K-V Pharmaceutical

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K-V Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
15 Reviews
2.6
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Ok company if you don't mind Jewish beliefs being pushed on you all the time...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume. My boss was pretty easy going and let me push limits.

    Cons

    The women all have to wear skirts at all times due tot eh CEO and his wife's religious beliefs. Things get quickly blow out of proportion.
    They have some questionable staffing tactics like having you write a 5 year plan paragraph so they can send it out for handwriting analysis...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect that not everyone is Jewish or comfortable in skirts & dresses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Since the problems with the FDA - NONE

    Cons

    Very poor leadership. The company was always worried about "right now", never about the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine the strategic goals and stick to them

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

    How not to run a pharma company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    Higher than average pay rate for the area & excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Poor understanding of compliance requirements by owners & upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and follow advice of consultants.

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  5.  

    Wow....

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    Former Employee - Human Resources and Staffing/Recruiting in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Human Resources and Staffing/Recruiting in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company wa sa professional learning experience for me. Essentially, I learned how to manage people by seeing all of the things you don't want to do.
    The biggest pro to the job was the compensation. In most areas of the company, you can't beat the money anywhere else. But offers were formulated without regard to the salary structure in a department- so you might be making $20K less than the person next to you!

    Some great peopel were at this company- some of the most talented I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    When I was there, the company was very much controlled by a husband and wife team. Every decision was made by them or funnelled through them. Interestingly, they would keep things hidden from each other at times- which created quite an interesting dynamic in the office. The company was highly political, with tons of people spending the majority of their time positioning themselves appropriately. I remember the feeling that I could be fired any day, but the next I was the star employee- you never knew where you were on the spectrum. Work-life balance was non-existent in my area. My boss, out of fear of her boss, would start calling my cell at 6:30 in the morning with rapid fire questions and demands. If you wanted to set foot out of the corporate building before 5:30, they thought you were crazy. I remember we were all herded into a conference room to review corproate press releases one night- until 9pm. I'm not in PR, nor have I ever been. It was bizzare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to current management- just manage in the exact opposite way as the company was managed before and you might have a shot.

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

    Very challenging situation, but one that I enjoyed .

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    Former Employee - Director of Accounting in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director of Accounting in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was given the freedom to perform the work I outlined in my action plan needed to be completed and was given the support when I met resistance from existing emplyees.

    Cons

    The company was very highly leveraged, and under strict financial controls. When it was not able to meet its financial obligations, management did not look at the people who bailed then out in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company made a strategic mistake when pricing the new product it was bringing to market. This ultimately cause the company to have to file for bankruptcy protection.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company, Good People

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always something new to learn. It was a great ride and I would do it again.

    Cons

    Company downsized due to previous management work ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing everything possible to make sure the company survives. Good luck.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    NO work life balance

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    Current Employee - CRA II in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - CRA II in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at K-V Pharmaceutical as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great bonus, great hours to work

    Cons

    No work life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic Organization, formerly great!!

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    Former Employee - Staffing in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Staffing in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In the mid-2000's was a great palce to work with great benefits and people. Good work-life balance, evolved daily with extreme openess to change and new ideas. High growth at the time.

    Cons

    Senior management at the time apparently made very poor decisions in the quality area leading to a major downsizing from which KV has still not fully recovered. The aforementioned managers are no longer in control and it is understood that new management is making headway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Quality in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Quality in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at K-V Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    Very high level of respect shown by management toward employees.

    Cons

    Fairness in how promotions are given.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financially lucrative, but professionally unfulfilling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at K-V Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    The best thing I can say is it's a place to go in and make good money.

    Cons

    Professional growth is non-existent. They hire people that have "been there, done that" and expect them to do it for the next 15 years. Promotions are given to people, not based on merit, but on politics.
    When I worked there, work life balance was not possible. My boss wanted to essentailly make any and all decisions. Ther ewas no latitude. thismeant that my phone was ringing from 6:30am to 7pm with questions and demands for information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talented people work for the company. You pay tol dollar to get top people. Listen to them and let them do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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