Talecris Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • The employees I met were hard working and conscientious (in 2 reviews)

  • Gained a lot of experience with venipuncture and monitoring donors for plasmapherisis reactions (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Very fast paced, at times the amount of work is overwhelming (in 2 reviews)

  • Many of the donors were rude and would occasionally curse at you (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Terrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company so you have the opportunity to wear many hats and gain exposure to several operational functions

    Cons

    Poor management (department and senior level) no company vision many individuals in management positions have limited knowledge of industry standards many department managers lack key management skils, such as people skills high turnover many departments are poorly resourced (need to hire more people) operational and financial processes are questionable, at best

    Advice to Management

    to BOD: management at all levels needs to be closely examined


  2. Clinical R&D is run by incompetent, inefficient people that misrepresent themselves and lie without conscience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great life saving products, advanced technology. Great people to work with. Salary and bonus at the time are great too.

    Cons

    Absolute lack of comfort level, always the need for looking over the shoulder and total lack of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to check why there is a mass exodus of reputable clinical staff and check the need for total overhaul of the clinical R&D.


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    Felt like an outsider because everybody who worked there went to High School together.

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Clayton, NC
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Clayton, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in with the good ole boy network then you will have a wonderful experience. If not, your experience will be horrible. Not a good place for a Northerner or an outsider to work.

    Cons

    It is a managers place to work from a standpoint of HR. Company's HR policy is heavy favored for the manager and not the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the good ole boy network and get some talent in there. Make clayton a melting pot. The un-welcoming of outsiders will catch up eventually.


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  5. Worst experience ever

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    Former Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Did a lot of work in a very short period of time.

    Cons

    Culture was to find blame, not resolve issues.

    Advice to Management

    Get out, oh yeah, you did.


  6. People leave, get fired try to cover with less people and less hours

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    Current Employee - Phys Sub Paramedic in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Phys Sub Paramedic in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good medical/dental/vision, 401k has immediately vested matching

    Cons

    they work you to death, LVN phys. subs. make more than Paramedic phys. subs with no training in emergencies, most cannot start IV for emergencies, filing problems (alot of staff can't read/write that well)

    Advice to Management

    pay parity between LVN and Paramedics, quit hiring marginally literate workers


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good ole boy system so BEWARE!

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    Former Employee - Donor Processor in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Donor Processor in Fayetteville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most but not all donors are nice people.

    Cons

    Worst management display ever! Prime example of what NOT to do in management!Good ole boy system and non-educated people in high paying positions. Flocking from one center to the next! Promoting ignorance and jealousy of you are seen as an educated threat to them. So sad these people are destroying the company.

    Advice to Management

    Some of you need to get an education on managerial skills and take the job seriously and not as a social setting!


  8. It was some unorganized with top level managers

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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were none. except pay that was above industry standard

    Cons

    The management did not have a clue of how to run a business

    Advice to Management

    THey have all left


  9. Run, far and fast unless you enjoy being treated like a disposable product

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse/Physician Substitute in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse/Physician Substitute in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is an income, they will have hours available when tax season is over. And I have to make this 20 words and I can't. That's how awful this place is.

    Cons

    When I say you're disposable, you are completely disposable. You get fired when a manager is in a bad mood, otherwise, they "let it slide" so you never know if you actually going to get in trouble. Grifols is the parent company, they have taken away all sense of morale by taking away an employee fund, and incentive to have perfect attendance and no errors. You are expected to work while being completely understaffed and the management does not back the employees. Grifols cut down the amount of vaca time you can earn per time period. This is a multi national company, every quarter they send out a magazine with high gloss cardboard paper nicely bound in both Spanish and English about higher up management that the center level never sees or really cares about. They are making multimillions, they actually SAVED money by acquiring Talecris by cutting out the middle man supplier. The savings ended up in cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Back your employees. If a donor talks or yells at an employee, how about defending your employee as opposed to making the donor complacent, just for another donation. We understand more donations, more money, but when physical threats get involved and nothing is done, that becomes a problem.


  10. High stress with low positive feedback.

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Talecris full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was very little positive working conditions here. They had decent benefits and some of the hands on training was good.

    Cons

    The most challenging part of working here was certainly the high stress negative environment. Many of the donors were rude and would occasionally curse at you. The supervisory staff would constantly push you to go faster while also being accurate and there was never any positive feedback. The pay was abysmal compared to the amount of work and overtime you had to do.

    Advice to Management

    Try incorporating more positive feedback to the employees and perhaps providing better pay.


  11. Say goodbye if you aren't on management's list of favorite people.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Talecris full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only thing I can really think of would be the on the job training they provide. And the benefits. On the job training and benefits.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites. A lot. It's very frustrating to get written up for something, but when another employee does the exact same thing, they get a slap on the wrist. Some people in authority positions don't deserve the positions they have. If I did half of the stuff that they did on the job, I would get terminated immediately. Them? Not so much, because they suck up to management so much and they fall for it. Management needs to get completely revamped as well. Playing favorites with your employees isn't fair and it isn't right.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to write someone up for an offense, make sure everyone gets written up for it if and when it occurs. Don't pick and choose who you write up. If you have to say something along the lines of, 'we can't ignore this, everyone gets written up for this', then it's safe to say that not everybody gets written up for a certain offense. You will lose employees this way, this is a big reason why your turnover rate is so high.



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