Talecris Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
54 Reviews

2.8
54 Reviews
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Talecris CEO & Chairman Lawrence Stern
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401k (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people, very professional and passionate about the plasma industry, yet relaxed enough to make long lasting friendships (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • turnover rate was too often due poor management decisions (in 3 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    my experience at talecris is very challenging

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    Current Employee - Phlebotomist  in  Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Talecris

    Pros

    the company has a great room for advancement they offer good benefits they allow you to travel to other cities t o work at another talecris

    Cons

    they need tp pay more cause of the type of business that running its a highly risk job and u have to be careful of what u do and how u do it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managment needs to show more appreciations to their employees management needs to monitor more of what goes on in the center

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work

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    Current Employee - Physician Sub I  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Physician Sub I in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Talecris

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, 401k with matching (immediate vesting), short and long tern disability, long term care insurance, life insurance, supplemental life/AD&D, spouse life and child life, 3 weeks vacation/year,

    Cons

    the paperwork is a beat-down. it is a highly regulated industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to look at the FDA regulations from another angle or point of view. i think alot of of the standard operating procedures are too complex because of misinterpretation of the FDA rules.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Talecris

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -No micro managing
    - Hands on opportunities
    - Good starting salary
    - Continuing education opportunities
    - Nice cash bonuses

    Cons

    Not too many cons; Sometimes there is a long lull in work which can get very boring. Also, the "family feel" is not apparent; cliques are often seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make promotional opportunities much more obvious.

    Shorter gaps betwen downtimes in work.

    Promote unity between coworkers.

    Make sure everyone is notified about company wide changes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    I worked at Talecris

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Talecris

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Relaxed but not stable

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    Current Employee - Contractor - Scientist  in  Clayton, NC
    Current Employee - Contractor - Scientist in Clayton, NC

    I have been working at Talecris

    Pros

    Everyone is relaxed and friendly.

    Cons

    hard to be promoted and communicate with the people in levels higher than yours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction with employees and get more feedback

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good coworkers, bad processes.

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    Former Employee - IS Analyst  in  Clayton, NC
    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Clayton, NC

    I worked at Talecris

    Pros

    The employees are very friendly, and the overall work environment is great. There are many opportunities to take on new projects, get training, and even change jobs. Communication is excellent at all levels.

    Cons

    Small tasks are over-managed. Validation is an absolute nightmare. Upper management is very quick to say no to any requests, so a lot of work either goes undone or gets done under the radar. IS management talks about leveraging synergy way too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage specialization. Don't expect everyone to be able to do everything for every project.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talecris full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Room for advancement, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Donors are difficult at times, working Saturdays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Physician Substitute

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talecris full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, PTO, insurance, profit sharing, 401K (especially prior to Grifols acquisition)

    Cons

    Since the Grifols acquisition there is less priority on donor safety (no vending machines or any accomodations for nourishment) and far less information sharing between management and staff. There is no team approach; few regular update meetings no feedback on how we are doing unless it is negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The problem is likely at the corporate level. Accomplishments should be recognized and rewarded. Management should accept responsibility and not delegate all the work. Management should not allow bullying by area leads which can lead to a hostile work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    It could be better, it could be worse...

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    Former Employee - Medical Supervisor
    Former Employee - Medical Supervisor

    I worked at Talecris full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay, frequent bonuses, get to meet tons of new people.

    Cons

    Always very busy, hours may vary, must follow strict government guidelines (this is true in any plasma center)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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