Toxikon Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2020

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Toxikon President Laxman S Desai (no image)
Laxman S Desai
54 Ratings
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  • "High turnover rate (few people would last longer than 1 year)(in 8 reviews)

  • "Revolving door for employees due to lack of advancement options/low pay(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Positive Experience"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Ra1 

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I am learning a lot and everyone in the department is good to work with

    Cons

    Cant think of any at the moment

  2. "So much wasted potential!"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toxikon full-time

    Pros

    Many junior- and mid-level employees care about their work and want to do a good job.

    Cons

    The top-down leadership needs replacing. The CEO and VP get into nasty, passive-aggressive fights in public. Lots of speaking poorly of others and sharing what you'd think is privileged personal information. They've known morale and pay are problems for years, and have done nothing to correct any of it. The CEO can't keep up anymore and should retire; the VP seems uninterested or unsuited to effectively lead. But there's no obvious succession plan, so what's next?

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not Worth It"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - In Vivo Research Associate I in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Toxikon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learning the very very basics of lab work

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees or collecting data correctly. You are overworked because the amount of work keeps increasing even if there’s not enough people to get it done and you are expected to do an unreasonable amount of work. Pay is 30% below average than it should be, never get any bonuses, only time is when you move up to RA 1/2 etc but still it’s not at the point you should be. Management encourages falsifying data by telling you to “just fill it in” when they find blanks later on and sweep things under the rug. Training is never consistent you always have to ask when your supervisor should be keeping track. There’s unnecessary drama all the time between coworkers, problems go on for months because management pushes it off and never resolves anything. Many of the techs are petty and if they have a problem they will be very passive aggressive and don’t come to you to resolve it and disrespectful to you and the animals. Techs don’t have time management and assume you will help them even if you have a lot to do yourself or leave their messes for you to clean up. There’s no work ethic among the techs so the department is in chaos and disarray. Techs not fully trained causing many issues and animal welfare concerns. Management sets you up to fail; it’s not worth the stress there’s better places out there for getting first time lab experience. Management has no moral compass and only care about the monetary value of projects resulting in animal welfare concerns and overall very poor work environment.

  4. "Just WOW"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toxikon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Accepts young graduates with no work experience, animals are well taken care of and the RA's treat them very well. Honestly don't work here, if you are desperate then I would go for it but I would prefer a McDonalds over this place.

    Cons

    Honestly the only "good thing" about this company its that the name explains it very well. A very "toxic" environment, the managers and supervisors are untrained, extremely inappropriate talking about employees when they are not in the room and falsifying data. I would not trust any scientific data that comes from this company, I have seen so many things, like falsified documentation, hours, wrong dosing techniques. Most of the staff is young and untrained and if you come here to get your testing done its because it's cheap but its unreliable and most of the time the data is false. Also the euthanasia method for some of the animals is unethical and done by husbandry which are not trained to do so. If that's not bad enough, the pay is extremely low for the area, there are no bonuses, you mostly worked all weekends and they expect you to work as hard as you can with no benefits and complaints. I was extremely overworked and underpaid, the salary increases rarely happens and if they do you have to stalk them to get it. If there's anything worse than working here it's doing your business in this company, look for a better CRO even if it costs a little bit more but your research will be better because of it.

  5. Helpful (6)

    "The worse biotech in the area"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    free restroom, free air, free chair to use

    Cons

    grocery store compensation level, super high turnover, everyone works there feels unhappy and had no other choice, underpaid unhappy and disorganized staff, no life-work balance at all, no career development, getting out here is the best that can happen.

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  6. "Good place for lab experience"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of cross training

    Cons

    Not a of training, expected to do tests without experience

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Management"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toxikon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Poor management, no benefits, no raises or reviews

    Cons

    Coworkers are the only benefit and gaining experience

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - In Vivo Research Associate I 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Toxikon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of those places where it is what you make of it. If you are self driven and want to achieve more, then you can. However, it you settle for mediocrity, then thats what you will get. Management is awesome for the Vivo team, but they aren't perfect either. Just be honest with them about stress/workload and they will try to make it easier. They made the coffee free.

    Cons

    Change happens slowly, if you dont push for it. Underpaid for the industry. Sometimes long hours. High turnover rates.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not impressed"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Research Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Toxikon for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people that you learn a lot from.

    Cons

    Pay is very low. Benefits are below mediocre.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Take the job only if you have no other options"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toxikon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None, take the job only if you have no other options. Decent place to gain experience.

    Cons

    Terrible management, low compensation, always under-staffed

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