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Updated February 20, 2019
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  • "They support work life balance but it is not always easy to achieve" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Career development , functional flexibility" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice, open work environment as well as friendly, smart people.

    Cons

    The company seems to spend a lot of extraneous money. Might not be good for the long-run, but definitely good for the employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place with a good environment-Many facets of learning"

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow in terms of projects.
    Lots of Autonomy to make decision
    If you are with a good Manager, you can have a great career at MedImmune
    Small company feel in a BIG pharma tier 1 Global company environment
    GREAT fantastic fitness facility
    TGIF on Fridays have good food
    LOTS of vendors and supplier fairs that allow you to grow your circle and expand your horizons...making connections
    Lots of huddle rooms to help with team cross functional work

    Fantastic work life balance!

    Cons

    EVERYTHING is contracted out-YOU are responsible for purchase requisitions, quotations and processing it through.
    EVERY minor & major decision goes up to the product develompent teams and then to the GLOBAL project teams (GPT)

    When you sit in a GPT meeting, its all numbers, figures and values being dictated by Sweden & UK headquarters. The jargon is so convoluted, complex, abstract and hard to understand. Your decisions mean nothing really. Its all being influenced by another higher up

    GOOD LUCK getting a promotion! Nepotism is rampant. Cliques are common.

    If you are not a specific "demographic" good luck going above senior manager level

    The directors are mostly a specific "demographic"

    Low salaries compared to industry standard

    You will see many candidates with 0 years experience with a PHD become a Scientist II or Senior Manager, where as people with a Masters and 20 years experience be a Scientist I

    The science track is so hard to escape. Very difficult to get into managerial track

    Everybody is a scientist,

    Get used to a Science project environment. You get recognition and fame by doing posters....more posters, and EVEN more Science posters that result in no commercial launches. Just follow the science and do your poster!

    GET ready to work on a project for 2 months...put ALL YOUR HEART and SOUL in it and then have it RIPPED from you. then you start another project and work on it for 3 months....then have it transitioned to a new hire who is two levels above you who has NO knowledge whatsoever. Great way to ensure project continuity

    Get ready to put all your effort into a project...write all the plans and protocols, only to have your manager and the senior management go on that rosy business trip your place.

    Management have a DOG EAT DOG, Ghost KILL Ghost approach. They never align and constantly bicker

    Many colleagues come and join the company and leave the company in less than a year. They can barely hire replacements faster than personnel leaving

    Its always the favorites that go to the GPT meetings and GET ALL the CREDIT for the work you do

    Every project revolves around a HIGH LEVEL POWER POINT. Get ready to go to powerpoint school. Everything is about a HI level powerpoint presentation

    Learn to work with "snakes in suits", corporate psychopaths, bullies and narcissists

    Lots of Megalomaniacs around -Watch out!

    Good luck getting paper work approved

    Good luck getting people to show up to CRITICAL meetings

    It will be the project managers and senior scientists/Principal scientists that take all the glory and credit, They do nothing actually except do powerpoints and delgate work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop working from home in California and move to Gaithersburg. Its hard to take direction and leadership from GHOSTS

    Trust your internal teams. When you put more faith and trust in you CONSULTANTS, it demoralizes your team.

    Perhaps show up for work in person maybe ? How about stop travelling and going to scientific symposiums and conventions and maybe have a one on one with your subordinates ?

    Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk! Many of you have no idea of technical skills and knowledge, so don't go on power trips during one on ones

  3. "ASII"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ok place to work. Building is nice.

    Cons

    Too much politics involved in trying to advance.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities at various level.

    Cons

    Green card policy is not very friendly.


  5. "Good Job"

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

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay and very good benefits

    Cons

    changing fast and not for the better


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away, run away from Clinical Applications and Standards(CAS) team in clinical data management (CDM)!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    Medimmune itself is a great company. The team members are knowledgeable and personable.

    Cons

    CAS is the technical clinical study build team(EDC) within clinical data management(CDM)

    The team morale has suffered tremendously. Micromanagement and Cronyism of the worst kind. Ineffectiveness, incredible incompetence, insecurity and a hopeless communication are all hall marks of this group. Team members put up with it just because they need a job. There is NO scope for technical growth, independence or empowerment

    The entire CDM group knows this and they put up with it simply because they are forced to. This has created a toxic work culture in and otherwise great group. It is so bad that two new full time employees( including a senior manager) quit in the recent past. This can be verified via linkedin. The CAS group has no credibility within the CDM team and internal customers actively avoid wherever possible. Complaints to HR unfortunately go no where. It is a suffocating experience to be in the CAS team. There is no growth, team morale is at its lowest ever.

    Advice to Management

    At the company level it is great. However are the department and group level needs serious investigation and oversight. This kind of leader ship cannot be in medimmune's best interest


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Shooting themselves in the foot"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are dedicated to what they do and are great to work with
    Facility in Gaithersburg is nice, lots of perks

    Cons

    Starting in June 2018, it was announced that the telework arrangements that MedImmune employees had enjoyed for years were being eliminated because of the bad behavior of a few who took advantage. Are we in middle school? This was the single dumbest thing I have ever seen any management team do. It has bred a great deal of resentment, and many employees are leaving the organization because of it. My own department is seriously understaffed -- we had three directors leave within 4 months -- and it's hard to see how they are going to fill those positions, given that Gaithersburg isn't exactly a hotbed of excitement and that most career advancement opportunities involve moving to the parent company (AstraZeneca).

    Advice to Management

    If the telework policy is being abused , then decide to do the difficult work of addressing the abuses instead of taking the easy way out by punishing everyone. It's embarrassing how badly this was handled by the CEO.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Middle of the pack company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    If you do not have a PhD, then you will always be second best.

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for everybody. Don't let a few horde all the projects.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "No professionalism and no respect"

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

    I worked at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    If you do not mind to be a number and waste company's money and time to please your manager is a good place to stay

    Cons

    No chance to go anywhere if you are not the favorite one - being a favorite one is not based on competency or professionalism of course! - and if you do not produce expected results

    Advice to Management

    Management.... mmmmm a word in a dictionary in this company


  10. "No place is better than this one!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    Great Work Environment, Awesome team work

    Cons

    No cons come to my mind

    Advice to Management

    The titles should be more relevant.