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  1. "Growing"

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

    I have been working at Bend Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented amazing employees. Lots of opportunity within the company to explore new roles in different departments and grow your talents. Overall love all the people I work with. Opportunities to work out or play sports at lunch. (Soccer, frisbee, etc)
    Pay is good for central Oregon for entry level jobs.

    Cons

    Rapid expansion is causing some growth pains.

    Advice to Management

    Work on a strategy for retention during this busy time.


  2. "Wish I could give it two scores"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bend Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a great place to learn and grow. Pretty much everyone there was brilliant and were great to work with, around or for.

    Cons

    Capsugel bought Bend Research and drastically changed the culture. It seemed like the best people left because they knew what was coming. Bend Research is/was a huge part of the community, but it seems like Capsugel only cares about the bottom line.

  3. "Poor management has really hurt the culture."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bend, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bend Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with. Benefits are on par for the tech industry. The science and technology are exciting. The learning opportunities are phenomenal!

    Cons

    Pay is not up to national industry standard, and benefits have been watered down since Capsugel purchased the company.
    Average duration of employment is about 4 years, after which people are done drinking the coolaid and move on or are deemed "no longer a good fit".
    Senior management still rules like their paranoid, narcissist former boss did, perpetuating the culture of fear and distrust.
    The old cadre of top scientists (called themselves "the skunk works") are egotistical nut jobs that think they have no equal in the pharmaceutical industry.
    GMP shenanigans (falsified documents and skewed risk assessments) are the norm. There have been so many audits, that they have become adept at hiding the real dirt. Appears that the EU didn't follow the red herring this time.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management, YOU are the weakest link. Short sighted, narrow minded management is what has limited BRI's success. The talent is there to really make a difference, but the core of the company is rotten.


  4. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bend, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bend, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, beautiful part of the country! I love the passion, commitment and enthusiasm around the work being done here.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Better if you're a guy..."

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    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bend Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people - they hire friendly, outdoorsy, younger scientists who make work fun. Good benefits (which have diminished some since being acquired). The lab is in a beautiful location. They're willing to hire entry level people and train them on a variety of instruments so I would recommend them as a good first job.

    Cons

    They expect a lot out of you, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, until you work your butt off and get no recognition. Salary is much lower compared with most of the industry but they justify it because "you get to live in Bend" - that was a direct quote at my exit interview. It is definitely a boys club, so if you're a woman, be prepared to be given fewer opportunities. If you're experienced, this may not be the best place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Give the women in your company more opportunities. Salaries commiserate with the industry will help keep people around, especially since you ask so much of them.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "cGMP Operator"

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    Current Employee - CGMP Operator in Bend, OR
    Current Employee - CGMP Operator in Bend, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bend Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most people that work there are good people and are easy to work with.
    For the area pay is good.

    Cons

    Management is one of the worst group of managers I have worked for in BRIM. Most of them haven't worked at any other company in their careers and have been placed in their roles because of who they know. Nepotism is rampant there even though it is against company policies. Schedules change daily because management can't get organized enough to have a proper work flow.
    Capsugel has bought the company and has brought in big corporate ideals and not rewarding the employees of the company while management are taking in the big bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your offices and walk the floor to see what is really going on in your building.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bend Research full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great values! There is a lot of amazing work that goes on here and a lot of great minds. If you want to be challenged, be a part of an innovative company, and feel appreciated this is the place.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have anything negative to say about this company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Research Chemical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Research Chemical Engineer in Bend, OR
    Current Employee - Research Chemical Engineer in Bend, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bend Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A collection of very talented, smart, and driven people. Our commitment to a multidisciplinary approach allows us to rapidly solving problems.

    Cons

    The recent acquisition by Capsugel has caused the company to take a sad turn toward the corporate world. Also, a general lack of project management sometimes makes it hard to know what the next appropriate steps in your work day should be.

    Advice to Management

    Give your workers a chance to own the company again. I know it's not Capsugel's style, but if you want highly-motivated and talented people to stick around, give them some ownership of what they do.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, work hard while you are there!"

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    Former Employee - BST/Operator in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - BST/Operator in Bend, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bend Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice bunch of people to work for. Great atmosphere, great benefits! Good Pay! Lot's of work, lots of hours a growing company. Lot's of opportunity. They actually ask new hires what they think, how is it going, etc, etc. Be ready to work, it can be very physical. If you like to work hard and be a team member apply, it will be worth your while.

    Cons

    They are needing lots of people now, training rushed and not organized, however everyone there is helpful. Training, knowing who is your leader and who to talk to can be a little confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, good training is important for future success. Train well first, less mistakes later. Listen to what the new people tell you. Otherwise it looks like you are doing a great job! You are kind and understanding. Nice bunch of helpful people...don't let any mean people in...and it will stay great!


  10. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bend, OR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bend, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bend Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are friendly, intelligent, hard-working, impressive and strive for a healthy work-life balance. The work is challenging and engaging.

    Cons

    Since the company was bought by Capsugel, it's felt more corporate and less home-town. There seems to be less emphasis on the person and more focus on the policy.

    Advice to Management

    In order to maintain current employees it would be ideal to offer the same incentives and salaries offered to incoming hires.


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