Phenomenex

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A solid company with great people and good values

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

I have been working at Phenomenex

Pros

Phenomenex has over 500 employees worldwide. 300 of the employees are based in Torrance, CA. The people who work at the company are great. There is a lot of energy and the morale and atmosphere make it a nice place to work. The work environment is also very nice. The office spaces are spacious, bright, and well designed. The labs are beautiful and well equipped. The company believes strongly in promoting from within and they reward good efforts over longevity. The managers of almost all of the departments started as entry-level employees at one point. Since they have done the jobs of the people in their groups, there is a lot of respect and generally good working relationships. The knowledge of the scientists within the company is top-notch and the company has had 28 years of solid growth. I have worked in the technical sales group and got transferred to the marketing group. The expectations are very high and it is a pretty fast paced environment but if you like that, you can do very well within these departments. The company constantly has fun activities and they are very dedicated to philanthropy. I have participated in many company sponsored events to help others in need. I think this is the coolest thing about the company next to the people.

I've worked for two other companies in this industry in a sales role and compared to those companies, Phenomenex is a dream. Essentially no red- tape, no long reports, if you have a good idea you basically have an automatic green light, and if you do your job well, you can basically manage yourself as long as you keep your group updated. This company also actually cares about tier customers and there are very strong customer relationships. Other companies can tend to view the customer simply as positive or negative revenue potential and something to be "managed."

Cons

In most departments the expectations are very high and the pace is very fast. It is kind of a "work hard/play hard" mentality. Since everyone is pushing to do more, faster, it can get hectic at times and there can be some pretty good debates between groups and tempers can flare a bit.. Generally, the spirit is either to help the company grow or ensure good service to the customer, so even though it can get crazy, in the end everyone is on the same team and the hard work is recognized most of the time. In most departments, if you want "no-hassle" job, you probably wouldn't last long. If you work well in a fast paced environment and you don't mind juggling a lot of tasks, then it;s a great place.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The management is pretty good but they are way too heavily involved with all of the work going on in their groups. If you step back a little and delegate more tasks, you would be giving more opportunities to others to build their skills, and you would have more time to plan. This could help avoid last minute "emergency" situations. Also, prioritize. Some work could probably be eliminated if it is lower on the "importance" scale. As the company grows more you should figure out how to maintain the current culture so we don't develop a "big company" mentality.

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    An honest review.

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales Consultant in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Consultant in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Phenomenex

    Pros

    Family-oriented company. Very grounded with the community. Hard working and committed leaders constantly encourage employees to take on new challenges and create opportunities for themselves within the framework of the company.

    Cons

    There is no career path structure or 'pay band' to work towards in sales. Reviews are not systematically scheduled or assigned with any regularity. Compensation benefits could be better. I

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less time spent in meetings would leave more time for making improvements and supporting the rest of the staff. Also a reassessment of the process used for promoting individuals might improve moral within the company, as individuals get promoted for spending more time at work than those who have families or other commitments. Perhaps a review of the reward system might benefit the company as a whole.

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    good company culture,friendly workmates, fun activities,stable job but not much opportunities there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phenomenex

    Pros

    friendly colleagues, good company culture

    Cons

    computer system is too old

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