Life at Editas Medicine
Here at Editas Medicine, we’re on an important journey to unlock the full potential of gene editing technology, and our success is driven by our dynamic, passionate, and diverse team. We work together with integrity and joy, guided by our distinct Inspiritas culture, to develop transformative medicines for people living with serious diseases around the world.
Our Inspiritas Culture
We think about culture a little differently at Editas Medicine.
We summarize our culture with a single word:
Inspiritas captures how inspired we are by the science of genome editing, the people we serve, and each other. It defines how we grow as individuals, teams, and as a company.
Culture is not just something we talk about—it’s a part of everything we do, even when no one is watching.
Learn more About our Inspiritas culture
Hear directly from our team members about what makes our company different:
Deep Majithia, Associate Process Engineer, Process Development
Editas’ culture is that of intense curiosity ingrained with scientific rigor along with healthy mutual respect. I absolutely love coming to work! I am surrounded by bright and kind people, and I learn new things every day, which I love. Editas is the first company I’ve worked for right out of school, and I think the standard has been set really high.
KaiHsin Chang – Vice President, Stem Cell Therapies
For me, not only is the science incredibly exciting, but it’s really special that we have the opportunity to turn our science into real innovation that could make a big difference in patients’ lives. Something I’ve also appreciated about working at Editas is the level of support we receive from our leadership, who stay close to our science and are attentive and receptive to our feedback. Everyone here has a voice no matter their level in the organization.
Olubunmi Afonja, Senior Director, Clinical Development
The Editas culture is open-minded, collaborative, and encourages each team member to bring something to the table. It’s exciting to work in an environment where we are inspired to challenge the status quo, tackle problems, and develop creative solutions as a team.
Swarali Lele, Associate Scientist I, Lead Discovery
Working at Editas is my first ever industry job, and it’s been exciting to become a part of a great organization driving fascinating science and working with enjoyable colleagues. Editas has set a high bar for me in terms of professional experience, and I enjoy working in an environment where I get to collaborate with highly talented and motivated people developing gene editing medicines. It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of state-of-the-art projects and simultaneously hone my technical, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills. What inspires me daily is a chance to learn something new, solve challenges, and contribute to developing transformative medicines for people living with serious diseases.
Ben Diner — Senior Scientist I
I believe the greatest aspect of the culture at Editas Medicine is the support provided for personal and professional development. Over the course of my years working here, the company has given me abundant exposure to a variety of programs, helping me to acquire critical skills in business strategy and confidence as an industry scientist. The project teams I’ve worked with have demonstrated a passion for science, a collaborative and cohesive spirit, and an unwavering support of my own professional development. I’m looking forward to working with them on our next set of challenges.
Veronica Annoh-Agabi – Senior Quality Assurance Specialist, External Quality
What really drew me to Editas was the science. I am excited to be working in gene editing, and at a company where everyone is working together towards the same end goal. The collaboration of the different groups across Editas is excellent, and everyone is eager to help one another.
Baisong Mei, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
At Editas, the patient is at the center of everything we do. Each day, we bring passion, commitment, and a sense of urgency to our work because of the great opportunity we have to make a meaningful difference in patients’ lives. I am grateful to work in an environment with such an innovative, motivated, and devoted team, and I am excited about our future as we continue to advance our programs and work toward achieving our goal of bringing multiple transformative medicines to patients.
Our Approach to Learning and Development
At Editas Medicine, we are passionate about the growth and development of our employees. We’ve made this a priority, and we take a slightly different approach to development than most biotechnology companies.
COACHING AND MENTORING
The diversity of our employees allows for peer coaching and mentoring across the Editas community. We engage with employees and managers across the organization for different coaching and mentoring opportunities as an element of individual development.
A significant part of both building a great learning organization and working on Editor development is our All-Company Offsite. These happen over 2 days in the fall every year, and we make it a point to focus on learning about our business, strengthening us as a team, and building our Inspiritas culture.
SUMMER OF DEVELOPMENT
While we work on development throughout the year, we dedicate our summers to keeping development plans current and engaging in programs with a particular focus on growth and learning. We call this effort our Summer of Development. We also ask our employees to build/update their individual Development Plans once per year, during our Summer of Development.
JOY OF WORK
One of the more unique aspects of our Inspiritas culture is what we describe as our joy of work. Joy of work connects to our intense interest in and passion for driving the science of genome editing to help people living with serious diseases and building our company, and the broader field for the long-term.
Our Diversity and Inclusion
At Editas Medicine, we know that our greatest strength comes from the people who make up our team. Each employee brings diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and thinking styles, and, by embracing and celebrating these differences, we strengthen our Inspiritas culture and further our mission to pioneer a new field of genome editing. For us, diversity and inclusion is ingrained in who we are today because we know it is what will get us to tomorrow.
We are proud of who we are, and we are committed to preserving and further cultivating our diverse and inclusive workforce, including in our senior management team, to ensure an environment where employees feel empowered to achieve their fullest potential.
Our 2020 Diversity Composition
* As of 12/31/2021. Derived from self-identification data.
Our employees are working everyday to make an impact in the lives of people living with serious diseases. We’re proud to support our employees with comprehensive benefits that can be customized for any stage of their life.
We ask a lot of our employees, so it’s important to us that they receive value from the start. Every member of the Editas team benefits from generous 401(k) matching, and vesting is immediate.
Time to Recharge
We’ve designed an inclusive, flexible, untracked time-off schedule that accounts for individual needs. While we expect our employees will take at least 3 weeks off in a given year (many employees take more), how and when they take it is fully up to them. In addition, we offer 12 paid holidays annually.
Commitment to Health and Wellness
As a leader in genomic medicine, we’re actively working to make the world a healthier place. We apply that logic internally, too, ensuring that our employees are equipped to be their healthiest selves.
- We offer a highly subsidized medical benefits plan and contribute significantly to individual or family deductibles through an HSA account.
- We offer, through our benefits plan, reimbursement for three months of qualifying gym and physical wellness club memberships. We also provide a reduced rate at the Cambridge Athletic Club, and host annual wellness fairs in our offices.
- In addition to our robust benefits offerings, we’ve designed a Wellness Community to ensure that we’re working our bodies right alongside our minds. Regular (and free!) on-site programs include yoga, team runs, boot camp, and more.