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Catalyst Biosciences Reviews

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It was great!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Catalyst Biosciences as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was there for six months as a contractor and I'd have to say I loved the environment--great location, friendly people, exciting times overall.

    Cons

    I guess there was some tension from the top down and the full time employees would complain about feeling the heat from the execs when the execs never made it down to the labs to really know what was going on.

    Advice to Management

    Partner with the underlings


  2. Helpful (2)

    "CEO has poor leadership and people skills"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Cutting edge biotechnology... what they are doing is great!
    - Nice nice employees

    Cons

    - CEO is a menace to work for. He has NO people skills, nor did he care about his employees. He had 5 EAs in 3 years. Why is that? He took home a hefty salary to walk around with a chip on his shoulder.
    - Not a very collaborative environment. Cubicles and quiet. I was there for 9 months and cannot remember ONE of my colleague's names.
    - POLITICS.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your people strategy. If you want the best for your company, treat the employees like you care.


  3. "Scientist II"

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great group of people, cutting edge science.

    Cons

    Small startup company which depends on large pharm partnerships to get products to market

    Advice to Management

    More open communication to employees


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Science - Consistently Poor Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Using proteases as therapeutics is a great idea, some good people still work there.

    Cons

    No partnerships in several years, low on funds, two recent layoffs, down to ~16 people.
    Steady exodus of good talent - frustrated with poor management and no publications or career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Lose paranoia about publications, give scientists and RA's their due - need fresh blood at C-level...