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Agensys Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent biotech/pharma company in southern california"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Developing innovative products, patient-focused, team-driven, collaborative, great location, great salary/benefits

    Cons

    Oncology only (no exposure to other fields)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster innovation, empower individuals who succeed, maintain patient focus


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Changing Tomorrow thru Cancer Research"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director+ in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director+ in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agensys (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists working to cure cancer. State of the art campus/facility.

    Cons

    An affiliate of a large corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the science!

  3. Helpful (7)

    "HR and Management Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Agensys full-time

    Pros

    Cafe and gym onsite are about the only perks of working here

    Cons

    CEO Sef Kurstjens has zero respect for his employees or what they contribute to the company. First he completely ignored me when I was trying to make small talk while I was seated next to him at the holiday party that he then scrapped within a year of taking over. He also called the Manufacturing personnel "crank turners" (his words exactly) at a luncheon designed to improve his likability. Lastly he has done away with all company functions and extracurricular events.

    HR is unhelpful in resolving conflicts and acts above the "law" while making completely inappropriate remarks that would be a fire-able offense if any other employee had said them. The department I worked for was consistently treated like second class employees, where most of the soft benefits (half day Fridays) didn't apply to us.

    Management is ineffective in their role and act solely to cover their butts. Additionally I was used to cover 3 different departments in my time there but was never given the opportunity to interview, transfer departments or advance my career during my 8+ years there. Funny that I'd be used across these multiple departments, sometimes on multiple occasions for the same department, yet was never granted an interview when I applied for openings in said departments.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism, immaturity and lack of respect kills morale


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Toxic Company- don't even think of coming here!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, gym, bonus program, half day Fridays, 6 hour work days (nobody puts in a full day!)

    Cons

    Management hasn't a clue what they are doing, no pipeline, miserable HR group that only care about gossip. Employees stab each in the back trying to please management. Support departments are not held to the same level as other groups like R&D. Toxic environment with no chance for promotion. And our parent company has given up on us.

    Advice to Management

    Leave- maybe then we will have some hope in making this place work. Stop lying to the employees.


  5. Helpful (12)

    "do yourself a favor and work elsewhere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    lime cafe, gym, half day fridays, new building, clean

    Cons

    Jealousy amongst coworkers, people quick to throw you under the bus and cover-ups galore

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and see what is going on behind the scenes. Get a more professional HR staff.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Good potential held in check by indecisive and oblivious relics."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Agensys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good parent company, solid benefits, decent foundation

    Cons

    Poor management, still clinging to small company baggage.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions. Hold people accountable for their decisions. You can't take credit for success if you're not willing to accept blame for failure.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Growing biotech company with clueless senior management"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers! The pay is competitive but not high enough to live in Santa Monica. The company is small enough to cross train in different departments. There is a gym onsite for employees. Lime cafe is also onsite.

    Cons

    The parking is horrible. Contractors are treated like second class citizens. Poor performing employees are hard to get rid of and therefore affects moral. Senior management do not acknowledge lower level employees but praise them when giving their monthly speeches at meetings. We "crank turners" work hard to make sure they get their bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is a joke and employees are afraid to report anything to Human Resources.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "neutral"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    location, benefits, my own office, some of the instrumentation

    Cons

    office culture, lack of funds for new laboratory instrumentation

    Advice to Management

    office culture


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Stay Away!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location, decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Overall horrible management. Very little to no recognition for employees. Management likes to play favoritism and is completely dishonest. The cons far outweigh the salary and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Give more recognition to your employees and be more open. Trust is a two way street.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Sr. Management all need to be fired"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist (Group Leader) in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist (Group Leader) in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Location, New facility, Great scientists and staff.

    Cons

    Sr. Management is blinded to what is going on within their own ranks, Complete dishonesty, regarding projects, results, and personel. When middle management tries to present these issues they are regarded as trouble makers, and HR is 100% against the employees and needs to be replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let some real leaders step in. Stop Bashing, and degrading the Astellas management saying "we do it our way, not theirs" This is not a Team building attitude. The VPs and Sr. Directors need to be fired or resign. Too many highly trained and competent people left the company only to get higher positions and their talents acknowledged, get a clue.


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