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Pros
  • "Genuine flexibility in work/life balance(in 24 reviews)

  • "great work environment - people and culture are a big pro(in 16 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Limited car parking is a con but company encourages sustainable travel to work which is always a plus(in 11 reviews)

  • "Only that I have a bit of a commute as I don’t live in Cambridge(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee
      Featured Review

      Amazing company, cares about their employees, as much as supporting scientists

      Jan 13, 2021 - Senior Vice President Product in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It has a great mission to support scientists with their discoveries. cares about the well being and happiness of their people, which attracts great talent and colleagues.

      Cons

      Can be a little too fast passed and not for people that don't like change.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best company in which I have ever worked

      Jun 18, 2021 - Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Growth focus, investing in people, and opportunities to learn

      Cons

      Covid has been challenging as customers have been away from labs and travel has been restricted, but things are getting better now

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Jun 10, 2021 - Senior Scientific Support Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The environment is very friendly, the team is great, and the role provides a great experience if you are new to the industry. There is a lot to learn about the products and various applications in order to provide the right level of support to customers. There are also a lot of opportunities within the company to move into different areas of interest, or even to have side projects in your role as part of the Scientific Support team.

      Cons

      The systems used by the company are quite poorly thought out/old, mainly due to the rapid growth of the company. However there are improvements being done constantly. While the company defines itself as agile, it is not always easy to suggest a change in terms of processes, etc. At least not from this position, and if you manage to, it will take you ages to do and a lot of talking to a lot of different departments. Also, the company does not have parking spaces for all the employees. Each person gets an allocation of 5 days a month when you can use the parking. So getting to the office can be quite a pain (unless you love to bike to and from work). On the plus side, you only need to work from office 3 days a week, but there are still a lot of days not covered.

      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Goog learning opportunitity, but paranoids if you ask about animal wellfare

      Jul 19, 2021 - Data Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good location, cool building, and some very nice people there Working from home allowed for 2 days in the week Fun and dynamic team, with lots of technologies. If you want to learn it's a great place. but be willing to constatnly fix things (king of reactive culture in the team)

      Cons

      There's no information about how they deal with animal wellfare. I asked several times to my line manager (I learnt after I joined that antibodies are produced in all sort of animals) People need to return to the office after the pandemics, even though the recruiter suggested that working from home for long periods was going to be posible after the pandemics The data engineering team is reactive, so your work is to constantly fix bugs, reload data, etc. There's no focus on testing or CI

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      2 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work and grow

      May 19, 2021 - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Plenty of opportunities to grow and learn Open space office so you have get to know everyone, even the scientists You can see into the labs Great canteen & barista and the prices are subsidised by Abcam Senior & Executive team are always walking the floor and open to conversation I have done quite a few external courses paid for by Abcam

      Cons

      Parking - the bike to work angle only works if you live in Cambridge and/or you dont have children.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Never a dull moment

      Mar 27, 2021 - Senior Marketing Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great products that are well loved by customers. It's clear the positive contribution Abcam is making to the progression of science and serving life scientists to achieve their mission, faster. This in itself is quite rewarding and motivating. Very collaborative and open environment, particularly pleased with the companies efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Always lots of interesting and new projects going on. The company is also keen to allow people to move between teams, which is a nice way to learn new skills and broaden your horizons.

      Cons

      The pace of change can be a little overwhelming sometimes, especially the near-constant restructuring. You definitely have to be open to change and learn to go with the flow!

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great place to work

      May 19, 2021 - Associate Digital Product Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Flexible Working Policy - Enhanced Parental Leave Policy - Great People and Culture - Scope for building on your career through promotion - Supportive Team and Co-workers

      Cons

      - Limited Car Parking on site (I can only park onsite 5 days per month). Having to commute in traffic and then a 20 minute walk isn't fantastic - Rapid change - can be very reactive sometimes

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company

      May 31, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Management listens, the company cares about the employees and the salary/benefits are very good. Invested in the development of employees.

      Cons

      Nothing that I think of.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to grow your career and friendly colleagues :)

      May 26, 2021 - Accounts Payable Administrator in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It is a growing company which means that there are a lot of opportunities to grow your career

      Cons

      sometimes there is a high volume of work

      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Immense feeling of pride

      May 4, 2021 - VP-Finance in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Three new senior starters joining Abcam Finance in May. All with vast experience in their fields and I've no doubt they'd have had a rich choice of employers for their next career move. So proud they've chosen us and their smiles tell me the feeling is mutual. #greattimesahead

      Cons

      We need to find a better parking solution! At least it's keeping my steps up.

      2 people found this review helpful
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