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Taconic Biosciences Reviews

Updated January 20, 2017
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  1. "Clean mouse/rat cages, breed the animals, Feed them, keep them in good health and collect bio-samples."

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

    I have been working at Taconic Biosciences full-time

    Pros

    Great work colleagues. Fairly young recent grads for the most part working there. Its a great entry level job if you are fresh out of college and need to make some money before you move on to another endeavor.

    Cons

    Very little room for growth hence a very high turnover of lab techs. Tedious job and sometimes workload can be very intense so if you cannot multitask, you'll have to avoid it. You must be able to stand for at least 8-12 hours a day since the job is very labor intensive. You get used to it, but its exhausting. You get only a 50ct raise after 9 months of working there, unless you get the rare opportunity for a promotion.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Research leach"

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance and overtime.

    Cons

    Low pay, pray on small firms

    Advice to Management

    Buying into firms just to steal their ideas is barbaric.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership is ever-changing and company goals unclear"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hudson, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hudson, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Taconic Biosciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid resume builder as you are likely to take on a large amount of responsibility regardless of the position.

    Cons

    Leadership is every changing and company goals are unclear. A large portion of upper management seem to have no idea where the company is going or embracing uniform goals. The pay is low for all positions except upper management, considering the amount and importance of work performed. Benefits have progressively gotten worse over last 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the "old school" management, relocate headquarters to Albany - you do not have a decent candidate pool of new hires being based in Germantown, NY.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great in the past, not doing too well anymore"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hudson, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hudson, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taconic Biosciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good experience, challenging industry, international scope

    Cons

    ineffective senior management, especially on the operation side who did not understand the perspective of front line employees.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the executives you have in place are actually operating in alignment with the companies stated mission and values


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not the Best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Gained experience and enjoyed working with my co-workers. Pretty straight forward with the required work that needs to be done.

    Cons

    Raises are little to none, work load is too much at times. Most people either leave within a year or stay for over ten years.

    Advice to Management

    Give better raises, and understand that you have to pay for quality work. Keeping wages low and workload high makes people not want to stay at your company.


  7. "Godo company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work. Decent staff.

    Cons

    Top heavy management leading to chasm between decision makers and problems


  8. "Turning it around"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taconic Biosciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Positions offered at many levels from entry to professional. A good place to start a career or to join as a professional. Competitive benefits package. Opportunity to contribute to medical research. After a few years of poor performance, financials are improving and raises and bonuses are back.

    Cons

    Went very lean a few years ago and in some places staff may be a little tighter than is comfortable. Salaries are fair but not the highest in the region.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide honest communication to employees about our company performance. Encourage employee feedback and act on it whenever possible.


  9. "On the rise"

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

    I have been working at Taconic Biosciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    With a new CEO and the additions to the management team and there is a renewed focus on quality leadership in the market. Many employees are engaged and as a result of i see improving prospects for growth. Pretty exciting, especially for those who stuck it out after a tough couple of years.

    Cons

    Many customers are multi-billion dollar enterprises which presents a challenge for Taconic to operate at their level of breadth and depth.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talking to employees in a way that engages them in the business. The ideas and the will to succeed is there.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not like the old Taconic..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hudson, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hudson, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Taconic Biosciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Formerly supplied education reimbursement and travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Underfunding of departments leads to unequal workload distribution and horrible expectations as to what should be handled by an individual.
    More senior employees not valued as they once were.
    Also, no longer opportunity to move within the cooperation, causing stagnation of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to keep the company privately held is devastating at this point; it's not failure to allow another company to purchase you.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Taconic biosciences"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Taconic Biosciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family-like work environment, understanding supervisors

    Cons

    Opportunity to advance in lab setting is very rare



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