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Updated Apr 14, 2021

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2.4
20%
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Santa Cruz Biotechnology President John Stephenson (no image)
John Stephenson
118 Ratings
Pros
  • "There was frequent free food in attempts to boost employee morale in lieu of raises(in 26 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours and supportive of entry level employees(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No raises or cost of living adjustments(in 21 reviews)

  • "The so called "raise freeze" (that coincidentally happened as soon as Obama got elected) has done a number on employee morale at this company(in 14 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Interview Experience

      Jan 31, 2014 -  
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Easy interview, typical sales questions.... Nothing really difficult. They will ask you to sell them something, that can be difficult when you are put on the spot.

      Cons

      Long interview but worth it. Just be prepared to stay a while. Bring in your resume, references, and a copy of your transcript

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A Poorly Run Company That Offers New Grads a Chance to Gain Real Experience in the Biotech Industry

      Apr 5, 2021 - Technical Sales Representative in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      This place will hire people straight out of college with no experience and will 'train' you in the workflow and concepts. It was an excellent start to my career in Biotech. SCBT offers flexibility with schedules and an excellent in office culture. I was able to work with some of the greatest co-workers you could ask for and a really great manager. It is a mostly laid back environment, and there is typically some down time in the day, until the CEO gets a special idea that requires you to drop all of your day to day tasks in favor of the project de jour that historically doesn't yield any substantial results. But when you're not being forced to do meaningless projects (about a third of your time), it can be quite fun, we used to play hangman and trivia games in our downtime. The best thing about this company is the people who work here, everyone is very friendly and fun to work with and the job isn't as bad as everyone says, the work is typically far from difficult. Overall, if you're a fresh grad who wants to break into Biotech field, don't turn your nose down at this company, yes it is managed like most third world countries but if you get in and put in your two years here, you'll find yourself in a great position for a real career in Biotech.

      Cons

      Like all the other reviews, the big problem with this company is its octagenarian dictator. This is a private company and John is its only executive, meaning all of his ideas are good ideas and there are no dissenting voices. Much like his favorite person, he requires absolute loyalty and surrounds himself with yes men who would not dare to challenge any of his baseless assertions. This is most pronounced in the IT dept where he makes hiring decisions based on who flatters him the most. This has lead to an abysmal IT department with a manager that I'm not convinced even knows what a server is much less knows how to fix them. John is all about his personal bottom line, raises are few and far between and don't expect any internal promotions within 5 years. He has been known to promise bonuses based on performance but dont be surprised when he changes the rules last minute and you don't get what you expected. You will gain new responsibilities as you grow in your role but you will not be compensated for this. This is why SCBT is nothing but a stepping stone, keep your resume up to date, get your 2 years experience and go start your career. Many great companies hire people from SCBT, so if you find yourself stuck here do not lose hope.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Good stepping stone

      Apr 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Flexible schedule Casual office environment Good stepping stone for college students to gain experience and then move on!

      Cons

      Location/area surrounding the office No leadership roles No growth potential

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Ok

      Mar 30, 2021 - Lab Tech 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      easy to work at your own pace

      Cons

      sometimes the work is very slow

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Management

      Jan 3, 2021 - Research Associate - Animal Science in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      They have a very fun work environment with amazing coworkers. They will also give out free lunches from time to time. You also have access to small and run down gym but it’s still a gym. The work load highly depends on what department you work for.

      Cons

      Management, it’s somewhat of a joke. Higher ups don’t really seem to take their job seriously and when things do become serious they push responsibility to others so there’s never a clear chain of command. Pay is appropriate for the entry level but is highly lacking for higher level.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Hack of a company

      Mar 15, 2021 - Laboratory Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      It’s a job that pays you at least something and a place for recent grads to gain experience

      Cons

      Experience gained is not quality. Pay is low. They rip off customers and neglect their animals.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Eh

      Mar 5, 2021 - Technical Sales in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The people are cool to work with.

      Cons

      Micromanaging, owner isn't as intelligent as he thinks he is.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Pass on the job if you can, or treat it as a step to the next job

      Mar 8, 2021 - Lab Associate 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Got to work in industry in san luis obispo

      Cons

      Everything else. Poor documentation, horrible culture and poor ethics

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      You’ll learn a lot from them

      Sep 10, 2020 - Research Associate I in Paso Robles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This company will give you the opportunity to learn as much as you can. They’re great with teaching you step by step what to do and how to succeed. You won’t get loss, and the team is always supportive.

      Cons

      - Compensation is lacking. - They hardly crack down on the slackers. As long as the work gets done on time they have no reason to do anything about it

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Not the best

      Dec 7, 2020 - Accounting Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Free lunches, casual dress code, nice coworkers

      Cons

      Most of management seemed to extremely stressed. Seemed like a lot of the long term employees were not very happy with their jobs. Not a positive work atmosphere.

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