Emergent BioSolutions

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Emergent BioSolutions Reviews

Updated May 20, 2015
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Emergent BioSolutions President & CEO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi
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Pros
  • Very talented people, and growing company (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits, pay and bonuses, summer hours if you aren't too busy working which you probably will be (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a lot of consideration for work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Very political; senior management always playing the blame game; (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    This company runs people into the ground, then lays them off

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros, this is by far the worst corporation I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    This company cares only about the bottom line. anything else they claim is a far second. they put people in positions of leadership and set them up to fail by not communicating their expectations and by not giving them the authority to do their job. they work people into the ground with high work load, flip flopping on company directives, not back filling, not committing to employees or valuing them.

    Advice to Management

    Try to actually comply with your corporate values. Respect ALL employees, even the "individual contributors". Employees who aren't senior management should still have value. Empower your employees, train them in their career and coach them, don't give them responsibility while withholding the authority for them to succeed.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Horrible - Worst Company Ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company paid lunch is common.

    Cons

    The views of a few are like gospel. Don't fall in line, even if it means being asked to cross the line, and your head will be on the chopping block. These few people are immune from complaints. The business hotline and compliance group just cannot ever seem to find a problem with them. These people will never leave because they could never find a job anywhere else that would let them act this way. Get screamed at and humiliated - well grow thicker skin if you plan to stay. And those who worship these few, well, they have moved up the chain pretty quick.

    Advice to Management

    Advice goes un-noticed by this team. Even the CEO touts the core values, but plays favorites at the office.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Unimpressed, do not work here!

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

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time

    Pros

    Descent pay for the area. Had some descent people to work with, however most have been let go due to political agenda or voluntarily left (running). Also, people who have been there longer get the final say whether it is logical or not. This explains a lot of the problems they have had and currently have.

    Cons

    Too much political agenda, poor scientific practices (try the same approach to fix a problem over and over and they wonder why the method does not work). Management is ineffective, deceitful and just bad at their jobs. CEO pretends to care, but as long as the company makes a profit, no effective change from him or senior management. Also, I find it amusing the number of positive ratings and vague reviews (i.e. "Fast growing company making great strides" made me laugh out loud) for this company went up soon after management discovered all the negative reviews on Glassdoor.

    Advice to Management

    Does not matter, management gets a lot of good advice, but nothing every really changes at this place. Once you have a major competitor in the anthrax vaccine/treatment department, that will be the end of Emergent BioSolutions.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    IF YOU GET AN OFFER RUN DON'T WALK VERY TOXIC PLACE TO WORK

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    VERY GOOD BENEFITS AND LOTS OF COFFEE AND SNACKS

    Cons

    The HR department is a total joke. People working in that department don't even treat fellow employees with respect. The person in the employee's relations department constantly humiliates the employees in the company. There is no respect from employee relations whatsoever. Fellow employees from other sites constantly apologize for this person's actions. If you are in the "Clicks" you can stay if not they had soon see you go. Better yet they pick and choose who to lay off. It is a man's world there. Recently 12 people were laid off, most were women, some were single family mom's with 1-4 children and a new mom. Personally the bullies I felt were the worst. They were constantly humiliating you in front of upper management to the point you wanted to throw in the towel. Some managers have no idea how to manage. They look the other way when there is a problem or go to their bosses and cry for help or to get rid of that person.

    Advice to Management

    Start from the top and regroup. No way can a company survive with two one person telling a very upper management person to get rid of certain people when he couldn't do it himself. They are a company that preach Core Values and have all sorts of Culture Teams but all they do is talk the values are thrown out the window and the Culture Teams are just free lunches. Being a former employee there I found you could not confide in anyone they would just go tell someone else and the ball would go rolling. They are very unprofessional people. All upper management should go to some classes on how to treat fellow employees. I recommend offsite classes the ones on site are a waste of time.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Retaliation is the #1 Core Value

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time

    Pros

    Salary is decent and benefits are good.

