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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Communications Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    At the time I worked there, the organization was full of really good people who cared about their work and were the best and brightest in their fields. It was an interesting place to work, and I had a lot of opportunities to grow and develop professionally in a lot of different areas.

    Cons

    In my three years there, the organization was constantly changing, which was difficult at times. We also had some leadership who were disrespectful and terrible to work with.


  2. "Awful Management"

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    Former Employee - Director in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, free coffee

    Cons

    Awful management, frequent lay offs, lack of success toward mission

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and equitable as opposed to managing by nepotism

  3. "Could have been a good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aeras full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, decent salaries, some great co-workers

    Cons

    Bad management, managers don't "have your back", some employees spread way too thin while others don't have enough to do. A lot of "back-stabbing".

    Advice to Management

    Take closer look at some of your managers; you are not getting what you pay for. Quit rewarding people that simply "do their job" but don't go the extra mile. You have some really good loyal employees that you are overlooking.


  4. "For entry level/fresh graduate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for entry level and fresh graduate

    Cons

    you have to know people to go up.


  5. "Great Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New Market, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New Market, MD

    I worked at Aeras (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers, good benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Meeting heavy, makes it hard to get answers from top executives.


  6. "Non-profit biotech focused on TB vaccines development"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to global public health mission

    Cons

    Overly-dependence on key donor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, constrains effective scientific pursuits and strategic leadership decisions


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aeras full-time

    Pros

    Offers unparalleled growth--personal and professional

    Cons

    They're really not sure if non-prof or drug development

  8. "Open"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Lots of very smart international workers offering a very diverse atmosphere
    2. open-door policy
    3. Aeras does its best to bridge the communication gap between upper management and workers by having one-on-one biweekly meetings

    Cons

    1. Direction of the company is not always very clear
    2. Company is funded mostly by a single donor: The Gates Foundation, who literally dictate the direction of the company....This does not give management room to effectively lead the company

    Advice to Management

    1. Clear direction as to what the direction of the company is.
    2. Most investment in improving its workers skills
    3. Diversify funding base


  9. "One word - awful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aeras (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, free coffee, vending machines with low prices

    Cons

    The management team is incompetent. They do not communicate openly, they practice nepotism and cronyism, they waste donor money, and they do not deliver on the mission.

    Advice to Management

    Many of your employees know what is going on and that is why there is such low morale and high turnover


  10. Helpful (2)

    "I had very mixed positive and negative experiences --- overall, probably not a good fit for me."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There was a lot of camaraderie among the 2nd floor and the more down-to-earth employees throughout the organization. Telecommute opportunities are good for full-time, permanent employees. The building is very nice. It's located close enough to food places to grab lunch if you have a car. Each floor has a kitchen area with Keurigs, fridge, and microwave. I did have the pleasure of working with one very good empowering manager.

    Cons

    A lot of elitism on the 3rd floor. A lot of ego among the leadership and people who've been there a really long time. Also a lot of favoritism ... not a level playing field for sharing input. Unless you're among "the chosen," almost caste-like system of "don't speak unless you're spoken to or asked to speak." Too much timidity among mid-level management. Way too much of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing both within departments and across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the people who are trying to take care of you. Organizational efficiency outside of manufacturing leaves a lot to be desired, especially across departments -- it may have more impact on morale than you think.


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