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CMC Biologics Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits were good when I was there (in 4 reviews)

  • As another reviewer stated, people going through terrible situations together tend to stick together (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is the worst I have ever experienced (in 3 reviews)

  • The leadership team does not run the company around it's most important branch, manufacturing (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "An Actual Review Worth Reading"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CMC Biologics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CMC has a lot of opportunities for those that want to put forth the effort. There is a huge amount of growth potential - but its not just handed out. You have to actually earn it. The company has potential clients consistently coming through on tours, and the schedule is full through the next couple years. This equates to plenty of job security. Pay is somewhat competitive for the area, and the benefits are fairly standard.

    Cons

    Just like everyone biotech / CMO, CMC has its share of issues due to its constant changing of clients. Training has been an issue in the past, but there are steps in the works to rectify that.

    The biggest "Con" at CMC is evidenced by the last 10 or so reviews on this website. The company has a few children that are so disgruntled that work here, that they try and use this forum among others to make those that actually work feel like they do. These people believe that their 6 months of industry experience at CMC entitles them to massive raises and continued promotions. And this is all while calling out from work consistently or taking extended breaks and dumping their work on those that actually work. Couple that with a complete lack of urgency or work ethic. They then wonder why they arent promoted or given the "respect" they deserve. If you are so unhappy, get a job somewhere else! What I find the most ridiculous is that these people that complain about the morale, are the ones contributing to that very issue.

    And to those reading this, it is not the majority of people who are the complainers. It is a small group who are writing all these reviews. The likelihood is that it is a handful of people creating multiple email accounts to spam this site because they know they get a rise out of people. If you had a shred of dignity, you wouldnt spam this website ANONYMOUSLY! If you are so sure of what you're saying - give your name and stand up for what you believe in. For some reason you want to make these outlandish claims, but still retain your job...why is that? Oh, because the pay is better than what you'd make doing a true manual labor job, which would fire you for your inefficiencies within a week.

    Advice to Management

    Washington is an at-will work state. When you have people who dont work, or cant do their jobs - let them go. They are a drain on the company, and the work is already getting done without them. Their salaries could be better spent on people who want to be at CMC.

    Take a look at industry standards for pay and 401K and align a little better. If CMC wants to retain employees, 401K and pay needs to be competitive with its competitors in the area.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "The Difference is Night and Day"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CMC Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Back to "normal", but at least no more Haggling.

    Cons

    i'm sure the night shift is hating that their Haggling free vacation is over. ZERO people skills so we're
    glad she's finally gone. I only had to deal with it for a few weeks on days. I can't imagine dealing with that social misfit on a permanent schedule. Unless she has something negative to say, she won't say anything at all. In her case, the glass is always empty. Unless you're a manager sitting in the back room, don't expect her to come talk to you like a real person. If you're a lowly mfg operator, expect an email instead of a real conversation. I've had longer conversations with a mime. At least they smile. Darth Vader is more approachable as a coworker and provides better feedback.

    Advice to Management

    It's not what you say. It's how you say it. Get this person enrolled in the Communication Workshop. Although, this class might not work for people that don't communicate to begin with.


  3. "Response to "Response to "An Actual Review Worth Reading"""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CMC Biologics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone gets so much entertainment from reading all these reviews. It is like a weekly continuation to a novel every time we come into work.

    Cons

    The company is a burning ship and everyone is abandoning it.

    Advice to Management

    Better start looking for new jobs like everyone else.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Freeze"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Support Technician in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Support Technician in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    co-workers are awesome. Benefits are great

    Cons

    Disconnect between management and employees. No room to grow.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "50% dependent on department, 50% what you make of your experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CMC Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Your experience at CMC is highly dependent on your department. Make sure you get in the right department as your manager and the people around you will do everything they can to help you succeed.

    People have the ability to jump on most projects they'd be interested in and there's no shortage of projects. If you like change and continuous improvement, it can be quite a rewarding place to work. If you want everything to be set up and for you to just be told what to do in black and white, you'll probably hate it. Those who longed for the good ol' days when the company was smaller hated it. Typical growing pains and typical change pains.

    While no one has a particularly cushy job, most people at the company who are on regular schedules (i.e. not manufacturing-related) are 8 hr/day employees. People on alternate workweeks can work long hours but they receive quite a bit of OT. There are firedrills that require people's attention outside of normal hours but the people who care enough to help would probably be doing that at any company.

    It seems like upper management acknowledges they have a turnover problem and is making genuine efforts to fix it. Not all of the fixes work, unfortunately.

    Overall, the people are friendly and professional and many employees will go out of their way to help you. There's very little politicking going on at the staff and lower/middle management levels.

    Cons

    Base comp is probably the low end of average for biotech. Still better than many other industries and companies in the area.

    If you get a bad department, you may dread coming to work.