    Cons

    If Executive Management does not like what you say, you will be retaliated against. They ask you to be truthful, they have an open door, spill your guts in these 4 walls, but when you do, they retaliate against you. You can only get ahead if they like you. Does not matter what your performance has been. If you are not on their list or even a man for that matter, you will not go far in this company. Heck, they do not have any females on the CEO Executive team. Only 1 female Board member. HR is not a high performer. They are not there for the employees. They definitely do not do anything for the employees. They listen to what you say, but the Executives are the ones that rule. Still other departments lead by intimidation. The Senior leadership of the department put fear into their employees. You would think you had signed up for the military. This is a very toxic work environment. Not a great place to go everyday and spend 11 to 12 hours of your day. They do not believe in a work / home life balance. If you have a blackberry, you are expected to return emails at all hours of the night. They want to cut expenses, and decide to cut 15 people from the Headquarters location. Yet they will approve people flying all over the place for a 1 day meeting. Departments are having yearly retreats in various places all over the United States. If you sincerely want to cut your expenses you would cut stuff out like that, not lay off the very people who you say are the backbone of your organization. It is very toxic to work here. Everything is political.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of listening to your Executives who are not the people doing the work, start listening to your employees. They are the backbone of the organization. Start living the Core Values that you like to say you have.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Hypocrisy and Greed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I made some of my best friends/acquaintances while working here

    Cons

    Work-life balance is generally terrible. Benefits are only good if you negotiate when you first start. Expect to be over worked and under-paid. Expect to be given the opportunity to show your skills and then not be recognized or appreciated for it. If you are motivated enough to try and forge your own way and career expect to be shut-down, lied to, then placated and they want you to be happy about it. Overall, they will continue to spout this ideology of how they want the company to be. Which if it were even remotely possible to become a reality would benefit everyone involved. However, they regularly institute policies (both formal and informal) the discourage progress, discussion, or any sort of constructive criticism. The executives and managers are only interested in their year end bonuses and not actually working toward the company goal of 'protect[ing] life' I would recommend staying unemployed or in your current position before coming here.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend starting over from the top down. A place this toxic needs a complete overhaul.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Male dominated toxic environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My commute was great. Close to good lunch options. There are no positives about the company itself.

    Cons

    Absolutely disgusting middle and upper mgmt. Men dominate this company and the woman are bullied and treated less than. No work life balance, toxic people and environment. Very low pay. Lacks direction. You will regret working at Emergent.

    Advice to Management

    None. You can't change a person's mindset.


  9. Helpful (5)

    SVPs and up need to go

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

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Initial pay is great - which is good, because you will never get a raise.

    Cons

    SVPs are cruel to employees. Employee retaliation is so frequent that people have become catatonic to the abuse. The executive group seems annoyed when employees discuss the negative culture the executives foster.

    Advice to Management

    The Board of Directors should get involved and remove anyone at the CEO table, anyone with the title "Site Head" or equivalent.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Depressing - do not consider this company if you are looking for a quality organization.

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

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay if you play the game right. Some decent people in the corporate office but few and far between.

    Cons

    No personal growth unless you are a favorite of a certain EVP. Bullies, liars, back-stabbing, horrible culture at the corporate office. I am sure satellite offices were better. Core values were thrown out to staff but upper management did everything secretly to undermine any progress on this front, protecting the worst of the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of upper management including Executive Chairman of the Board and start fresh.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Run, Don't Walk Away

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are fair. Annual bonus is nice. Talented people. Insurance benefits, 401k plan, life insurance, vacation, holiday pay. Summer hours.

    Cons

    Toxic and unethical environment. Members of senior management each have their own agenda which breeds in-fighting and turf wars which adversely affects company growth. Outside the box thinking is not encouraged or rewarded. Attempts at encouraging Core Values is propaganda at best and a failure.



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