Doesn't RecommendNegative Outlook
- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at MedPharm full-time
The best thing about the company is that they readily take on graduates, so you get hands on laboratory experience and can progress quickly. The other good thing are the people (your peers).
First and foremost they (management) are bullies. What you do is never good enough and you are constantly pushed to your limits, with very little sympathy for human error. Normal working hours exceed the standard 7.5 hours and flexitime doesn't really exist. It was extremely difficult to have a good work-life balance, where most of the staff were burnt out and depressed. Management were not approachable or flexible, and tended not to consider staff opinions. Staff were threatened many times, for example, by threatening to cancel social events. A trigger would be something as little as some dirty crockery left in kitchen sink. It was also looked down upon if you handed in your notice, as it was difficult for them to comprehend that staff were unhappy and that they did not inform them of how they were feeling about things. This was especially bad if they liked or thought you were a good worker. If you left on what they deemed to be "bad terms", you wouldn't be entitled to a leaving speech and you were treated very poorly. If you are considering working for this company, I would advise you to run for the hills and never look back.
Advice to Management
I think your biggest pitfall is not listening to your staff. Your staff are too afraid to be honest with you, as they don't want to be bullied and treated so rudely and disrespectfully. You need to improve your HR department and actually make them independent from senior management. I would advise not having favourites and threatening to sue half of your staff who resign with legitimate reasons. I think improving the working hours would also hugely benefit you. Small changes such as these would have a huge impact on your company, making it a much better place to work.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at MedPharm (Guildford, England (UK)) in August 2012.
Interviewer seemed cold and condescending throughout the interview (more so than Alan Sugar!), but this may have been a deliberate test to see how a potential employee might react to stress, and to test their assertiveness. Be prepared! Very sharp and direct manner, which might appeal to certain people. The interview was followed by a brief lab tour, given by a friendly member of staff who was happy to answer questions about the work and company. The work environment appears to be very pressurised, but highly rewarding to those who thrive under the pressure.
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