    Advice to Management

    No one wants to say no to a customer, but that doesn't mean we need to overpromise. Set project timeframes that are realistic and will help us succeed.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "An Honest Look at CMC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CMC Biologics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only reason I've stayed at CMC as long as I have is because my direct manager goes above and beyond to make sure my career development is a priority for both of us. They make a concerted effort to give me additional responsibility beyond my job description, and eventually set me up for a promotion.

    The people at CMC are talent, smart, and hard working. Any biotech company in the Seattle area (and beyond) would be very lucky to acquire CMC personnel. When we hire people into CMC, they are now mostly from out of state or even a different country, because anyone who works in the Seattle area already has a good idea of the company's poor reputation.

    Cons

    Employees stretched too thin; too much work and not enough people
    Ridiculous promises to clients and impossible timelines
    Leadership does not actively listen to employee complaints
    Berkeley site operations are a disaster
    Paid maternity leave is only 6 weeks long
    Bonus is terrible (3% is cost of living adjustment, not a bonus), and leadership has been known to forgo it altogether if finances are "too tight"
    401 K matching is also cut if they think finances are "too tight"
    No stock options (private CMO)
    Clients/consultants have been known to be verbally abusive to CMC personnel, to the point where employees and project managers remove themselves from said project
    Leadership members are reluctant to give employee recognition when it's way overdue
    Equipment is outdated at least 15 years
    Science/technology is outdated at least 15 years

    Advice to Management

    Your CEO is a guy who will sign anything for a nice fat paycheck, while some of us are just trying to make it to the next paycheck. Think of it this way--if you treat your clients better than you treat your own employees, you’re going to have attrition issues.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Associate 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CMC Biologics full-time

    Pros

    None. I'd stay away from this company

    Cons

    Management and equipment is terrible. Runs out of parts and materials daily. Doesn't care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    Known issues within the company. Spend the money to fix them.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "CMC = Cutting Major Corners"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CMC Biologics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They can't seem to hire anyone from WA state, so they have been forced to hire people from all over the country by using staffing agencies, which means they give out pretty solid relocation packages. Quite honestly, it's not even worth the constant stress you will face with each and every shift.

    Cons

    You will be expected to perform at a minimum of two pay grades above what your were brought on as since you won't have a competent supervisor - don't worry, he/she will get fired or quit soon enough. Your department manager will be a condescending "armchair quarterback" who will only be a driver for complacency instead of change.

    They DO NOT care about employee safety whatsoever. Ever dream of swabbing a 3000L tank whilst standing on a rickety 12ft ladder that happens to be on a perpetual wet floor? Work here, and your dream will come true. Bonus: if you do get hurt, EH&S will victim shame you.

    The equipment is ancient and unreliable. When something breaks, it gets tossed into another building that is the equivalent of the Island of Misfit Toys. If you can't do your job because of equipment failure, extremely thin staffing, or a power outage due to an Act of God, the blame is placed solely on the Operators. Since the the alarm system on the equipment is faulty at best, you are required to drop everything you're doing every two hours to perform "room checks". If for some reason you miss any, you're punished for it.

    The SOP's and Batch Records have been written in such a way that if you actually follow them (what you're supposed to do), you'll actually do your job wrong.

    They have cameras used for spying on Operators in every suite, so be sure to smile for your Overlords while you put out fires.

    This place managed to pass an FDA audit over the Spring while cutting every major corner in the book, so there are no repercussions for not following any GxP standards. This is not a quality-driven culture.

    This place is a purgatory.

    Advice to Management

    You don't listen. What's the point?


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Revolving door with no respect or trust in employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Burned Out and Underappreciated Worker Bee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Former Burned Out and Underappreciated Worker Bee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CMC Biologics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many talented employees were great and worked very hard. They have more business than they can handle. Pay and benefits were good when I was there.

    Cons

    Management was unwilling to accept responsibility for being the problem of employee unhappiness and turnover. Eventually the only way to hire new people was to hire them from outside the area. The Seattle area reputation was so bad no one wanted to work for cmc. Now it is just a revolving door of employees and that's fine with management because they can pay less for this business model. It use to be a pretty cool place to work until they burnt everyone out. Company does not care about employee safety or health only about profit. They are unethical and if I was a client I would find someone else to make my product. Management lies to employees face to face then denies it when challenged by employees. If you call them on something they become defensive and then they label you as having a bad attitude. CMC is the wh#re of the CMO industry and they will do anything for money. Then expect employees will get it done when they have no plan in place, insane timelines and improper equipment. Batch records are absolutely a joke and transfer group is always scrambling to get a subpar job completed.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat people with respect. become quality minded and actually drive change instead of talk about it. Listen to your employees for once. You certainly did not do it when I was there. Spend the time and money to become a world class organization instead of talking about being one. World class organization do not go straight to GMP. They properly ensure process and documentation is understood before performing a GMP run. People don't leave good companies only poorly managed ones.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "CRO/CMO focused on maufacturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    people are great, culture is relaxed

    Cons

    everything else, nothing is driven by science


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