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Cytovance Biologics Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Small & cozy but lacking grown up mentality"

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

    I have been working at Cytovance Biologics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Since it is small I've had many unique opportunities to interact with many different groups. Prospect for advancement has potential for being faster than at large companies.

    Cons

    Management and IT systems are outdated. One person's opinion of you can significantly change your professional path. I'm not just talking about direct chain of command. There's no system to fix an undeserved promotion on one end and unfair pigeonholing in another.


  2. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, employees, great benefits, etc.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Insanely unorganized company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Technician in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Technician in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cytovance Biologics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company offers an abundant amount of overtime which it could be helpful if needed it.

    Cons

    Be expected to survive a very childish and unprofessional environment and also sacrifice your personal life and be for work every weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Management in the manufacturing department lacks in experience which creates a very unbiased environment.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "As soon I find a new job, I will quite working for this company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Specialist/Supervisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Specialist/Supervisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Resonable pay, great people to work with at lower level.

    Cons

    Things start getting worse as soon as you need any job related information, tool, from managers, VP's. CEO is afraid of addressing the challenges employees face, e.g. work life balance is horrible. Employees are expcted to have only work, no life. Routine job horus wer week woulc be 70-80 hrs/week.

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen. Who cares. Incompetant managment which is incapable of making the organization worthwhile for employees. Most of the VP's except 1 or 2 are over promoted. One will be puzzled and not understand how the CEO got his job. He seems to be completely imcompetant of leading the company in the right direction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Headed in the Right Direction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great team environment and I felt like my opinion mattered. The start-up is headed in the right direction. Leadership is aware of its shortcomings, and working on building the team. The Chielf Executive Officer has an open door policy. And is quite open to suggestions. Vice Presidents are willing to pitch in and walk you through the process. I feel like Cytovance gave me a great stepping stone and helped my career significantly.

    Cons

    CMOs are known to require long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain your steadfast perseverance. Take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Needs lots of good help to make it work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good for lots of overtime, this could also fall as a Con.
    Many opportunities to help out in other areas

    Cons

    Company has too many VP's and is in serious need of more manufacturing operators and other support staff.
    Benefits are very limited.
    There is a strong disconnect from upper management for what it takes to get a process run done and done correctly. They need to stop making promises to clients and employees if they are not true. People general what to know the truth even if it’s not pleasant. They will get further on the truth then they have with the lying.
    Instead of promoting knowledgeable staff from within, they hire normally without interviewing upper management and very inexperienced process and support staff. There seems to be a tendency to hire friends if you are an upper manager, which is never good unless there is an interview process and you have more than ONE interviewee to choice from.
    Extremely lacking the ability to find good knowledgeable people to hire, they don’t want to pay to bring someone out to interview, unless you want to pay for the trip and then don’t expect to get any relocation unless you’re a VP. Then way too much money will be spent to house them and only VP’s get this treatment.
    They are lacking any type of training program for new hires.
    Pay in most cases are below industry average, unless in a director or higher level.
    Pay raises and bonuses are virtually non-existent. Only one pay raise has been given in a 3 year period to employees and it was way below what was told would be coming.
    No formal performance reviews are ever given.
    You are expected to get the job done even if you don't have the right tools or support to do so.
    I agree with the last reviewer GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING, even if you would think it needs to be done. If it’s promised get that in writing as well.
    Promises are made and very few if any are ever fulfilled.
    Communication is awful.
    Very limited company meetings held to update employees. Most information heard is second or third hand. And the motivation that comes from upper management would be considered un-motivation. We meetings are held every little if any thanks go out or thanks go to the wrong person and not the department.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting employees to work 60 to 80 hour weeks as a normal expectation
    Honesty is the best policy for all
    Inform the employees of company growth and milestone achievements
    Treat employees with respect and give credit where credit is due

    Communication is key, across all departments
    Hiring quality people will help the company succeed


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Think twice about working here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good for a paycheck and lots of overtime at times.
    You do get a 401K plan.

    Cons

    Company is very top heavy with management and lacking enough workers for the manufacturing areas.
    Benefits are very limited. Only ONE insurance plan.
    Unless you are a V.P., manager, supervisor, etc. or have a 4 year degree or better, you are disrespected by upper management. Thoughts, ideas and opinions are quickly disregarded.
    Very limited growth potential. Instead of promoting knowledgeable staff from within, new, unskilled or untrained employees are hired.
    Pay is at best average for this field.
    Pay raises and bonuses are virtually non-existant. Only one pay raise has been given in a 4 year period to employees.
    No formal performance reviews are ever given.
    Limited resources which make it difficult for you to do your job correctly.
    Get everything in writing. Be very careful during the interview process and pay close attention to what is said or promised. As before, get everything in writing and documented.
    Communication is also non-existant. Usually new employees are not formally introduced to the company. Very limited company meetings held to update employees. Most information heard is second or third hand.
    No formal training, you are expected to learn and figure things out on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Value your skilled employees.
    Share information and updates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Cytovance Biologics is making great strides as a leader in third-party GMP manufacturing work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is very helpful and people want you to succeed. For people interested in process development, it's a great place to work. They have a large facility that has a lot of space, so it is very versatile in that new processes can be implemented in a short time. They also encourage gaining familiarity with all the processes, whether it be purificaiton, bioreactor production, cell banking, etc.

    Cons

    No intellectual property. They only do contract GMP work for other companies who want proteins produced. Scientists who are interested in research and development need not apply. Another problem is the location in Oklahoma City.

    Advice to Management

    None, very pleased.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The manufacturing team is awesome. We have things handed to us that seem near impossible and some how we all work together to insure a successful run. Cytovance is growing and constantly changing. There is a lot of opportunity for growth while gaining a biotechnology background.

    Cons

    The biggest downside to Cytovance is the lack of scheduling and personnel in manufacturing. We have a lot of projects thrown at us and constantly battle for associates.

    Advice to Management

    You need to find the balance between meeting the quarterly goal and having enough manufacturing associates to do that.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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

    I have been working at Cytovance Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Management has been very understanding of personal situations

    Cons

    Leadership is a 'clique' that doesn't allow for the professional growth of its reports, unless they like you personally.
    Working faster is more important than working compliantly.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare for the FDA to come down with a heavy hammer when they see the clean room practices.


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