Pharmavite LLC Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • several new leadership positions filled with high quality leaders (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent brand name (Nature Made) in nutraceutical industry (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Many temporary workers are used then let go so no incentive to really care (in 3 reviews)

  • Employees cannot focus on getting their work done, because of the micro-managing, and pettiness (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Northridge, CA

    I have been working at Pharmavite LLC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pharmavite is a good place to work. Good Benefits, casual dress, great culture. The company has a long tenure and change is hard with those employees. Over the last 2 years there have been a lot of changes but they are changes needed to continue to grow the company. I am part of a larger team now and there is a lot of room for growth and opportunity for those who want to step up.

    Cons

    Change has been slow but I feel we are on the right track with new leadership in our department and across the organization.

    Advice to Management

    keep promoting within and giving your employees opportunity. It has not gone unnoticed the amount of internals getting to move up and around the company.


  2. Salary Employee Interview

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmavite LLC full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Was given a goodie bag with Pharmavite products, along with a bottle of water and a key chain.
    Interview comprised of 4 managers one of which was the hiring manager. Each interview was approximately 30 minutes and the conversations went well.

    Cons

    Facility tour wasn't readily available which was understandable considering how many facilities they have spread across LA.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mitchell, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mitchell, AL

    I have been working at Pharmavite LLC full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is decent paying, and offers annual performance based raises, potential for annual bonus.

    Cons

    Management makes poor decisions which costs the company money. Some of the managers have no backbone and are afraid to confront employees to correct them in doing the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders, not managers. Anyone can manage, not everyone can lead. The overall goal is the success of the business, when you have issues with employees who are unproductive, reactive instead of proactive, you need to either correct the issues, or eliminate the root cause. This is where leadership is key, not management. If you do not know the difference between a leader and a manager, you probably should not be in charge.


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  5. Good Company with nice benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmavite LLC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work environment. Nice bonuses, good co-workers.

    Cons

    Upper IT management had some issues which have since been resolved. VP and Director level have moved on.

    Advice to Management

    IT was beginning to establish a good relationship with business - communication lines were opening up. Keep it up.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Weak leadership excessive politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Pharmavite LLC full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    One of best paying firms in San Fernando valley, especially for the executives, directors and managers. The bonus structure can be spectacular for executives, if business goals were achieved. Supplements sold to employees 80% cheaper than in retailers. Free parking.

    Cons

    Weak leadership is observed, at times making questionable business choices, coupled with top down directions and strategies that often are unsuitable to achieve the stated business goals. A track record of "throwing people under the bus" when things inevitably go wrong, or blame "the weather" for the weak results. High executive turnover and long gaps before replacements arrive make it a delicate work environment. Career progression is more likely if the executive likes you than for having good performance. Good people frequently leave when they cannot get promoted, or do not belong to favored ex-Mars or ex-P&G clans. Lack of innovation and a stifling work environment in corporate offices that favors compliance and loyalty over transparency and respect.

    Advice to Management

    Existing weak business and declining relevance of Nature Made to customers and consumers (while competitors handsomely grow) is largely due to weak leadership in C-Suite, poor strategies, hush-hush and opaque internal climate. Opinion surveys have variously shown all the opportunities, so the information is available, so perhaps Management is more comfortable in the work environment they created?


  7. Good company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmavite LLC

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In southern CA, willing to invest in the future, good team members.

    Cons

    Increasing competitive market. Company has been the leader and is now facing larger companies coming into their space.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Decent company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmavite LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good medical benefits. Bonus system is a plus. 5% for hourly employees and 7% or higher for salaried employees. MOST of the managers are very laid back and allow you to perform your job without micro managing.

    Cons

    Small yearly raises (a few percent at most). Starting pay is middle of the pack at best so make sure you try to get a little more out of them if they extend an offer. Front office is reminiscent of high school. You are either part of the crowd or you are shunned. As others have mentioned going to HR is a waste of your time and will get you labeled as a troublemaker.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with some of the unnecessary positons. Some people literally do little to no work and get paid crazy amounts of money. Other associates could easily take on some of this work without the need to create a new position.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Awful. Just awful.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Pharmavite LLC full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    None that I am aware of. Oh, there's a nice bicycle rack outside.

    Cons

    Horrible people added to management roles in the last few years. HR Department is the absolute worst. Totally non value added. All the intelligent people who worked in that Dept have either quit or been let go. What's left is like something from the Spanish Inquisition. Their motto is, "How can we fire all the old, long term workers without being sued." Just HORRIBLE!

    Advice to Management

    None to "Management." To the Board ..... WAKE UP!!!!


  10. Helpful (3)

    Don

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Pharmavite LLC

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

    Pros

    pay was above average was the only good thing

    Cons

    basically a toxic working environment


  11. Helpful (4)

    Culture of Dysfunction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Pharmavite LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    This is difficult to answer since I am hard pressed to find any Pros about working here. I guess they pay pretty well. They pay better than they think they do.

    Cons

    The company is a complete mess. They have very poor and convoluted processes and sometimes no process at all. While they are implementing some sorely needed systems, they will not succeed if no one puts a priority on using them. People will actually send emails asking why something is not complete and it turns out that they are the one who hasn't provided the necessary approvals in the system to move the item along. The company has been successful despite itself. However, that is changing as they seem to have hit the wall and growth is stalling. Instead of treating mistakes as learning moments and opportunities to improve, they are treated as witch hunts even after Sr. Management has said that practice needs to stop. Even small things get blown out of proportion all the way up to the Executive level and even to the Japanese Board. It often feels like everyone is working against each other and looking out for their own interests instead of the interests of the company as a whole. There is no department that is immune either. Each one is worse than the next when you look into how they do things or you talk to people from that department. Another major issue is that no one respects your calendar. Everyone will book meetings on your calendar even though they can clearly see that you are already booked. It is very common to be double or triple booked for meetings all day long which can make it very difficult to get any actual work done. Make sure you take a long hard look at whether this is the type of company you want to work for. More pay is nice, but someday you will wake up and realize that no amount of money is worth the pain and stress that you will be put through. If you don't have a job and need one, then a job is better than no job. But you will likely be looking for a new one before long and it's good to have a job while you're looking for another one.

    Advice to Management

    The company has a major cultural problem in that people don't really seem to work together. Sit in some lower level meetings and see how people are almost always at odds. No one seems to be working toward a common goal, which should ultimately be the success of the company. Everyone seems more interested in pointing blame elsewhere, pushing work off to others and making sure that they look good (i.e. don't get blamed for anything). And fix the meeting issue. The only way that the practice of double and triple booking meetings will stop is if the new behavior starts from the top. And finally, I don't think the hiring of new Directors and VPs is working at all. Ask our owners to appoint some new leadership from Japan for Quality, Operations, R&D, etc. and they will provide some much needed discipline and straighten things out in a hurry.



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