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Ambrx Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities for women and minorities"

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    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

    I am fortunate to be at a company that sees the value of bringing people together from different backgrounds to work as a team. I have never seen so many minorities and women in positions of senior leadership at other companies. There are limitless opportunities for anyone who works hard and gets things done. Senior management is always willing and ready to take time out of their very busy schedule to listen to the employees and have established a training route so that the a low level research associate to be part of senior management one day.
    Management also provides breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks everyday for everyone. Generous salary, benefits, working culture, and best sophisticated research equipment make coming to work fun and motivates me to work harder.

    Cons

    There are some people who were here before the merger and are very uncomfortable now that there are women and minorities in leadership positions. Their passive aggressive behavior need to be dealt with quickly and with a proactive response.

    Advice to Management

    Great job in leading by example and valuing your employees. You have the employees 100% support and best wishes.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Small company with large pharma bureaucracy"

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

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

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this company.

    Cons

    This company is a mess. The constant turnover stalls progress in the work and kills morale. Management does not address the issue. Do they know how to address the issue? People with no relevant experience are being hired or promoted. The product pipeline is nonexistent. Ambrx has always been known as a small company with large pharma bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Management is not committed to the company nor drug discovery, only care about their own take home.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't stay here too long."

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

    I worked at Ambrx full-time

    Pros

    It is a pay check.

    Cons

    Management = clueless. Employees = revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    I needed a job. I had a job. I moved on. Adopt this policy if you accept a job at Ambrx.


  4. "Small biotech with large pharma resources"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Horrible place. Avoid at every cost."

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    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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "evil does have a name and it's Ambrx senior management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ambrx (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pros: there aren't anymore more pros.There is not an incentive to work here. The high caliber, professional, and outstanding science left the building when the current management team assumed the leadership role.

    Cons

    Senior management is all bad. hypocrites, cowards, bully's, iron fist rule, pathetic temper tantrums, their way or the highway, employees are viewed not as an asset to the company but rather a statistic/number. The new management team is in a fantasy dream world where the priority is water bottles and bananas.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Hopefully one of you so called senior management entrepreneurs will wake up and remember the core vales and vision of what Ambrx was trying to accomplish in the early stages of the company. The goal was to create top notch technology that could help the world...currently your vision is a deep dark hole because you all have your heads stuck up in where the sun don't shine. Good luck with that

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Worst place - avoid at every cost"

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    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


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Disappointing"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worth a shot"

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    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.


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