Toxikon Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Scientist for 7+ years

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Study Director in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Study Director in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can get lot of hands on experience, if you are smart you learn yourself, nobody there to teach you.

    Cons

    Worst management, the CEO is OK but scared of his management working with him since long time because they can not get a job elsewhere. Do not know business, just hanging around like a cancer patient, could be the best mid-size CRO being located in a prime location with a great facility. The present veterinarian is the worst vet ever seen, knows nothing but talk and talk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to behave with your employees and get rid of 3 people including the vet, you will be the best CRO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company for recent grads

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at Toxikon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity or recent graduates as you're able to do many things. A great company to learn about the industry.

    Cons

    Low pay, but you gain experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Poor Management!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Study Director in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Study Director in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    The people were nice to work with. Hands on training was good. Company events were fun.

    Cons

    Senior management is awful. Decisions are made from behind a desk with little middle management discretion. This made for a wrong sense of entitlement; issues where employees who did their job well did not get compensated or recognized properly, while others who didn't do their job did. There was no balance and regular performance reviews were rare. Also quite often there was no plan in place to achieve the work load given or to improve the dept. This made Toxikon a very reactive, impulsive place to work. Employees are pulled to cover other jobs when someone leaves which is fine at first but gets old when it's constantly due to turnover (not rewarding people both financially and verbally) and the fact that it could be helped - - if management would address it properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What you've been doing ISN'T working. Recruit decent talent not just those that come with a cheap salary, train properly, and treat employees well - time off, regular salary increases, and a good working plan. Don't make employees feel as though they have to grovel for that. Make them feel rewarded properly. Toxikon has great potential to be a company where employees will come and stay which will save money on turnover = GOOD MORAL & Sustainable clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toxikon full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Ability to gain tons of experience but lack of appreciation

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

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to be on variety of research projects and learns many techniques.

    Cons

    Lack of good management and training programs. Salary and compensations for working weekends and holidays is lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The name isn't the only thing that's Toxik!

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

    I worked at Toxikon full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    As noted by others, this is a last ditch entry-level place for recent grads to obtain some job experience. That's a pro, because sticking it out will spruce up your resume and help you land a job for much higher pay, benefits and opportunity. Location can be a pro for those who live nearby and is evidenced by the number of storm troopers who stick around for the convenience factor. Aside form that, Toxikon should invest in a revolving door out front.

    Cons

    Compensation is incredibly low. This place is the McDonald's of biotech: cheap labor, little thinking and quasi-organized procedures for all of the lemmings who make the company run. Middle management are typically bright stars who have advanced through the ranks and have a passion for what they do. (I cannot consciously justify why they would stay in any other way). Senior management is a mixed bag - some share a passion for what they do but most lack any identifiable leadership skills or are powerless to implement change. I learned a long time ago that people rise to the level of their leaders and Toxikon is akin to a package of dry yeast from 1997.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change starts at the top. Without the support and direction of key leaders, little can be done. Beyond the lack of leadership, compensation and advancement opportunities should be evaluated. Provide incentive for new hires as they add professional skills and value to the company and the flight risk may lessen. Also recognize and embrace those who do bring value to the company and do everything you can to retain performers - without them, I see another Titanic in this sea of icebergs. (Read: Bring your own life vest, cause you won't get one when you check in for the ride.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technician in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technician in Bedford, MA

    I worked at Toxikon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    lots of young people so it's a good first job right out of college to get experience and leave

    Cons

    terrible pay, almost impossible to get a raise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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