Octapharma Plasma Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • New people constantly, both employees and donors (in 2 reviews)

  • donors were easy to insert the needle because of how often they would donate (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, weekends can be frustrating (in 3 reviews)

  • If you are not friends with management you probably not going anywhere in this company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Phlebotomist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the donors can help with your day. A lot of them are very nice.

    Cons

    Bad work environment, coworkers always call in or don't feel like showing up. Most don't stay for very long.

    Advice to Management

    Make a better environment for your employees.


  2. Phlebotomist

    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Pros

    The management staff seem nice

    Cons

    Not know what time your going to get off work


  3. Medical Screener

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Screener in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Medical Screener in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the best reason to work for Octapharma Plasma is I got to learn, and preform different procedures, as in drawing blood samples from donors finger, using capillary tubes. Recording vital signs. Checking to make sure that the donor is healthy enough to donate is my part of the whole procedure. They offer great benefits. Its a easy job but yet business oriented job.

    Cons

    They are unorganized. They never have the schedule made on time. The employees have to call the next day to see if they have to work. They have a lot of favoritism going on in Octapharma Plasma. The Center is not in order. They are under Inspections all the time. Donors do what they want to do. Donors are very rude.

    Advice to Management

    Change their whole team. Get some grown adults to run the center. Hire people that wants to work. Stop letting doors do what they want to do. Tell employees, and donors to keep the noise level to a minimum. No taking or cells phone while being screened in the booths.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Dont do it

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Screener in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Medical Screener in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    benefits and that's about all

    Cons

    everything else is pretty much a con

    Advice to Management

    Stop wit the favoritism


  6. Robust growth. Great pride in accomplishments.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Healthy, abundant perks in corporate office. Management seems to listen to employees. There is a feeling of family and intimacy in work culture. Environment is very friendly, relaxed and comfortable and upper management seems to do a good job at helping employees feel valued . I have a very great deal of pride working for this company and it's the first time that I haven't wanted to look for another job while I'm working. My experience is subjective, however!

    Cons

    Growing pains in corporate office results in communication gaps across departments and across the board..Exciting changes happening but hard to keep up with them and adapt to new processes, etc.on a day to day level.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being positive and believing in what we do. That attracts the employees that we have with the desire to work for a greater good..


  7. Helpful (1)

    Donor Floor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Donor Floor Technician
    Current Employee - Donor Floor Technician

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    low hours and low pay for cross training


  8. Helpful (1)

    Get your experience and GET OUT.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison Heights, MI

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They will hire people with no experience. This is the only pro.

    Cons

    - VERY low pay for the kind of work you do and the amount you do, and very meager pay raises for amount of new work you take on if you get trained in a new area

    - Subtle racism against white employees by black employees. Whether or not management acknowledged it was happening, everybody knew it was.

    Most cons extend from management, including:

    - Not following their own rules except if there is an inspection coming up. A couple times they tried to get us to not switch gloves between donors, even if they had blood on them (Pretty sure this violates several OSHA regulations).

    - Being disrespectful, demeaning, and unapproachable towards employees (The moment I stopped caring about this company was when the quality supervisor called me 'lazy' and 'slacker' on multiple occasions despite how much work I did for them.)

    - Most managers are uneducated and do not seem to know how to handle difficult situations, and will blame YOU if something goes wrong.

    - Operating on a good-old-boy network. You WILL NOT get anywhere in this company unless you are willing to sacrifice an arm and a leg for them.

    - Promising you new training and then taking weeks or months to go through with it, if at all.

    - Not giving room for a work-life balance at all. If the power goes out and donations stop for two hours guess what, you're going to stay after for two extra hours to make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Show employees respect and hire educated people and maybe your quality employees wouldn't quit.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Phlebotomist

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

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time

    Pros

    Often promote internally, flexible scheduling, will train for most positions.

    Cons

    Awful management, donors are often rude.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be a Manager - not just someone who takes up space.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good for experience, severely underpaid

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Screener
    Current Employee - Medical Screener

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to get experience

    Cons

    Low wages, rarely get weekends off

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages


  11. Worst job I've ever had!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Occasionally work with nice people.

    Cons

    Low pay, work every weekend, management doesn't care about you (even if your kids get sick), management plays favorites, high turn over, employees are talked down to, certain rules apply to certain people. Don't let employees be cross-trained when they ask to be. They work with your schedule if you want to take classes.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees respect. You don't have to be friends with them but you should treat them like adult human beings. Show your employees appreciation...not just the donors.



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