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    Dynamic senior management cowboys riding a team of knackered old donkeys?

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    I have been working at aesica pharmaceuticals full-time


    A few financial and marketing wizards at the top of Aesica are able to spot customers who need our service and how this service can be offered profitably, without getting tied into any loss-making activities. As a whole, this makes the company very stable and it in recent years it has grown and acquired operations sites from reputable manufacturers at a rapid rate without any obvious risk of burn-out.

    As a contract manufacture, it is a high-pressure manufacturing environment, but manages to maintain a friendly and polite atmosphere despite these pressures.


    During the acquisition of manufacturing sites, Aesica has inherited many of the old staff and procedures used by each of these manufacturing sites. This has saved Aesica from having to develop many procedures and hire staff of its own, but means that it is slowly building up a range of bureaucratic processes which serve little purpose and are not questioned by the swathes of long-serving staff to whom "twas ever thus".

    HR is understaffed (although the HR staff who are available do a good job) and don't seem to have enough time to develop more robust recruitment and promotion processes. As a result, there seems to be quite high turnover of new staff as a result of: new recruits not having sufficient aptitude for the job in hand; or new recruits having more than enough aptitude for the job in hand but realising that some of their seniors are comparatively less skilled. It is, of course, natural that people's abilities and that teams need a variety of skills, but the lack of any organised way to recognise these skills does not give skilled workers confidence that 'the system' will notice their skills and reward them accordingly at some point in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You already know that you've promoted people to management positions only to later regret it once their lack of ability became apparent. You've also felt, at some point, the frustration that a talented employee feels when they sense that their talent is not being fully utilised and rewarded by their employer.

    The simple solution? Promote the talented people instead of the less able. How to do this? Ask HR. I'd suggest that aptitude tests are your friend where jobs requiring technical and financial decisions are concerned. The lack of aptitude testing procedures in a company run by people with PhDs, MBAs and backgrounds in pharmaceuticals, chemistry and finance is pretty surprising. I recommend that you install a simple aptitude testing program for new recruits and for people who are considered for management positions, to avoid truly talented employees feeling that they are being overlooked in favour of noisy idiots. Yes, that would mean employing one or two more HR staff (and no, I don't work in HR).

    Of course, this may not be the correct solution, but a solution is required. Your company is continually losing talented new recruits to other employers. Without a solution all that will remain is a number of capable but ageing employees inherited from the sites you acquired, plus a selection of less qualified and less capable newer employees, from whom you will be trying and frequently failing to find good managers in the future.

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    Formulation Production Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Queenborough, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Queenborough, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at aesica pharmaceuticals in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    None - You will start out as an agency worker on a temporary week-by-week contract. You could be on this contract from anywhere between a few months to a few years. From time to time Aesica will take on multiple agency employees, but they won't take people on based on how well they work. They will take people on based on how long they've been here.

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Headquarters Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Private
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
Competitors Unknown

From the day we founded Aesica in 2004, we have been committed to being fast, flexible, innovative and reliable. Qualities which are helping to make us one of the world’s leading contract developers and manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.

Equally important to our growing success, but much harder to quantify, is our dedication to service and working in partnership to achieve outstanding results. We are constantly developing the technical and analytical skills of our people to ensure that we are capable of meeting the ever-changing demands of our customers.


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