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"Be prepared to be exploited, abused, and ultimately amused."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Wonderful coworkers- unfortunately we did not get much time to forge relationships. Excellent benefits.

Cons

Where to begin? Overtly hostile upper management, exploitative labor practices, inane personality conflicts obliterating professionalism, absurd secrecy bordering on paranoia.

Advice to Management

Management has an agenda mapped out quite well and it is fairly transparent- if you're paying attention. Like all startup environments, their ultimate aim is to be purchased by a larger company, thus allowing upper management to effectively line their pockets and ride off into the sunset. They're more than willing to do this on the backs of the research associates and scientists that have built the company.

Moderna takes advantage of all employees below the executive level- overworked and grossly underpaid, they feel as though they can get away with this type of behavior because of rival companies recently closing their doors. When the bubble bursts, the executives will have handsome rewards while the little guys will be have a place firmly set in the unemployment line. This mentality is not serving them; however. Within the last six months, both the CSO and the VP of Manufacturing quit on short notice. Moderna tried to spin it as a shortcoming of those employees; however, both of which worked consistently 100 hours a week only to be on the receiving end of the CEO's wrath and arrogance. I do wish I could give specific instances regarding the CEO; however, that would be telling of my identity- just take it that most of the things that come out of his mouth are positively flabbergasting and without a doubt abusive. He is unjustly paranoid and prone to wild attacks creating an atmosphere of deceit and hostility. He will pit employees against each other, overtly lie, and then find an ideal scapegoat among the lower employees and hang them out to dry. He is a master of creating a very toxic environment and I genuinely pity the people who are still employed there.

Should you decide that you want to work here, just know what you're getting yourself into. 60 hours a week in the lab is a vacation, that alone, wouldn't be bad. The sophomoric and soap opera-esque drama that unfolds on a daily basis does; however, have a proclivity for making an 80 hour work week feel like eternity.

Other Employee Reviews for Moderna Therapeutics

  1. Helpful (18)

    "unbelievably arrogant management, poor execution on a potential powerful technology"

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

    Pros

    cambridge is nice but expensive

    Cons

    -upper management treats scientists very poorly
    -no recognition or reward for hard work and successes
    -questionable experimental practices

    Advice to Management

    potentially powerful technology, but that's not enough. treat employees as peers or you're be embarrassed that you botched the biggest story in biotech for the last few decades with incompetent management and toxic culture.


  2. Helpful (19)

    "Amazing how Management does not change"

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

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is potential for a new and exciting technology that could define a new class of therapeutics. The company has a few very scientifically strong Scientists and Research Associates that have provided the key data to make the unheard of deal that was made with Astra Zeneca.

    Cons

    The management is extremely arrogant and believes everyone beneath them is replaceable. They preach behaviors are just as important as performance; however, they do not treat their employees with respect at all. The CEO runs the company like a dictatorship and shows absolutely no respect for anyone but he demands everyone respect him. The CSO is incompetent and lacks the basic knowledge of how to run proper experiments. The company is growing but so is the negativity internally and the bad reputation externally.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so arrogant and realize that maybe the reason you were able to do that deal with AZ is because you have some very talented individuals working for you because if you don't they will continue to leave in droves....

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