Abcam Reviews

Updated 1 Jul 2020

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4.9
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Abcam CEO Alan Hirzel
Alan Hirzel
81 Ratings
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  • "Limited car parking is a con but company encourages sustainable travel to work which is always a plus(in 10 reviews)

  • "Somewhat low pay, with no opportunity for pay increases other than COLA adjustment(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company if you like change"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abcam full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Friendly culture Lots of opportunities Fast growth A lot of change happening at all times

    Cons

    Benefits and salary still a bit behind other companies Few women in ELT

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "A great organisation with lots to do"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abcam full-time

    Pros

    Informal,friendly atmosphere to all sites - it's an innovative team with good people and managers who care about their teams Has retained much of the spirit and pace of a small company whilst undoubtedly becoming more established and "professional" Opportunities to work with other sites and countries (some jobs involving travel) Nice office in Cambridge with great labs and social space No shortage of projects and groups you can get involved with if you want to Hygiene factors are good - free fruit, decent coffee, lots of social activities pre-covid Lots of opportunity for growth both within current roles and if moving elsewhere in the company

    Cons

    Always a lot of work to do (though what company is there not?) Some of the lab jobs won't suit everybody, especially those coming from academic backgrounds who can struggle with the pace The structures change a lot and sometimes there are too many managers.

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  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "A great company so far"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an overwhelming feeling that Abcam has its employees best interests at heart whilst also striving to grow a fantastic, purpose-led business. This is apparent from the way in which they manage, communicate and support their employees through challenging situations i.e Covid19 through to the fluid review of everyone's learning and personal development. In my experience it is a friendly, positive, transparent and collaborative workplace. Communication channels are very much open, with a platform to easily ask Alan (CEO) questions. Abcam also has a flexible working policy which is a great enabler for managing the balance of work/life but also promotes a diverse employee base.

    Cons

    None of note, very pleased I joined!

  4. "Fantastic place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vibe. Intelligent people. Making a real contribution. Genuine flexibility in work/life balance. Cares for its people. Exciting pace of change. Ambitious plans for the future. Wish I’d joined years ago.

    Cons

    None, it really is a great place to work.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "A company that recognizes achievement, flexibility and diversity"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Automation Specialist in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company culture that encourages growth and learning for the sake of the greater cause, which is to support life scientists is research and discovery

    Cons

    Limited car parking is a con but company encourages sustainable travel to work which is always a plus

  6. Helpful (1)

    "An exceptional, purposeful company I'm proud to work for"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investor Relations in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abcam full-time

    Pros

    - It's great to work for an innovative and ambitious company that has a positive and enduring impact on the world - Great culture - open, friendly, smart and ambitious, fast-paced, global and diversified - that prioritizes personal development and growth

    Cons

    The pace of change and growth is high so it's important to be someone who is comfortable with change (not necessarily a con but something to be aware of)

  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Purpose, growth, and culture are all good"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive things going on everywhere with strong culture, good opportunities to grow and learn, and a successful strategy to grow the company. The leadership has handled the covid outbreak well too.

    Cons

    Hard to know about all the career and opportunities internally

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  8. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Great place, full of innovation and opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of training course offered to advance your career and have an opportunity to apply for external courses twice per year. Great holiday allowance, share scheme and the company is extremely open. Through the Covid lock down the CEO has had regular video conferences with all employees

    Cons

    When you first start I can take awhile to find you fit within the company and learning the processes.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Company - The Place To Be"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Lead Business Process Owner in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Values, Energetic Spirit, Demonstrable Flexible Working Patterns, Getting Things Done

    Cons

    No real concerns working here

  10. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to work where you feel appreciated and valued!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is autonomy and freedom within the business to bring in and execute your own ideas, this is refreshing to see. Implementing your own ideas is very much a way of working here and it's can do approach. If you are one to sit back and let others do the work then it's probably not the best place for you. Abcam's growth plans are exciting and bring optimism about where it sees itself in the future, certainly an exciting time to be on board. The company looks out for its employees and there are many perks that are provided including the share scheme, high street discount and the occasional free ice cream

    Cons

    As a company that is growing and will be a very large organisation in years to come, I believe we sometimes think we are larger than we are currently. However this mentality is quite generic in all businesses across the corporate world.

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