Base4 - Exciting technology, amazing team of people | Glassdoor.co.uk
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    "Exciting technology, amazing team of people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Base4 full-time

    Pros

    Base4 is a start up company with an incredibly talented and friendly team – you won’t find a better group of people to work with. The technology is exciting and the work is challenging and varied. Priorities can change relatively quickly as the technology develops, problems get solved and new ideas continuously arise, making it a dynamic environment that rewards hard work and creativity. There’s a genuine... opportunity to be part of creating something amazing, which surely doesn’t come along very often.

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    Cons

    Relatively fast pace of change may not be for everyone and can result in a steep learning curve. Everyone is expected to make a meaningful contribution, so don’t expect to sit back and coast.

    Base42016-03-03

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    "Good place to work but..."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist 

    I have been working at Base4 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pro is definitely the team, which is a bunch of young, extremely friendly, international and dynamic people. It is an exciting place to work, with interesting projects progressing at a nice pace.

    Cons

    The CEO. Although he has improved since the first reviews in 2015, this guy still behaves like a 4 year old. That goes from slightly annoying everyday behaviour, like riding a scooter in the office, keeping his cycling gear on all day and occasionally being a bit abrupt to some people, to more serious stuff. He would decide one day that we should work on a project that is going to make millions and drop it 2 months... later just at the time when it is just about to work. He would occasionnaly sack people for no reason (or because he does not like them?) or give a project to someone because he likes him, not because he is the most qualified. Last bit, I am slightly suspicious that men are considered better, though there is no obvious anti-women behaviour. It just seems that men get promoted a bit more than women: the leading team is all men. Members of the board (5), CEO, COO, project managers (3).... maybe it is just bad luck?

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    Advice to Management

    Get a proper HR person!

    Base42019-05-24
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    "Genuine review - unlike some of those posted here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Base4 full-time

    Pros

    Good people from all disciplines, possible to learn a lot by mixing with people from different backgrounds.

    Cons

    Micromanagement from senior staff, some of whom have no formal qualifications in science. The CSO left and has not been replaced, leaving scientific oversight in the hands of those less qualified. Very high staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Trust those who you've hired, don't micromanage. There's no point bringing in postdoctoral level scientists then treating them like technicians.

    Base42016-01-09

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