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Cytovance Biologics Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Small & cozy but lacking grown up mentality"

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    • 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    Management and IT systems are outdated.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. Helpful (1)

    "Safety jobs or material handler and chemical solutions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler/Safety and Chemical Specs and Compressions in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Material Handler/Safety and Chemical Specs and Compressions in Oklahoma City, OK
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get good pay and friendly people

    Cons

    No help and you have to fig things out on your

    Advice to Management

    Give raises and care about your staff more

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Resume Builder But Nothing Else"

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

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

    Pros

    The experience you get here will be great. There is a lot to learn like mammalian, fermentation, and downstream processing. It truly is a great start to your career. It's pretty relaxed, so as long as you get your work done and don't neglect your process, you can basically manage yourself.

    Cons

    I would say the biggest con is the management. Don't get me wrong there are some great people there, and they know who they are , but if you're unlucky enough to have an interaction with one of the bad ones, it could mean game over for your career if you are not careful. I've seen it first hand. The blatant favoritism and pure corruption from the top infests every single group in the company. Be prepared to play politics, and play them well. Many, if not most, of the directors in the company have been there since Cytovance was very small, and have created an atmosphere of toxic competition. Be warned, some of the most poisonous people will come to you as friends, but they are easy to spot. They encourage people to turn on their team in order to rise above them. Unfortunately, because of this atmosphere, expect people to order you to help them when they need it, then leave early you when you need it.
    The management loves to preach about the work culture and how it should be more GMP compliant and team focused, but the second you get thrown out on the floor the whip is cracked, and you are expected to work as fast as you can no matter the consequences. This means doing operations behind the Quality department's back, and blatantly disregarding rules and regulations. You have to be smart to survive because management will completely throw you to the wolves if you are caught breaking SOPs or batch records on their orders.
    The quality department is another huge issue. They would rather blame operators for everything that goes wrong in the process no matter the circumstances than actually find the root cause of an issue. You didn't have support during the night shift? Your fault. The batch record that was written by your director almost took the suite down because he instructed you to operate equipment that should not have been turned on? Your fault. You're working 18 hour days with no days off and make a mistake in the batch record? Your fault. This has created a facility infested with flaws, hazards, and thoughtlessness.
    Expect to work whenever management decides you are working. They do not value your time, nor do they care about it. If a milestone has to be met because management wants another bonus, you will work, and reap nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Until someone is prepared to lay out the systemic problem, this company will simply go through cycles of finding corruption, finding a scapegoat, eliminating the scapegoat, and relaxing until another exodus happens. How many people have to leave and complain about the same people in management and quality before something is done?
    I've met some incredibly talented people here, and it's a shame management would rather carry on chasing people off instead of investing in their people. When you decide that your workers, not directors, are the blood of the company and are vital for it's livelihood, Cytovance will become a great place to work. Until then, your people will continue to build their resumes, and leave when another company who values them makes them an offer. Exodus 3 is currently taking place, so expect 4 to happen in 2019 once resumes are built. You have until then to root out the corruption before another round of talented people disappear. From what I can tell, it seems the problems are getting better as more people come into the company. However, this does not fix the problems, but rather dilutes them. Hopefully, people with the right intentions and enough authority can get the company back on track.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Listen to Your Employees More"

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    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smaller side CMO, so there are more chances to learn a broad range of skills.

    Cons

    We're very top heavy with lots of Director-level, or higher, employees. But, besides senior management, directors are relatively new to their positions, potentially only ever having worked at Cytovance, and without the people management skills to be as effective as the company needs them to be. Things are far too fast-paced, with poor communication across the board to disseminate priority changes or problem solving. If Cytovance slows down and focuses on doing fewer things well, on training employees and following up on their concerns, it will be an amazing place to work. Until then, we can only hope leadership can turn things around.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. You will get a far better understanding of issues, and far more ideas to fix them by talking to people who do the job rather than sitting in meetings of VP-level people and up to decide the fates of 200+ employees.


  5. "Turn around, don't drown."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cytovance Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Some (not ALL) coworkers are amazing people with great work ethic.

    Cons

    There's a disconnect between management and lower level employees. Climbing the ranks doesn't necessarily mean you are more qualified but most likely means you are management's flavor of the month.

    Nepotism is a major and WELL known problem. Schedules vary based on a how much the scheduler likes the person. The favoritism is so obvious that It is sent once a week to everyone, and it's called the schedule.

     The management group is so insecure and incompetent, you will unashamedly be thrown under the bus, attacked, smeared behind your back through no fault of your own except being a contrast to the void of competency in management. If you love yourself, your dignity, and your future, stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Compassion, equality, thinking before you speak, GMP values, putting yourself in their shoes


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Dont work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The OT pay was the only good thing plus helping people

    Cons

    This place has a toxic environment and is rooted in favoritism. If you aren't in the chosen elite then be prepared to never get promoted. Certain people are allowed to socialize with management all day while people overlooked are forced to get all the work done. They let the clients run the schedule and are never organized for runs. This place is a literal joke.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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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 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.

  8. "Manufacturing Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cytovance Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Manufacture proteins that save lives.

    Cons

    Minimal career progression without advanced degrees.

    Advice to Management

    Increase horizontal communication.


  9. "Great Company"

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    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very positive reviews are fake..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cytovance Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Can have the opportunity to learn and gain experience if you are motivated.

    Cons

    Management misleading employees about pay, benefits, and promotions is common practice.


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