Catalent Pharma Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    If you're just starting out in the industry you might like it....MIGHT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Associate in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Laboratory Associate in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours Hard working team members

    Cons

    Inadequate pay Overworked Poor organization Lack of care and respect for employees


  2. Helpful (3)

    Fast paced contract manufacturer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Somerset, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Catalent Pharma full-time

    Pros

    Catalent has very well developed systems and procedures in place to assure compliance with regulatory requirements. The company rightly recognizes that a good compliance profile is key to its continued success and has put in place fairly robust systems and metrics to continually drive improvement in this area. Catalent is a great place to work if you are in the first 10-15 years of your career. Your exposure to well developed management and technologies will serve you well throughout the rest of your career wherever it may take you. Also, the contract manufacturing environment will expose you to many different products and manufacturing/testing technologies that you would not be exposed to in a conventional pharma company. Catalent is a large contractor involved with several technologies including biotech, aseptic manufacture, solid dose, softgels, contract testing and more. Accordingly you will have opportunity to move around the company including different locations if desired and is a good fit for the company

    Cons

    The company has two sides. The operational side which is comprised of the manufacturing, quality and testing sites that basically generate the lion's share of the revenue for the company and the corporate side that consumes resource but also provides leadership, sets expectations, supports operations and administers corporate wide systems and procedures. If you are on the operational side, expect to work long hours in a high pressure fast paced environment. As a contract manufacturer, the company will attempt to sqeeze as much out of you as possible. The compensation for the amount of work/time you spend is quite low. Annual increases are in the 1-3% range and are closely tied to the performance appraisal system. The performance appraisal system is cumbersome, demotivating and is designed to keep annual raises to a minimum by using a curve whereby a certain % will get an excellent rating, good, mostly delivered and needs improvement rating. Even when all employees in a group are "good", this system forces mgmt to rate some as "mostly delivered". Job security on the Corporate side is lower than on the operational side. Corporate is a bit bloated and has a tendency to look down on Operations. Since corporate consumes resources, there is less job stability and relatively high turnover in corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify internal reporting, metrics and related activities so as to allow operations to devote more of its time towards revenue generating and value adding activities. In general corporate groups drain resource away from operations by implementation of numerous reporting requirements and internal processes many of which serve no useful purpose other than giving a Corporate function a reason to exist. SLASH corporate functions especially HR. Review all internal corporate programs and get rid of as many as possible with the understanding that this will help improve morale on Operations side and free up resources for more value adding activities. Attitude of Corporate should be one of service/support towards Operations not the other way around. Lastly, transform performance appraisal system to one that is simple, concrete and more motivational than demotivational.


  3. Non Manageable Managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Logistics in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with friendships was formed after the job.

    Cons

    The managers cannot manage their designated departments people skills and basic manners are non existence.

    Advice to Management

    NA


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  5. Catalent Now

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain experience quickly. Engagement with clients.

    Cons

    Systems and processes difficult to manage or are not optimized.


  6. Worst experience ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Schedule and coworkers was the best thing about this company.

    Cons

    Everything is else. This place is full of liars. Not many persons of color are given opportunities to advance career.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying and listen to your people.


  7. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Project Manager in Woodstock, IL
    Former Employee - Clinical Project Manager in Woodstock, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Present Management is very active

    Cons

    Need to give compensational par with experience


  8. I worked there 10 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady work, and always available

    Cons

    Numbers driven, they care about the end results

    Advice to Management

    comunicate to all of your people


  9. Great company, loved the culture.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Experience, learnt a lot from here.

    Cons

    Should have more well defined role before hiring.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great place for junior candidates

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work hard and drive results management will develop you. Flexible work hours. Laid back corporate environment. Great PTO structure. Growing company. Its always busy so you don't have to worry about layoffs

    Cons

    Pay raises are low - 3% is the highest you can get. Healthcare benefits are terrible. They determine your salary based on education and years of experience, not how well you do the job. Someone with 20 years of experience who sucks will make more than someone with 7 years of experience that is a rockstar

    Advice to Management

    Stop making allowances for lazy workers ... It discourages your rockstars and they end up leaving the company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Certainly worse then other pharma

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time

    Pros

    To be honest their really is no pros in my opinion to this company. I have been fortunate to know some good people some of which are still there and others that have left.

    Cons

    The training is laughable at best particularly when managers are sent for training and they do not practice what they have learned ,Promotions well all the wrong people get promoted while the hard working ones are overlooked for their efforts. Work life balance good luck with that not much here in the way of balance on many counts

    Advice to Management

    You are loosing many good people due to the lack of attention given. Open environment is not fostered at all and working there is a political landmine. People stay until they can find something better. Salaries are well below market and employees are over worked. No appreciation is given Would be nice to see leadership at site events but that wont happen. The CEO has no interest in the talent that is present



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