Evotec Reviews

Updated 8 Jun 2021

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3.1
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Evotec CEO Werner Lanthaler
Werner Lanthaler
44 Ratings
Pros
  • "flexible working hours(in 7 reviews)

  • "Friendly staff with a strong social committee(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low salary, upper management doesn't seem to express any interest in helping it's employees(in 6 reviews)

  • "People on scientist level leave after a year or two(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A great place to develop a career in drug discovery

      8 Jun 2021 - Research Staff in Abingdon, England, England
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      Pros

      1) Great colleagues- passionate, knowledgeable, willing to help and feel like a family 2) Good work exposure - you get opportunities to work with a lot of clients on a lot of projects. A fantastic opportunity to absorb what’s cutting edge in drug discovery 3) Structured people management- Everything is black and white. Biweekly meetings with line managers and Quarterly expectation/development meetings. Yearly appraisal is based on all aspects of performance. Expectations are clearly laid out at the beginning of the year. Good performances are also appreciated with suitable recognition awards 4) Process development- Thinking about the best and efficient way of doing any and every work is part of the culture. 5) Successful business- it is good to see all our hard work transform into good business numbers at the end. It’s good to be in a successful place. I find it satisfying and secure 6) Making a difference to people’s life- working with some of the hottest targets in drug discovery, it is satisfying to know that you are playing a (a very tiny) role in development of better medicine 7) Team growth - structural biology is always growing and it is great to be part of a growing team 8) Fast paced - since there are a lot of projects, there is never a dull moment. 9) Structured project delivery- every aspect of the project has been thought through and is continuously optimised to ensure there are no leaks. A tight workflow that enables gene to structure at a pace that anyone could possibly do. 10) People first- Last year was a difficult year for the whole world. Suitable options regarding work flexibility were made available for a number of colleagues based on their medical vulnerabilities. I really appreciate this 11) High quality of work- Evotec is successful because of the quality of work. Quality management is taken seriously. For anyone building a career in drug discovery this is a great environment

      Cons

      Salary could be better. Bonus structure can be improved

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Structural Biology

      5 Jun 2021 - Research Scientist in Oxford, England, England
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      Pros

      The group has changed over the last couple of years for the better. The group has significantly grown in size since I joined with a great mix of people. The new building we moved into has made a huge difference, whilst it still needs work it allowed us to come off a COVID shift patten whilst safely working and expand. Since joining Evotec I have had the opportunity to learn a huge amount, I have been fortunate to learn from a number of talented scientists and the company has given me the opportunity to be involved in a number of really interesting projects. Over the last year the group has really changed we are now working in smaller project groups which has allowed me to feel more connected to my projects and the new team members have time to get trained before starting a project. Training was a weak point at Evotec but things have significantly improved and from what I can seen staff training is something that the company are focusing on. I have enjoyed my time at Evotec and have a good group of people in my team and have worked on some really cool projects. Promotions have changed this year with a number of rounds throughout the year which is much better and my line manager has given me clear guidance and support on how I can get promoted.

      Cons

      The salaries aren’t brilliant but ok Training still needs work but is heading in the right direction Some of the support functions could be better

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      The great evo-gamble

      30 May 2021 - Research Scientist in Abingdon, England, England
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      Pros

      Great staff, lots of opportunities to learn and develop, pay is now competitive for the area.

      Cons

      Covid, covid, covid. Evotec gambled during this period by sticking its head in the sand, its fingers in its ears and by putting profit before staff. During 2020/2021 the mutterings amongst staff were and are clear to this day. "We plan to leave given the first opportunity". Tremendous failings on the part of senior management and a complete disconnect between between them and the rest of the staff. Head of health and safety was completely, without exaggeration, absent during this time. Shocking beyond belief. In future, promote people of substance to senior leadership roles, smarmy corporate types can only take the company so far.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Structural Biology, Abingdon - chaotic, stressful & byzantine.

      20 May 2021 - Scientist in Oxford, England, England
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      Pros

      Some really good, hard working, smart people. Potential to learn a lot of skills very quickly. One of the most mixed and diverse places I've ever worked.

