The Offer

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    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at Toxikon

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of cross training here, so you will get a ton of experience. 1 hour lunch break which is rare in Massachusetts.

    Cons

    You cannot negotiate for more pay, and be ready to get paid less then what was offered to you. Also, be ready to take on a role that you did not apply for. The labs are very dirty and the BSCs are in OSHA violation. Cockroaches have been found in the labs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee, make them feel like they matter. Stop lying to your clients


  6. Helpful (6)

    Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Bedford, MA

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

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

    Pros

    If you are really hurting for experience in biotech and are willing to endure abusive, incompetent management, then keep searching for another job anyways because you probably got lazy and started thinking this is worth doing. The experience here has the highest of prices. Get ready to cheapen yourself as an employee and a human being. I guess it's fairly easy to achieve some sort of seniority as the turnover rate is very high. Hardly a good thing most of the time though.

    Cons

    Oh boy, where do I start.... - The company puts a new meaning on the word cheap -What little real scientific talent manages to stay here is badly mismanaged -questionable scientific practices are not uncommon and are encouraged and covered up by many individuals in management -Some of the positive reviews on this site (I'm looking at you 4 star rated reviews) are fabricated by Toxikon management because they are instructed to paint the company in a better light (Yep, 2.2 stars is more than the company deserves believe it or not) -In short, close your eyes, walk into Toxikon, point to a random person, surprise! They hate their job and the company. True 19 out 20 times.

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason this job has a higher turnover rate than a fast food chain. You realize that right? Half the staff being composed of newbies and the other half being too unambitious to leave makes for an environment where incompetence will prevail and the product will suffer. Perhaps giving people real incentive to stay might make for a better company but anyone who has spent a month there quickly learns that will not happen.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toxikon full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people you work with for the majority are great if you are lucky enough to land in a good department.

    Cons

    Everything is else is a downside. Most people can't grasp the concept of compliance. Most people are either under qualified or can't work with others. Pay is embarrassing and the company does not care about its employees. Only pinching pennies. Sometimes I asked myself if I work in a middle school or a biotechnology company.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Nobody is happy working for the company.


  8. A great place to gain experience for years and years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The opportunities and variety of experiences can be endless. You can participate in studies at a level that you would not be allowed to in other laboratories in the area. I have never been bored or watched the clock. You never know what the next Sponsor who contracts a study is going to want, so you have to learn fast. For those who are bright and self starters you have complete freedom to grow and excel. The facilities, both lab and office space, are always maintained to the utmost level of cleanliness and repair.

    Cons

    Some of the staff may have had jobs at a place that moved much slower or may have been good students in college but now in an industry setting fail to learn at the pace required. These people grow frustrated and disgruntled and then lash out and infect general morale. Some managers use a baby boomer style management on a staff that can be largely millennial.

    Advice to Management

    Improve staff retention. Contrary to what other posts may say, there is not a need to invest in a revolving door. Those who leave under a year were not cut out to work in the CRO industry. Most aren't working the same place they left Toxikon for a year later. You do have very many people who have been there 5+ years. You need to listen to what drives the 2+ year staff to leave and make adjustments accordingly.


  9. Scientist for 7+ years

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Bedford, MA

    I worked at Toxikon full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    You are given the ability to make the job yours. Taking owernship in your role and being able to work with others, at all levels, to make a difference. Unlike the comments from other reviews, I always found that the commitment to the quality program and scientific integrity to be very strong and unwavering. The pace is challenging and engaging, which might be a turn off for those less mature or willing to be a professional.

    Cons

    Others within the company that do not contribute anything but complaints. Instead of being part of solutions, they nag on what they don't like. The very few who are are passengers should move on and stop dragging others down. Yes, it's hard work, but very rewarding at the end of the day when you know are are helping others discover medical therapies/devices that improve the quality of life for many sick people. Great stuff happens there if you are willing to take part in being a contributor. Left only because of a family matter.

    Advice to Management

    Higher a mix of talent, new college grads, mid career people and those with industry experience would create a very well balanced workforce.


  10. Helpful (3)

    A good place to gain experience if you're willing to endure terrible management

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Bedford, MA

    I worked at Toxikon full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain research experience in an industry setting if you don't have any background. You'll be able to gain a wide array of techniques and skills if you take the initiative. Good people to work with- research associates and study directors try to make work enjoyable amidst the general unpleasant work environment. Very flexible time off- never had any problem getting a day off even with short notice. Clean and spacious vivarium.

    Cons

    Upper management constantly tries to micromanage although they have very little idea what needs to be done or how it should be done. Immediate management has no clue how to motivate their employees, resolve conflict, or create a team. Management does not respect your input or your time and will try to take advantage of you. For those who value learning and understanding, this is not the place for you. Although you learn ‘how to’ you rarely learn why or what for. Performance reviews were non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Fire those that are not pulling their weight or that create a negative work environment for everyone else. Listen to the problems your employees tell you and try to create solutions. Have meetings revolving around how to produce sound research, not just profits. Conduct performance reviews and reward those that deserve it.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Don't work here. Keep looking! You'll regret working at Toxikon.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    They will accept anyone... especially naive kids out of college. If you are making a lateral move into biotech this might be your only shot-- just realize Toxikon will be a rough experience. if you stay more than the typical year you are a fool.

    Cons

    Dead-end placement. Dishonest job descriptions mean you'll be doing more than you were told at the interview. The pay is about 25% below market. Managers are hostile, unprofessional, and unresponsive. Prepare to have an inconsistent workload and your life micromanaged. You will observe questionable treatment of employees and animals alike. The data reports are generally not of the highest quality-- there is pressure to just 'fix mistakes' after the fact. If they hire you hourly they will force you to salary and make you work extra hours which you likely won't be compensated for. The managers take no interest in your well being. They barely speak to you and leave at 4 on Friday when you are stuck till eight cleaning up the slack. They charge 50 cents to use the coffee machine-- seriously, who does that?

    Advice to Management

    You can't run a biotech company like a sweatshop. The poor conditions self-select for poor quality staff. The staff revolving-door staff means employees are consistently confused and lack training. Everything is generally in crisis. I see problems with the FDA or a lawsuit from sponsors looming in the future. Simply put-- invest in people first.



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