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Almac Group Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Project coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Almac Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Salary is not as competitive


  2. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Almac Group full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork and collaboration is the best part about working with coworkers. Everyone tries to look out for one another.

    Cons

    Recognition and compensation for hard work is not ideal whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees higher wages or higher more employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "may be ok Entry level place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many friendly coworkers and if one happens to be under a good supervisor you may have room for growth.

    Cons

    new upper management have done away with the culture and employee appreciative environment.

    Advice to Management

    The employees are the company's main asset and not the egotistical people with management titles.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Good to start a career. Very frustrating if experienced."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Testing Analyst in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Testing Analyst in Lansdale, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits
    20 days PTO, 4 days sick/float leave
    Co-workers are helpful
    You can work remotely two days a week

    Cons

    - Shorter timelines which are unattainable to finish complex and long projects. You get 4/5 weeks to complete 8 weeks of work.
    - Very high workload. Scheduling team makes sure you have work for 8 hours everyday (read 10 hours). LOE is given as 40 hours for work which would take 50 hours. Means you are expected to work nights and weekends.
    - Low pay for the amount of work you do
    - Very stressful, more work in less time add stress.
    - Not allowed to pursue other opportunities in the company because you are needed in your current role.
    -Manager has a right, not to approve your PTO during summer months when projects come in high volume
    - Blame game is rampant. Even if you have completed 20 projects with out any UAT findings but one project has any issue, it goes against you in performance review.
    -no communication with in team members as people are overloaded with work and have no time.
    -company cares about making money, not about employees.
    - No promotions for 3/4 years.
    - No work- life balance
    - Managers in general are not encouraging.
    - Employees here looks like robots with low battery.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees or I must say, treat your employees like human beings. They are being treated as machines in auto pilot mode.
    All experienced and good employees are leaving but management is not affected by this. Management says, company will hire more people.
    Please give some realistic timelines to clients while winning projects.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Souderton, PA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Souderton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Almac Group full-time

    Pros

    Can be relatively lax if you get one of the good managers.

    Cons

    This used to be a great company to work at. The founder Sir Allen Mcclay believed in the Almac family. Year by year since his passing the company becomes more and more like the rest. Terrible management with a few exceptions. Employees are treated like they are expendable and pay is lower than other pharma. Don't waste your time here, just go and apply to another pharma. You'll end up there anyway. You'll get told in the beginning that there is endless opportunity here, and there is technically. The party they don't tell you is that because they are constantly under staffed, you won't be allowed to pursue opportunities because you are needed in your current role.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and listen to their needs. Stop the revolving door of fed up employees.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Almac is an awful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Almac Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy commute. And that's it.

    Cons

    Almac is the worst company to work for. Extremely long hours required and expected with little compension in regular pay, little bonus if at all, not much in terms of working up the ladder. And they dump work on you, then have the nerve to offer you to leave early for a holiday, when they pretty much expect you to work overtime to get the job done. Run from here as fast as you can and don't look back! They originally said they have a work/family balance which doesn't exist at all. You are an Almac slave. I would rate zeros if it was an option.


  7. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Almac Group full-time

    Pros

    A family environment is created between the separate divisions. I enjoy feeling useful within my role, fair pay, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Limited big growth in Durham, needs more financial incentives, and the distance for me is a slight pain but i agreed to the job knowing it.

    Advice to Management

    Improve growth opportunity, not just based on time but work ethic. I'll work hard so you can see I'm standing out above the rest, helping me grow accordingly.

  8. "Doing many things right"

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    Current Employee - Design Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture. Great co-workers and challenging work. Good support from line management.

    Cons

    Very high workloads at times and accountability issues.


  9. "Technical Writer"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Souderton, PA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Souderton, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Almac Group full-time

    Pros

    Privately-held company with good working conditions and good benefits.

    Cons

    Company is slow to accept change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Test Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Almac Group full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are really good. There is a decent amount of PTO offered from the moment you start. There is a match 401k and the health care plan offered isn't bad. Personally, most coworkers seem to care about you as a person.

    Cons

    all the other reviews are pretty spot on. Overworked and under appreciated. Not much more to be said. Management doesn't recognize exemplary employees based on merit, but on how much they are "yes men/women' employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, most of them have great process improvement ideas. Reward based on merit, not based on "time served" at the company. Empower your GL's to be managers, not glorified puppets, let them make decisions that work best for their team, not what you think is best. Hold everybody to the same level of accountability.


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