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Taconic Biosciences Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Pros
  • There are some very good people that work there (in 4 reviews)

  • Good paid time off allotments on paper (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is a mix of new and old with seemingly ever changing goals (in 5 reviews)

  • Executive team is mostly incompetent and ineffective: obsessive focus is on short-term revenue (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Taconic Biosciences full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people, flexible schedule, plenty of work to keep you busy, engaged direct management

    Cons

    The benefits package needed some work, morale was low, depending on position can be very repetitive


  2. "Employed Here for 15+ Years"

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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

    Good people to work with, Managers that really seem to care about their employees, innovative work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes focuses more on building a strong executive team rather than a strong base level team.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook your lower level, every tower needs a base.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Glad I left"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taconic Biosciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work can benefit medical research, so you are working towards a worthy cause.

    Cons

    There is high employee turnover which negatively affects the company culture. Upper management is a mix of new and old with seemingly ever changing goals. The CEO is completely uninspiring and scripted. There is no revenue growth, so to meet the arbitrary numbers, expenses (employees) get cut. The facilities are very dated. The benefits provide plenty of choice but are expensive. The 401k match may not start until after 1 year of employment. There is tension between international business units.

    Advice to Management

    Develop/acquire new products. You might need to spend money to make money.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Isolator breeding service technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Taconic Biosciences full-time

    Pros

    They offer consistent hours with almost every holiday off. Some holidays are paid double if you volunteer to work them.

    Cons

    Highest turnover rate I've ever seen or heard of. Staff treated like work horses. Standing on your feet all day with no chance to sit down. Mind numbing work that is very similar to that of a mechanical factory.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the staff better. Create a more enriching environment for those who work there. Offer incentives for progress of singular employees.


  5. "Chronically Understaffed creates Unsafe Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, NY

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

    Pros

    Good Profit Sharing and 401K contributions. Good paid time off allotments on paper.

    Cons

    Chronically understaffed, rely on relative economic depression of the area to keep staff because their pay for lower level positions historically has had little competition in the area - They have one of the worst worker's comp claim rates in the entire state of NY. Workers have a workload that is barely manageable at full staff considering quality expectations. However they are always short staffed without all positions filled and no buffer for vacations. Staff must work in an unsafe/unergonomic way to make sure all the animals receive adequate care and that in turn causes injury. Supervisors are often nothing more than caretakers with a title and are used for free OT to cover staffing shortages and unrealistic workload expectations. High level operations management "does not believe" in light duty when staff is injured. Even when there is clerical type work available injured staff will be told that there is no light duty work available to perform. The point is to run out the "FMLA clock" (12 weeks/60 days) as quickly as possible so the worker can be terminated as soon as the 60 days is up because they are seen as someone that is trying to get one over on the company because "FMLA is a disease" (direct quote).

    Advice to Management

    Assume all employees will take all available vacation time and plan staffing accordingly. Reset expected cage counts to what is actually possible if work is performed ergonomically. FMLA is not a disease and if you have light duty work you should allow it to be done by people who need it. People are injured because they were trying to do their best for the animals with the inadequate time resources available.


  6. "Ever changing...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. There are many people working at Taconic globally that care very much about the work we do. The work is important. The benefits are very good. The pay is pretty good for this area.

    Cons

    Executive Leadership is a bit chaotic. There is an old and a new regime and they don't always get along. Communication is an issue. In some respects it has gotten better, just not good enough.

    Advice to Management

    Put aside the personal agendas and lead with a common goal, "What is best for Taconic's success?"


  7. "Good company but no upward mobility"

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Taconic Biosciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great corporate atmosphere. Management respects and is willing to help employees. Will work with students' schedules. Weekends and Christian holidays off (not PTO) and short Fridays. Lots of freedom in your work. Minimal supervision and you can work at your own pace. Possibility of tuition assistance.

    Cons

    Little to no possibility of upward mobility. No benefits unless hired on permanently. Long hours on your feet. Disorganized project managers. High turnover. Highly repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    Encourage supervisors to provide techs with more training to encourage them to stay with the company.

  8. "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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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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