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Santa Cruz Biotechnology Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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Pros
  • There was frequent free food in attempts to boost employee morale in lieu of raises (in 24 reviews)

  • Good work life balance (work exactly 8 hrs a day) (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • no upward mobility and no raises (in 18 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. "Lab Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, boss was respectful and forgiving of mistakes, coworkers were awesome

    Cons

    Didn't pay employees well, upper management was weird

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better and provide more benefits. There's a reason the turnover rate is so high


  2. "Limited opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Licensing Coordinator in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Licensing Coordinator in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Limited potential for growth or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees

  3. "Lab Support was not as educational as expected"

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    Former Employee - Lab Support in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Support in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Promotion opportunities available and provided a nice break room.

    Cons

    Work was almost janitorial, cleaning dishes and stocking food in break room.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people in lab support to do more lab work to get more experience out of the job.


  4. "Good company to get your foot in the door"

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    Former Employee - CRISPR Research Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - CRISPR Research Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hire students straight out of college.

    Cons

    You do the same thing every week (you're basically a robot in an assembly line)
    Poor pay
    Raise freeze for nearly 10 years
    Not a career job

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees who stick around.


  5. "It’s full of empty promises"

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    Current Employee - Lab
    Current Employee - Lab
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Random occasions of free food, Flexible schedule - as long as you work state mandated hours, coworkers help make the experience better

    Cons

    There are a lot of challenges. Upper management is a joke, John (the CEO) doesn’t care about his employees, there is no consistency, there is no follow through or backing when issues arise, the company isn’t sustainable-spending more money on fixing mistakes rather than making good business decisions, no room for growth, raises or promotions

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, make sure they are happy because they will work hard for you, and John needs to stop looking at some portions of the company as a hobby. It’s his money that he might be wasting, but it’s employees lively hoods that’s he’s keeping at risk


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Accounting Assistant"

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

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and supportive of entry level employees

    Cons

    Growth potential was very limited


  7. "Negative Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Paso Robles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If I could find one, I would share but nothing was worth my time.

    Cons

    Seen harassment day in and day out without any actions taken. "Managers" don't value your opinions or take anything you say into account. Everyone has their walls up.

    Advice to Management

    Everything I learned here about being a "leader" is wrong. A leader is someone who builds your team up, not tears them down to look bigger than them.

  8. "Good place to get basic skills before moving on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good coworkers, occasional food events

    Cons

    No raises or cost of living adjustments.


  9. "Horrible Company! They don't care about employees."

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    Former Employee - Animal Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Animal Research Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    a paycheck!That's literally the only pro. Avoid at all cost

    Cons

    everything. I believe the company is going under and fast.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees!


  10. "Great Place to Start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time

    Pros

    For the college undergraduate looking for a part-time internship, or recent graduate seeking his or her first full-time position, Santa Cruz Biotech is a wonderful starting point to boost one's career. Fellow employees are friendly, and there are many foundational skills a younger person can gain from working at this company.

    Cons

    As a global biotechnology company, it's a wonder why SCBT can't afford to pay their employees more, considering the work done by the employees is, in general, on par with any other major biotech out there. Raises and promotions make for good motivation to work harder, do better, and stay with a company for the long haul.


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