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Catalent Pharma President, CEO, and Director John R. Chiminski
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    Fast paced contract manufacturer

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Catalent Pharma full-time


    Catalent has very well developed systems and procedures in place to assure compliance with regulatory requirements. The company rightly recognizes that a good compliance profile is key to its continued success and has put in place fairly robust systems and metrics to continually drive improvement in this area. Catalent is a great place to work if you are in the first 10-15 years of your career. Your exposure to well developed management and technologies will serve you well throughout the rest of your career wherever it may take you. Also, the contract manufacturing environment will expose you to many different products and manufacturing/testing technologies that you would not be exposed to in a conventional pharma company. Catalent is a large contractor involved with several technologies including biotech, aseptic manufacture, solid dose, softgels, contract testing and more. Accordingly you will have opportunity to move around the company including different locations if desired and is a good fit for the company


    The company has two sides. The operational side which is comprised of the manufacturing, quality and testing sites that basically generate the lion's share of the revenue for the company and the corporate side that consumes resource but also provides leadership, sets expectations, supports operations and administers corporate wide systems and procedures. If you are on the operational side, expect to work long hours in a high pressure fast paced environment. As a contract manufacturer, the company will attempt to sqeeze as much out of you as possible. The compensation for the amount of work/time you spend is quite low. Annual increases are in the 1-3% range and are closely tied to the performance appraisal system. The performance appraisal system is cumbersome, demotivating and is designed to keep annual raises to a minimum by using a curve whereby a certain % will get an excellent rating, good, mostly delivered and needs improvement rating. Even when all employees in a group are "good", this system forces mgmt to rate some as "mostly delivered". Job security on the Corporate side is lower than on the operational side. Corporate is a bit bloated and has a tendency to look down on Operations. Since corporate consumes resources, there is less job stability and relatively high turnover in corporate.

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    Simplify internal reporting, metrics and related activities so as to allow operations to devote more of its time towards revenue generating and value adding activities. In general corporate groups drain resource away from operations by implementation of numerous reporting requirements and internal processes many of which serve no useful purpose other than giving a Corporate function a reason to exist. SLASH corporate functions especially HR. Review all internal corporate programs and get rid of as many as possible with the understanding that this will help improve morale on Operations side and free up resources for more value adding activities. Attitude of Corporate should be one of service/support towards Operations not the other way around. Lastly, transform performance appraisal system to one that is simple, concrete and more motivational than demotivational.

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