canfield scientific

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5 people found this helpful  

Has Potential, Needs LOTS of Restructuring

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Former Employee - Clinical Projects in Fairfield, NJ
Former Employee - Clinical Projects in Fairfield, NJ

I worked at canfield scientific

Pros

The work itself is actually interesting, and a lot can be learned about clinical research and the pharma industry. There are SOME really great people working there at low-to-mid level management who are knowledgeable and passionate. The rare project that goes smoothly is very satisfying. The company does have a lot of potential if some major restructuring can be done.

Cons

Horrible communication and direction. Little-to-no training offered, and what is offered is haphazard and sloppy. Extremely high turnover rate (I would guess 30-40%) - rather than offering support or training, employees are fired on a whim. When a department is jokingly referred to as the "revolving door" of the company, there's clearly a leadership problem. Management really is not connected with day-to-day operations and has little understanding of what support is needed. "Leadership" team is composed pretty much of people who have been there the longest - by no means the most qualified or best-suited people. They often seem to be barely keeping things together - entire department is constantly stressed and panicked. Very disorganized - company seems to be growing faster than it is able to really manage and everyone suffers as a result of poor leadership.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Major overhaul of leadership needed if company is to continue to grow successfully.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Company has potential, but need to reorganize & hire capable managers.

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Fairfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Fairfield, NJ

    I worked at canfield scientific

    Pros

    The work was interesting and the benefits were good. The company has a good market and continues to grow.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Even when warned that they're going to fail, they all stand around and point fingers at each other. After they've failed, they look for a scapegoat. Management argues amongst themselves constantly.
     The president of the company is basically fed a pack of BS about what's actually happening, and what can be done, by people who don't understand the technology. He then makes decisions based on it without investigating.
    Product reliability is poor and quality control is non existent, but ideas on improving either are ignored.
    Production is basically a garage type operation that hasn't kept up with the growth of the company.
    Engineering is micromanaged. 80% of engineering time is explaining to the engineering manager what's going on and he still doesn't get it. He then accuses the staff of being ineffective.
    At some point, the production and engineering groups are going to be unable to support the rest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of the managers need training. Some of them just don't have what it takes at all and should be replaced. The company definitely needs to publish the management structure so people know who's in charge of what.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    TERRIBLE place to work, TERRRRRIBLE management (of lack thereof)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, NJ

    I worked at canfield scientific

    Pros

    The studies and photographic endpoint data itself is interesting.

    Cons

    Too few quality employees running this company despite the seemingly good natured owner who unfortunately is too disconnected to see the major pitfalls in his management, or lack thereof. Very poor and inexperienced HR manager and hiring process which results in many management positions being filled by clueless people without proper professional and managerial experience. Decisions by upper/lower management seem to be made on emotion and PMS. Upper management relies on the hearsay of lower management for much of the decision making without any further investigation. Management is very catty and gossipy about other employees as well as clients. Very unprofessional and unethical. Unclear direction and little to no assistance from inaccessible management. Zero feedback provided from management staff regarding performance. The management will make you promises that they will not keep. Most employees seem to have worked for the company for a very short time which should automatically raise eyebrows. People are terminated without warming very frequently. VERY high turnover--such that superstitions are rumored in the office regarding your likelihood of being let go according to your position in the holiday photo--why would rumors like this exist if employees didn't have to find humor in their complete uncertainty and distrust in their management? If you value your integrity and take pride in your work steer clear of this company and find work elsewhere.

    S T E E R very C L E A R ! ! !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough said....

    *Also see previous advice to management posts.

    Doesn't Recommend
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