Axcella Health Reviews | Glassdoor

Axcella Health Reviews

Updated Apr 1, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 15 reviews

3.3
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
60%
Recommend to a Friend
Bill Hinshaw
0 Ratings
  1. "Fast-moving biotech with promising science and great culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Axcella Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Axcella is a great place to work. There are truly talented people dedicated to pioneering a new path to support metabolic regulation. It is a highly collaborative environment and people are passionate about having an impact. At Axcella, employees gain an opportunity to work on a variety of projects and build new skills and experiences. It is an open, fun and team oriented culture.

    Cons

    For people interested in solving problems and taking on new challenges, Axcella would be a great place to work.

    Axcella Health2019-04-01
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Management sucks"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Axcella Health

    Pros

    Free snacks, free coffee, free food every week...

    Cons

    Some people in the mid to high management roles are definitely not qualified. They have no or little experience in industry and trying to throw immature ideas to change the research direction.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling the idea of "great work place", the science and the right people in right position are the keys for success.

    Axcella Health2017-02-24

    Axcella Health Response

    May 10, 2017Human Resources

    Sorry it didn't work out for you and hope your next opportunity is one that lives up to your expectations.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "SENIOR MANAGER"

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

    I worked at Axcella Health full-time

    Pros

    Its really difficult to find a pro about this place unless you consider the free food they provide.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor work ethics. You could be promoted and fired on the same day. Bad direction provided by upper management. Everyone who works there is 2 faced.

    Advice to Management

    Please give up on you failing idea

    Axcella Health2017-02-22

    Axcella Health Response

    May 10, 2017Human Resources

    Sometimes a change in direction requires separation with some employees and skill sets. It's unfortunate and tough for all concerned.

  4. Helpful (8)

    "No quality and no direction"

    StarStarStarStarStar
      Former Employee - Lab in Cambridge, MA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Axcella Health

      Pros

      Interesting novel platform. Dedicated individuals.

      Cons

      Really misguided with mid level leadership who have little to no industry experience

      Axcella Health2017-01-22

      Axcella Health Response

      May 10, 2017Human Resources

      A start up is clearly not for everyone and we try to make that very point when interviewing. We hope you find the opportunity you are seeking in a more traditional company.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Growing fast"

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

      I have been working at Axcella Health full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      The company has been growing really fast the last 6 months- 1 year. All the senior level employees are on board and this ship is ready to depart. The working environment has changed a lot since it started. Flat communication, nice coworkers and a lot of fun from different company activities. All the employees are very motivated, talented and they know what they are doing in the company very well. The higher management...

      Show More

      Cons

      Comparing to the big biotech or pharma, the benefit in pronutria is not as good. And the working environment is very dynamic and challenging if you are not a flexible person.

      Advice to Management

      Keep it up, and don's step back. It is already super awesome to work here.

      Axcella Health2015-06-30
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great place to work, great potential"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Axcella Health full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Really interesting science. Great people and management team. Excellent corporate culture. Chance to make a difference in peoples lives with an innovative platform.

      Cons

      Too much good food at lunch!

      Advice to Management

      Continue the great approach.

      Axcella Health2015-06-26
    • "Growing biotech startup"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Axcella Health full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      - Rapidly growing company, constantly hiring - Novel therapeutic modality, interesting science - Small enough to wear many hats and learn about different aspects of biotech, both vertical and horizontal career mobility within company - A Fun Committee throws events several times a year, and there are weekly free delicious meals

      Cons

      - Projects and goals change very often, making it hard to build expertise and show productivity in one field - Be prepared to start from scratch if you join. For scientists, you start from buying essential equipment. For others, you are the first person in your department/role and need to establish the standard. - No women in senior management

      Advice to Management

      Keep up with the enthusiasm, transparency, and add a bit more direction! We're looking to you to lead us towards home run!

      Axcella Health2015-06-24

      Axcella Health Response

      May 10, 2017Human Resources

      Yes, direction and strategy are some of the toughest things for a start up to set and stay with. It's why an entrepreneuial environment is a challenge for many. You have to love it!

    • "Dynamic and engaged environment and colleagues"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Axcella Health full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      A work place where there really isn't an "I" in Team. Everyone is welcoming, inclusive, helpful and supportive of each other, and of the company's mission. The senior management team is comprised of leaders in their field, who possess the talent and passion to grow both the people, and technology here.

      Cons

      For some people there may be cons about working here, and that's a shame. Small, dynamic, creative, fast pace entrepreneurial start ups, certainly are not for everyone. But if that is your "cup of tea" , I don't think it could get more exciting, enjoyable and rewarding than here.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what you're doing, attracting the "Best and Brightest" to lead. We have an enviable senior leadership team, providing the best calling card to attract and retain the "Best in Class" employees!

      Axcella Health2015-06-02
    • "Great Work Environment"

      StarStarStarStarStar
        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Axcella Health full-time

        Pros

        By far the best work culture I have experienced to date. We have flexible work hours and everyone is very respectful of each other. There are company outings and events from time to time that help build camaraderie. Everyone's opinion matters and all employees are encouraged to contribute and speak up. The belief we have is that everyone has ideas worth sharing.

        Cons

        Parking is currently split between two locations. One is on site and the other is off site.

        Axcella Health2015-05-21
      • "Grand vision, Great culture"

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

        I have been working at Axcella Health full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Mission at the company is huge in scope. The team in place inspires people to strive to achieve the goals. The culture is incredible. Newer senior management team has made great changes and the culture reflects the positive attitude at the company.

        Cons

        The company is still defining the space(s) to pursue. This is a pretty normal early stage company problem that will likely be solved in the coming months.

        Advice to Management

        Keep up the great work. It is great that you allow so much face-time with employees. Makes everyone feel part of the big decisions

        Axcella Health2015-05-18
      Found 15 reviews