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MedImmune Gaithersburg Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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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 (9)

    "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (12)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (10)

    "A Great Place NOT To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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  5. "Great environment to work, but you have to be proactive as an intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great vibe. The decor and work environment are very nice.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lack sense of clear direction for the company from senior management
    Internship was what you wanted to get out of it, as in I worked very hard and learned an a lot during my summer internship from all the different scientists, but I know other interns who didn't put in much effort and got very little out of the experience

    Advice to Management

    The company could be better organized, with more streamlined workflow. The management and work ethic seems inefficient at times.


  6. "Scientist Temp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune (Less than a year)

    Pros

    facilities, social gatherings, considerate management, great cafeteria

    Cons

    not many until you a permanent full side employee. temps dont get company emails, kept out of the loop

    Advice to Management

    Please email EVERYONE instead of full time on non-firewall information


  7. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MedImmune (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had an Amazing experience and great work environment. great work ethics

    Cons

    Certain employees are over worked

    Advice to Management

    Have more work/life balance workshops


  8. "scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance and amenities

    Cons

    way too many middle managers


  9. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work. Great Colleagues.

    Cons

    Gaithersburg is an hour away from DC.


  10. "Great Internship Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Intern in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at MedImmune as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My mentor and manager were excellent with training me in the lab and allowing me to be a part of every part of their research during my three month internship.
    The other interns are very social- we did things like go out to eat a lot, go to a National's game, etc.

    Cons

    Honestly I only got this internship because I had a connection. Otherwise, I believe they are very competitive and pushing your resume through the system could be tricky.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the internship program! Going through Kelly Services wasn't the best experience ever, but it seemed to be fine for me.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment for most"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    Medi has made efforts to engage its employees, with flex. work arrangements for many employees, an upgrade of its facilities, and regular happy hours. Turnover is low and most people seem content with good salaries and work-life balance. As the new science hub for US Astrazeneca, the opportunities at the Gaithersburg site should only grow. The fitness center is excellent and there are plans to build a childcare center.

    Cons

    Career progression is limited in a lot of groups, particularly outside R&D (where there is a formal career ladder for scientists). It seems there is a bias towards hiring external talent vs. developing existing employees

    Advice to Management

    Make career development a priority in the form of rotations, stretch assignments, a philosophy of internal hiring, etc.


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