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Cell Signaling Technology Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Oct 13, 2019

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3.3
54%
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Cell Signaling Technology CEO Michael J. Comb (no image)
Michael J. Comb
47 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-Life Balance -- plenty of opportunity to work from home and flexibility to take time off as needed(in 13 reviews)

  • "Great Culture, Great people with positive attitude that will make even dull to perform(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "kind of a disconnect between upper management and other employees(in 10 reviews)

  • "CST is going through significant growing pains(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Signaling Technology full-time

    Pros

    great work-life balance great benefits lots of options to advance a lot of opportunities to learn new things or cross-train in different areas, ultimately building your own resume.

    Cons

    not all team members great to work with kind of a disconnect between upper management and other employees can sometimes get stuck in one job with a cap on pay for long periods of time depending on company needs

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    Cell Signaling Technology2018-01-26
  2. "Solid Company with good Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Danvers, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cell Signaling Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance Atmosphere and people are collaborative and friendly Flexibility in managing own workflow and projects

    Cons

    Salaries not as competitive as Cambridge or Boston based biotechs Upper management can play favorites Very modest growth potential

    Cell Signaling Technology2019-10-14
  3. Helpful (12)

    "Great foundation but terrible execution"

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

    I worked at Cell Signaling Technology full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance, vacations, and work from home policy

    Cons

    The worst possible upper management; lacks vision and strategy; a lot of favoritism, bias, and nepotism making it hard for people to move up and get promotions; HR is seriously useless and a joke; a total time waste for anyone ambitious and wanting to grow

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    Cell Signaling Technology2018-11-09
  4. Helpful (16)

    "Toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Scientist in Beverly, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Signaling Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great health insurance and reasonable pay. Great stepping stone, just don't stay longer than 1-2 years.

    Cons

    It was sad to watch the decline of the CST culture over the ten years I was at CST. Unfortunately, hiring and/or promoting managers that do not have the company's best interest in mind and only their own is the reason for the toxic environment at CST. Rampant bulling is encouraged and laughed about by upper management and HR. Micromanagement by middle managers that are too narcissistic to understand what it takes to truly be a good leader. No real advancement unless you are willing to gossip and play the game. Very little to no growth regardless. Anyone with any advice is labeled as not liking change or negative when actually they are trying to prevent re-inventing of the wheel. There is significant wasting of time as everyone is trying to shine by putting others down. When you lose your integrity, it is time to move on.

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    Cell Signaling Technology2017-11-09
  5. Helpful (12)

    "Desktop Support"

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Danvers, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Signaling Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice and inclusive culture.

    Cons

    Pay is substandard for the geographic area. Non-scientific employees are seen as clogs by upper management and not seen as valuable. Culture is very academic centric, lots of emphasis on publishing . Upper management prefers younger employees so unless you get into a management position you're unlikely to build a career at CST.

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    Cell Signaling Technology2017-08-10
  6. Helpful (12)

    "A company with lots of internal problems"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Scientist in Beverly, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Signaling Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Average Pay, good location but that is it.

    Cons

    A very clicky company in certain groups, RA's who are not qualified are given more privileges and power over their own supervisors simply because they are close friends with someone in upper management. This sets the stage for bullying and a hostile work environment. Instead of focusing on team work the focus is getting ahead by trying to discredit and bully others. Many good employees lost and quit because of this. The work in Production is not what I would consider science, and if your goal is to aliquot reagents and fill orders as a senior scientist while the RA's attend meetings, take the most important technical roles simply because they have been "friends" with someone senior for a long time. These same people are very negative and use the internal chat to insult and gossip during the meetings they attend. Unqualified upper management, and misuse of their power.

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    Cell Signaling Technology2017-09-30
  7. Helpful (12)

    "Toxic workplace"

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

    I worked at Cell Signaling Technology full-time

    Pros

    Good commute out of the city, atrium/cafeteria is beautiful with exotic plants, pay and benefits are reasonable. There are some very nice people here, particularly in HR and the cell culture group.

    Cons

    Very, very disorganized company. Understaffed critical roles, severe lack of manager training (i.e. there is NO training!), sub-par bench skills of RAs (some don't even understand that you need to change pipette tips when working with different samples). No consequences for unprofessional behavior and management would rather look the other way and avoid conflict rather than step up and do their job. There was clear evidence of coworker sabotaging others' work and when brought to management, the advice was to "not give up!" and just deal with the person's behavior. Sketchy biohazard waste practices. Employees are instructed to bleach cell culture plates, then throw them in mainstream recycling. This practice depends too much on people doing the right thing and poses a risk to the environment. It seems like upper management is more concerned with saving money under the guise of "environmental responsibility" than paying for proper biowaste disposal.

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    Cell Signaling Technology2017-07-29
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Response to previous review"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Signaling Technology for more than 8 years

    Pros

    CST is a company with strong values and a solid foundation. It is a place where people genuinely care about each other, including upper management. This is why I was so disturbed by the scathing review of the CIO posted recently. I have worked with him closely since he started here and have never seen him act like a "frat boy" or bully. His approach is certainly direct and he does not tolerate empty excuses, but I have always seen him treat his colleagues with respect. I wonder if the author of the review was told some things that he or she simply did not want to hear. I have watched the CIO bring a tremendous amount of change to his organization. These changes are necessary as we grow into a larger, global company. Change is difficult and, sadly, many here want to turn back the clock to the "good old days" when we were a company of 75 people. I won't claim that CST is perfect (I've been here long enough to know that that isn't true), but I wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

    Cons

    Salaries have not always been competitive, although that is changing. HR is working hard to properly benchmark CST against other biotechs and adjust salaries as appropriate. CST is going through significant growing pains. At the best times, the atmosphere is exciting and dynamic. At the worst times, it is chaotic and uncertain. There are definitely groups of employees who are stretched way too thin as they try to engineer change while still performing their old jobs.

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    Cell Signaling Technology2016-08-17
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Shocked by bad review. Reality has been a long time coming for some."

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     in Danvers, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Signaling Technology

    Pros

    The bad review of our CIO was obviously in response to some people having to finally wake up, be accountable and produce real work instead of hiding in their offices all day just coming out long enough to blow smoke up the EC's back-sides. I see nothing but good, long overdue changes ahead that will finally get those departments in line with the company's goals. Professional espresso machines in every building. Banana trees growing in the common area makes it feel like your in the tropics even in the dead of winter. Great company culture. Very supportive of its employees to a fault. Good amount of vacation days. Volunteer benefit allows us to use some work time for a cause we believe in. Supports bike to work and alternative transportation. Installed electric car charging stations. Very outdoors and health focused employees. As much as humanly possible they only produce the best products. It has so much positive going for it that the growing pains hopefully can be more or less worked out. The upper management seems to really want to provide a good place to work even if at times they have listened to the wrong advice. The company's mission is something that everyone believes in.

    Cons

    Prior HR team seemed focused on making sure the kept the salaries as low as possible. Prior IT teams only mission seemed to be to make sure the EC was happy, the rest of the company could go to hell. IT worker bee's work very hard long hard hours, but the management provided bad priorities and tied their hands. New leadership is starting to change things up but it will be a slow process. Still too focused on the reasearchers, there is an entire company that is also working their butts off behind the scenes.

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    Cell Signaling Technology2016-08-20
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Research Associate"

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    I have been working at Cell Signaling Technology

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and great people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of changes currently occurring. Not a lot of communication between upper management and lower level employess

    Cell Signaling Technology2015-10-08
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