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Genocea Biosciences Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Ignore bitter ex employees"

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

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Genocea management from lower to higher truly cares about their employees. Major restructuring last year resulted in no job losses, an impressive feat for a small focused company. True excitement in the organization about the potential for the future. So many opportunities to grow within individuals roles and the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Leaving employees lack professionalism and air too many grievances, most of which are the result of lack of experience and maturity about the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to voice enthusiasm and build an effective and cohesive team. Make sure voices are heard, new employees bring a wealth of industry experience which will ensure we succeed !


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A+ Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can get involved in almost any area of the company that you'd like. Management trusts hard working employees, which allows for growth and opportunities. People are extremely nice and happy to help you learn and feel comfortable.
    The culture is possibly one of the best things about the company. There are a lot of fun events where you can get to know your colleagues. The CEO encourages a fun and hard working environment, and strikes a nice balance between the two. Genocea employees are dedicated to everything they do, including having fun. I can't see myself ever choosing to leave Genocea.

    Cons

    The company is growing quick, hopefully the culture remains the same.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great company culture but.."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is great. People are collaborative and treat each other like family. Perks are very good. There are several fun team events organized by the company. Benefits like tuition and health insurance are pretty good. The science is interesting. The CEO is great and so are other executives.

    Cons

    The Directors and senior scientists are reluctant to work on interpersonal issues or to act on a situation involving conflicts. The growth and career development of employees is not given importance and the focus is on getting the job done. Overall the professionalism in the company atmosphere can be better.


  4. Helpful (14)

    "Don't work in Research"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lead candidate, GEN-003, is a good vaccine.

    The platform is sound.

    Most personnel are friendly and work very hard.

    Opportunities to cross-train.

    Cons

    Research is a dictatorship run by the CSO who manages by intimidation and fear.

    CEO and HR are aware of issues in research but do nothing to address it directly with CSO.

    Programs are started with little to no thought about why the company is pursuing them, how they will be carried out, and what the outcome will mean.

    Researchers are persecuted for producing data that does not show desired results.

    Obedience is rewarded over competence.

    Advice to Management

    Put an end to the toxic management practices in research or your organization will cease to function.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best job ever!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small, dynamic company. People are encouraged to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions to problems. Fast paced, but my manager is careful to keep expectations/stress levels within reason.

    Cons

    Going through some growing pains as the company expands - not enough office or lab space, but people are actively working on solutions.

    Advice to Management

    You've hired good people - give them their heads and let them do their jobs!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Fast paced, good environment"

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

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are dedicated and energetic. Nice approach on the vaccine development industry. The CEO is charismatic, makes people happy to be there. The company values its employees, has good benefits and offers many events to help the employees know each other. I love to go to work, and believe 95% of the other employees do too.

    Cons

    After passing public in February 2014, Genocea had to realize that it can not do "Everything", and that in order to do "a lot" it needs more employees, needs to outsource certain projects, etc. As such, we had a difficult transition time, but all gets better already. I have no doubt things will be smoother soon.

    Advice to Management

    While projects multiply "upstairs" bodies need to multiply "downstairs".


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I think this is a terrific company. This is my 4th biotech company and it is far superior to the others. The employees are all very driven, bright and dedicated. Communication is very open, comfortable and easy and the culture is professional, hardworking and fun all at the same time.

    Cons

    Growing pains. We have had a big year and we are transitioning to a larger company so it can be a little crazy. But headed in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture throughout the growth.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Genocea Speed = Chaos Mode"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The scientific platform that Genocea is based on is a novel concept that can do very well in the vaccine world.

    Cons

    I would agree with 95% of the previous review with the exception of being penalized for having a life outside of work.
    There are far too many chiefs at Genocea. Each manager is in charge of one or two people.
    If you are not a manager your opinion or ideas matter very little. It is more of a ruling class and working class environment.
    Managers very rarely work in the lab.
    They like to say they work at "Genocea Speed" yet it is really chaos mode.
    Deadlines are unrealistic.
    Employees are severely micromanaged.
    Managers have very little to no proper managerial training and lack skills needed to motivate employees.
    I would not recommend working at Genocea.

    Advice to Management

    Understanding how to properly motivate employees and developing people skills is the one area where management can greatly improve to. Valuing the ideas and opinions of each and every employee would make employees feel like more a part of the company rather than a cog in a wheel.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Ability to know every person in company, from CEO to interns
    Option to learn as many new skills as you feel comfortable with

    Cons

    Expectations unclear for job titles
    Unreasonable work expectations
    Penalized for having life outside of work
    Promotions are given on unknown scale
    Micromanaging is rampant and wastes time
    Company in general sets unattainable goals

    Advice to Management

    The fast paced work environment, while productive, leads to an unhappy workforce who dreads coming to work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Genocea Biosciences (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are wonderful.
    Great Culture.
    Genocea is a company that actually cares about the core values and helping people/patients.
    Competitive comp and benefits.
    Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Standard growing pains, which are hard to avoid as a small company grows.

    Advice to Management

    The culture is amazing, so try to maintain it as the company gets bigger.


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