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Abcam Overview

Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (ABC)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Abcam is a leading web based business supplying research tools to life scientists worldwide. Our head office is in Cambridge (UK), we also have offices in, Cambridge, Eugene and San Francisco, (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong and Hangzhou, Shanghai ... Read more

Mission: 'To enable scientists to discover more'. 'Discover more' reflects researchers' quest for knowledge and Abcam's ongoing commitment and support.

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Abcam CEO Alan Hirzel
Alan Hirzel
74 Ratings
  • "Great for now, but the future is questionable"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Eugene, OR
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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


    Fantastic coworkers, high level of professionalism and ethics, positive and supportive culture


    Substandard pay compared to other company branches, and space saturation means promotions are infrequent and minor. On a company-wide scale, upper-level executives and VPs are consistently hired from outside the company rather than promoted from within, meaning long-term career options are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Please avoid attempting to please shareholders and panicking when we fall 1% short even when hitting strong growth metrics. It's demoralizing and doesn't accurately represent the health and potential of the company.

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Abcam Interviews



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    Lab Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Abcam (Boston, MA) in July 2015.


    One of the most unprofessional companies I have ever come across. Do not apply for an Abcam job. I learned all that I needed about the company culture through the interview process.

    My process started online where I had submitted an application. I then received a voicemail and an email around 4 weeks later asking for a phone interview. Since I currently work, having a phone interview out of the blue is near impossible and things like this must be arranged ahead of time. However, despite my repeated attempts to reply to the recruiter through email, I did not get a response. At the same time, the recruiter keeps trying to call me randomly. So I then try to call them back when I am available. As luck would have it, both of us failed to reach one another through randomly calling when one was available. I kept leaving voicemails asking the recruiter to please arrange a time through email but this never happened. Finally, after a week and a half of back and forth, I received another call but was in the middle of an important meeting at my current position. Having had enough of this nonsense, I excused myself from the meeting feigning an emergency and immediately called the recruiter back. I go through a few generic questions about why I was interested in the position. Throughout the phone interview, the recruiter kept rushing through and was strangely curt.

    At the end, the recruiter asks me how much notice I would need should they choose to ask me to come in for an in person interview. I reply back saying a standard weeks worth of notice would be sufficient. The recruiter acts bewildered, asks me why I would need so much time and says they would only give a single days notice. Well, I currently work, my schedule is packed, and meetings and appointments are decided well in advance. Apparently, this is in huge contrast with Abcam, which I assume does everything on a last minute basis. Reluctantly, I agreed to a single days notice and that was that. A week later, I receive an email asking me for an in person interview for the next day. I had to pull some strings at my job and somehow made it work.

    The location in Kendall Square is absolutely a mess. There are no signs outside the building and the job posting failed to mention that the job was not at the Abcam main office, but at a subsidery of Abcam. (still in Kendall Square) The communication from Abcam also failed to mention that the main door, which was unmarked, was locked and required that I contact them to open the door. The inside of the building and the Abcam subsidery offices were run down and very unsightly. Be prepared for silly questions during the interview.

    After the interview, I ask the interviewer specifically if Abcam would notify me about whether or not they would offer me the position. I know of many other companies that just do not notify you if an offer isn't made. Some specifically say that a lack of contact would mean that an offer wasn't made, but Abcam's communication did not include such a phrase. I waited 2 weeks and there was no response from Abcam. I then called the interviewer directly and asked them about the status of my application. Acting surprised, the interviewer tells me that she thought the Abcam HR department had contacted me a week ago about the offer. Right on the spot, I declined the offer, said my good-byes, and hung up. This is not a company worth working for.

    Lessons learned here are as follows. Abcam has no sense of proper scheduling, works on a last minute basis, and has an internal communication problem among others that one would surely find out upon actually working for them. A complete waste of time. Avoid at all costs.

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Abcam Awards & Accolades

  • Company of the Year, AIM Awards, 2009
  • Company of the Year, AIM Awards, 2013
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