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Toxikon Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • You sure will learn a lot but at what cost (in 5 reviews)

  • Good if you want entry-level experience, but once you learn the logistics, take your talents somewhere else (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, but you gain experience (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor upper management; over-inflated middle management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toxikon full-time

    Pros

    good for entry level to get experiences

    Cons

    low salaries than other companies.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "QA Review"

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

    I worked at Toxikon full-time

    Pros

    good camaraderie among coworkers

    Cons

    work hours not flexible, must do 8-5
    pay is very low for the industry/location
    zero career development

    Advice to Management

    appreciate the people you have working for you

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Science does not matter, money matters."

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    Former Employee - Study Director in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Study Director in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some money to pay for rent and water. Pay is peanuts for such effort.

    Each time management tells you "I have your back" - be ready to get thrown under the bus.

    Cons

    You will not be proud to have this company in your CV. Reputation of this company is so bad, no local company brings its project there twice. Average "life span" for Research Associate ~ one year, Study Director ~ 1.5 years, management all levels > 10 years. Make conclusions....
    From day one Study Directors run project on their own. No training is done. Overtime is not paid. When time to give a raise or promotion, Study Directors are pushed to leave. They know there are more job hungry, not street smart PhDs.

    Stay away at all cost!!

    Advice to Management

    It is time to close this embarrassment.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good for Recent Grads/No long term"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You sure will learn a lot but at what cost?
    Highly regulated environment might open doors to better/greater opportunity in the biotech world

    Cons

    As a research associate, you will be thrown right into the work with little training. You will be offered loads of cross training opportunities but in terms you will be basically forced to cover for the work whenever someone calls out or is on vacation. You might even have to cover for an employee that has decided to resign quite abruptly for a month or two because the company is too cheap to find a new employee. The leadership of Toxikon does not care one bit about their employees which in terms creates a general attitude of disrespect towards the company and its higher ups. You will get to hear everyone complain about Toxikon every chance you get. At first it will seem rather annoying but you will quickly learn that most of the complaints are real. Employees are not rewarded for their hard work nor are they compensated fairly. In other words, it doesn't matter if you work well and get your projects done on time. So.... Young recent college graduate, if you are reading this after you have had an offer or are waiting for an interview. Take the job if you are desperate and leave after a year or so! You will after all make friends that will last forever. The grass is greener on the other side!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees please!!!!! We know you look at these review and may even contribute to a few "good reviews" from time to time. If you pay more attention and give back a little more. Then maybe your good employees will stay and therefore contribute to a reduction of errors and re-testing of projects due to new hires' lack of training.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Toxikon"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy foot in the door for those with no experience.

    Cons

    Revolving door for employees due to lack of advancement options/low pay. Lack of managerial oversight in many departments.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great for recent college grads; not ideal for long term"

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    Former Employee - QA Officer in New Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - QA Officer in New Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to many aspects of a regulated environment. Relatively simple lab work, which made for an easy transition from undergrad academia to industry. Socially, it felt like college part 2 because of the young crowd that they were always hiring.

    Cons

    Poor upper management; over-inflated middle management. Instead of giving raises, they would give people new titles ("promotions"). High turnover rate (few people would last longer than 1 year). Extremist enforcement of corporate culture policies (sexual harassment policy was brought up so many times that people became desensitized to it and thought of it as a joke).

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more instead of giving them undeserving titles.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Come in learn and go !"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot

    Cons

    Very toxic work environment

    Advice to Management

    Stop the exploitation of RAs in the Pharma Department.

  8. "lab"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good coworkers, interesting work environment

    Cons

    no bad comments, enjoyed my time there


  9. "Great place to start a career with nice people"

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

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

    Pros

    People complain a lot but if you stick with it and get out of the company drama, it's a really great place to work. Coworkers are lifelines and it makes it feel like family.

    Cons

    A lot of good employees are lost for salary issues and the turn over is high. The company is completely inflexible to work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your good employees more and listen to their issues. A strict 8-5 policy is outdated and ridiculous this day in age (especially when most employees work after hours to complete projects). Keep up with the sense of comradery - it's the defining reason people stay.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "lan"

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

    Pros

    Many different studies to learn

    Cons

    Bad training, no good managers/HR


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