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Moderna Therapeutics Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (16)

    "toxic environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    snacks and soda are provided

    Cons

    Moderna has unrealistic expectations of time commitment for all employees. The workloads are outrageous and extremely high turnover puts more stress on already strung out employees who remain. Bad science practices, blame and finger pointing abound and poor management and lack of planning send reverberations throughout the entire company on a daily basis.


  2. Helpful (19)

    "Amazing how Management does not change"

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

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

    Pros

    There is potential for a new and exciting technology that could define a new class of therapeutics. The company has a few very scientifically strong Scientists and Research Associates that have provided the key data to make the unheard of deal that was made with Astra Zeneca.

    Cons

    The management is extremely arrogant and believes everyone beneath them is replaceable. They preach behaviors are just as important as performance; however, they do not treat their employees with respect at all. The CEO runs the company like a dictatorship and shows absolutely no respect for anyone but he demands everyone respect him. The CSO is incompetent and lacks the basic knowledge of how to run proper experiments. The company is growing but so is the negativity internally and the bad reputation externally.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so arrogant and realize that maybe the reason you were able to do that deal with AZ is because you have some very talented individuals working for you because if you don't they will continue to leave in droves....


  3. Helpful (21)

    "Most stress I've ever experienced; terrible management with no clear direction."

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Exciting mission, excellent people in the trenches, great perks (lunch, paid parking, decent benefits -- 2% 401(k) match, PPO reimbursement, etc).

    Cons

    Priorities change with the wind. No clear vision of getting something successful out the door.
    High rate of forced turnover for a variety of reasons.
    Terrible work-life balance -- the expectations are very high and it's not uncommon or irregular to see techs in the lab past midnight, days in a row.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need better visibility on the direction of the company and they need better.
    More thoughtful planning is needed. Given the high-pace it's far too tempting to change priorities in a second...those changes have serious consequences and leads to a great deal of waste and anxiety.


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  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (27)

    "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.


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (20)

    "Hero complex"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (29)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Are those balloons popping?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 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.


  11. "PRA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Moderna Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Lots of perk and fair salaries. Lots of work as everything is in the making, so it can be stressful. But all in all it is a good place to work at.

    Cons

    management tends to go in too many directions, every time a new big boss is hired, there is a need to change everything to fit the vision of that new person. The point is to bring improvement and it is a right thing to do... but sometimes it seems like it is too much disruption for very little change.

    Advice to Management

    none


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