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West Pharmaceutical Services Overview

Exton, PA
5001 to 10000 employees
1923
Company - Public (WST)
Health Care Products Manufacturing
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. Working by the side of its customers from concept to patient, West creates products that promote the efficiency, reliability ... Read more

Mission: We contain and deliver injectable therapies that improve patient lives.

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  • Today, West recognizes World Cancer Day and supports all of those who are fighting cancer, their caretakers and their families. We are proud of our role in developing containment and delivery solutions that help to ease the treatment journey for cancer patients. #WorldCancerDay #WestByYourSide

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West Pharmaceutical Services – Why Work With Us?


West is a leading global manufacturer in the design and production of technologically advanced, high quality, integrated containment and delivery systems for injectable medicines. We are a trusted partner to the world’s top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies—working by their side to improve patient health.

West Offers Proprietary Packaging, Containment and Drug Delivery Products

Contract Manufacturing - Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Diagnostic

West contract manufacturing harnesses a powerful combination of innovation, technology, infrastructure and expertise to serve the pharmaceutical, medical and consumer industries. Along with more than 50 years of experience, we bring customers quality, safety and reliability in injection molding, contract assembly and finished packaging from our eight locations throughout North America and Europe.

 

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Mission
We contain and deliver injectable therapies that improve patient lives.

Vision
To be the world leader in the integrated containment and delivery of injectable medicines.

Core Values

  • Passion for Customers
    • Our customers' success is our success.  We innovate to continuously improve our product and service offerings to meet future customer and patient needs
  • Leadership in Quality
    • Never compromise on quality.  Patients are counting on us. 
    • Every Dose, Every Time - 100% Commitment
  • One West Team
    • We strive to unleash the talent of each team member at West.  Our diverse team of employees spans the globe, but we are united by our integrity and mutual respect for one another, the safety of our work environments, and the communities in which we operate.

 

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Working to Improve Patient Lives

West is the market leader in the development of pharmaceutical packaging components and systems for administering injectable drugs. Today's pharmaceutical and biotech discoveries lead to innovative new therapies that will become tomorrow's healthcare solutions. West is at the forefront of advancing those therapies with delivery systems that enhance the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals.

Whatever your job at West, you will help us in our mission to create a healthier world by working by the side of our healthcare partners to save lives, eradicate disease and manage wellness. We have a friendly and informal environment that empowers members of our team to make a difference – to enable them to follow a career that will benefit and support them both professionally and personally.

We are looking for talented people who are can help us continue West’s success story.

Environmental sustainability is a critical concern in today’s global landscape, and West recognizes the importance of sustainability for the Company’s continued success. West’s business is directly tied to the natural environment. As such, West has a responsibility to consider environmental sustainability issues related to our operations.

Our Commitment

West has a long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility in our products, operations and within the broader community. Our efforts in these areas demonstrate our concern for the environment, our employees and the continued success of our company. 

Our Future

West has taken steps to help reduce our environmental footprint. However, we recognize that more work needs to be done. To help us in guiding, shaping and evaluating the success of our environmental sustainability efforts, we have created an Environmental Sustainability Statement.

Environmental sustainability is about meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. At West, we strive to be stewards of a sustainable future by ensuring that environmental considerations are factored into our decision making, from the raw materials we use, to our production and manufacturing techniques, to our packaging and distribution methods. At West, we believe that sustainable practices are directly related to sustainable economic performance and the creation of healthy communities. With guidance from this document, we have identified additional actions that we will undertake in the coming years at various facilities. These efforts range from energy efficiency strategies, to waste diversion and robust recycling efforts, to water conservation projects.

West offers a 10-week, fully paid, exciting summer internship program instrumental in shaping future careers. At West, we value the insight and fresh perspective our interns bring to the table. 

During students’ time at West, they work alongside industry experts who guide and challenge them. Interns receive real-world practical experience, participate in multiple philanthropic events, and collaborate with other interns and Company leaders. On top of tangible, marketable skills, interns will also gain many intangibles – stronger communications skills, adaptability and the ability to balance multiple projects.

At the end of 10 weeks, student interns have a deeper understanding of the possibilities that await them after graduation.

Applications for summer Ambassador Internship Programs begin in September. Visit the Job Opportunities page on West's website to browse available internships. 

West Pharmaceutical Services Reviews

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    "Global Healthcare Company With a Lot to Offer"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Exton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at West Pharmaceutical Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global, growing business; Great purpose in supporting patient health; Friendly work environment; Flexible working hours; Community outreach a big part of culture

    Cons

    Keeping costs down means budgets can be tight at times

    Advice to Management

    This is a great company to work for. It's not often that you can find a major, multi-billion dollar global healthcare business with international headquarters based here, in the heart of Chester County, PA. This company has a great business model in that it partners with all the major pharmaceutical companies. So, in terms of impact, its reach is far and wide. As an employee, it's nice to be a part of a business that makes such a big impact on patient lives. As a growing business, with a long history, there's a mix of both established employees, who have been with the company for many years, and lots of brand new employees too. When you meet people who have been a part of the company for thirty-plus years, you know you've found a company that's worth being a part of. New employees are bringing fresh thinking and newer ways of working to the table, and the combination of these two factors is creating positive change within West. There's also a real spirit of community at West. The work the teams do to raise money for local charities is impressive, and you can tell it's an important part of the culture. As the company continues to grow, management should continue to stay true these great cultural attributes, while they embrace new strategies that will help the company thrive in the future.

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West Pharmaceutical Services Interviews

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    Associate Packaging Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at West Pharmaceutical Services (Exton, PA) in November 2019.

    Interview

    I was working as a temp for West when my manager pointed me towards this role. However, I still had to apply as an external candidate. The interview process began with a short (about 30 min) phone call with an HR specialist, during which we discussed the details of the role and a bit about my background (very straightforward). Since I was already working in the same building as the hiring manager, I was able to skip the phone interview with him and move directly to the on-site interview stage. This stage consisted of 4 30-minute interviews, each with a different employee of West (director of division of R&D, director of packaging, hiring manager, and senior packaging engineer). During these interviews, I had to go into more detail about my experience and qualifications for the position, in addition to answering a few behavioral and technical questions. After completing this stage, I received an offer about a week later.

    Interview Questions

    • You need to secure four plates together, and you have a nut, a bolt, and a washer to do so. Describe the function/purpose of each in fastening the plates together.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time in your academic/professional career when you had to reevaluate the way you were doing something. How did you go about it?   Answer Question
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West Pharmaceutical Services Awards & Accolades

  • Corporate Champions of Change Award, Chester Coundy Fund for Women and Girls, 2018
  • CPhl Excellence in Pharma: Corporate Responsibility Award, CPhI, 2018
  • Mid-Market Social Impact Award, CEO Connection, 2018
  • Women of Distinction Award, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2018
  • Innovators in Healthcare Award, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2018
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