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Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. "The reason I get up every morning!"

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    Current Employee - Function Head
    Current Employee - Function Head
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, science and commitment to patients!

    Fun atmosphere, flexible workplace, motivated and committed staff

    Cons

    I've worked in so many companies, they all have their challenges! At end of the day all that the work we do is for the patient who wants to live longer!

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this time


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Immunogen Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent Internship with knowledgeable and nurturing employees. They treat you as part of the team. I felt that my contribution to the projects I worked on was significant, which was really important to me.

    Cons

    not much to say here

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Mass exodus in progress - interesting science, but soon, no one left to do it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ImmunoGen full-time

    Pros

    - Unmatched healthcare benefits. They have worked hard to preserve the amazing health insurance plan despite all the cuts elsewhere.
    - A non-Cambridge commute with a large and free parking lot (next to a gym), which is helpful for those that live in the suburbs.
    - The new CEO has done a great job at restoring the financial health of the company. The balance sheet is orders of magnitude better than it was when he started, and Wall Street seems to be slowly forgiving the company for its past sins.
    - Decent fitness, tuition, and commuter reimbursements. Salary is not competitive, but not too far below the industry median, at least for associate/scientist titles.
    - There are some truly phenomenal scientists and managers here, but many are realizing their actual worth and seeking to put it to better use at companies that will actually let them do so.

    Cons

    - Blatant favoritism. Those with a line to upper management will receive what they want. Visibility is important, but in certain groups there is a vicious culture of stealing credit for associates' work in order to chase their next promotion. There are megalomaniacs in virtually every company, but the recent changes here have fostered a perfect environment for them to thrive at ImmunoGen. Some groups have already been torn apart by egotists who leave a trail of severely burned-out associates in their wake, having (ab)used them as a springboard for career advancement. When their workload finally catches up with them, they'll abruptly leave the company for "a professional development opportunity" that they "just couldn't turn down."
    - Turnover has been accelerating since the October layoff with little to no back-filling of both Associate and Scientist positions. And yet, hiring of Director-level and above positions has continued; top-heavy is a generous understatement.
    - Orwellian HR: dissuades employees from discussing their compensation with each other (which will be illegal for employers to perform in July 2018). Complete lack of transparency. Deceived employees by coaxing them into providing "anonymous feedback," only to admonish individuals in 1-on-1 meetings later for their supposedly "anonymous" comments.
    - There is a reason the company, which used to pride itself on the Globe's Best Places to Work survey, hasn't taken it in a couple years and likely won't for a few more. The culture is dead, morale is almost nonexistent, and upper management seems indifferent at best.
    - A bizarre resistance to interdepartment collaboration. Scientists and group leaders can be extremely possessive of their projects, refusing new and/or outside ideas with the flat-earth-theory-tier copout of "this is the way we've always done it here."

    Advice to Management

    - New HR leadership needed. The prevailing culture is now fear of retribution. It almost feels as though HR is deliberately masking the extremely disconcerting culture, morale, and attrition issues the company is facing. People are legitimately scared to provide any sort of feedback now. It's not just poor practice, it's unethical. An overhaul is desperately needed, so please assign some of that outlicensing cash to tapping an HR specialist who can 1) acknowledge the bleed-out and 2) bandage the wound. It's outrageous that 1) hasn't even happened yet.
    - Promoting internally isn't always the best idea. Granting senior employees direct reports simply because "they've been here the longest" is asinine, and leads to dysfunctional groups and increased attrition. Sometimes, fresh perspectives from outside are precisely what's needed to break down complacent attitudes.
    - Don't be afraid to develop your employees. Yes, you provide them with more skills that make them a more attractive candidate to other companies (and thus it becomes easier for them to leave). The reality is, this is Boston. ImmunoGen is not an isolated biotech that can afford to run roughshod over its employees because they don't have any better options. Refusal to develop employees internally simply means they'll go develop elsewhere, coincidentally for better compensation as well. This applies at all levels, but especially Associates, Engineers, and Scientists, who are far more mobile than the company seems to think.
    - The feedback employees provide is not always useful, but it should always be welcomed. Create some structures for employees to provide truly anonymous feedback and let the ExCo sort through it every 6 months. Take note of patterns in the feedback and use it to make gradual changes to improve the quality of life for employees. It won't go unappreciated.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Decent, but some serious struggles as an organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some high quality people
    - Interesting and promising technology
    - Pay and benefits seem reasonable, though not amazing
    - New CEO, Mark Enyedy, seems to be making the necessary changes

    Cons

    - Coming out of some sever financial difficulties, cleaning up the mess left by the previous CEO and executive team
    - Significant lack of overall experience throughout the organization
    - Some very inexperienced and unqualified people placed in middle & upper management
    - Lab level people are feeling the brunt of the transition challenges (i.e. overworked, under-appreciated)
    - Turn-over is increasing and upper management seems unaware
    - Strict budget limitations, including for promotions and resources

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the lower level employees. They are leaving because of upper management.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great innovative and collaborative culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ImmunoGen full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working atmosphere, cutting edge science and a culture that cares about one another.

    Cons

    Still working on first product to market.

    Advice to Management

    Great job-keep doing what you are doing; all the hard work is bound to pay off!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at ImmunoGen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team, people and culture

    Cons

    Multiple changes in upper management


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ImmunoGen full-time

    Pros

    Good culture and team work

    Cons

    Not clear about the future

  8. "Not Saying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people for the most part. Smart

    Cons

    None to state at this time really


  9. Helpful (6)

    "QA Specialist"

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    Former Employee - QA Document Specialist in Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - QA Document Specialist in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ImmunoGen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot to learn and navigate.

    Cons

    I was laid off after 5 years of hard work. I felt unrecognized.

    Advice to Management

    They better to recognize their employees more, because some like me are more passionate than others, but never appreciated....?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company in tough transiton"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible schedule, great boss.

    Cons

    Tough time as we are in transition

    Advice to Management

    Trust that employees can handle tough information. Hiding info will only feed rumors and have employees working back channels to get info.


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