bioTheranostics Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. gr8

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at bioTheranostics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    innovative, fast paced, growth oriented, rewarding financially

    Cons

    No cons to point out for this

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great concept, poor leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at bioTheranostics

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

    Pros

    The concept of helping people with cancer is fantastic.

    Cons

    The way management treats its employees as disposable is not.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people like people


  3. Novel technology and bad management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at bioTheranostics

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

    Pros

    Novel mechanism of action. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Inept HR. CEO does not have any management experience.

    Advice to Management

    People are demotivated. Improve culture.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Innovative technology, inexperienced managers.

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    Former Employee - Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at bioTheranostics

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

    Pros

    Small company feel, exposure to many areas of the business. Benefits are so-so, but better than expected for a small company. Nice, clean office setting.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, poor leadership, no hiring skills. Zero investment in the people hired. Very high turnover. Lots of office politics and whispering. Most employees have a very negative attitude and seem that they do not want to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in HR-type training for middle managers to teach them how to manage, hire and advise. Invest in Human Resources training sessions to improve the office culture.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Leadership lacks accountability

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard working people. You will get a lot of responsibility here and gain a lot of experience quickly but will not have the authority to make things happen. Products are interesting to customers but need a lot more evidence before wider adoption.

    Cons

    Competitive ability is questionable: the CEO lacks business acumen and the leadership skills required to drive bioTheranostics forward. He's also volatile, demotivates employees and doesn't trust anyone to do what they were hired to do. Senior management lives in a bubble and lacks experience compared to peer group companies. HR is worst-in-class (seriously, I've never met an HR department of one that's as tone deaf, inexperienced and as obtuse as HR at bioTheranostics). Salaries run 10-20% below comparators at other similar San Diego-based companies. Benefits got worse and worse every year. 401k was good, however, as the parent company matched up to 6% and you are invested right away. Turnover is very high with key personnel leaving for better opportunities on a regular basis--within last 24 months, the chief scientific officer left and wasn't replaced, the sales leadership changed three times, the chief medical officer left and many, many sales representatives have left/quit/been fired. It's a negative culture and environment.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to do a lot of work to build confidence with employees. More experienced and capable leadership required here.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Leadership lacking

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at bioTheranostics full-time

    Pros

    Good products Good location OK benefits A lot of smart, talented people

    Cons

    Poor vision and strategy from top management Lack of cohesion


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great product, poor management and vision

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good product improving patients' lives

    Cons

    Poor senior management resulting in a poor culture. Most people do not want to be there and it is obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Have one vision and stick to it. Lead by example when it comes to raising the level of employee engagement and work quality.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Lack of professionalism, poor management skills, and unhealthy working environment

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

    I have been working at bioTheranostics full-time

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

    Pros

    Developing assays Good co-workers Pay benefits were reasonable

    Cons

    HR is not professional and insensitive to employees. Unhappy employees

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be professional in the way you speak and treat your employees. Don't have unrealistic expectations. Help and guide your employees to grow instead of verbally humiliating them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Top Management Suffers from Self‐Confirming Attribution Error

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn new things and explore new areas since most of the times you are on your own. The lack of directions can be blessings if you are a risk taker and want to venture out of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Top managements are predisposed towards blaming problems on other people rather than the organizational system. As a result they focus too much in micro-management as well as continuous monitoring of activities. Fighting fires became their norm and they spent very little time on developing strategy, setting priorities, and thinking about the system. This created more unnecessary works for the support teams who often felt ceremonial and disconnected from the real work.

    Advice to Management

    1. Manage capacity 2. Change your habits around problems 3. Have a clear strategy and live by it 4. Develop the ability to have real conversations with your employees and other stakeholders


  11. Helpful (1)

    Who is running the show?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at bioTheranostics full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great technology and leading test of its kind. Initially, field sales was given a free hand to bring in the business.

    Cons

    When the Company was purchased by bioMerieux things changed. Management does not know what they are doing and won't listen to the field and client feedback. Very poor CEO as far a business savy and people skills are concerned. Over estimating market opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to do their jobs without blame when things don't happen as expected. Give people the opportunity to make sound decisions and give advice. Empower people



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