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Sangamo Therapeutics Reviews

Updated February 7, 2019
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Sandy Macrae, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, great science"

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

    I have been working at Sangamo Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Exciting potential and fast-moving, everyone working hard towards the same goal

    Cons

    Shift from research to commercial focus a struggle for some parts of organization


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Run away from this company, run far, far away"

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    Current Employee - G&A in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - G&A in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Lunches on Tuesdays, not much else

    Cons

    Senior Management is clueless, and very green. The CEO has no idea how to run a company or move it in a new direction. They've repeatedly hired consultants to tell them how to run things more efficiently and create a positive culture. Each one has pointed to Senior Leadership and suggested changes only to be fired. They keep repeating this cycle until they hear what they want. So far, 3 constants later, and they all come up with the same advice only to be fired.
    They keeping throwing head count at problems but not changing processes, so it never gets better and there is just a revolving door. They micromanage the G&A side to death, and the politics is unbelievable for a company this size. If you work here in any non-scientific capacity be prepared to be a Stepford robot and not have any ideas of your own! Worst company I've ever worked for and am currently looking

    Advice to Management

    Take advice of the consultants you hire, and treat people like adults with experience and knowledge and not programmed robots. Stop the politics and fostering an environment where people throw each other under the bus to CYA. Learn from your mistakes instead of repeating them, and trust your employees!
    Change the oppressive environment if you want to attract and keep quality employees and operate with integrity

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Times Change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sangamo Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Very generous benefits and quite a place.

    Cons

    The company still developing its processes so not a lot to work with. As the company is growing new people with different value are coming and conflicted with the existing value. You have to be careful there are political with lots of backstabbing. Some of these people are merciless and hold grudged they let someone go right after the person coming back from a long vacation and just before the person stock options vest causing this person to lost everything.

    Advice to Management

    Please include check and balance system into some of the management


  4. Helpful (2)

    "awesome science"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work for.

    Cons

    stress, pressure, being undervalued sometimes


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Very science oriented"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Science and research are very highly regarded. Clinical operations are being developed. Company closed between Christmas and new year so that adds another week to vacations.

    Cons

    Infrastructure is still lacking. Company is growing fast and is experiencing growing pains. Culture change is needed. Salaries are on the low range


  6. Helpful (5)

    "well-established biotech company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sangamo Therapeutics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    well-established public company, 100 people, great research team. Good benefits, stock options plan, food plan, good social life. Very good environment for interns and associates at the beginning of their career.

    Cons

    changing profile from research to therapeutics, hard career growth for non-PhD positions in a decreasing research team. Slow on implementing new techniques.

    Advice to Management

    Develop career growth plan, support and encourage people in their career growth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team and leadership. Also great company culture.

    Cons

    Division between departments because of separate buildings.

  8. "review title"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sangamo Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    cutting edge science and technology

    Cons

    With limited resources and space


  9. "Nice Company"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sangamo Therapeutics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very Friendly, diverse, and they have a gym onsite!

    Cons

    the Management isn't very unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and professional


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Short-term yes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology-ish. CRISPR is newer, but ZFNs have already made it through a lot of Clinical Trial hurdles.

    Unlike academia, you can have all the reagents you want...and then some.

    Cons

    Lower-than-average pay, distant location, bad food. You probably wouldn't want to work here forever.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to advise on. I don't know what they're up to now, but they're probably dealing with CRISPR/Cas9 in some way.