I have been working at HollisterStier full-time (More than 10 years)
HollisterStier is a fairly small company and there is a lot of interaction between departments. Spokane people are generally friendly and good to work with. The pay is OK... Not what it is at larger Pharmaceutical companies, but good for Spokane. It's close to home so commute is minimal. The work is challenging. The first 7+ years at HollisterStier were wonderful. Room for advancement, challenging opportunities, a sense that I was valued for my knowledge and expertise. I have invested a lot of energy in the company and hope for their success.
The last 2+ years have been less than pleasant. Much of the older directors and managers that we had and looked up to were retired or left. In their place, some managers and directors were hired that do not value our opinions and ideas, and it shows. Poor treatment and bullying of employees goes on regularily and nothing is done about it. Can't seem to get product out the door without issues. Aging equipment that should have been replaced years ago. Promises that pay will be increased for additional certificates and education, are re-nigged on or simply ignored. Long hours in order to meet timelines are standard.
Advice to Management
You have talented and able staff members/ employees who want to be involved and valued. But your organizational structure is such that you have a few staff that you count on, and they aren't necessarily the ones with the ideas! Disgruntled employees are your biggest problem. You know why they are unhappy... not getting pay increases on time, or deserved job merits, increasing workloads, constant heavy workload, little appreciation from managers or directors. Tackle the problems from the bottom up, not from the top down. There are no problems we all can't tackle together, but the corporate culture has got to change or you will never benefit from the 500+ great minds working for you.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at HollisterStier (New York, NY) in May 2015.
Met with a group of interviewers very professional and asked great questions. They know how to zero in to get the facts and questions they were looking for. They wanted to know all of the accomplishments and successes I had with my previous employers. Why I left and what my long-term goals were.
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