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Updated October 7, 2017
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  • They don't practice what they preach (work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Several middle managers appear to be poor at their job and would rather be doing something else (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Entry Level Job"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Logistics Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment with committed co-workers and a management that really cares and gives you the tools to perform.

    Cons

    Little room for growth if your background is not Biosciences.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The nicest workplace"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Fast paced successful company"

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    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!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "assistant"

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    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


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great company, great culture"

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    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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    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. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    No cons all things are good

    Advice to Management

    all good


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Mix of People and interesting work in a company growing up"

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    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

    Pros

    - Interesting Work and Bright, Intelligent People
    - Warm and Friendly culture, people are welcoming and will always help
    - Loads of social activity - games nights, wellbeing events, team evenings out
    - Very little hierarchy or politics
    - Very global organisation and a chance to work with people from lots of backgrounds
    - Pace of change is very fast
    - Company is growing up and investing more in facilities, systems and people.

    Cons

    - Current Cambridge UK Office is getting a bit tired but are relocating next year to the Biomedical Campus in a new building
    - The pace of change can be relentless
    - It's still a medium sized company, so whilst there are good career opportunities, it won't be the same as somewhere like GSK or AZ

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing but protect what's made Abcam special in the past.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work with some amazing people and build a career"

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    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

    There are some extremely talent people here - the calibre of talent right across the organisation is extremely high and it definitely brings out the best in everyone. It's a very autonomous environment, which I appreciate doesn't suit everyone, but for me this is exactly what I need. The investment in things like facilities, IT, systems and technology is great to see. There is a lot of excitement about the future and with the growth there are lots of opportunities for strong performers - if you join with the mindset that the only limit to development is yourself I think you'll go a long way.

    Cons

    The only constant at Abcam is change! This definitely doesn't work for everyone and it can be tiring sometimes (although fun too). There are some obvious growing pains but this to to be expected with a business at this stage of growth.

    Advice to Management

    Keep leading from the front, keep the communication open, focus on developing all the talented people you have


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