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  1. "Good potential, needs serious weeding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are warm and scientists are smart and helpful, making it nice to work laterally in R&D. The company allows entry-level candidates to get a lot of great experience even if you are lacking which is great for a good learning curve. The benefit of the company being small is flexibility in trying out different departments and offering a helping hand can often gain you new skills. Casual environment with work/life balance. They drastically cut our free food events/celebrations but they're slowly bringing them back.
    Balance of people who have worked here for a very long time and people who are here for about 2-3 yrs as a stepping stone. I had other offers from a bigger company, I chose this for the amount of experience I would gain.
    401k matching, good health benefits, reasonable monthly gym membership reimbursement. Annual beer brewing competition. Growing company esp after Affymetrix take-over and outlook is great!

    Cons

    This is an update to a review a year ago. Many people were simply around long enough and spoke with confidence leading to the promotion to "supervisors" of some of the most underqualified and unprofessional people. It's a joke now, as the company has grown and it is hard to fix this situation. The company needs to establish firm qualification grounds on which a person can be chosen as a professional leader. Human resources is unhelpful and has to be asked for every concern rather than being an actual "resource". I've had better help from HR as a candidate at other companies, forget as an employee.
    VERY low pay for the industry, doable but a GUARANTEED factor in why anyone leaves the company, otherwise the culture is comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    I am updating genuinely because though several people are incompetent, the future looks promising as a lot of that crowd is being cleared. These people give an otherwise 90% majority of people, who work very hard, a very bad rep. Management needs to do housekeeping and at least get rid of squatter employees and use the savings to pay your valuable ones more. There is no reason a tech level employee should be making the same as a Ph.D just because they were there longer, and esp if they're not doing their job. There's a reason you lose quality people and no amount of town hall meetings about "career conversations" is going to convince people to stay. Reward good work and make bad work unacceptable. Reaping the fruit of our hard work with no tangible reward is NOT OK.

    People: If you are looking at openings please apply! We need the fresh blood and creative spirit to wash out the old. Don't be discouraged by reviews as the outlook is definitely much better.

    eBioscience Response

    Apr 16, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns, it was nice to learn that you are a dedicated employee with strong feelings regarding the company’s success. It is disconcerting to ... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "poor underqualified leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some good people there. Free soda

    Cons

    Departments don't get along, a lot of supervisors and directors who aren't qualified for their titles.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for a mass exodus, I know several qualified people who are interviewing


  3. "Great Entry-Level job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent company. Management has best intentions. Opportunities exist to take more challenging roles and responsibilities that inevitably can help beef up your work experience.

    Cons

    Some bureaucratic issues. Pay isn't always the most competitive. Some real dedicated stars are lost as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to boost morale. It's small things that show employee appreciation.


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  5. "Overall an enjoyable place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open to cross-training in rather disparate fields
    Other than one person EVERY one has been incredibly friendly and kind
    Fun stuff like the annual beer brewing competition, yearly group team building (usually a fun outing like fishing, going to the races, go karting, etc.)

    Cons

    Salaries are a bit below market average
    Very difficult to move up in pay scale and or position.

    Advice to Management

    Being a bit more clear, not cutting benefits every chance you can. When I started here, it was actually a very pleasant company to work for. While profitable non-stop it still seemed like benefits were cut here and there. Monthly lunches became every other month and are now every quarter.


  6. "decent place to start out"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    you get to have some money in your pocket. coworkers are pretty friendly.

    Cons

    certain departments are better than others.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Embarrassed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at eBioscience full-time

    Pros

    Lateral movement relatively easy. Good place for desperate students to start.

    Cons

    Extremely unprofessional environment. Incestuous, many under-qualified personnel in positions that they sucked up for. Feels like rejects of biotech industry. Company pays well below market.

    Advice to Management

    eBio management needs to get rid of the lifers and invest in some new, competent blood.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Unprofessional leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience to learn new skills not necessarily part of a job function, anyone is able to "lend a hand" to do work outside their responsibilities, gain experience.

    Cons

    Unprofessional leadership, potentially legally liable if one chose to pursue it, situations ignored if leader holds stock or is deemed "untouchable". Rewards of title and promotion to the bullies in the company.


  9. "NOT A GOOD COMPANY TO WORK FOR"

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    Former Employee - Biotech in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Biotech in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment at work

    Cons

    Hire and fire mode at work


  10. "senior buyer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    offer independent challenges within protected environment, .

    Cons

    employer loyalty was not found to employees.


  11. "Great place to start off your career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Ops in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Special Ops in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at eBioscience full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture and employees were easy and a joy to work with; had lot's of room to grow with the company and learn all aspects of the business.

    Cons

    Pay started off a little low, but ended up working out at the end.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the old management team and pizza & beer fridays!


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