Emergent BioSolutions

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Emergent BioSolutions Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
43 Reviews
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Emergent BioSolutions President & CEO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi
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  1.  

    Excellent company to work for!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions

    Pros

    I love the atmosphere, great learning environment and room for growth. Not only is everyone helpful and understanding, people work together to achieve the ultimate goals.

    Cons

    No challenges faced during my tenure, as long as you stay focused and keep business and pleasure separate, no issues.

  2.  

    Ineffective company, undesirable culture

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

    I have been working at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of Opportunity

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth and to make a difference.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, poor work-life balance, inconsistent management ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    View employees as #1 asset and make decisions accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    How they treat loyal employees would be illegal in any non at will state.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Rapid promotional opportunities for the ambitious.

    Cons

    -HR. Answers to no one and is playing Judge, Jury, and Executioner for the company.
    -Three highly dedicated people with single income families to feed were fired with no warning for not following a company policy no one is taught to take seriously.
    -Tried to get away with not paying the employees for their last day of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your HR under control. If they had the decency to take personal accountability for doing their job adequately, instead of terminating people without real cause, three good workers could have saved their jobs, and now you wouldn't have entire shifts of talented people abandoning your company.

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

    Place to Work

    • 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

    Pros

    Fast growing company; some departments allow for a great deal of responsibility

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy; culture issues

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst place to work in my professional career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There were talents and expertise within the employees, so you can learn something among your peers, other than that

    Cons

    1. Yes there were talent and expertise within the employee, however, senior management failed to utilize and recognize these talents and only deal with things as they please. Bureaucracy, favoritism, a hierarchy culture are just some of the things you'll see in their work environment. You can be the dumbest guy in the group but if you play your cards right, you can be promoted and get every single recognition and awards for doing nothing.
    2. After stating #1, people with talent and expertise will be belittled and used to the max. You will do all the work, but you will never get the glory or threaten to be let go.
    3. HR is non-existed and they never dealt with any reported ethical issues. Employees are afraid to raise any flags because if you do, you're immediately targeted as a trouble-maker and retaliated. They keep tabs on how many cases you report, but never resolve any of them, so the victim will just be victimized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over 50% of management personnel either don't do their job or don't know anything about their job. No one takes responsibility or ownership to follow-up. Yes you meet to try to resolve problems, but it all ends at the meeting and nothing carries out.
    Lastly, respect your employees! They are afterall, the ones who took the bullets for you when things go downhill. At least have the dignity to treat them with respect...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    challenging but rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Level in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Mid Level in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    on a postive change pathway and making great decisions such as bringing in new site head. Growing aggressively and pushing employees to contribute and grow. new focus on communication, leadership, and performance in Gburg since the new site head came two years ago.

    Cons

    busy environment......people are expected to work hard and long if need be......too much complaining by employees drags down the culture at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue the push for more effective leadership and don't be afraid to deal with the naysayers swiftly and aggressively. Continue to expand product portfolio and ensure future of site and employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I am constantly learning and expanding my abilities in a supportive, fun, professional environment.

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong commitment to employee development. Many opportunities for people interested in being challenged. Growing company offering advancement opportunities. Stable revenue stream. Coaching program. Process improvements using 5S, Kaizen, Lean principles. Focused on creating and sustaining a culture that welcomes innovation, respect, commitment, open communication. New main building at Lansing campus is cool.

    Cons

    Not the place for people looking for a 9am-5pm job. Majority of departments expect staff to work longer hours than typical 40 hour work week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the momentum moving forward to drive innovation and streamline processes. Keep investing in your people by offering development programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to build industry experience, but a bad place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation time
    Professional development training available (7 Habits, Situational Leadership, Toastmasters, etc)
    Pay not up to national standard, but good for location
    Deluge of swag (totes, lunchbags, food items, company outings and picnics, etc)
    Strong GXP maintained: great place to build industry experience

    Cons

    MANUFACTURING NIGHT SHIFT = NO ESCAPE

    Horrific work/life balance, particularly for 6PM-6AM night shift employees.

    High turnover rate.

    Manufacturing is the least-respected department on Emergent's campus. This is not due to some general lack of respect for manufacturing positions in general, but because of the young and often unprofessional people (often referred to informally on campus as "the kids") that make up this department. You'll find that most people in manufacturing are blissfully ignorant of this opinion, as they so rarely interact with the campus at large and have an inflated sense of self-importance ("we're the building where the money comes out").

     When drawing the manufacturing night shift short straw, make clear your interest in moving to the day shift or another department immediately upon full-time hire. Be warned that without a minimum of three years of employment under your belt it's unlikely to happen anytime soon (if ever), even if you're willing to take a lesser position/pay. The high turnover, particularly among those assigned to the incredible stress of a 12 hour night shift, means that those who are capable of tolerating said shift are kept there at all costs.

    High rate of unprofessional negative interactions among shift teams, shift members and shift management, and between multiple shifts. Immature mean-spirited "drama" is common, as most of manufacturing is composed of recent small town college grads in their first "professional" environment. Bullying and exclusion are common on insular manufacturing teams.

    Night shift positions are bruited about as being dumping grounds for personalities the company doesn't want on days. This may or may not be true. True or not, the night shift environment has repeatedly proven an effective incubator for more toxic personalities to achieve their full disturbing potential, particularly among middle manufacturing management.

    CONSISTENT delays and DELIBERATE misinformation concerning annual and merit raises, which are consistently poor. Effort requisite to achieve a measly 5% is ridiculous. Look at your pay, consider expectations, do the math.

    Check your paystub. ALWAYS check your paystub. Errors are VERY common around raise time.

    Opportunities for advancement seem present, but in reality are bogged down by the company manipulating training systems and pay raise guidelines to bolster their bottom line. No, not just quality or compliance. Their bottom line. You may very well find yourself stuck in a positional repple-depple after all requisite training paperwork has been signed off. Not uncommon: signed off and "promoted", yet doing the work of that next level position for many months under your current pay. Not uncommon: as they change training systems, whether testing new systems for quality/compliance or in service of their bottom line, you'll likely find yourself stuck in one training area for twice/three times as long as projected.

    Standard Issue HR Sucks Disclaimer: Human Resources at Emergent is known as "Human Capital" and (among all the Catbert-ridden corporations I've worked for) actually stands out for their general lack of responsibility, responsiveness, and the incredibly low opinion they've earned with company employees. Not respecting or bothering to show up to appointments on time or even at all is a specialty. That's right. Have a scheduled appointment after 2PM? (If you're on the nightshift, this'll be your only functional option) Your best bet may very well be to get there early and head them off on their way to their car if camping out in front of their office an hour or more in advance doesn't appeal to you. Truly terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee evaluations of toxic team leads seriously.

    These people are contributing to your appalling turnover rate and the general dissatisfaction of both your new and established workforce, significantly lowering productivity.This is occurring in tandem to a toxic team lead displaying behavior that is modeled and perpetuated by the impressionable, compounding the problem.

     Bullying of and unprofessional behavior with subordinates should NOT be acceptable and tolerated at Emergent BioSolutions, no matter what said team lead's current "success rate" might happen to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I have ever worked for

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

    I worked at Emergent BioSolutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and free parking

    Cons

    So dysfunctional and toxic for one's well being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure. Get rid of those who do not know what they are doing (but some how still managed to be egotistical). Senior Management do not respect each other and proudly announce it so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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