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Updated January 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance in boston (in 7 reviews)

  • Good work environment and balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • They don't practice what they preach (work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Somewhat low pay, with no opportunity for pay increases other than COLA adjustment (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "The nicest workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abcam does seem to hire for personality, at least in the Logistics Department, and they succeed! I've never worked at such a fun, genuinely warm and welcoming place. Even for a a position (technician) that wouldn't seem to require it, training in new things, including leadership-type stuff, is frequent. There is at least an effort to help you develop new skills.

    Cons

    The major con is the lack of possibility from advancement. Unless a team lead position opens up, there's nowhere really to move up to. As a result, there's somewhat high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to keep up the good work. Continue the buoyant, fun atmosphere, but maybe be a little more transparent to techs that career advancement is unlikely.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Fast paced successful company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is constantly improving and striving to achieve more success. The pace is very fast but decisions are made quickly which makes it fun. There are a lot of nice social events and small perks that the company does for employees.

    Cons

    If you are adverse to change you will not be successful at Abcam - as noted above, change is constant.

    Advice to Management

    In the last couple years, the company has made great strides to set global strategic objectives and make sure that all levels within the organization are aware and aligned around those objectives. The company has never been so aligned and working towards the same things - this is great. Keep it up!


  3. Helpful (4)

    "assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant
    Current Employee - Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, people are great to work with and management is very easy going. The PTO and health plans are also really, really great.

    Cons

    pay is a little low, but I think all the pro's make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being great


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great company, great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abcam is a great place to work. The work life balance is actually a company objective. It is also a successful company that has shown consistent growth year in and year out.

    Cons

    They do tend to make frequent changes so you have to be flexible. This is not necessarily a negative aspect but it may not be an ideal situation for everyone. Keep that in mind if you prefer more regularity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. The culture is a strong point and it is rare to find an organization that strives for greatness and maintains a positive supporting environment.


  6. "good but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Abcam full-time

    Pros

    great location, young and talented people

    Cons

    too many meetings, too focused on copying others ideas and not creating their own


  7. "Awesome company culture, really encourage new ideas, even as an intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Event Planning in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Event Planning in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Abcam as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team meetings encourage creativity, great environment, everyone is approachable, office is well laid out and accommodating

    Cons

    It was sometimes hard working with people in the UK because of the time change, but this really should not even count as a con


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Supply chain Admnistrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Administrator in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Administrator in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abcam is nice company, friendly environment and it get better and better every year.

    Cons

    Abcam really cares about Employees, giving the chance to proceed the career and also giving the chance to join different kind of trainings


  9. Helpful (2)

    "This is a start-up that is growing up!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a company with a great story. It has gone from start-up to 1000 people in rapid pace. Strong growth and profitable. It has people around the world so is very diverse. It has a relaxed culture and is profitable. It is very flexible and has great benefits (yoga classes, fresh fruit etc.). Just such a nice company to work in. If people haven't worked somewhere else they will not appreciate this!

    Cons

    As a fast growing business it has underinvested in some of the infrastructure (IT, buildings and some people). But this is being put right by the senior team. It is in a period of change; but that's great for learning and growing!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Fun, friendly, flexible and fast paced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, friendly, flexible and fast paced. Extremely can do culture and generally very non-political and collaborative. Employees are listened to and action is taken when issues arise. The business is very ambitious and is growing fast. The opportunities for career development are broadening also. Health and well-being is taken seriously and Abcam really seems to care about its people. Truly global working environment.

    Cons

    Very few cons. Historic IT issues are currently being resolved with a big global investment in infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and keep leading from the front with the values that make Abcam special


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company with a lot of potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture and friendly work environment, innovation, buzz, and opportunities to make things happen. Smart people. Good innovation and technology. Free fruit!

    Cons

    There are not many cons. Some of the facilities could be better. It would be nice to have more connections with team members who who work at different locations around the world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing



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