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Updated Jul 23, 2014

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2.6 47 reviews

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CSL Behring President Paul Perreault

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26% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people, poor management - and I do mean management...not "leadership" as they culture prefers to call it...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    ProsSome of the smartest people I've had the privelege to work next to.
    A lot of people are really trying (hard) to make something out of the company.

    ConsHired to do a job and then have management tell me how to do it - no trust, upwards or downwards.
    Impossible to ever get your feet under you and actually feel valued and as if you are contributing to something because the earth is always moving and the priorities never stop changing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry doing your own jobs for a while and let others do theirs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Extremely toxic environment. Few, if any, thanks for good work. Sterile, draining sweat shop.

    Senior Director (Current Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    ProsLocation is good. Near the "pharma corridor," convenient to NYC and DC.

    ConsA top Exec recently warned a large group of employees, in writing, to avoid being placed on "The List of Shame" by swiping in and out of the building correctly. Incredible! This company claims to be innovative, but new ideas are squashed or ignored. Hierarchical social/political structure, where a few favorites reign and the rest are treated like petty criminals. Prepare to be "watched" closely and berated for minor perceived infractions, even if you are a seasoned professional bringing excellent work and value to the company. The bonus structure is the PITS. Impossible to reach 100% of target, no matter how stellar your performance. De-motivating and exhausting. Offices will soon shrink and most people will be stuffed into cubes and relatively tiny spaces with no windows to the outdoors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out, quickly, that trying to scare smart, experienced adults into "behaving properly" will not work in the long run. The good people will continue to leave, and you'll be stuck with a bunch of frightened sheep to run your company and tell you lies. Stop issuing Warning Letters for dumb stuff and start treating the human beings you see in the offices and hallways with respect and caring. The "brain drain" may let up if you only would get a clue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Comfortable place to work, but can utilize a better work from home policy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    Pros401k, Benefits, PTO, and good camaraderie among the different departments

    ConsNeed to implement a better/formal work from home policy to be used on occasion. Also IT pay rate for skill sets is way below market. I guess they try to make up for it in their 401k contribution (which is generous), and share purchase plan.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more support for your employees when it comes to training, recognition, and promotions.

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    Not welcoming.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Kankakee, IL

    ProsStable company, difficult industry to get into, learning opportunities for inexperienced employees

    Consunion, small town, dissatisfied people in general, low pay, head aches, union

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove your pay structure for full time employees, back your employees more over union.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Truly a shame; some of the best people I have ever worked with, in the worst environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    ProsThe people that you work with, for the most part, are truly wonderful people. That makes the day-to-day tolerable. The benefits are average to slightly above average, and the work environment is clean and comfortable.

    ConsThe senior IT management has to be a group of the most incompetent people that I have ever seen. most got to where they are not on merit, but by default, They cannot manage their way out of a wet paper bag, they get way too involved in technical aspects of running the organization something that none of them are actually competent to do. They spend more time on their own political agenda than they do getting things done that are in the interest of the company. The "reorganization" that they put in place is a joke. They were running an organization that was not performing, and they were tasked with designing a new organization - guess how that worked out ? They gave people positions based on global location, not on ability or the fact that they were the best possible candidates for a particular position.

    The organization is now matrixed with decision makers (albeit non-empowered decision makers) all over the world, no one works together, no one is managing priorities, and you have to work ridiculous hours in order to be in meeting with people from around the world - something required by the new organizational design. The hours are long, the work unfulfilling, the stress level is high (mostly due to dealing with incompetence that hampers the ability to get anything done), and there is ZERO room for advancement. There is little regard given for work-life balance, and it is expected that you will work long hours regularly. There are way too many hands in the cookie jar, and it continues to get worse, not better. They pride themselves on how lean they run, they work you hard, and the amount of "dead wood" in the organization is amazing for a shop this lean. that, in conjunction with the long hours and lack of advancement potential, is a significant contributor to the incredibly low morale within the organization.

    I would never recommend this company to anyone that is looking for a rewarding job in IT. they will take everything that you can give them, and in the end they will give nothing back; no recognition, no advancement, nothing. There is a reason that people are leaving this place at a rate much higher than it has ever been.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdmit failure - the reorganization did not work and your leadership team, the directors, are a hindrance to progress. Dissolve the ITB and get rid of the directors - all of them. New blood, and a new organization built to deliver, not to appease the political gods, is the only way to salvage the wreck that you have created.

    Do it now, before it's too late. Your organization can and will be outsourced as a means to fix it... We all know that the Aussies don't care about the people at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    ProsGood growth potential, focused on making things happen. Decisions get made, usually in a sound business like manner. Sometimes too focused on micro-management by senior management

    ConsDecision making not transparent. Not competitive with compensation

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove competitiveness wrt compansation, scope and accountabilities

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    A fairly cold place that seems to offer little or no recognition for hard work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    ProsSmart , committed people. Very interesting suite of plasma products. Superior products that do good things for people around the world however many of the products are not well-known

    ConsLittle budget, really no way to develop as a prof'l or grow in the job, no recognition for hard work achievement

    Advice to Senior Managementpromote from within, realize how hard many people are working with no acknowledgement, allow some more flexibility in working hours

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kankakee, IL

    ProsSomewhat flexible hours, great benefits, 401k, different options for insurance, great vacation, great training, great co-workers, an overall good place to work.

    ConsLong hours, not many opportunities for advancement, very little recognition for a job well done, pay is low compared to other pharma companies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pleasant, but unrewarding

    Information Technology (Current Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    ProsPersonal Time Off policy is good - 4 weeks.
    401K match is generous.
    Health benefits are pretty good.

    ConsSalary is lower compared to market
    Unchallenging work.
    Projects take forever to launch and cannot gain traction.
    Moral is low, turnover in IT is rising.
    No path upward unless you have a GodFather pulling you up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork with HR to adjust IT salaries to market levels.
    Make IT management interact with the business, rather than press the few actual workers for capacity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Head in the Sand.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) King of Prussia, PA

    ProsThe PTO policy is still very good compared to other companies. And the 401K match is on the high end.

    ConsCSL treats IT like dirt. Yes, CSL is a pharma company, so IT is not it's core business. But IT is the at the foundation of everything that it does. It needs to open it's eyes and start putting IT are a fore thought instead of an after thought.

    The biggest problems are that CSL only looks at situations in the extremely short term, refusing to do any long term thinking. As such many solutions or problems are only exasperated several months down the line, which just causes millions and millions of dollars to be needlessly wasted. Which is bad, but whatever I still my pay check, but that forces 60 - 80 work weeks to be the norm. Weekend work is routine. For that additional work recognition is not given. IT is a machine to be run into the ground.

    Since I've been here moral has gotten worse and worse each year. Senior Management will say the political BS in front of crowds, but in smaller more relaxed settings they will make jokes and comment on how they make things go lower, as if it's a game.

    If your a perspective employee looking at CSL IT, i would strongly advise you to look else where.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake your head out of the sand and start acting like adults. Treating your employees with respect, treating IT with respect, and thinking more than 3 seconds ahead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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