Octapharma Plasma

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Octapharma Plasma Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
34 Reviews
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  1.  

    Schedules bad but better than a hospital

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    Former Employee - Physician Substitute in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Physician Substitute in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Octapharma Plasma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy - the managers are not medical professionals so they trust the nurses' judgement as long as you have documentation to back it up. Good coworkers, drama was there if you went looking but most people could stay out of it. Pay was pretty good, about the same as hospital for a new grad. Lots of head to toe assessments, some first aid/emergency care. If you wanted to do nothing you could hide out with paperwork until you were needed -- if you like to stay busy you can cross-train to the floor and to the front registration.

    Cons

    Shifts start at 6:30am, 9:30am, 12:30pm and go for 8 hours (or until center is closed). Despite repeated requests, management wouldn't allow the nurses to go to a 10 hour or 12 hour shift schedule, though other areas were allowed to have those shifts. Lots of silly trainings that happened every few months. Doctor only visited once a week and wasn't always available by phone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great for experience but don't make it a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time

    Pros

    Moved up reasonably fast to a point. Learned a few new skills. The work is pretty easy more like a factory. New people constantly, both employees and donors.

    Cons

    Supervisors are the worst about spreading gossip and usually do the least amount of work. The center director plays favorites based on who he hired vs. who actually works hard and shows up. Starting pay is $8.00/hr. There are no set schedules. Promotions and raises are not really work based more popularity based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to make special considerations for one person you should do it for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Probably the best plasma company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Pros

    Good co-workers, ability to spend money on employees

    Cons

    Long hours, weekends can be frustrating.

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  5.  

    Hard to become manager unless you're willing to move

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    Current Employee - Fully Cross Trained
    Current Employee - Fully Cross Trained

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

    Pros

    Job Security, 40 Hours, Good People to work with.

    Cons

    Level of Appreciation for Hard Work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help Develop Leaders, Not Stunt Growth

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Terrible place to work, get the experience and LEAVE!!!

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    Current Employee - Phelbotomist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Phelbotomist in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Experience in a "medical atmosphere".

    Cons

    Micro managing, poor pay, disrespectful managers, rude and disrespectful donors, unapproachable leadership, DRAMA!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Octapharma Plasma is a good learning place. If you want experience in phlebotomy, this is the place for you.

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    Current Employee - Donor Floor Technician in Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Donor Floor Technician in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent company to learn Phlebotomist skills.

    Cons

    The pay rate should match the job description. Little pay for a very serious job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive to your employees needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    It's a fun great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octapharma Plasma

    Pros

    Meeting new people,always something different, fun staff and company

    Cons

    Working Holidays and Evening shifts

  9.  

    Worst job I've ever had.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octapharma Plasma

    Pros

    The only thing I can think of that was positive about this job was when we had a hurricane the paid us for bad weather and gave us the day off. The structure the company offered was pretty consistent.

    Cons

    It was AWFULLY monotonous. The same thing for 8 hours a day 40 hours a week. Nothing was interesting or challenging at all. There was also no possibity for advancement. I was promised a raise and new job title within a month of hire and it never happened. It finally got to the point I couldn't take anymore and walked off the job. I wouldnt recommend this job to my worst enemy..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have got to break the monotony.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octapharma Plasma

    Pros

    Very fast promotions! I started as a donor less than two years ago now I am assistant manager making good money and opportunities are still developing. I love working for OPI!

    Cons

    The operating hours make scheduling fair difficult. The starting pay is $8.00/hr which is on the low side for the type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always train/retrain employees so that bad habits don't develop. Reward job well done. And I don't like the new rule on only hiring those with a college degree into management positions new employees with a degree are not better than the employ whose worked for the company for years. They do not understand the company as well. That might just be this area though.

  11.  

    A Bio-Therapeutic Company that gives people a chance to SAVE a LIFE.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Plasma Processing Tech/Designated Trainer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Plasma Processing Tech/Designated Trainer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Octapharma Plasma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Building work/personal relationships
    Advance in company, whether production or upper management
    Benefits
    Offers Training without degree
    Great to gain experience
    Management made time for their employees

    Cons

    Stressful
    Demanding (expect to make it your life)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Doesn't Recommend

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