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Catalent Pharma Reviews

Updated June 25, 2017
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Catalent Pharma President and CEO John R. Chiminski
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  • But the work life balance thing still needs to be worked on (in 20 reviews)

  • Constant upper management changes (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Excellent company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and job opportunities. Feels like a small family company in a big company atmosphere. Been here 1 year and love it.

    Cons

    The cafeteria is not the best, could use some improvements. Would like there to be more food options for the night shift than vending machines

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing, great positive environment, love it

    Catalent Pharma Response

    Jun 13, 2017 – Talent Acquisition & Development Specialist

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience at Catalent!


  2. "Excellent company on the right track"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The companies Patient First focus has been pivotal in renewing an energy within the company. Employees are excited and feel a connection in the work they are doing every.

    The company provides opportunities for growth and exposure to different projects and business areas for those who are willing to work for them. Hard work is rewarded.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better but are in line with the market.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, it is making a difference.

  3. "Disgracefully Managed KC Location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Production in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At best, a few decent people work there. A few people have used this company as a stepping stone.

    Cons

    Where do I begin...This location is managed so poorly that is a company joke in almost all conversations. The ultra high production turnover rate (5 different temp agencies are employed to fill continuous manning shortages) is a direct link to the problem. Poorly trained supervisors fight among themselves shift to shift, day in and day out. There is no real set schedule on what to produce when, just a badly organized free for all for production workers. The worst training for new people industry wide, matched by the lowest pay industry wide. The temp agencies and supervision are very dishonest to temp workers about benefits, when you will be hired on as a permanent employee. They will tell you "90 Days and we will submit the paperwork to transition you. I know people still there that have worked over a year as a temp still being lied to. The "scientist" are mainly lab heavy college graduates, and most do not have any idea how to run the machines to make the product the develop for new companies, but always take 100% credit, and earning nice cash bonuses while the employees that actually do all the work, usually last moments notice to meet impossible deadlines get very little to nothing in return. This is daily practice here.
         Supervisors gossip to employees about your private issues, disciplinary issues, yet will favor former coworkers they have worked with at prior companies...such as alter times as to not get an employee fired for being late too often or call offs. Some supervisors have known addictions, which have been reported to HR when such things as asking employees for money or stealing lunches. What's worse is how supervisors talk to employees, like they are second class citizens, and they do so at shift startup meetings if you ask logical questions that prove their dishonesty, or correct a wrongful fact they spreading to all personal. It's very very bad. Some supervisors have told temps that HR is just for permanent employees, which to a degree, HR does protect themselves against valid claims made by temp workers versus company associates. You will see that the company pays someone to rebuff negative claims, saying there is a hotline to call and report issues, apologies...and yet as I know people who have called, they have reported to HR many times, NOTHING has been done. HR has never asked the employees of the Kansas City location about issues, well after people have posted honest reviews that HR needs to address. Plain and simple, Human Resources works FOR the company, and they are the front line to protect the company from financial damages outside the organization, such as court or fines for FDA violations. Please keep that in mind when you read the rebuff for this very open and honest review. Stay away from this company, you will only waste your time. Pay scales are kept secret, done so because someone they like more than you, But has less time with the company or in the field makes more than you may. Simply research the turnover rates, and the different hiring agencies as proof.

    Advice to Management

    Train yourselves, train your supervisors to treat everyone at the company like decent human beings. Figure out how to schedule work so you can actually train new employees. Pay better, stop low balling pay then demand to see an offer letter before you will pay someone what you know they are worth (happens weekly.) This can be a great location, a great company to work for, but is just ran my people with no clue, and just squeeze employees to generate the most profit possible at human cost.


  4. "Laboerer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Poor Management,employees do what they want

    Advice to Management

    Look to work with employee


  5. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is very supportive
    Generous PTO
    Fast paced
    Rewarding and Challenging

    Cons

    None at the present moment


  6. "Operations"

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

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well organized. Everything has a plan/procedure.

    Cons

    No office space (mostly cubes, some trailers).

    Advice to Management

    Expand the office space (infrastructure/building)

    Catalent Pharma Response

    May 11, 2017 – Talent Acquisition & Development Specialist

    Thank you for your review.


  7. "Great Job if you get along with your management!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule if you work with the right management.
    Great PTO days from the start.
    Management can be great!

    Cons

    Management can be terrible!
    Don't expect raises so get a good starting salary, it's not going anywhere from there.

    Advice to Management

    Fight harder to promote and keep your people, and let them know you are doing it!

    Catalent Pharma Response

    Jun 13, 2017 – Talent Acquisition & Development Specialist

    Thank you for your review

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Analytical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You are able to use different instruments.

    Cons

    This is the worst company you can work at. Too many bosses (dictators) don’t have any clue what’s going on.


  9. "For People With Passion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been part of other great companies - and I can honestly tell you that I haven't been part of a team with more passion for what we do than here at Catalent. This is a place that understands its purpose - to help improve people's lives - and the people that stay are the people motivated to make a difference in this world in some shape or form.

    Cons

    We have to ensure everything we make is safe for the patients to take - people's lives are at stake. this adds significant pressure to the environment. It's necessary given the potential results if we get it wrong. Accountability, resiliency and the ability to handle pressure are necessary skills to thrive here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find new ways to recognize our team for great performance.

    Catalent Pharma Response

    May 11, 2017 – Talent Acquisition & Development Specialist

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience working at Catalent!


  10. "Decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Quality Specialist in Winchester, KY
    Current Employee - Product Quality Specialist in Winchester, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalent Pharma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    pay. growth opportunities. lower level management is awesome.

    Cons

    workload. stressful at times. often understaffed


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