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BioCentury Publications Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "editor"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Editor in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioCentury Publications (More than a year)

    Pros

    smart, dedicated co-workers who care about what they do

    Cons

    very heavy editing shop, so very little editorial freedom

    Advice to Management

    too much micromanaging


  2. "Promise :: Delivery"

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    Current Employee - Withheld in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Withheld in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging problem set. Pharmaceuticals is a wide business, with lots of interesting areas.
    I believe that David F. wants to 'The Right Thing'
    A lot of passionate people
    Competitive Compensation

    Cons

    Terrible at execution. Dozens of promising business lines and products, implementation is poor.
    Horrible mid-level management. From HR, to IT, the company shows its legacy as a small company.
    Culture of meetings, negativity and pessimism. 'That won't work!' is practically a BioCentury motto.
    High turnover is mission critical departments.
    Actually have heard the old saw, 'We don't have competition from Sr. Management.' [They do have competition]
    Editorial runs the show. Period. Don't bring new ideas. They know best. Full stop.

    Advice to Management

    Demand ROI on projects.
    Eliminate wasteful meetings
    Implement candid, 360 reviews of executive leadership.
    Prune the deadwood.
    Don't accept late projects and cost overruns.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Tough but intriguing work"

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioCentury Publications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is very focused and knowledgeable about biotechnology and publication making it a very stimulating work environment.

    Cons

    Too much work is put on to the writers. There are many skilled editors and upper level management available to help but the actual writing to be done by each person is too much.

    Advice to Management

    They just need to make sure that the writing positions are adequately staffed and that everyone is doing their part.


  4. "Good place to learn how to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a very stable company that employs many extremely smart people, who are proud of what they do. Multi-cultural environment makes a day-to-day life interesting. Headquarters is a dog-friendly office.

    Cons

    Company is chronically under-staffed. The better employee you are, the more work you are expected to accomplish. Company isn't growing fast enough to have a good career path beyond the lowest levels. Headquarters is a dog-friendly office.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good products, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work; a good way to place to learn about biotech industry; good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Untrained management; chronic disorganization; inadequate staffing; high turnover; low morale; the best people have already left

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs management training.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, if you are interested in the biotech industry"

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    Former Employee - Staff Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Researcher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    - Small company so there are opportunities for advancement
    - casual work environment
    - competitive pay
    - get stuff published everyday

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - little feedback from managers, especially in the satellite offices
    - didn't form relationship with the managers and editors

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to manage the employees, especially when they are new and in the satellite offices. Its often unclear if we were meeting expectations.