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Toxikon Reviews

Updated Mar 15, 2019

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Laxman S Desai
50 Ratings
Pros
  • "You definitely learn a lot and it’s a great place to get your foot through the door but still a legitimate place to continue your career in R&D(in 8 reviews)

  • "Good for recent college grads to gain experience(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start"

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they are the backbone of this company. Happy employees=long term employees

    Toxikon2019-03-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not impressed"

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    Former Employee - 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.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.

    Toxikon2019-01-30
  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    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

    Toxikon2019-03-03
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You definitely learn a lot and it’s a great place to get your foot through the door but still a legitimate place to continue your career in R&D. - You will meet intelligent and genuine people who are compassionate about their jobs. - Various studies going on simultaneously so the work flow is consistent.

    Cons

    - Given the work load, communication between study directors and departments can be an issue at times but it’s honestly an overall industry issue at hand.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the work flow but with that being said I’d make sure communication between study directors and departments are maintained efficiently.

    Toxikon2018-12-08
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don’t Work Here!"

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot but at the expense of everything else. Do you value good scientific practices? If so, this place will horrify you. Do you think you deserve to be treated as an adult who can take responsibility? Sorry, you will be treated as a child by paranoid managers who encourage employees to report on each other in underhanded ways.

    Cons

    Pay is hilariously low for the field. You get treated like children. Blindly following company instruction is encouraged and in the process all scientific rigor and good practice is sacrificed for the sake of pretending like the clients are getting a good service when in reality they are not. The turnover is so high that most staff has under a year of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep running the company into the ground. It may still make money but your reputation precedes you.

    Toxikon2018-12-10
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Do you have experience? If not spend a year at Toxikon then move on. If you do, you can do better."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Busy, Lots of Independent Work, Great Coworkers, Most Assays are simple, Great experience builder/ resume builder for inexperienced

    Cons

    Poor Upper Management, Limited Resources, no backup staffing/ understaffing, many tasks done outside or skill set/job designation, most study directors incompetent, High Turnover, pay is far blow industry minimums.

    Advice to Management

    Increase staffing to reduce your turnover issues, or pay industry minimum wages. Empower middle management or you will continue to lose them. Restructure HR, so that they can intervene when an employee is dissatisfied, rather than ignoring problems (thats how employees leave). Fire incompetent employees. You have insane amounts of deadweight on your staffs, employees who show up to work inebriated, sexually harass other...

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    Toxikon2018-08-17
  7. Helpful (3)

    "You get a job not a career"

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    Current Employee - Technical in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get a job. If you are desperately looking for a job this is the place to go. People are nice but the management is aweful.

    Cons

    No career advancement. You are not valued as a employee. You are not allowed to have a voice even if you have been there for some time. You are expected to get work done. That’s it! Don’t expert a pay raise nor appreciation. After few days of taking the job you realize you have made a mistake. This place can kill all your enthusiasm and desire to work hard. Very old school management. Does not even want to change with...

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    Advice to Management

    See the world out there. Your competitors are better than you. Treat your employees with some respect. You get what you give.

    Toxikon2018-06-30
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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

    I worked at Toxikon full-time

    Pros

    Experience is moderate. There is plenty to do.

    Cons

    Little to no growth opportunities. People that have been there 10+ Years want to keep everyone else where they are. I was there 2 years and didn’t get a raise once. Management has to be harassed for anything related to job status. Micromanaging is a HUGE problem.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.

    Toxikon2018-05-31
  9. Helpful (5)

    "RA"

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

    I worked at Toxikon

    Pros

    You meet nice new people. The older workers are awful.

    Cons

    Everything. This company is awful from the pay, benefits, work, and people.

    Advice to Management

    Go out of business.

    Toxikon2018-03-08
  10. "Director- BDM & Ops"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Toxikon full-time

    Pros

    Great organization. The company struggles competing against the Biotech and Pharma organizations within the Cambridge, MA market. Overall, Toxikon focuses on the science and quality in their studies they provide to their sponsors. Delays in completing studies are due to Study Director turnover. CEO is excellent, one of few today who truly cares about his employees and the organization. He understands their reputation...

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    Cons

    Difficult for Toxkon to compete in compensation with Biotech organizations being so competitive in the Cambridge market. For a small organization Toxikon does offer a competitive health plan. Work schedule can be rigid but with proper notification I found it wasn't inflexible.

    Toxikon2017-09-27
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