Catalent Pharma

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Catalent Pharma Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
118 Reviews
2.2
118 Reviews
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Catalent Pharma President, CEO, and Director John R. Chiminski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Close to home, good structure for annual reviews, management trying to reward and recognize (in 6 reviews)

  • A few good people to work with but they will be leaving soon if competent management is not put in place after the sale (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is non-existent (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management does not have a clue what is going on (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned how not to do things.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodstock, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodstock, IL

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to home, good structure for annual reviews, management trying to reward and recognize.

    Cons

    Poor management. People treated like pieces of equipment. Questionable quality decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand for something because you are falling for everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma (more than an year)

    Pros

    Teamwork and technology aspects strong

    Cons

    Very limited career development overall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Do not stay longer than 2 years!!!

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full time employment, co-workers are nice ( misery loves company),

    Cons

    Salaries are horrible. You will not be rewarded for extra effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retaining horrible managers and low salaries will cause failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpayed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time

    Pros

    Stability, Lack of Downtime, Fast paced

    Cons

    High workload, long hours, poor pay, management is stretched

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company for someone who wants to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Great leadership team, Knowledgeable, Resourceful, Innovative

    Cons

    Promotions, Bonus, Perks, No room to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to give credit to the the person who deserves it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Growing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Catalent Pharma

    Pros

    Great opportunity to be part of a private equity company looking to go public. Lots of growth potential.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover with both staff and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Client Services

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    Former Employee - Client Services in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Client Services in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Catalent Pharma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its in Kansas City, MO

    Cons

    Poor management, Poor salary, Poor morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, challenging work environment, solid management, poorly designed advancement, useless HR department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You work with a lot of experienced and usually friendly people.
    Close family like niches depending on the group you enter.
    Generally a teamwork environment.
    Working with clients to fulfill their goals is rewarding.

    Cons

    No clear path for advancement and promotions are few and far between. You have to group hop, get very lucky timing wise, or wait forever to advance to a position that fits your talent level.
    The close family like niches feud with with one another from group to group.
    Not enough tiers within a job title. You feel you must advance in title to get a pay reasonable (not just 1%-2% a year) bump causing a lot of ill feelings when a pay tier system based on talent and experience could help alleviate the anxiety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention to when a worker is pushing hard to get something accomplished. (The more hard work is ignored the less desirable going above and beyond becomes)
    Since the difference between doing the base amount of work and being a star is 1%-2% if they are lucky make sure and fight for bonuses when you feel they are due.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Average

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catalent Pharma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work - Life Balance; Flexible with needed time off; Great manager; Flexible with working remotely; Good visibility to senior leadership at corporate

    Cons

    Politics; 'Playing the game'; Not about what you know but who you know; Poor benefits

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you have any other choice take it...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma

    Pros

    I am not there anymore.

    Cons

    CRO's will generally make you work harder for less money, in their business the work goes to the lowest bidder, but Catalent takes this to a whole new level. Upper Management cares about only one thing, IPO and they are criminally brutal about it.

    They are way behind the times when it comes to computing and software. Some of the computers still have Y2K stickers on them. It would be a serious upgrade if they started using a hammer, chisel, and stone tablets, with training by Barny Rubble instead of the chromatography data system and training they currently have. To make it even worse you can't get training on the system until you "know how to use it" (they actually make that statement with a straight face). If you make a mistake while you are poking in the dark trying to figure the system out, you'll get yelled at about it repeatedly.

    There is no room for advancement or learning, everyone is too busy working long hours to attempt to meet impossible promises made by management. The promises are usually kept because people don't want to get fired so they work ridiculous hours. I was hourly so I usually didn't have to work more than 12 hours in a day. My salaried supervisor routinely put in 16 to 18 hours in a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm sure when they want my opinion they'll tell me what it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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