Emergent BioSolutions

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Emergent BioSolutions Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
42 Reviews
2.6
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Emergent BioSolutions President & CEO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi
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  1.  

    Could be a great company depending on which department you work for.

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

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time

    Pros

    Some great incentives for employees.
    Company culture initiatives.
    Decent benefits
    Company has a lot of potential to grow, not to mention they have the anthrax vaccine market monopolized so there is certainly some job stability in that regard.

    Cons

    -Management is largely inexperienced.
    -Several departments are constantly understaffed and overworked.
    -Turnover rate is high. Retention rate is low. You will spend 3 months training a new staff member and they will proceed to walk out the door just as they have completed enough training to work under less supervision.
    -Amount of mandatory meetings needed to figure out why no work is getting done.
    -Favoritism. It doesn't matter if they don't know how to do their job, they've been with the company 25 years!
    -Salary is not merit based. If you were hired in at the high end of the 'allotted pay bracket', don't expect a raise for a job well done. Regardless of your excellent performance review.
    -Little upward mobility or room for promotion in some departments.
    -Training may be made available, but your supervisor will shift priorities the day before and you will not be able to attend. This will happen for every training. They will then send out surveys asking why staff members don't take advantage of training opportunities.
    -Hard work is rewarded with increased work load, more responsibilities, less time to complete tasks, and no pay increase. Those who don't work as hard are not reprimanded, but instead it is the responsibility of their co-workers to encourage them to pick up the pace.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Think hard before signing on with Emergent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive, summer work hours is a plus but should be extended to year round

    Cons

    Matrix style of management works poorly as each managers tend to be soloed which causes work assignments and due dates to be unrealistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Matrix style of management works poorly as each managers tend to be soloed which causes work assignments and due dates to be unrealistic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of learning opportunities but extremely political

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

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits
    Job stability, generally
    Because of the growth of the company, there are many opportunities to learn new skills
    A lot of committed and talented people who are hard working and care

    Cons

    Sr. management not qualified. Highly toxic and political. A management culture that promotes bullies and liars. Employees are considered disposable. A lot of propaganda but no real actions. Don't hold bad people accountable. Too much window dressing and fluff.
    Extremely bureaucratic and risk averse, but pretend to be innovative and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who are capable and honest. Treat your good people better and get rid of bad apples
    Walk the talk, not just talk the talk.
    Focus on true growth, not just CYA
    Understand the true meaning of innovation, not just to pretend that you can say the word
    Finally, stick to a strategy for more than 3 months! Don't reorg every 3 months if things are not working.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions

    Pros

    Very talented people, and growing company

    Cons

    As the company grows through acquisitions, the company struggles with trying to determine who they are and where they want to go.

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

    Oppurtunity for growth, LOTS of political games

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Scientist in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Oppurtunities to grow and learn are everywhere in this company. Benefits are great. Merit increase/bonuses are fair.

    Cons

    People are over-worked. Not a lot of consideration for work/life balance. Management does not get along and is not shy to admit it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company Great Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Training is good, focused on continuous improvement

    Cons

    Upward mobility is difficult. Shy to promote from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worst Management, Culture, and Ethical Practices in my Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time

    Pros

    There is a talented pool of employees. Compensation is fair.

    Cons

    The senior management doesn't value their employees. There are a handful of qualified managers at this company but most are playing dirty political games, scared to advocate for their employees, not adequately educated or experienced, and overall make it near impossible to fullfill their company mission. There are several examples of employees reporting unethical and harrassment offenses to Human Resources without any action. There is virtually no development. They will tell you what they have to, to get you in the door, but then you are bound to do only a version of the job that your (ever-changing) manager will determine is appropriate. There are several employees that live the company's core values (as stated on a poster) but there are also instances where employees have been punished for following the core values leaving employees in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" environment. Employees with limited educational background and poor performance are often promoted while those more qualified are left stagnant in their roles for years at a time. This company is all about who your friends are. Decisions are made based on personal reasons and not on performance or qualification. Regardless of what you are told your job is during your interview, or how great they make the company sound, run as fast as you can to another opportunity. The only place Emergent will take your career, is backwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee feedback, take the survey results seriously, hire ethical leaders who are qualified to perform their roles, hold Human Resources and Management accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst Years of My Life at Emergent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Heath Benefits - Which were needed due to the extreme stress of the job. I used to have panic attacks nearly every day working in the toxic environment. I had horrible insomnia, panic attacks at home, depression, suicidal ideation, and even vomited at work from stress. I really wanted to die.

    Cons

    EXTREMELY TOXIC ENVIRONMENT

    Managers would undermine each other instead of working together for the common good; there were cliques of managers who would gang up on other managers with each other.

    Good managers would leave the company which made things even worse.

    Unproducitve meetings

    Yearly reviews were a joke; employees should have been able to confidentially review management. Then again, Corporate probably wouldn't care if they knew the truth about management.

    Human Resources was a joke--never any real assistance to me. They truly didn't care about the welfare of the employees. Most times I was afraid to come to HR with any concern about management as I knew they would disclose my confidential information back to the manager and make life even worse.

    The company had very high turnover--and for good reason!

    Since I've left, most of the few "good apples," have left the company. Such a shame, these people had been there for years with so much knowledge and talent. I'm happy they've left like I did. No kind-hearted person with a conscience deserves to be in that toxic h#ll hole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs an entire overhaul. I honestly don't know how this company could ever repair itself and make things good for employees. Maybe it should be Government owned and hire only the good employees and fire everyone else. If an outside source from the Government came in and took surveys from employees that were confidential, they would be apalled at what they read. Survey would have to be in paper format and not through a computer system where comments could be tracked to which employees made which comments.

    Managers, try caring about your employees and doing your job as a manager! Your job is to make sure your employees have the resources to accomplish company goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Ineffective company, undesirable culture

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

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The training opportunities are okay; company is growing; talented employees; comp is pretty good.

    Cons

    Very political; senior management always playing the blame game; senior management doesn't know what they are doing; no direction or solid plans; workload is often heavy; everyone is looking for a new job; the culture leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to make decisions and stick with them; do something to improve the culture instead of talking it to death; treat employees with RESPECT (executives need to learn what that means--the stories are shocking).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Toxic environment to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions

    Pros

    Great benefits, inflated job titles

    Cons

    The people here are cruel to one another. Political games and undermining employees is what drives who gets promoted. Red tape ensures backlogs of work that never seemingly ends. Promotions are only for men- women beware - you will not be promoted and will be seen as aggressive anytime you disagree with the men. Communication is mindless. Culture is discussed but not assessed in a way to make actual changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to see your problems and take action. Stop having everyone in Maryland be a Vice President of something. Start to show you care about your staff and start to empower the personnel to make decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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