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Moderna Therapeutics Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Research and Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free food and location.

    Cons

    Back stabbing, politics, and overworked staff.


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Mixed experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Location, seminars, lots of investment/capital

    Cons

    They overwork the employees and there's too much politics. Really a waste of time, no learning or growth for some folks. No balance at all

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Are those balloons popping?"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great salary and benefits
    -Free lunch
    -Apple products
    -Bawhston
    -Dranks

    Cons

    With the recent department of the top scientist at Moderna, I am unsure what the future holds for me.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop being so messy and get it together.


  4. Helpful (32)

    "The Company is a Mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only Pro this company has is the vacation time away from the company. 2 weeks off for winter, on top of your vacation time already. They celebrate almost every holiday.

    Cons

    Believe all of the negative reviews you see about this company because they are absolutely true. I highly advise that people stay away from this company (especially scientists).
    There is no such thing as team work and upper management is a mess. Executives are highly focused on themselves. They call Moderna a "family" but its fake. They work their employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and their turnover rate is extremely high. You see about 25+ employees start at the beginning of the month and by the end, half have been fired and/or quit. Its not even worth getting to know some of the new hires because you know they will be gone sooner rather than later.
    The company seems exciting to work for in the beginning until you realize how much you do for the company and how little they appreciate it. Employees work all of the time, and there is no reward for your efforts. There is hardly any growth within the company and there are no boundaries. Employee's are greedy, rude, and focus on themselves. There is no real teamwork which is sad to see.
    Don't ever think that HR is there to support you, they don't enforce any rules...for anyone. They are just there to pretend like they know what they are doing.
    Its a rat race over there and you will not get far. You will end up leaving wondering why you even wanted to work there in the first place. There is no morale, no protocols and no respect for anyoone.

    Advice to Management

    Set boundaries for your executive and learn when someone from management is not a great fit for the company. People would be happy to stay and work for the company if you actually enforced rules that does not allow people get away with disrespectfully treating others.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Software engineers...run! Stay away from this place!"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics as a contractor

    Pros

    Can't help but notice how obviously fake the positive reviews are. They all sound the same kind of marketing statements, "this place is for great people" or something along the lines that if you don't like it you're not talented. These reviews just smell like BS from a mile away!

    The only pros is that they have free food.

    Cons

    I worked there for a little less than a year and could tell you from first hand experience that it's not a place you want to be at. Boston is loaded with tons of opportunities for software developers. Do yourself a favor and pass on this company.


  6. Helpful (22)

    "Hero complex"

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

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    none just viscous know all complexes

    Cons

    Hero complex. Me ME MEE. Its all about me. Insatiable megalomaniacs.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a brain


  7. Helpful (59)

    "After Reading Last Two Reviews, I decided to write"

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    Former Employee - Director of Chemistry in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Director of Chemistry in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    After reading the last two reviews, I decided to write. I am highly skeptical of the last two current reviews, where current two employee praised the management and the company. The two review praise is contradictory to what others have written. I joined Moderna at it infancy when it was a 4 employees company and operating from a two room office-cum-laboratories. I was the first Director of Chemistry. I helped Moderna setup their chemistry department, negotiate to acquire lab assets from my previous employer. Hire staff and filed first two Chemistry Patents applications. Honestly speaking, I had never experienced such an abusive, manipulative and arrogant CEO and the-then-CSO at any company in my entire life. The behavior from management was to blame every thing on others. Change projects on a fly, then fire some associates for failure if results to their like were not produced over night. Random firing of associates was a common practice. I am speaking facts here. I am not sure Glassdoor will publish it.

    Cons

    I had none for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the management. However, I do have advice to candidates who are looking for job. If you want to experience frustration, and affect your career for getting fired for reasons you will never figure out, then do apply, otherwise please....

  8. Helpful (22)

    "No hope for Moderna"

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

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch, nice location, nice benefits

    Cons

    There are no good upper level scientists. Small company but everything is not transparent (scientifically), no company meeting to show any scientific data, maybe nobody knows what they are doing or there is no good data to show?!. Moderna is just a business firm, not a Biotech company.Hope something can come out from $500 million dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire some smart and intelligent scientists


  9. Helpful (28)

    "Is Moderna the next Genetech?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful access to Kendall Square and a great place to meet up with friends from MIT or who work for companies that are actually commercializing products for alfresco lunches. Senior management is generously compensated and tends to have a taste for the finer French things in life.

    Cons

    Moderna is not the next Genetech, but their checks don't bounce if you get my drift. Moderna is more like a poor man's Sirtris Pharmaceuticals. Their science is indeed mysterious...ie dark arts.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of diverting resources on expensive public relations campaigns, focus on supporting your scientists and staff so the company may someday move forward. Be upfront with new employees about the company's past and where we are headed now. Engage with former employees who left the company (for various reasons) who might still have much to offer.


  10. Helpful (26)

    "Soul-destroying sweat shop where employees are disposable assets"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, health plan, 401k etc.

    Cons

    Stressful, toxic atmosphere that brings out the worst in everyone. Goddamn awful management team whose plans change daily, who talk all the time about the Moderna "family" in our employee meetings but then fire people on a whim (the rate of employee turnover here has to be seen to be believed). No rational vision for the company beyond maybe convincing somebody who believes all the media hype to buy it so that management can bail with fat checks in their hands.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to be respected and valued for their contributions. You can't build a successful company on the backs of indentured servants. If you put half as much thought and energy into the actual science that goes on in the lab as you do into business deals and exit strategies you might eventually have something real to sell people that isn't just self-aggrandizing hype.


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