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T2 Biosystems Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Bright Future Ahead, T2 is a great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at T2 Biosystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very nice and extremely smart, great benefits and compensation packages, and amazing technology. The company offers quarterly all employee lunches, Friday fun events, holiday outings etc. T2 has a CEO and management team that truly cares about their employees and listens when changes are needed.

    Cons

    Negativity... I don't understand some of the negative reviews here. People complaining gets old; if you are not happy, move on, don't try and bring the rest of us down that enjoy working here. In my opinion, all those that have left the company could not keep up with the fast pace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your focus on the positive, and keep up the good work. We are here for you too, so seek us out for support.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You will not find a better small biotech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people, excellent management, excellent company!

    Cons

    I cannot think of a single one.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  3. Helpful (15)

    "Watch out for positive 5-star reviews that may be written by senior management and HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at T2 Biosystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great technology that will definitely help patients once the technology matures some more and becomes more reliable.

    Cons

    A difficult culture where your opinion better be the same as senior management. In the last 12-18 months, most (about 10) mid management people (Directors and VP's) left the company, almost all voluntarily, all looking for a more open and honest environment to work in. Included were heads of sales and business development, quality, regulatory, finance, operations and engineering. Senior management is missing the point of leading, they seem to lead by fear and finding blame. The talent continues to bleed out the door. Morale is not good and retention is a real challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to lead. Set reasonable expectations, provide time and other resources to get things done correctly, trust your people, and build an environment where your people feel trusted and can really perform.


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  5. Helpful (15)

    "Was great place to work, not anymore."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at T2 Biosystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 3 week vacation, unlimited sick days, overall environment is good.

    Cons

    Company is spiraling downward. Within a year at least 15 employees left. From top CFO, COO, VP Sales, VP Marketing, VP Logistics, Scientists, Engineers, Managers, and Technicians. Very stressful as of late. Overall structure and planning of Finance/Sales/Operation proved negative impact. Organization failed to provide adequate resources and work is limited. Yet, Managers roam around to micromanaged. Engineering aren't capable to solve design issues and uses patch method too often. Overall communication is poor between dept.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the plannings of Finance and Operational structure in order to provide adequate resources and work for employees rather than micromanaging when no work was provided. Create more value internally in order spearhead organizational growth.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at T2 Biosystems full-time

    Pros

    No Pros at all!! Suggest STAYING AWAY!!!

    Cons

    Its hard to have a good attitude with this company. It seems like they have a good attitude when they want you to work for them but when you get in the door all is changed. You find yourself worth a bit complexing in this place. Management ignores you when you have IT problems and forces you to resolves them upon yourself. Engineering management does not communicate effectively as well. When it involves working with engineering software to get where you need to be. Seating locations are not well though out and they place in labs with improper working order seats. Also they seem to be very cheap in wages and the treatment is not justified in working there. My suggestion is to seek other places of employment and run away!

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together!


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Promising but precarious"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at T2 Biosystems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fascinating technology, talented workforce, generally productive environment with lots of opportunities for challenge, success, and achievement. There are decent benefits including 3 weeks of vacation even for entry level positions and some great social activities. I believe there is an opportunity for this to be a top employer if managed correctly.

    Cons

    The growing company still lacks structured programs for soft benefits such as injury prevention, professional development & succession plans, and telecommuting or flex-time. There is an EAP, but physical and mental health programs and other efforts to improve work-life balance are minimal at best.

    High stress with little mitigation. This has increased since commercialization last year due to lack of appropriate planning and investment. Senior leadership are pressured to achieve lofty goals, so they put tremendous pressure on their staff members. Large pockets of the organization work 50-60 hours routinely and are demoralized without clear, consistent priorities or a plan for relief. Few managers have the resources or authority to do their jobs, so management turnover is very high. Morale is tanking since top management has not acknowledged this glaring issue.

    Communication down is only for good news. Trust is crumbling.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about the next best thing and invest in addressing issues with your current commercial product and workforce. They are great and worth your attention. Establish structure, stability, and resource buffers before expecting improved results.

    Take actions to support the team and reduce stress: align on priorities and allow people to finish projects, push for new initiatives only when there are resources and systems to support them, give people the freedom to make decisions and mistakes appropriate to the level of responsibility, offer tangible rewards and recognition including opportunities to be promoted,.

    Invest in dedicated experts who can install electronic systems necessary for the organization’s size and complexity. Don’t expect fast and successful implementations by people who already have full time jobs and lack this expertise
    Recognize that you can’t take care of the customer and patient if you don’t take care of your employees. Don’t be short-sighted and deny that too much pressure will result in errors, shortcuts, and potential sabotage as frustration and distrust breed resentment. Aggressively eliminate “leaders” who use fear and intimidation to drive their employees as this threatens to cripple if not incapacitate the organization.


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Hard to stay but i would like to."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at T2 Biosystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, smart coworkers and a powerful technology that can really make a difference. If you're not upper, middle management it's a great place to learn and grow. You'll be insulated from the poor management.

    Cons

    CEO is a seemingly great guy who is actually a micromanager who undermines people and creates a toxic environment and culture. He does not know how to set reasonable goals - so the list is so long that everyone who sees them knows that they cannot succeed and that the hours required to do the job are more than what is possible. And other upper management are not able to push back. He doesn't allow it. So everyone smiles and nods... and starts looking for new jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Reasonable annual goals. New CEO asap before all of the other great managers and execs leave. Look at the high turnover. People leave bad management.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Was a great company to work for but not anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at T2 Biosystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free snacks, great co-workers, an interesting and challenging instrument to work with. Friday lunches were catered (but I think this is gone now)

    Cons

    Management changed and things tanked. It is now a culture of watching your back and keeping your head down for fear of being a target of management. One minute everything is fine the next you are a scapegoat. High turnover rate. As a result the product is repeating problems that it had in the past.

    Check the stock history (TTOO).

    Advice to Management

    Replace the management team that destroyed the great culture.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "My First Start Up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at T2 Biosystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, standard start up. Decent pay, decent benefits. Loved the job just in a horrible location.

    Cons

    It's a startup so it is a stressful environment, and there was a decent amount of employee turn around.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe use anonymous surveys to gauge managers effectiveness. Some managers would spend more time placing blame, then just addressing the problem.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Powerful Late Stage Start-up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at T2 Biosystems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Groundbreaking technology to be introducing to market, emphasis on saving lives
    -Well funded company with I.P. to fall back on if needed
    -Opportunity for advancement typical of a late stage start up and good recognition for achievements
    -Competitive benefits, stock options, vacation days
    -Company recently consolidated almost all non-field operations to Lexington
    -Friendly atmosphere, open to ideas, lots of young people
    -Management does a good job of keeping morale high

    Cons

    -Salary is lower than at a typical well established medical device company
    -Turn over rate seems high in some departments (at will employment)
    -With rapid growth come growing pains in structural hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    Critical advice would be to make sure all team members know as much about immediate priorities as possible at all times. This is not always clear and can result in more time being spent on background goals. Invest more in new software licenses to expand efficiency capabilities, offer employees formal training in lean, six sigma, etc. Otherwise, keep it up.


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