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Amphastar Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    A decent place if you just need work experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amphastar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is acceptable and the health plan is good. As long as you are not the bread-winner, this is a good company if you need the benefits and a little extra money. The culture is not very political and the people are friendly.

    Cons

    In 5 years, I have never seen the CEO or President walk the manufacturing floor and their offices were in the same building. Once a year during the holiday party, management would briefly congratulate everyone for a good year and give us a vague overview of how the company is doing. They do not encourage employees to stay connected to the business. In manufacturing and the labs, employees have specific job functions and there is little cross training. Employees who requested to learn new functions within their role were often denied. There is no development planning either. If your boss leaves the company, you get thrown into the position with no preparation. Otherwise, promotions are difficult to come by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay connected to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I was dissatisfied working security.

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    Former Employee - Security in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Security in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I worked at Amphastar

    Pros

    work was easy,environment was friendly.

    Cons

    the security dept. Needs major improvement it is a joke. Not all security staff does their job Some of them leave for hours at a time. A guard smokes weed and no one seems to care. Making up oen hours. And leadership is out the window.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management needs to look into these problems also, weed out the guards that don't do their job and keep the ones that actualy do their job witch is only a few.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Training school for new grads.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I worked at Amphastar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. Good co-workers.
    2. Education reimbursement, mileage reimbursement for commuting between its facilities.
    3. Good lower level management.
    4. A lot of learning opportunities to gain experience.

    Cons

    1. A lot of OT and DT required, not an option. Long working hours, and required to work weekends and holidays. It is also the culture of the company, a Chinese company.
    2. Some upper level management are relatives of the owner. Most of time, they lead the projects to wrong directions without knowing it. Plus, they don't allow the people under they to question any decisions they made. Yes, it is the culture.
    3. Most people stay there for 1 to 3 years and get better job somewhere else. Therefore, a lot of fresh grads there with limited experience.
    4. Pay below industry average. The benefits and pay is similar to walmart or staple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on the experienced employees and keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Day off or so you thought.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I have been working at Amphastar full-time

    Pros

    11 paid holidays mostly around Christmas and New Years. Gift cards to Target every so often depending on your department as long as there are no injuries. Gift cards to Ralph's or food for less every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most of the employees are friendly and since its a small company you tend to know most people. Great health and dental benefits and starts as soon as your hired.

    Cons

    Crazy schedules. Called in for weekends, holidays, and middle of the night. Last minute notice on being called in to work or last minute notice that work has been cancelled. Upper management never seems to communicate with each other well. Constantly being pressured to hurry up. The pay isn't the greatest in comparison to other companies. It takes forever to earn vacation or sick days and you only earn 4 sick days a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication better departments and a better understanding of what each department requires for the tasks given. Also to stop having everyone come in on their days off and holidays at the last minute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    excellent work environment with professional colleagues

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    Former Intern - Technical Writer in El Monte, CA
    Former Intern - Technical Writer in El Monte, CA

    I worked at Amphastar as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    company growth,caring management, knowledgeable coworkers, decent benefits, positive working environment

    Cons

    production process still needs improvement and refinement, need to focus on developing employees' personal and professional growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Security Officer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amphastar

    Pros

    Very nice place to work for security people if you are hard working guy.

    Cons

    Watch your back with your team members. Senior employees don't respect to new comers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need strong management policy for lead position.

  8.  

    Good for fresh grads as it hires entry-levels, that's about it

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    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    I have been working at Amphastar full-time

    Pros

    Most are competent coworkers working very hard to pick up the slacks from upper management, against traffic from LA, job security, lots of learning opportunities for fresh grads if you work hard and smart.

    Cons

    Incompetent upper managements, Chinese-owned, salary is LOW, lack of leadership, lots of OT.

    When they want special projects done, they want them done like right away, little direction and expectation given, but they somehow want you to do a good job magically, and they don't think you have a life outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better salaries, treat them better with more encouragements and appreciations, or your best talents will be leaving one by one. And please promote employees wisely! It is a big blow to morale when incompetent people get promoted.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great peers but management makes your job miserable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great peers. If they like you, they'll promote you. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Pay below market. Inability to question any management decision. Unwillingness to work overtime looked down upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the smart people who can drive the company to success rather than promoting the brown nosers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My co-workers and first-line supervisors were great, but upper level management is horrible

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I worked at Amphastar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, pay is better than what I would've been making in another industry, supervisors are genuine

    Cons

    Pay is way below industry average, management treats employees like indentured slaves, supervisors are often stressed and overwhelmed by directives from management, nepotism runs strong and management consists of under-qualified people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot a great people ensuring your company does well. Take better care of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible working experience! Don't apply!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amphastar

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    Micro management
    No company culture at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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