Octapharma Plasma Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Donor Floor

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    Current Employee - Donor Floor Technician
    Current Employee - Donor Floor Technician

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    low hours and low pay for cross training

  2. Phlebotomist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time

    Pros

    Often promote internally, flexible scheduling, will train for most positions.

    Cons

    Awful management, donors are often rude.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be a Manager - not just someone who takes up space.

  3. Good for experience, severely underpaid

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    Current Employee - Medical Screener
    Current Employee - Medical Screener

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to get experience

    Cons

    Low wages, rarely get weekends off

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages

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  5. Helpful (1)

    You don't want to work here.

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    Former Employee - Medical Screener/DFT
    Former Employee - Medical Screener/DFT

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Consistent hours, most donors are nice.

    Cons

    Management are rude (even to donors!), demeaning, unapproachable, operate on a good-ole-boy network (you WILL NOT advance unless they love you), and most of the time act like they have no idea what they are doing. They don't care about you or the fact that you have a life outside work.

    Training for new areas can take months and the pay raises are meager for the amount of new work you take on.

    Very, very repetitive work.

    Most centers are near low-income areas, and most of the employees come from the lowest echelons of society and have very ghetto attitudes, and they carry these attitudes to work with them. Expect them to act like your friend to your face and then stab you in the back at every opportunity.

    Very low pay for the amount of work you do and the risks you expose yourself to.

    When you go home depends entirely on how fast the machines process the last person. If someone comes in a minute before closing (most of the time someone does), you can face a 30 to 90 minute delay in when you can go home, even longer if there are complications.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

  6. Helpful (1)

    You're a number.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octapharma Plasma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Hours not as late as hospitals

    Cons

    Clique good old boy favoritism with management and employees. Being a number to them rather than a person. Working late taking donors till 10 mins after close. Working weekends. Lower pay scales. Terrible raises. No profit sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like a number. Treat all employees equally according to their position. Give actual cross training pay and decent raises.

  7. Worst job I've ever had!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Occasionally work with nice people.

    Cons

    Low pay, work every weekend, management doesn't care about you (even if your kids get sick), management plays favorites, high turn over, employees are talked down to, certain rules apply to certain people. Don't let employees be cross-trained when they ask to be. They work with your schedule if you want to take classes.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees respect. You don't have to be friends with them but you should treat them like adult human beings. Show your employees appreciation...not just the donors.

  8. This place sucks.

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    Current Employee - Medical Screener in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Medical Screener in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I can't think of anything positive at the moment.

    Cons

    People stuck between regular employees and management think they're special. When really, they try to act professional without a degree like they're something special. Donors smell bad and are not attentive to their surroundings.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing what you do. (at least in my center)

  9. Support Technician 2

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    Former Employee - Support Technician in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Charlotte, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good 401k. They will pay for you to go to school or get certifications. Decent benefits

    Cons

    Good ole boy network. No upward movement in the IT department if your a minority. Play a lot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    More diversity in upper management. Stop being racist

  10. Helpful (1)

    Too much micromanaging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay was great for me but I was still on the pay from the previous company. Con: Once Octapharma took over the pay dropped drastically.
    The plasma is saving a life.

    Cons

    Many. Management-SUPPORT your employees and stop acting like you know how to handle medical situations. You do not have the training to understand what is truly considered priority in a medical emergency.

  11. I worked at Octapharma Plasma

    Pros

    The donors are great!! They make your day Wonderful

    Cons

    No one is willing to help you resolve issues!!!

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