Emergent BioSolutions

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Emergent BioSolutions Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
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Emergent BioSolutions President & CEO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi
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    Think hard before signing on with Emergent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive, summer work hours is a plus but should be extended to year round

    Cons

    Matrix style of management works poorly as each managers tend to be soloed which causes work assignments and due dates to be unrealistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Matrix style of management works poorly as each managers tend to be soloed which causes work assignments and due dates to be unrealistic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of learning opportunities but extremely political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits
    Job stability, generally
    Because of the growth of the company, there are many opportunities to learn new skills
    A lot of committed and talented people who are hard working and care

    Cons

    Sr. management not qualified. Highly toxic and political. A management culture that promotes bullies and liars. Employees are considered disposable. A lot of propaganda but no real actions. Don't hold bad people accountable. Too much window dressing and fluff.
    Extremely bureaucratic and risk averse, but pretend to be innovative and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who are capable and honest. Treat your good people better and get rid of bad apples
    Walk the talk, not just talk the talk.
    Focus on true growth, not just CYA
    Understand the true meaning of innovation, not just to pretend that you can say the word
    Finally, stick to a strategy for more than 3 months! Don't reorg every 3 months if things are not working.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth and to make a difference.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, poor work-life balance, inconsistent management ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    View employees as #1 asset and make decisions accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to build industry experience, but a bad place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation time
    Professional development training available (7 Habits, Situational Leadership, Toastmasters, etc)
    Pay not up to national standard, but good for location
    Deluge of swag (totes, lunchbags, food items, company outings and picnics, etc)
    Strong GXP maintained: great place to build industry experience

    Cons

    MANUFACTURING NIGHT SHIFT = NO ESCAPE

    Horrific work/life balance, particularly for 6PM-6AM night shift employees.

    High turnover rate.

    Manufacturing is the least-respected department on Emergent's campus. This is not due to some general lack of respect for manufacturing positions in general, but because of the young and often unprofessional people (often referred to informally on campus as "the kids") that make up this department. You'll find that most people in manufacturing are blissfully ignorant of this opinion, as they so rarely interact with the campus at large and have an inflated sense of self-importance ("we're the building where the money comes out").

     When drawing the manufacturing night shift short straw, make clear your interest in moving to the day shift or another department immediately upon full-time hire. Be warned that without a minimum of three years of employment under your belt it's unlikely to happen anytime soon (if ever), even if you're willing to take a lesser position/pay. The high turnover, particularly among those assigned to the incredible stress of a 12 hour night shift, means that those who are capable of tolerating said shift are kept there at all costs.

    High rate of unprofessional negative interactions among shift teams, shift members and shift management, and between multiple shifts. Immature mean-spirited "drama" is common, as most of manufacturing is composed of recent small town college grads in their first "professional" environment. Bullying and exclusion are common on insular manufacturing teams.

    Night shift positions are bruited about as being dumping grounds for personalities the company doesn't want on days. This may or may not be true. True or not, the night shift environment has repeatedly proven an effective incubator for more toxic personalities to achieve their full disturbing potential, particularly among middle manufacturing management.

    CONSISTENT delays and DELIBERATE misinformation concerning annual and merit raises, which are consistently poor. Effort requisite to achieve a measly 5% is ridiculous. Look at your pay, consider expectations, do the math.

    Check your paystub. ALWAYS check your paystub. Errors are VERY common around raise time.

    Opportunities for advancement seem present, but in reality are bogged down by the company manipulating training systems and pay raise guidelines to bolster their bottom line. No, not just quality or compliance. Their bottom line. You may very well find yourself stuck in a positional repple-depple after all requisite training paperwork has been signed off. Not uncommon: signed off and "promoted", yet doing the work of that next level position for many months under your current pay. Not uncommon: as they change training systems, whether testing new systems for quality/compliance or in service of their bottom line, you'll likely find yourself stuck in one training area for twice/three times as long as projected.

    Standard Issue HR Sucks Disclaimer: Human Resources at Emergent is known as "Human Capital" and (among all the Catbert-ridden corporations I've worked for) actually stands out for their general lack of responsibility, responsiveness, and the incredibly low opinion they've earned with company employees. Not respecting or bothering to show up to appointments on time or even at all is a specialty. That's right. Have a scheduled appointment after 2PM? (If you're on the nightshift, this'll be your only functional option) Your best bet may very well be to get there early and head them off on their way to their car if camping out in front of their office an hour or more in advance doesn't appeal to you. Truly terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee evaluations of toxic team leads seriously.

    These people are contributing to your appalling turnover rate and the general dissatisfaction of both your new and established workforce, significantly lowering productivity.This is occurring in tandem to a toxic team lead displaying behavior that is modeled and perpetuated by the impressionable, compounding the problem.

     Bullying of and unprofessional behavior with subordinates should NOT be acceptable and tolerated at Emergent BioSolutions, no matter what said team lead's current "success rate" might happen to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No movement except for those who are already at the top.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have decent benefits/401(k).... and a summer hours program that's nice, unfortunately not all groups are able to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Impossible to move up in the company when you've entered as a technician (with a bachelors degree mind you)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Benefits but they do not outweigh BAD management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good employees but they will eventually leave due to poor management

    Cons

    Extremely poor management
    Treat non-management employees like disposables
    Low pay for the area
    No growth potential
    Must know your place to mentally survive and you will be repeatedly reminded of your place
    HR is there to protect the company not the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your managers some skills to manage down. They know how to manage up very well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent compensation, stagnant career environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job was easy, the compensation decent, and most coworkers wonderful to work with. It is a good job for someone fresh out of school with no experience.

    Cons

    Career growth is nonexistent, even discouraged. Do yourself a favor and don't even try to advance. After receiving three raises totaling less than a dollar an hour, I tried to advance to a decent position only to be told that it would take 10 months to go through. Transferring into other departments is rare. Getting off the night shift is based on luck of the draw, not merit nor experience. If you get a job in manufacturing, expect to stay at the bottom for a while. It's not worth the bother to try to advance. Develop an exit strategy and make a career somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your employees at the bottom more seriously. Provide actual merit compensation and advancement opportunities. Until that happens, there will always be a turnover problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper management forced me to resign.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers (only field employess and a few managers)

    Cons

    Is like working on the fire department, everything is high priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decision from Upper management always push field employees to work long hard shifts.
    Too many change in decisions.
    Many departments have a too heavy load and there is not enough personel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Variety
    Nice people on the whole

    Cons

    Chaotic decision making
    Requirement to continually reduce time at expense of quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your experienced managers - they know what is scientifically sound

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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