HollisterStier Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Jubilant HollisterStier - Spokane Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HollisterStier full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    HollisterStier is a fairly small company and there is a lot of interaction between departments. Spokane people are generally friendly and good to work with. The pay is OK... Not what it is at larger Pharmaceutical companies, but good for Spokane. It's close to home so commute is minimal. The work is challenging. The first 7+ years at HollisterStier were wonderful. Room for advancement, challenging opportunities, a sense that I was valued for my knowledge and expertise. I have invested a lot of energy in the company and hope for their success.

    Cons

    The last 2+ years have been less than pleasant. Much of the older directors and managers that we had and looked up to were retired or left. In their place, some managers and directors were hired that do not value our opinions and ideas, and it shows. Poor treatment and bullying of employees goes on regularily and nothing is done about it. Can't seem to get product out the door without issues. Aging equipment that should have been replaced years ago. Promises that pay will be increased for additional certificates and education, are re-nigged on or simply ignored. Long hours in order to meet timelines are standard.

    Advice to Management

    You have talented and able staff members/ employees who want to be involved and valued. But your organizational structure is such that you have a few staff that you count on, and they aren't necessarily the ones with the ideas! Disgruntled employees are your biggest problem. You know why they are unhappy... not getting pay increases on time, or deserved job merits, increasing workloads, constant heavy workload, little appreciation from managers or directors. Tackle the problems from the bottom up, not from the top down. There are no problems we all can't tackle together, but the corporate culture has got to change or you will never benefit from the 500+ great minds working for you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Quality

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    Current Employee - Quality
    Current Employee - Quality
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at HollisterStier full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable wages for Spokane. Poor wages for industry and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime, little recognition. No respect for worker's lives. Management is clueless. Few advancement opportunities.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Run Into The Ground by New Corporate Owners

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for the area (but not the field). Great coworkers, everyone does the best they can with the minimal resources allotted them.

    Cons

    Being the only game in town allows management to underpay and overwork their employees. No capital investment has been made since ownership changed hands and now the facility is outdated and inefficient. They pay outside consultants to parrot the same grievances employees have been saying for years rather than invest in the company. Departments are afraid to help one another lest the consultants deem it "overlap" so getting anything done is slow and painful.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee retention, the incompetent and geographically trapped are a poor talent pool. We are basically a sad training facility for ALK.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Rough

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HollisterStier full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard-working line staff that want to do a good job. It is one of the few pharma companies you can work at in the Spokane area, which is why so many people put up with it for so long.

    Cons

    Very low morale. Management does nothing to help engage people and there is a clear division between line staff and everyone else when it comes to how people are treated. If you are in manufacturing, be prepared for long, inconsistent hours. For management, you will be texting or being texted constantly. There is never any time or effort put into being proactive. You will spend almost all your time putting out fires. And forget about getting any money to improve upon processes or reward employees.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity! Get some new people in there with different perspectives and experiences. Everyone is a clone of senior management which stifles innovation and improvement. Managers think so highly of themselves they tend to only hire people that behave and think just as they do.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Waiting for change

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff. High quality product when available

    Cons

    Tools for success not provided. Constant complaints from staff about lack of resources and uncertainty of data and job security. More and more hours to make less money and numerous staff members physically ill from stress. It would be in the companies best interest to keep their current staff happy instead of forcing them to look elsewhere. This was and can still be a great company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep workers in their roles.... Managers managing, sales reps selling, CS reps helping customers. Reps cannot be successful with lack of inventory, questionable and minimal sales data, outdated computers. Sales force cannot be out selling when constantly working on reports,surveys, and conference calls,. Everyone puts in extra hours but it got to the point I was working 12 hour days and constantly worrying bout job security.


  7. Helpful (2)

    I totally agree with the Manager (Anthony Bonanzino is no longer the CEO)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HollisterStier (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good for Spokane, great people to work with, and a lot of good experience to gain in pharmaceuticals.

    Cons

    The Manager was spot on. The company has made many promises that they haven't kept, and the employees have lost faith in the company. Many people are leaving or looking elsewhere for employment because they are worried about their future. It could be a great company to work for, but many changes need to be made for that to happen. As it stands, it feels like a sinking ship, but not yet to the point that it can't be fixed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, because they are have a lot of knowledge and they do try to focus on doing the best they can. Stop looking short term, take the time to invest in the company and do things right. Slow down, appreciate your employees, and listen to them. They know what they are talking about, and they want the best for the company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Change in Ownership = Change in Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HollisterStier full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The compensation and ability to work in pharmaceuticals is great for Spokane, WA.

    Cons

    There is a lot of talk about growth and investing in the employees. To date this has not been done and is wearing on the facility. People are being asked to do more with less and not being provided the tools for success.

    Advice to Management

    It takes investment in the individuals and systems to maintain the success of the business. Right now it seems as if decisions are made on the short-term bottom dollar and not investing for the future. The fate of other CMOs appears to be in the future as departments become more fractured and less cooperative. Listen to what those say who are leaving the company. They are the canaries for the overall business.


  9. Nice Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Management and work culture. Nice Teams Great Talent Nice location good technology and infrastructure. Takes care of employees well.

    Cons

    some teams are bad and you may see issues .

    Advice to Management

    value for performance instead of talk.


  10. Good place to work and gain experience in a GMP-regulated environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HS offers very good compensation for the area. There is a high level of compliance with a desire to expand and increase profits.

    Cons

    Job advancement potential is limited at HS. The tenure is very long (a low turnover rate) partly because biotech opportunites in Spokane are few.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Hollister-Stier= STRESS

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Lead in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Lead in Spokane, WA

    Pros

    The money and the benifits. That's it! The pay was amazing and you get four weeks vacation time every year. They are really good at expanding and allowing upward movement but be careful, hte higher you go the more stressed out you will become.

    Cons

    There is just to much overtime involved. If you have a family, forget about knowing them. There was never a week where I worked less than fifty hours. The stress is also a major factor. That is the reason I quit. I was so stressed out because of lack of experienced managment I actually got stomach ulcers.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't take anymore untrained supervisors in. It makes the technicians go crazy.



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