BioLegend Reviews

Updated 21 Sep 2020

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BioLegend Founder & CEO Gene Lay (no image)
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "growing company, great culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - approachable management (within reason) and really great colleagues - there is a good work culture here with regular company events - employees are mostly young (mid to late 20s, early 30s) and happy to chat/socialise. if you're a positive and outgoing person you will do well here. - the company is also growing fast, change is constantly happening, not always communicated well but it's nice to see management taking real steps to improve things - real efforts by HR to turn problems around (see cons below) - nice big new campus in construction!

    Cons

    - simply not enough staff, people regularly work 11-12hr days here because there is just so much to do. amount of overtime has gone up lately and people are getting tired. - and yet... for those people killing themselves at this job, options for raise/promotion seem small to none??? - the message I get from this: this company is GREAT to kickstart your career/gain basic skills, but MOVE ON as soon as you've got enough under your belt.

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    BioLegend Response

    VP of HR

    Great to hear from the UK team! I appreciate the feedback. I agree that the growth can be a real challenge but it is a nice problem to have compared with the opposite! I know that recently the manager overseeing a majority of the business in the UK spent two weeks with the team so hopefully you were able to share your concerns and ideas with him during his visit. If we need to add more resource to the team there, raise this right away. The projections are for more growth in the near future so we need to make sure we are prepared. I definitely want to make sure our teams are able to maintain work/life balance as we are a company that is built to last and grow steadily. So while short runs of extra work will happen, this cannot be the standard. Keep up the great work and feel free to send any ideas to me or your management.

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away from this company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BioLegend full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cant think of any . Best to stay away

    Cons

    Not nice company, treating people badly without any concern

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    BioLegend Response

    VP of HR

    I would like to respond to this review but we did not establish our UK office that long ago so we have no employees in our London office with this much longevity. I can only imagine this review is a mistake? Otherwise please contact me directly and I can respond more appropriately.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Don’t bother and avoid at all cost or sell your soul to the devil, if you’re only in it for the money."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioLegend full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free Nespresso coffee. They are prepared to pay £25k PA. The main Logistical Manager is super nice and so are most of the regular staff.

    Cons

    - No central heating: be prepared to freeze in the winter and keep the usage of an electric heater to a bare minimum, because it causes a regular power outage, which then results into more stress meeting your deadlines. - Only one toilet on the entire floor for 20 some staff. - Poor kitchen area with grimy microwaves smelling like yesterday’s food. - Poor, complicated, web-based ERP/CRM systems which crash regularly and get super slow at peak times or when engaged by too many users at once. - Be prepared to spend 80% of your time to look for information, which may often be inaccurate and not up to date on several platforms at once. - Very poor, unreliable web-based correspondence program- it’s either little or nothing or everything at once. Have your PC task manager open at all times to restart the program several times a day. - 25% of all orders are received by fax- mostly from German customers- that often arrive incomplete and in a poor visual state. - Don’t be your genuine self and adapt to a submissive schoolboy attitude, you want to be the teacher’s pet, especially, when in presence of your career driven Line Manager. Act dumb and get away with it. - Fake office atmosphere with an overworked and stressed out Line Manager, who has very little drive and time to train you properly, unless you’re her little favorite candidate. - Don’t expect any favors, motivation or gratitude, no matter how hard you work and be prepared to be named and shamed in front of everyone in the office for your mistakes, even if they are caused by forced interruptions by your Line Manager or unexpected system failures. - If you like Magic Soul music and are prepared to listen to the same songs three times a day, you’re good, if not, you’re doomed and don’t even try to put on Pink Floyd, you will have to switch it off.

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    BioLegend Response

    VP of HR

    This reviewer and I spoke over the phone as he was working in our UK office. I especially appreciate the feedback from our overseas offices. This gentleman worked for us for approximately two months and it seems this job was not a fit for him. I've shared the feedback he gave me with the UK local management team so we can focus on improving our work environment. I wish this former employee all the best in his next position.

  4. "Bottle Technician"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bottle Technician in Mira Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioLegend full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cool staff, Cool facilities, lots of opportunity to work long hours if desired.

    Cons

    Entry level job description: Tedious

    BioLegend Response

    VP of HR

    Welcome to the BioLegend team, we are happy to have you! I agree that we have cool people and we're lucky to have a cool space too. The bottling team is super critical to accomplish our mission of enabling legendary discovery from research to cure. The work is certainly steady but if you find it monotonous over time don't forget to explore other options at BioLegend. We love to promote from within and the bottling team has seen lots of team members go on to other areas of the company after making their contributions in the bottling department.

  5. "none"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    everything is good enough OK

    Cons

    none of cons at all

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good coworkers, bad management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people in my department. Made it a fun place to work

    Cons

    Bad communication from upper management. They overwork you and all they give you is a Target gift card

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  7. "Ok place to get experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good co-workers, good hours, decent benefits

    Cons

    middle management has issues, hard to move up in the company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "good start company"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at BioLegend full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    low salary; company always tries to cut cost

  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company, great opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gives you the chance to grow and take on new projects and responsibilities; management is open to new ideas. Company has grown like crazy in past few years, there are some growing pains but managers and exec team are really trying to change things and scale up resources. And now it is starting to show. Amazing new campus with automated warehouse. Fun marketing gear with pop culture references. Some great volunteer initiatives like beach cleanups (outside of COVID-19 times of course) Good health insurance & other benefits including 15 days vacation after 5 years in the company. Some reviews say this is only a stepping stone company for recent grads, this has not been my experience at all. There is a lot of space for growth if you work hard and are clearly state your ambitions.

    Cons

    With the exception of amazing new company intranet, other company software and data platforms are impractical and not user-friendly, causing a lot of wasted time and resources. The company chat tool is a sad joke. Some teams are still chronically understaffed, rely on a few hardworking people who just about hold things together.

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    BioLegend Response

    VP of HR

    I appreciate your feedback and I'm glad to hear that your overall experience has been positive. I agree that we are in a great place of growth and building for the future. I will pass along your feedback to the IT team as we need to keep our infrastructure in line with our growth aspirations. I also love our new intranet which has been a labor of love for many to deliver. During this dynamic and difficult time it has been a great way to communicate. Please feel free to ask questions on this platform and I will make sure the exec team follows up with feedback and communication. We are proud of our benefit offering which actually offers 15 days (three weeks) of vacation for new hires and goes up from there at five years. Thank you for your loyalty and dedication to BioLegend. Here's to many more successful years!

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fast growing company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Definitely a motivated and fast-growing company. You can learn a lot by working here and your opinion can be heard.

    Cons

    Company is going through a decent amount of growing pains, and lack of resources in some area definitely hinder the ability to progress projects. The organizational sturcute is not very solid, therefore, there are few area can certainly improve.

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    BioLegend Response

    VP of HR

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to have you on the BioLegend team. I do agree that our fast paced growth can sometimes be a challenge. We have made many additions and changes to our organization to help support the growth and will continue to do so. Please share your ideas about how to improve training and documentation with your management team or feel free to leave any questions on our intranet "LegendNet" via "Ask BioLegend". I'd love to hear from you and work to make BioLegend better.

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