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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to live, good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Brevard, NC
    Current Employee - Chemist in Brevard, NC

    I have been working at Pharmagra

    Pros

    Location, location , location. Pisgah National forest, Land of Waterfalls. Enough said.
    Benefits package is really good (group health, group dental, disability, SEP).
    Pay is OK, but since a small company you can get recognized and earn bonus. Not sure what the other reviewers were talking about on the bonuses. Guess they didn't get one.
    Definitely not a place for lab hacks.
    Lab is good;it's no Merck but they've got everything needed.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Depending on project, sometimes I gotta work over 40hrs in a week. Have to learn fast; not a place for lab hacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better communication about what's going on. Need to give quicker input during project if it is not going well.

    Recommends
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    pharmagra labs - don't consider it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Brevard, NC
    Current Employee - Chemist in Brevard, NC

    I have been working at Pharmagra

    Pros

    beautiful location in the hills of western NC. Low cost of living (housing) so lower salary is doable.

    Cons

    horrendous lab conditions. you expect a CRO not to have the latest and greatest, but the hoods are inadequate and the labs stink of noxious chemical fumes. Management is more concerned with the bottom line than the well-being of their chemists. Don't expect pay raises or bonuses. Management tends to give negative performance reviews, emphasizing your "bad" qualities/results and deemphasizing your good qualities/results. They do this (I assume) so it is easier to fire someone if need be without repercussions. Overall, a demoralizing environment to work in. Avoid like the plague.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the business and spare your chemists.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brevard, great place to live but the job sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Brevard, NC
    Current Employee - Chemist in Brevard, NC

    I have been working at Pharmagra

    Pros

    The company gets lots of contract work and may do well during a recession. The work is very varied. I have probably learnt more chemistry in the last year than I did in my entire time at graduate school. Brevard is a beautiful place to live, up in the mountains and forest of the southern Appalachians.

    Cons

    no pay rises, no benefits, workers are treated in an off-hand manner.
    Project management is rather poor. To minimize a quote for a project only the very minimum of time is allocated for a project. The poor scientist who then gets the project is brutaly pushed to make the unrealistic deadline. This results in working late and weekends for the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your project management right! Do not assume every chemical step will work, alow time for development work and accept that wage costs just have to increase with increasing inflation.

    Doesn't Recommend

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