TOLMAR

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TOLMAR Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
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  1.  

    Solid Job and Employer

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

    I have been working at TOLMAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers outstanding benefits to employees, including many perks that other large employers have done away with over the years to save a few bucks, like company-wide holiday parties, summer picnics, health coverage on all dependents, fun wellness programs, four weeks of paid time off within the first year, and a significant employer-match on a 401(K) which adds up nicely. The pay is solid as are the opportunities for advancement. I personally have been promoted twice in my four years with the company.

    Cons

    Very fast-paced work environment with a low tolerance for errors. You've got to be a keen multi-tasker and enjoy a certain amount of chaos in order to thrive. Training programs for new employees could be better, as could communication amongst departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible and spend more time interacting with employees at all levels of the organization; get more progressive on work-life balance options like flex scheduling and telecommuting; implement more employee recognition programs; articulate core company values and then reinforce them as often as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company scares me.

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

    I worked at TOLMAR

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Very nice people (for the most part). The benefits they offer are excellent. Steady hours, with abundant opportunity for overtime.

    Cons

    Management. Issues are either completely ignored until an auditor notices it (in which case, management claims they were never made aware of the issue) or they are completely swept under the rug. It's a very "best interest of the company" mindset, and not enough thought is put into the best interest of the customer.
    If management doesn't like you, they will wait for any excuse to get rid of you, even if the only mistake you have committed is regular practice for other employees. On the other hand, if they DO like you, they may as well hand you a tenure certificate, even if you are terrible at the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing out the people that are trying to improve the company. Listen to your employees, and then act on what they are telling you. The only benefit of ignoring them is that they will soon realize that you will do nothing, and they will stop coming to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    poor managers

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

    I worked at TOLMAR

    Pros

    ok benefits, steady income, profitable despite themselves

    Cons

    no leadership don't pay competitively to industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let your employees work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Growing Company...Has Some Growing Pains

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

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

    Pros

    The company offers excellent benefits, including an excellent medical plan and an outstanding 401(k) match. They also provide a lot of little perks for their employees throughout the year, i.e. wellness giveaways, gift cards, hockey tickets, etc.

    Cons

    The company has grown a lot and is experiencing some growing pains around efficient processes, etc. It is a very fast-paced environment and can be stressful. There is a lot of finger-pointing between departments where there should be more teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication between departments needs to be improved upon. Department heads need to do a better job of communicating priorities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    You can only sweep problems under the rug for so long...

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

    I worked at TOLMAR

    Pros

    Holiday shutdown (which management threatened to cancel this past year)

    Cons

    Everything else: They have a threatening/intimating/hostile management style, demand overtime, will not provide job training(i was once told to take a community college class out if pocket), You must use your personal cell phone for business calls.

    Employee reviews are a joke, HR will rewrite them based off how they're feeling that day. Annual bonus is a $20 coupon for a turkey. They will do anything to save a nickel at the expense of the employees. Health plan has changed EVERY year.

      It is a good ole boys club, veteran employees are lazy and not open to change. These people cause problems again and again with no reprimand. Overall attitude is very negative and depressing, not sustainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mike / Paco,

    Invest in your employees, listen to them, train people. Treat them with respect.

    Quit "silencing" valid problems. Quality is key is pharma...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Process Operator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TOLMAR

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment with the ability to build skills.

    Cons

    Management lies and covers up multiple failed lots. One upper management personnel has issues with sexual harassment..he's still there. Supervisors are unskilled and bullies. Documentation is pushed to be real time and accurate but than altered to fit specs, regulations or deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire educated skilled supervisors and managers that can lead by example. Create a positive environment versus the hostile work environment that exist.

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Plan" is not a four-letter word. Trust employees' expertise.

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

    I have been working at TOLMAR full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good insurance benefits not yet too-affected by Obamacare.
    Flexible work schedules.
    Some coworkers are real gems.

    Cons

    Planning is not part of the culture. Tolmar seems to value rework over 'right the first time' in order to say some deadline was met. I've never yet been given annual goals that are translated to actionable department tasks/initiatives.

    Career path - there really isn't any. Promotions seemed to be based on who you know or time in the saddle rather than on skill, accomplishments, or responsibilities taken on and mastered - let alone whether any goals are met and/or exceeded (see Planning above).

    Trust & respect - employees' experience and expertise is frequently ignored on the basis of "that's not how it works at Tolmar". Proposals get no traction or even discussion unless they originate with upper management or long-time employees. Management tends to be entirely reactive - suddenly micromanaging their reports' work when some squeaky wheel gets loud enough rather than proactively planning and supporting goals they set for their reports.

    Decision making power in the wrong place: Finance wields disproportionate approval power over spending - usually lacking the knowledge to understand why people request the budgets they propose. QA makes facility design engineering decisions and determines the number of physical servers for software should be purchased. - instead of relying on real A&E or IT expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tolmar is no longer a small company. You need to stop thinking upper management can and should make or approve every last decision for each project. No one man is invested with all knowledge and expertise - trust the expertise of your employees or hire folks you can trust to make decisions. Set actionable goals around efficiency and cost savings and let your reports be creative and feel like they've got buy-in.

    Stop talking about 'reinvesting all profit in R&D' and show your employees you value them enough to reward them financially and with giving them appropriate decision-making and spending discretion. You'd be surprised how much morale, loyalty, and employee retention increase when you demonstrate respect by treating people like they're worth their work and expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Analyst II in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - QC Analyst II in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at TOLMAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits provided are pretty good, and the health insurance is very good. The company is growing exponentially and offers a lot of job security. It is located in a wonderful area of Northern Colorado

    Cons

    Even though it is fast-paced it is disorganized. Sample turn around in the lab is days instead of weeks. There is no advanced planning to make sure everything is available to produce a product or switch to a different product. Everything is needed right now and it makes for a stressful situation. No one is able to pre-plan their work day because the schedule changes at least daily.

    The company is growing so fast that it can't keep up. All focus is on new product development and only realizing too late there is not enough manufacturing, warehouse, office, or laboratory space. All profits go back into the company in the form of research and development. Tolmar doesn't invest in its employees either in leadership or in compensation. As a result there is a ridiculous turn-over rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make sure your employees are happy and appreciated they will be more productive, even through the hard times. As it stands it feels like the company only cares about the next big drug and not investing in their employees. Finding the right people for the job, better organization and training, more organization in manufacturing, and so much more people in all departments would stay. The consideration to do profit sharing of some sort or annual bonuses would help. And that type of compensation isn't just about the money. It gives employees a sense of ownership in their jobs and company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good team, poor leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Chemist in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at TOLMAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience, company seems to have a good future.

    Cons

    Poor oganization leadership. Too many ra ra speaches by CEO, and no spread of profits to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Profit sharing would boost the moral and effort of employees. Listen to your staff and utilize the suggestions of the people that are in the trenches. We can only hear "we are investing all our profits in R&D" for so long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    quality control analyst I

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control Analyst I in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Control Analyst I in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at TOLMAR full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment with great benefits, tuition reimbursement, great support staff, with opportunity for advancement and mentor-ships. The company listens to their employees and often celebrates accomplishments.

    Cons

    Training can be tedious. Getting in touch with HR was also quite difficult. Is salary based vs hourly, usually only working 40 hours weekly, but can increase based on FDA review or push to meet customer demands. Also I believe the company has been sold several times, not confident about the financial stability of the company.

    Recommends

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