Lonza Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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Rolf Soiron
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Pros
  • Good vacation and benefits package (in 4 reviews)

  • If you are project-oriented, this is a great place to work (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management makes descisions based solely on over-simplified numbers with no regard for the human factors (in 4 reviews)

  • Portsmouth site has high turnover (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great management and fair business practices. Lots of opportunities to move around.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lonza

    Pros

    All my managers at this company were fair and respectful. They gave me enough guidance but also allowed and trusted me to do my job. Good culture

    Cons

    Understaffed for my department. Ended up with too much traveling and troubleshooting for certain projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your smaller business segments!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. As long as you don't work for an arrogant, narcissistic person like I did it's okay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Lonza full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good hours. 5 words.

    Cons

    If your boss decides that you did not do a good job, that was the end of it. Neither HR nor anybody else wanted to hear your side.

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    This a fast growing biotech company in Houston, TX. There are ample opportunities to learn and grow as an employee.

    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Lonza full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly group of people, fast growing company, and opportunities to advance in career.

    Cons

    Scheduling is sometimes unorganized and hours can sometimes be long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Lonza is an okay place to work. Good benefits. A bit disfunctional, but all compnaies have some of that.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Allendale, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Allendale, NJ

    I have been working at Lonza full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people who like to help you. Can work with other departments easily. Stable company despite recent acquisition.

    Cons

    Lots of change. Wait 6 months or 1 year and there will be change. A new boss every 12-16 months. Swiss management is not visible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be present, go around and meet the people who do the daily work. Do not just go to meetings.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. My company was acquired by Lonza and I have found the company to be well organized.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonza

    Pros

    The people are very friendly

    Cons

    Seems to be too much Swiss culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonza

    Pros

    Co-Workers, Free Coffee, Free Espresso, Gym On-Site

    Cons

    Management, Pay, Not US company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Good company to work for.

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    Former Contractor - Microbiology Lab Tech in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Contractor - Microbiology Lab Tech in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Lonza as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and environment. Internal promotions and shifts.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Constant changing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Similar to other contract biopharmaceutical manufacturers with some outstanding positives

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    Current Employee - Quality Control in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Portsmouth, NH

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits (medical, dental, vision).
    Fully vested in 401K from start date of employment with generous company match.
    Short-term and long-term International opportunities at other Lonza sites, even for non-Ph.D. or non-managerial/supervisory laboratory personnel.
    Strong safety-oriented corporate culture.
    Strong emphasis on 6-sigma lean efficient operations.

    Cons

    Passive/defensive culture versus aggressive, industry-leading orientation.
    Contract company cost-cutting/savings orientation with matching cost-conscious contract company pay.
    High personnel turn-over due to temp workers finding jobs elsewhere, permanent employees findings opportunities with other departments, or permanent employees finding higher paying jobs outside of the company is a problem.
    Stressed managers/supervisors who are pulled in multiple directions.
    Very lean organization, perhaps a little too lean. There a strong reliance on using temp/contract workers to cut costs which leads to loss of valuable experienced personnel when said workers find permanent positions elsewhere.
    Training can be a "catch-as-you-can" situation, which is a problem in a GMP environment.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. A good place to start in BioPharma

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH

    I worked at Lonza full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Since Lonza Biologics is a CMO and there are always new projects, you get exposed to many different techniques and systems. You also get a lot of exposure to the client systems.
    If you are project-oriented, this is a great place to work. If you want something that provides a more steady work environment, this is probably not the place for you.
    Benefits were good, but were getting steadily worse every year.
    I can not say enough wonderful things about my coworkers - they were the reason I stayed as long as I did.
    Many projects have travel, and that does allow for cross-site interaction with colleagues elsewhere in the US, Europe (UK, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland), and Asia (Singapore, China).

    Cons

    Constant firefighting. Stress. Portsmouth site has high turnover. Expectation of 60+hour weeks in many departments.
    Lots of politics which impact lower levels.
    There is far less upward movement and opportunity now than there used to be. Most of the management is relatively young and will not be moving on anytime soon.
    Pay in Portsmouth is purposely about 20% less than comparable jobs in Boston. Ladies, make sure your salary is the same as what they might offer a male candidate--while I know of nowhere that has complete pay parity between genders, Lonza can be worse than most (a friend and his wife applied for comparable positions; they offered her almost half of what they offered him despite the fact that she had more education and experience)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide more opportunities for current employees-they shouldn't have to leave the company to get a promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Management teams in Switzerland are mainly political players

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    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Lonza full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and bonus benefits. I said with legacy Arch, may not be true with Lonza.

    Cons

    Technical strength is least important now under Lonza. Networking skills are more than anything to survive or to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep technical capable people, get rid of those playing politics, they are cancers to Lonza. But people are not hopeful. The higher management teams only care how to survive year by year up to the contract term. Their job: covering up their mistakes, finding the victims for something wrong until next CEO replacement, then it comes with another reorg. Lonza management thought it would be easy to replace Arch management team with Lonza people or new hiring. Wrong! You want the golden egg, then be careful not to kill or disable the goose. Three years after acquisition of Arch, what is the trend?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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