Polypeptide Laboratories Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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  1. Great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polypeptide Laboratories

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The employees are wonderful people, great work environment. Lots of teamwork. It is mostly a stepping stone job. Great for first job out of college, most employees move on to better opportunities after a few years.

    Cons

    President is condescending, selfish, and anything but genuine. Puts up a fight against any positive change that management tries to accomplish.


  2. PPL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin Park, CA

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    stable, work life balance, stepping stone for acquiring experience , no OT

    Cons

    Convoluted manager system, no communication among managers, stagnant wages, lack of upward mobility, older crowd can be difficult to work with due to laziness and being stubborn.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of upper management. Learn to communicate with each other, reward people who work and care, get rid of employees who pretend to work and don't contribute. There are plenty of those.


  3. CHEMIST I

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polypeptide Laboratories

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

    Pros

    Manager willing to work hours with you

    Cons

    Terrible Company. Only cares about money and not for employees


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  5. Review of PolyPeptide Group

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polypeptide Laboratories full-time

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

    Pros

    A place to gain experience

    Cons

    Does not place value on employees or career development


  6. Just a job not a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polypeptide Laboratories

    Pros

    Flexible hours and decent benefits

    Cons

    Almost impossible to get promoted/raises

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like human beings


  7. Good for recent grads a few years ago

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This was an excellent opportunity for a recent college grad. I worked in Quality Control for a few years, and gained some good experience. I left on good terms in order to pursue further education. The company is small enough that you can become involved in (or at least familiarize yourself) with the entire GMP process if you desire. I became proficient at analytical analyses using HPLC, MS-MS, GC, Karl Fischer (sp?) water content, and various other techniques. I was also involved in a fair amount of analytical development and optimization. I wrote and updated a lot of SOP's (that could be a con, haha). I was pretty much able to order any lab supplies I needed or thought I might need. The company was very flexible with working hours. As long as you were there between 9am to 3pm, they didn't care what your hours were as long as your supervisor knew when to expect you. Benefits were above average for a small company, decent 401k matching. Upper management was pretty hands-off when it came to rank and file employees. The pay was neither excellent nor poor.

    Cons

    My fellow lab rats and I were often not informed of project deadlines. I'm not sure if this was a communication problem between upper management and my supervisors, or between my supervisor and us. This caused a lot of last-minute scrambling and hussle that I could have easily avoided had I known deadlines as well as product in the pipeline. Towards the end of my employment, there was a big push to get us to start coming in on Saturdays in order to "catch up" due to the aforementioned scrambling. Also, due to the small size of the company, there wasn't real room for true promotions. If you weren't in management, it was definitely a "work there 3 to 5 years then quit and get a job at a different company to get promoted."

    Advice to Management

    Let us know about deadlines in advance so we can plan our workweek (and not have to come in on the weekend for things we could have finished earlier had we known about the deadline). As far as the CEO goes, I only met her a few times, so I have no opinion about her.


  8. Good for experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - GMP Manufacturing Chemist I in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - GMP Manufacturing Chemist I in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good for experience in peptide production, HPLC purification and GMP manufacturing. Management is pretty hands-off. The company is expanding so there will be more oportunities.

    Cons

    There are times with no work to be done. Management lacks communication at times and is overworked. Instruments are old and technology is lacking. Older employees are difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with employees.


  9. direcotr

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of R&D in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Director of R&D in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Polypeptide Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ok at current job market

    Cons

    culture needs to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Ok at current job market


  10. Get in, get out

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for recent grads to gain experience then leave. Flexible hours. Relatively stable company that does not lay off people, often.

    Cons

    No matter how hard you work it goes unrecognized and unappreciated. Little to no room for growth. Low wages. Upper management is very biased. Employees and quality do not matter. All about the bottom line, $$$.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes! If you actually spent time in the labs instead of listening to word of mouth you might know who the good employees are and wouldn't need to police your employees with your time clock and cameras. Don't treat employees as if they are expendable and you expect them to leave after a couple years. Treat employees better, moral is very bad.


  11. It was once a good company to work for, but that changed in late 2009 - 2010

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I really liked my coworkers.

    Cons

    The company changed from a focus on quality to nothing but the bottom line led by those who understand the actual business very little.

    Advice to Management

    Treating your employees like a piece of crap that can be replaced at will is no way to run a sucessful company.



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