eBioscience Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    eBioscience is a good company. The leaders are strong, and are very helpful. The company has gone through some changes, and through these changes the company is on the rise.

    Cons

    No real issues to report. As part of a larger company, there are always issues that come up and that are out of anyone's control, also being part of a larger company, it is hard to feel connected. The small company feel has faded.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the employees. The Focus Groups are a great idea, it allows employees to voice their opinions and concerns with the company. Great Job!


  2. Helpful (3)

    Don

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    eBio is a great place to get your foot in the door. The work environment is very friendly and the company, since it's acquisition by Affymetrix, has pretty good benefits including occasional stock offers. They frequently budgets set aside for groups to just go out and do team building. The work environment is mostly laid back, but like all companies there tends to be moments of stress when critical projects need to be finished. The R&D department is also filled with many talented and knowledge people who are always approachable when you want to learn something.

    Cons

    The biggest con here is the pay. eBio ranks consistently with the lowest percentile of pay among the biotech companies in San Diego. The high amount of profit the company is producing for Affymetrix is not translating to increase nor normalize wages and thus is the biggest factor, beside worker dissatisfaction, in employee turnover. eBio knows this, but refuses to address the problem, leading to many people leaving for directly competing companies. Expect to see your yearly raises not keep up with inflation and a meager bonus that is taxed at an extremely high percentage. Your experience at eBio will also vary within departments. R&D tends to be a lot more laid back and allow workers to do the work they need to do without too much micromanagement. Manufacturing on the other hand has huge issues with communication. Often make decisions made are more reactionary than addressing issues at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your lowest level employees and enable them to excel in what they believe would help the group in doing their job. Get rid of supervisors that are incompetent. Find better ways/metrics to measure productivity other than telling people their numbers are too low. At the very least pay people a normal wage so that turnover isn't high. We'd almost get paid more bagging groceries than working at eBio.

    eBioscience Response

    May 19, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your post. As with most companies, salaries are an active topic, and those same salary challenges continue to be an issue here as well. Because we value our employees, and because this ... More


  3. Good potential, needs serious weeding

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at eBioscience full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are warm and scientists are smart and helpful, making it nice to work laterally in R&D. The company allows entry-level candidates to get a lot of great experience even if you are lacking which is great for a good learning curve. The benefit of the company being small is flexibility in trying out different departments and offering a helping hand can often gain you new skills. Casual environment with work/life balance. They drastically cut our free food events/celebrations but they're slowly bringing them back. Balance of people who have worked here for a very long time and people who are here for about 2-3 yrs as a stepping stone. I had other offers from a bigger company, I chose this for the amount of experience I would gain. 401k matching, good health benefits, reasonable monthly gym membership reimbursement. Annual beer brewing competition. Growing company esp after Affymetrix take-over and outlook is great!

    Cons

    This is an update to a review a year ago. Many people were simply around long enough and spoke with confidence leading to the promotion to "supervisors" of some of the most underqualified and unprofessional people. It's a joke now, as the company has grown and it is hard to fix this situation. The company needs to establish firm qualification grounds on which a person can be chosen as a professional leader. Human resources is unhelpful and has to be asked for every concern rather than being an actual "resource". I've had better help from HR as a candidate at other companies, forget as an employee. VERY low pay for the industry, doable but a GUARANTEED factor in why anyone leaves the company, otherwise the culture is comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    I am updating genuinely because though several people are incompetent, the future looks promising as a lot of that crowd is being cleared. These people give an otherwise 90% majority of people, who work very hard, a very bad rep. Management needs to do housekeeping and at least get rid of squatter employees and use the savings to pay your valuable ones more. There is no reason a tech level employee should be making the same as a Ph.D just because they were there longer, and esp if they're not doing their job. There's a reason you lose quality people and no amount of town hall meetings about "career conversations" is going to convince people to stay. Reward good work and make bad work unacceptable. Reaping the fruit of our hard work with no tangible reward is NOT OK. People: If you are looking at openings please apply! We need the fresh blood and creative spirit to wash out the old. Don't be discouraged by reviews as the outlook is definitely much better.

    eBioscience Response

    Apr 16, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns, it was nice to learn that you are a dedicated employee with strong feelings regarding the company’s success. It is disconcerting to ... More


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  5. Helpful (1)

    poor underqualified leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some good people there. Free soda

    Cons

    Departments don't get along, a lot of supervisors and directors who aren't qualified for their titles.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for a mass exodus, I know several qualified people who are interviewing


  6. Great entry level job

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at eBioscience full-time

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is very relaxed, and everyone is friendly - most people have been working there for years, so everyone seems to know each other well. It's possible to learn a lot of new skills if you're interested.

    Cons

    Salaries are low, not easy to move up in pay or position.


  7. Great Entry-Level job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent company. Management has best intentions. Opportunities exist to take more challenging roles and responsibilities that inevitably can help beef up your work experience.

    Cons

    Some bureaucratic issues. Pay isn't always the most competitive. Some real dedicated stars are lost as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to boost morale. It's small things that show employee appreciation.


  8. Overall an enjoyable place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open to cross-training in rather disparate fields Other than one person EVERY one has been incredibly friendly and kind Fun stuff like the annual beer brewing competition, yearly group team building (usually a fun outing like fishing, going to the races, go karting, etc.)

    Cons

    Salaries are a bit below market average Very difficult to move up in pay scale and or position.

    Advice to Management

    Being a bit more clear, not cutting benefits every chance you can. When I started here, it was actually a very pleasant company to work for. While profitable non-stop it still seemed like benefits were cut here and there. Monthly lunches became every other month and are now every quarter.


  9. decent place to start out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    you get to have some money in your pocket. coworkers are pretty friendly.

    Cons

    certain departments are better than others.


  10. Good/Bad

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at eBioscience full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, very friendly and genuinely nice people. You learn a lot of essential skills used by all biotech industries.

    Cons

    Most supervisors/upper management is unprofessional and immature when it comes to work dilemmas. I have never dealt with such immaturity in a professional environment. The pay is complete crap. My starting pay (bachelor's degree in biology) was in the 15-16 dollar/hour range. Management treat employees like garbage. I even overhead from upper management (i.e. directors/vice president) that everyone is replaceable. Well guess what? It goes both ways and hence why I left very quickly. IMO, use this place as a stepping stone for better jobs/grad school and get the hell out. This place will eventually wear you down.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more and treat them with more respect.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Embarrassed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at eBioscience full-time

    Pros

    Lateral movement relatively easy. Good place for desperate students to start.

    Cons

    Extremely unprofessional environment. Incestuous, many under-qualified personnel in positions that they sucked up for. Feels like rejects of biotech industry. Company pays well below market.

    Advice to Management

    eBio management needs to get rid of the lifers and invest in some new, competent blood.



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