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MedImmune Gaithersburg Reviews

Updated January 6, 2018
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  • At times, work/life balance will suck (in 26 reviews)

  • since its growing quickly with AZ acquisition, lots of work to do (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Equal Opportunity is just a Certificate on the Wall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Research in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Clinical Research in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits
    Fitness Center
    Shuttle to Metro
    Daycare center set to open soon
    Employee Friday social with good food

    Cons

    HR always support management. Employees needn't bother to defend themselved. Poor management and lack of promotions is why people leave. In particular, black minorities are harshly treated, without potential for promotions. Curious how most of your
    Black employees are never ready for promotions while average performers that are other races get managerial opportunities and promotions. Nepotism and favoritism in many departments; do not recommend that black employees bother to apply at Medimmune. Don"t get caught playing those zen games or watching TV during working hours!

    Advice to Management

    The company has a bad record in the DC area for its treatment of all employees. All races should have equal opportunities. Conduct a diversity survey. There are bullies in leadership positions , people are afraid to speak up.


  2. "Post Doc"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    many resources to share and access, very comfortable working enviroment

    Cons

    while stupid HR with no knowledge on visa issues. Be ready to leave at any time if you are not a permanent worker in USA

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits and pay, diverse environment, fun and rewarding, room for growth, work and family balance, every Friday happy hour 3 - 5 w/a theme

    Cons

    too many politics, open floor plan environment,

    Advice to Management

    be fair and fire those who should've been fired years ago.


  4. "Material Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company environment, amazing comp

    Cons

    employee transfer within department limited

    Advice to Management

    opportunities to move up limited


  5. "Happy internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MedImmune as an intern

    Pros

    I think this was a decently well-paid for undergrad interns. I got to work with amazing scientists who treat you with respect, because I landed in a really good lab and got a really understanding manager who was seriously interested in training me.

    Cons

    There was zero relocation assistance this year, and you pretty much just need to be local to do this internship. There was also no opportunities to work full-time immediately following the internship, unlike other companies that intentionally hire an intern for full-time employment consideration.

    Advice to Management

    I wish they would help us find real full time employment opportunities or at least help us develop networks for finding careers since they don't hire any of us after the internship.


  6. "good culture"

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good culture, good people, happy hour every friday

    Cons

    company goal is unclear to emplyee


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Environmental Health and Safety"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    Talk a good talk, have great ideas but don't deliver a quality product. Good benefits and great social activities. Some departments have an extremely heavy workload.

    Cons

    Very dysfunctional. Hire folks, start programs, lay folks off to gain cost saving bonus for upper management. Seen this done at least 3-4 times.

    Advice to Management

    Know what your middle managers and supervisors are truly doing in the way of ethical employee management and method for bonus receipt.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is growing and has good to excellent R&D scientists

    Cons

    Company is poorly managed and reorganization in some departments is constant. Management acts like a parent and chooses favorites and pits a group of employees against the least favorite employee. Management often has little knowledge of job or function but needs to micromanage and control. There is a level of micromanagement here that defeats the purpose of hiring experienced employees.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate management and replace with experienced experts with leadership talent that are not the reason for a revolving door. HR needs to be active in its role.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Poor Leadership, High Employee Turnover Rate, Nepotism, Cronyism"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Robust pre-clinical discovery programs (quality and number)
    *Talent below Director level (although eroding with high turnover rates)
    *Immune Oncology portfolio
    *Great clinical teams
    *Strong core groups (although quite understaffed)

    Cons

    *Dysfunctional leadership at the very top (high nepotism and cronyism practices)
    *Some of the lowest work morale in the industry (driving high employee turnover rates)
    *Inability of leadership to focus and execute against portfolio (high micromanagement practices)
    *Promotions based on popularity contest instead of accomplishments and qualifications
    *Failure of leadership to manage expectations and deliverables from core clinical support groups (e.g., PK, Tox, Ops, etc) versus translational medicine (e.g., Ph1-2 early development clinical sciences, iMED and translational medicine)
    *Inability of leadership to provide vision and definitive goals

    Advice to Management

    Unlikely to see improvements until leadership changes.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "A Great Place NOT To Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    -As a research scientist this position has provided the opportunity to learn about the biological drug discovery process and gain insight to the whole pipeline with regard to both science and politics.
    -Free employee fitness center
    -Free employee parking
    -TGIF every Friday with free food and alcohol
    -Newly remodeled building interior with open concept office floor plans and European interior design
    -Free coffee, speciality teas and popcorn
    -A great place to gain work experience

    Cons

    -Your success and happiness at MedImmune is completely dependent upon the department & manager for which you work.

    -The cons I am about to describe are specific to a particular group within a department that I work for and which has a negative reputation generally within the department of research.

    *Management create an environment of unhealthy competition
    *Management have favorites who are supported while other non-favorites are 'over-looked'.
    *Management hold their employees accountable for issues rather than taking responsibility & leading by example and setting the precedent.
    *Management lead through fear & intimidation
    *Team work is non-existent
    *Politics between managers disrupt scientific progress due to unhealthy competition & the 'fight' for territory.
    *MedImmune promotes career development with regard to inter & intra department exchange but this usually becomes political and problematic for the employee.
    *No career development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Dear MLT,

    Please wake up and take a look at the reason why Medi is losing so many great scientists to your competitors.

    -It doesn't matter how much free food and alcohol you give, or how 'Zen' you make the building feel. In certain departments there is a real problem with management.
    -When people leave Medi, take the time to arrange a face to face exit interview to try & find out the real reason why people are leaving the company.
    -Set expectations and standards for all managers & make manager training regular & compulsory.
    -Ask the 'foot soldiers' how they really feel and provide a 'safe' environment for them to provide feedback without fear of reprisal.
    -Allow people to move between departments

    If you do all of the above then MedImmune really will be on track to be a 'Great Place To Work'.


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