West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Positive experience, changes occur at the drop of a hat. New Procedures put into place frequently.

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    Current Employee - Quality in Eatontown, NJ
    Current Employee - Quality in Eatontown, NJ

    I have been working at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp

    Pros

    The people dynamic is positive. Employees do value their roles and jobs. Easy to get along with. One can wear many hats in his/her role. Health care benefits are paid for by the company. Year end bonuses. A good place to get hands on experience because it is a producing facility. Growing Establishment.

    Cons

    Salary is very low. No flexibility with vacation/ personal/ sick time. Taking time off is frowned upon. Management cannot make a decision about any processes put into place so mistakes occur because there is always an exception to consider. Micromanagement occurs here too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. QA

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I have been working at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp

    Pros

    Free health insurance offered with Atna

    Cons

    Management is unhelpful. Management from different shift are not in the same page

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive and helpful throughout the day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. egregious low salieries for production workers who are asked to train new hires making a significant amount more.

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    Former Employee - Blender in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Blender in Eatontown, NJ

    I worked at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are frindly among each other.

    Cons

    Exorbitly stressful horrific management. Money hungry company where profits stay on the top. Always scheming around bonus time..the workers know......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire C.E.O & all management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. It's ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp

    Pros

    Good benefits. Work isn't that hard just a lot to do. People are friendly. Sometimes cliquish but that happens everywhere.

    Cons

    The manager of the department is really bad. The only time she interacts with you is if you screwed up. No positive energy or mentoring at all. If they replaced her, it would be 10x a better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. best Experience

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Eatontown, NJ

    I worked at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp

    Pros

    Great benefits specially medical,open culture, friendly people

    Cons

    Lack of reviews which does not provide a clear path for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training to employees on production would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Unbelievable. It can't get any worse.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp full-time

    Pros

    The only Pro of working at West-ward Pharm.'s is good pay, good benefits. Period.

    Cons

    This entire Co.'s management is disengaged to the huge problems that are rampant here (at Cherry Hill). The real work horses in each dept. get burned out, tired of no communication, total disregard to Cherry Hill site who's made this Co., yet you won't find an address, or phone number for Cherry Hill on West-ward website ? That's what's wrong! It's Eatontown, Eatontown. It's a dog and pony show. Way too much capital expense on management salaries. Especially Eatontown, who hasn't made a product or a penny for years. You won't find an organizational chart anywhere here at this Co. Everything is "Because we said so", or because they said so. No common sense. You have to see it to actually believe it. Very catty, egotistical hierarchy here. No company culture at all. The end for this Co. will be in a few years after they lose all their talent from key employee's fleeing, and retirements of key personnel in Facilities, and Mfg. Look for both these NJ sites to close in a few yrs. and ops will move to the recently purchased Bedford site in Ohio. Is Ohio in the Pharm. belt ? Last time I looked, it wasn't and again, talent will be the downfall for this Co.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate most of your upper to middle management. Oh, wait a minute. That's you isn't it. Well, you're way to top heavy in management, security, HR salaries. Not enough headcount in the dept's that are making everyone their salaries. Get rid of the points, and Ultipro. A highly expensive piece of software that could have been put to much more cost effective use. Just the tip of the iceberg. Look for the book coming out soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Hell. No really it was

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Honestly, the only pro of working here was the healthcare benefits. We didn't have to pay for them and it was a decent deductible. Lots of experience gained. It was good to gain the experience and take it elsewhere.

    Cons

    Biggest challenge was finding the motivation to come to work everyday, knowing you would be worked like a indentured servant. Lots of cattiness across and within the departments. Promotions aren't given unless someone gets fired or leaves. Raises are like $.25 when you do get promoted. Probably the lowest paying salary within the tri state area for a pharma company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your workers and show them appreciation. Promotions within 2-3 years would be nice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Desperate last minute effort to get a warning letter closeout from the FDA

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    Current Employee - Validation Specialist in Eatontown, NJ
    Current Employee - Validation Specialist in Eatontown, NJ

    I have been working at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good no contribution to medical insurance, decent 401k plan.

    Cons

    Salaries are low. The company is in trouble with the FDA. The changes being made are too little too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the high paid consultants. New managers are coming in from consulting and hiring the people they formerly worked with and for in consulting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Skating on this regulatory ice while grabbing as much money as possible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The long term employees are really great. Many of these folks have avoided the frequent carnage of working for WW

    Cons

    This company will shut down a department, fire the employees and move on with picking up the problems caused by this type of draconian measure as they don't have much of a soul or brain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The parent company, Hikma, is managed by some serious knuckleheads, separate from the parent if at all possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. OK benefits but not so good salary.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I have been working at West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As an employee you don't have to pay for healthcare (dental included), 401K is matched and life insurance is also covered.

    Cons

    The pay is not a competitive one for professional employees. If you have a degree and don't work in production you won't be making any money. Base salary is between $42,000 to $45,000 a year for a lab position. Also there are no opportunities to grow professionally. HR is no good, when it comes to benefit knowledge they know nothing, and also if you have a problem with other employees is very hard to get them involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the worker bees, they are the ones doing their job and they know the process. Forget about saving money and listen to their claims. Also increase salaries and keep good talent in your company. When a person does a great job this person is no rewarded but when there is a bad employee this person gets rewarded by staying and keep doing what they do. Good employees get tired of this and often fall to be their best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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