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Updated 19 Jun 2019

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Abcam CEO Alan Hirzel
Alan Hirzel
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  • "Somewhat low pay, with no opportunity for pay increases other than COLA adjustment(in 5 reviews)

  • "Current Cambridge UK Office is getting a bit tired but are relocating next year to the Biomedical Campus in a new building(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "A career with purpose"

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    Current Employee - Change Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abcam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet amazing bunch of bright people! Great team work, everyone pulls together and enjoys helping others! A shared focus on helping our customers! Challenging pace and learning new things everyday! Fantastic new facilities with great coffee!

    Cons

    Due to the fast pace and been a growing company, the way we work is not as structured as it could be.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to praise the people who are achieving so much with their dedication.

    Abcam2019-02-18
  2. "Great work/life balance!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance Very friendly Enjoyable place to work Great office/location Agile working

    Cons

    Decision making/approval processes slow things down Lots of people involved in decision making process

    Abcam2019-06-19
  3. "Going places"

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    Current Employee - Leadership in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abcam full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great vision and purpose. Always growing and investing. Lots of projects to get stuck into. Decent life balance.

    Cons

    Decision making can be a little slow

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on who owns what

    Abcam2019-06-18
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abcam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Abcam has a great culture with everyone being almost universally friendly and collaborative. There is also a strong focus on work/life balance driven from the CEO down. You are not expected to be on email every minute of every day, with holidays being particularly protected. Senior management are also clear that they expect people to do the right thing, not just the right thing for the business, with a focus on...

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    Cons

    There is a broad mix of skills and experience and in some areas the lack of experience can be felt. Everyone is enthusiastic but this enthusiasm, combined with a lack of experience can sometimes lead to less than preferable outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on culture and behaviour and build the skills and experience of the team.

    Abcam2019-06-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that work here are very friendly and welcoming, and the business itself is quite nice to work for. Good benefits and a really good share plan.

    Cons

    The current travel and parking situation isn't the greatest, but I'm sure it will improve over time.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on the big things are important, but taking a bit of time to look at the little things helps out too.

    Abcam2019-06-06
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Growth is in the DNA of the Company"

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      Current Employee - Procurement in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

      Pros

      Great people & Company, with diverse backgrounds and approaches to business and science - that come together under one roof - the result is an organisation that moves at a pace that most businesses aspire to!

      Cons

      nothing different to what you find in any company that is growing insanely fast.

      Abcam2019-06-06
    • Helpful (2)

      "Welcoming and Enjoyable"

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      Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Abcam full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      Brand new, purpose built, building. Great transport links, even considering the distance from Cambridge Train Station. Fantastic team with great people and a worthwhile set of projects. Great subsidised canteen and barista.

      Cons

      Not enough social activities. More incentives to use greener transport.

      Abcam2019-05-30
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      "Great place to work!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      The atmosphere is great, very sociable and has a fantastic new HQ! Opportunity to shadow and take on new and different tasks that isn't part of your role to learn and progress throughout the company which is good.

      Cons

      Would be great if there are more permanent roles available instead of Fixed Term Contracts and to have the canteen prices subsided for staff.

      Abcam2019-05-01
    • Helpful (3)

      "A vibrant and authentic place to work!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Abcam full-time

      Pros

      Abcam really is a lovely company to work in. Especially now the Cambridge, UK headquarters has moved to the Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooks…the work environment looks and feels much more professional and modern. A purpose-driven company; with the desire to save lives through medical research. Whilst that doesn’t necessary show up in every meeting, it does determine the type of people they hire and work with. Everyone...

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      Cons

      As I understand, Cambridge council want to reduce the number of cars in the city, so Abcam were only allowed a limited car park size for the new building. This means you don’t get a car parking space every day. Most people park in one of the park & rides then walk/cycle to work. Whilst the Senior Management are far better than most I’ve seen, there are still behaviours that permeate the culture. They are an...

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      Advice to Management

      Keep caring. Keep innovating. Keep the good coffee! As you grow/mature, it will be harder to keep the essence of what makes Abcam special; that friendly/caring side; keep tending to that, as it makes you different from other corporates. Pull together as a leadership team when things get tough, rather than point the finger.

      Abcam2019-02-22
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Company Culture"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
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      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Although I worked there quite a few years ago. I still have fond memories about the people I worked with. Besides that the ad hoc culture that formed within the company especially centred around the expat community made life in Cambridge way more interesting.

      Cons

      The official company culture seemed a bit artificial.

      Abcam2019-03-13
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