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Updated June 28, 2017
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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Biomedical full-time

    Pros

    Being a smaller company you get exposure to all aspects of pharmaceutical development while still having the financial support of a global giant. Great environment to build a career!

    Cons

    There are some interdepartmental politics which can limit transparency or project efficiency.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Free keurig coffee and free mediocre snacks (granola bars for days)
    *Exposed to many different areas of oncology, which is a great resume booster
    *Close to Central Square and the office space is relatively new
    *Some nice individuals

    Cons

    *Chaotic and unpredictable at times
    *Office politics are a bit much, but that's to be expected at any job (some of the younger individuals are a bit catty, so watch out)

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unlimited options"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A friendly place, you are respected as you contribute to the mission of a company. This is a very promising company and will do well in the net few years.

    Cons

    The benefits are not great, but I do not consider it a major con, as long as I like the workplace

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interview process was smooth and they were transparent about their work structure.

    Cons

    It would be helpful if the entire on-boarding process happens more efficiently.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "challenging, not bad, place to work"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Team in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Team in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Biomedical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    biggest pros are the growth opportunities. the company has a lot going on and if you're good at your job, you WILL be promoted. great facilities, clean offices, parking, free gym on site, flexible hours

    Cons

    environment can be challenging because of the transitions of the company. directions can change and you have to be flexible. not really a con for everyone.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "A good place to start, but try not to stay too long!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits, colleagues are friendly and easy going (there are always exceptions), snacks and coffee in abundance, plenty of parking if you drive, and in our current job market it is an OK place to start.

    Cons

    Inexistent structured path that you can follow in order to progress in your career. Your career stagnates as soon as you walk in the door. Salaries are below industrial average (less 30 or 40K than average). And salary increase does not happen every year, and for some, not even ever two years. No annual bonus, and no recognition of your good, hard work. Frustration and lack of motivation is what you will typically feel as the time goes by.
    On the top of that, there is really no communication between groups, which I think it would be useful in terms of work progression and direction. Middle management has no say on almost anything important and you mostly manage yourself. Department meetings resemble seminars where no discussion is allowed... maybe resulting from a fear of speaking up and be shout at... which render these meetings fairly useless.
    Do your homework before you accept an offer! Sometimes there are no other options, but if there are, use your decision balance adequately. And please beware of the raving reviews, most are fake and forcibly fabricated, and if they are not the reviewer must be working at a company with a similar name and, well, mistakes happen!

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and they will stop leaving. Otherwise, you will constantly keep training new people that eventually will realize leaving is their only option of career progression.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Admin staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Great working environment, including clinic facilities, gym, cafeteria, and friendly colleagues.
    2. Unrestrained space and great opportunities for new-entry staff to explore.

    Cons

    Still in adjustment with its new ownership.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Highly political"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good.

    Provides work experience in industry.

    It's a job.

    You can build a network by make connections to other professionals in industry.

    Cons

    No promotion plan, no formal evaluation, no real HR. Also unrealistic expectations/standards to be considered for merit-based rewards.

    You have to be in the right niche to get rewarded for your efforts. Otherwise it does not matter what you, what you contribute, how hard you work, how much time you put in, or how well you do your job.

    Salaries are 20-40% below industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Probably would be a good idea to get some professional advice on proper staff management.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great opportunity to work at the pivotal edge of translational research, train on the job and work on a worthwhile cause"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Development (Doctorate) in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Development (Doctorate) in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros include a noble goal of saving lives of cancer patients while training yourself to be the very best. Although a great cause and a fun ride, given the goal above, only being the very best and working your hardest can get you there. Google the CEO, Chiang Li, and see how BBI was initially created (Chiang Li gave up his executive job and paid himself minimum wage for 5 years to found Boston Biomedical and save jobs of 28 research and development scientists who worked under him); when googling, you will also find a significant amount of clinical successes of a number of industry leading cancer therapy programs Chiang Li created.

    Colleagues at BBI are nice, smart, excited and motivated. You will be surrounded by a “team” factor: a number of colleagues who work just as hard (and often harder) than you do. Another important pro is that even if you make mistakes and don’t succeed at a given task while trying your best, you will not be penalized. You will get help and be ready to try again after some training (unlike what happens in most corporations where you may get laid off). There is no backstabbing or abuse from management at Boston Biomedical (management is also pretty limited since the company has a very flat structure).

    Finally, a lot is done to make your life more efficient: in-house gym/shower facility, kitchenettes stacked with healthy snacks, weekly company party events on Friday evenings, ample parking, and flexibility in taking time for family-health related needs. And, a beautiful, modern office in a historic renovated loft building with sweeping views of the Charles River and Boston skyline.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a day-time job you could forget about as you get home, Boston Biomedical could be it. But, if that is the case, don’t expect that you will be one of the best or will be quickly promoted: you will get from the job what you put into it. Although this puts the pressure on you to work hard, this also goes along with the fact that that there is a fairness within the company with promotion based on performance. The company is new and growing and so before you find your niche, you may need to be involved with some things that do not interest you, simple because there are holes to fill. With that said, you will be listened to and should get out of doing tasks that you feel are not totally relevant for your area of concentration within a short amount of time. BBI’s achievement-driven, meritocracy-based culture may not a good fit for all. Those who do not fit should not join as they will not get promoted and may end up getting frustrated or terminated.

    Advice to Management

    With six folds of rapid growth in space and employees in a couple of years, company could lose its entrepreneurial culture while building up processes.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Overall good experience"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment, will be trained if no experience, flexibility, learned alot

    Cons

    A couple people I dont like


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