      Cons

      Those people get crushed in the chaos. You learn those skills by being thrown in at the deep end, and there isn't usually a lifeguard. Minimal commitment to training - everything is done on the job by the people doing the job, which should be good for the trainee, but everything is under intense time pressure, so having to train people on top of the job leads to mistakes. Plus a lack of appreciation that lending "an extra pair of hands" only works if those hands are trained - if you have to train them as well, the job will done slower, not faster, and the quality will be lower. Lack of communication at all levels - projects are taken on without checking whether the technology or the skills to do them are in the company first - leading people to be landed with near-impossible tasks. People are taken on to work in one team, and then find themselves in another - conversely teams who are stretched (that's all of them) are told they will be getting a new member, only to find that the new person starts in another team. There's no appreciation of how destructive this is to staff morale. It creates a corrosive atmosphere, and utter distrust of management. Total lack of transparency - change happens on a "We've decided this" basis - staff, especially at Scientist level, are treated like mushrooms - kept in the dark and occasionally fed bull****. Those two points in particular are why the staff turnover at Scientist level is so fast. You can add to that no understanding between levels of the processes involved - eg requesting half a days extra work on the morning of the prep - creating unrealistic demands on those at the brown end of the stick. Regular equipment failures, contaminations, etc as there is never downtime for care, maintenance, cleaning. Each failure, and there's plenty of them, makes timelines tighter and leads to more stress. Opaque promotion process - seems to be based on "if we don't promote them they'll leave" rather than merit. This also leads to team leaders who don't understand what needs to happen in the team outside of their own speciality, leading to unreasonable demands, often for things that have been already been promised to a client without understanding what needs to be done first. Gossip and backbiting in the StrucBio section's management. Pay not worth the night-sweats that earning it leads to. It's hard to have a work-life balance when you have to be militant every day to stop them working you hours beyond your allotted time, and when you can't sleep for stress. This should be a good place to work. There's amazing people from all manner of backgrounds, and the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects, but they just get sucked into the Charybdis of chaos that the shambolic management produces.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Fantastic supportive employer

      20 Apr 2021 - Support Function 
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      Pros

      Places a significant emphasis on nurturing its employees and enabling them to gain the skills they need to progress within the company.

      Cons

      Going through a period of significant growth which often means that work load pressures can be high. That said Line Managers are extremely supportive of their staff and will always go the extra mile to help where they can.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Average, interesting enough to go, not challenging enough to stay

      26 May 2021 - Senior Scientist in Abingdon, England, England
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      Pros

      Enjoyable team atmosphere Variety of job roles Good training in different aspects of lab chemistry Interaction with all parts of job from start

      Cons

      Not significant room for improvement Can be repetative Tight timelines

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Don't Go

      28 May 2021 - Senior Scientist in Abingdon, England, England
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      Pros

      Don't come to this company

      Cons

      You have been warned about it

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Aptuit/Evotec - poor company to work for

      13 Sep 2020 - Senior Scientist in Abingdon, England, England
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      Pros

      Nice, helpful colleagues to work with but that's about it.

      Cons

      - Interview only lasted 45 minutes, no real insights were given (tour of the lab, meeting with other staff etc) - Out of date technology (Lab equipment, IT-infrastructure etc.). - No lab management system in place; messy labs, no culture of clean work-spaces (although lots of work with active pharmaceutical ingredients!), dirty and old lab equipment. - Wage on the lower end of the scale (so are the benefits). - Absent management structure (It took my line-manager more than 3 months to arrange an initial meeting with me when I started; I had no help or introduction from the management side). - Management only cares about progress of the projects, no interest in individuals. No acknowledgment of your work e.g. no overtime is offered, no words of encouragement, no insights from management until the deadline looms. - Poor team culture; often a feeling of working on your own. - No exchange of chemical knowledge whatsoever (e.g. chemical problem sessions, presentations etc.). - No sick-pay offered once notice is handed in (notice period of 3 months!) - All lab staff was required to come in during Covid look down. Social distance measurement were in place in the offices but not really in the lab. Little flexibility from management (e.g. no shift work was offered to lab workers to maintain social distancing).

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Needs better site leadership

      29 Jan 2021 - Support Manager in Abingdon, England, England
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      Pros

      The workers are hard working

      Cons

      Poor Management at senior level No strategic direction. Health and safety team invisible and Inept Too much focus on "look and Feel" and corporate branding rather than improving Lab equipment and areas which is where revenue is made. poorly resourced support departments - definitely do not take a job in these areas. Poorly paid

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Interesting and varied workload

      9 Jan 2021 - Scientist in Abingdon, England, England
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      Pros

      flexible working and good career progression

      Cons

      High workload due to many client projects

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