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Updated October 14, 2016
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Pros
  • Team environment and work life balance is also very maintained (in 18 reviews)

  • Very good benefits, decent pay and bonus potential (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work in"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible working load, people-caring mangers, high-quality science, very cooperative and innovative colleagues.

    Cons

    The career promotion pathway a bit unclear for the middle lever employees.


  2. "Good place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Many opportunities to learn in various scientific areas, no silos.
    - Space for ideas and improvements
    - Good work/life balance
    - Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    - Senior management is not inspiring, poor scientific guidance
    - Lack of consistency and use of best practices, too many decisions driven by outdated historical practice and not data
    - So called risk-based approach means lots of shots to the moon without thinking ahead first

    Advice to Management

    - Surround yourselves by passionnate and smart people
    - Take more time to build a strong base for projects, rather than wasting time sticking the pieces together after a failure


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good support from direct management, everything beyond is poor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UCB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are very good. Great colleagues and good interaction at lower grades between departments. Interesting and diverse pipeline.

    Cons

    The upper management has developed a culture where employees don't feel valued. Good work is not rewarded and it is very political where who you know and impress often becomes more important.

    Advice to Management

    Regain lower management trust


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Support form management and ownership of projects

    Cons

    Difficult to progress and political


  6. "PhD Student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of money compared to academia, nice office space

    Cons

    Slough location, lack of positivity and ambition

    Advice to Management

    Engage with all employees


  7. "Senior scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly environment and good science

    Cons

    Career progression and career development opportunities are slow and nothing else.


  8. "One of the better companies I've worked for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Global Statistical Programmer
    Current Contractor - Global Statistical Programmer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UCB as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting studies
    Varied work
    Excellent study teams, often global
    Pleasant colleagues
    Good work / life balance
    Nice offices
    Possibility of home working

    Cons

    A lot of standards
    You have to be very self motivated to suceed

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Year Internship (Sandwich University Placement)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Year(Sandwich University Placement) in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Year(Sandwich University Placement) in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCB as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Treat you from the beginning like you're part of the family.
    Well-equipped laboratories and a diverse set of skills between the scientists.

    Cons

    Standardisation of the placements would be great. However, this turned out to give some flexibility to the students and really allowed me to exploit all the knowledge the different teams had.
    "What you put in is what you get" with UCB, and this should be a great placement for a sandwich placement student.

    Advice to Management

    At the time, Brussels was getting too much attention and Slough deserved greater emphasis.


  10. "Interesting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to contribute to company

    Cons

    Being flavour of the period


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits but too many changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Constant change of direction. Waste resources performing analyses of what is wrong just to do nothing afterwards. Does not walk the talk. Promotions are not based on performance but on set numbers per department

    Advice to Management

    Address the issues found during the numerous analyses of the business, rather than do nothing and embark on another analysis that mobilises all the resources 1 or 2 years after the last one



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