Ambrx Reviews | Glassdoor

Ambrx Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
15 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

2.1
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Lawson Macartney
6 Ratings

15 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Positive growth and management team that listens. New CEO, Alex Qiao, is a thoughtful leader."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The new management team that came on board after our acquisition in June of 2015 are listening to employees, sharing information and have made a lot of progress getting our drug into clinical trials. Very positive outlook moving forward.

    Cons

    I do not believe there are cons at this time. Management has done a good job of improving morale.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the communication with Ambrx employees. It is appreciated.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Worst place - avoid at every cost"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great location in San Diego. Nice weather, nice commute, nice building. On top of a hill with a great view of the bay.

    Cons

    No career growth opportunity. They are promoting friends and family of C-level officers to Director and above positions. They are conducting meeting in Chinese. They are promoting people who speak Chinese to senior level scientist positions. Favoritism and cronyism is apparent.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back diversity in work force


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location, nice lab space

    Cons

    Horribly mismanaged, employees promoted way above their ability level based on cronyism, management ignores advice of scientists, more interested in money than treating/curing disease, petty and punitive.

    Advice to Management

    No point, they wouldn't listen anyway.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worth a shot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ambrx full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, great holiday breaks, laid back attitudes most of the time.

    Cons

    Inside politics, lack of department communication, last minute projects.

    Advice to Management

    Communication, transparency, and trust can go a long way to keep your employees.


  6. "Ambrx is moving in the right direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New management working very hard to improve the culture. Board is interested in growing the company.

    Cons

    Some of the long term, older employees still cast a negative view which doesn't help anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Continue in the direction you are going. Keep adding the new staff that is excited about coming to work.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Ugly results of managerial disaster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist - Biochemistry in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist - Biochemistry in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ambrx full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Huh? Nothing at this point. Asian-owned low-end joint with manipulating, self-serving CSO in charge and a puppet CEO.

    Cons

    If you like spending your life with your head to the ground, with no prospect of ever enjoying your work or being rewarded for it, then by all means, work there!

    From the very beginning, the brightest employees were shamelessly taken advantage of by the directionless management (save IP department, which was great) and a passive board. In 2010, Schultz "took over" and forced out the remaining experienced research leaders with his infamous arrogance, business myopia and blatant favoritism. Only the politicians survived. One of his shifty buddies is now CSO, another is helping him fly his new plane at Calibr. All he managed to do was to transform the company into yet another extension of his lab, with no accountability from anyone in charge whatsoever (reminds anyone of the GNF story?). To top it all off, the final inept board failed to go through with an IPO when the company still had value to the market, and thought of nothing better than to sell it to China instead, ripping off common shareholders in the process (golden parachutes for the officers, naturally).

    The only product that will ever come out of this joint is the one co-developed with Lilly animal health, mark these words. ADC's are falling by the wayside already, and since Ambrx is heavily ADC-centered, it will not survive, once major pharma's start pulling out en-masse. Talk about miserable failure of a great idea, what a sad joke. Calibr may soon become the next Ambrx, with the same bunch of narcissistic incompetent posers in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Management? Current CSO was hired in 2005 as a green postdoc (straight from Schultz' lab). Huge ego and great ability to serve himself at the expense of others, but, sadly, no true skill to manage science in a responsible and effective manner. Any sensible advice would fall on deaf ears there, as has been the case for many years.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Avoid at all costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing technology. It was a great place to work when Schultz was is charge. Too bad it will never be realized to its full potential, as all that were responsible for creating and understanding this technology have since left the company.

    Cons

    This place is a joke. Macartney sold Ambrx down the river. The sexist, scheming, poisonous CSO is running rampant, and any chance of responsible corporate governance has been abandoned with the new and complicit CEO. When Schultz and DiMarchi left, that was the beginning of the death of Ambrx.

    Advice to Management

    Hold onto your dollars, boys (and I mean that literally), because you are not going to be making any new ones with this board in place.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    technology has a premise, solid science

    Cons

    politically charged environment, personal agendas decide on path forward, lack of focus


  10. "Small biotech with large pharma resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ambrx full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New and bold senior personnel management, great career opportunities, fun projects, diversity workers, bright and sunny company future

    Cons

    we're quickly growing and need a larger facility

    Advice to Management

    great job


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible place. Avoid at every cost."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ambrx full-time

    Pros

    None. All the pros have left the building and replaced with incompetent buffoons who does not know anything about drug discovery and development.

    Cons

    Racially biased. If you are Chinese, Chinese American, Caucasian then one can occupy senior administrative positions and also get promotions in that priority. If you are a crony that is another skill set they value. No innovation. Stupid ideas. The CEO, CSO and VP are mirror images of each other, often competing for the first place in stupidity.

    Advice to Management

    People are being laid off without any cause. Old employees are let go. No respect for people who are doing the ground work. They are having a hard time in attracting good talent. Avoid at every cost.


Showing 15 of 16 reviews
Reset Filters