Fenwal Inc.

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Fenwal Inc. Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc. as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    well organizes co-op/intern program with over 20 students in the program for the R&D department. You can wear jeans on Friday and the company gives all the employees small gifts/treats for each birthday each month. Organized team building events such as corn-hole tournaments where branch locations flew into corporate headquarters. Trip to six flags for co-op/intern program was very fun too!

    Cons

    Very big company and tough to move up. Over 200 engineers. Just a number basically.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Changes that mattered

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc. (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were awesome and location is enjoyable.

    Cons

    When Fenwal was purchased by an international company, the entire demeanor of the company and its mission statement changed. As a result many people began leaving the company. The focus has changed from serving our customers, to making a buck off them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Just OK

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good range of projects and coworkers were good team players

    Cons

    Management had favorites within the group. Communication is lacking between levels of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent in how you manage and communicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to grow professionally.

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, competitive compensation, best in industry culture

    Cons

    Benefit policies changed and something I was previously covered and compensated for no longer applied so had to pay out of pocket.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company....with great pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Supervisor in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Supervisor in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Compensation
    Educational opportunities
    Fair raises
    Positive environment
    great feedback

    Cons

    Working holidays
    Winter Commute
    Vacation time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fast-paced, customer-focused atmosphere, with limited resources and stressful environment.

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    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc.

    Pros

    The company has solid products and a strong presence in its market, is growing and evolving, with well-established customer base, and world-wide recognition. Competition is limited. Employees have a a strong work ethic and are very cooperative in assisting each other. Overall, a "Can do" attitude.

    Cons

    Fenwal is relatively knew as an independent company having spun off from Baxter in 2007/2008. Limited resources in all disciplines/functional areas result in a fast-paced, high-pressure work environment. Operating system limitations, in the past, have been a source of frustration for key departments. It is still learning to operate without the support of a very large "umbrella" corporation it enjoyed before going independent. Fenwal does not manufacture its own products and must rely on 3rd parties to provide manufacturing resources. These resources are not yet fully identified and established. Also, Fenwal's Quality System has not stabilized and is in a state of flux with a somewhat high personnel turnover.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work-life does not exist on third flood

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc.

    Pros

    Great products, excellent leadership in R&D, some of the best minds in blood therapies reside at this company. The pay is in line with most other companies. The building is nice, location is great.
    The second floor is R&D: Under new management things are getting done, creative juices are back and team work is evident; training and team building events are reaping benefits.

    Cons

    The difference between the second floor and the third floor is surreal. Third floor is Operations and Quality. Quality reports to CEO via Operations. Third floor is a revolving door. Lay offs, dissatisfied workers who have no life and are treated as completely expendable. No room for growth, no educational benefit. Training does not exist. No one would have the time for training anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the difference between R&D and Operations. Get Quality out from under Operations. Get out of your office and interact with the employees. Look at your Operations team and see the difference between the leadership there versus R&D.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A work in progress

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Fenwal Inc.

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment and atmosphere. Excellent salary range and decent benefits offered.

    Cons

    Varying degrees of communication to all staff. Noticeable clique attitude. Needs to have more teamwork and focus on working together towards goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The efforts to learn what issues are important people was a nice show but there was zero consistent follow through. Result was that many employees felt it was a waste of time.

    Disapproves of CEO

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