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Dow Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated December 2, 2016
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  1. "A very rewarding challenge"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dow Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There was the opportunity to develop some really interesting financial/operational systems within this contract services organization. There were some great people here, and many fascinating stories to share. Nearly everyone appreciated efforts that gave them greater insight into the business or made processes less cumbersome.

    Cons

    Growth potential within their market niche was limited. Not everyone was willing to recognize the obstacles the company needed to overcome.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on reducing non-valued added activities.


  2. "Too many managers are out for themselves."

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    Former Employee - Formulations in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Formulations in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you need to gain experience in the industry, this is a good place to become well rounded in many areas.

    Cons

    The corporate attitude of making the employees feel that they should just be thankful that they have a job in order to justify the low wages and minimal increases of salary for the rarely given promotion.

    Advice to Management

    managment needs to understand that when departments have to lay people off that by eliminating the operators and not cutting the team leaders and managers that this doesn't help as the people left in the lab become overwhelmed as the managers never come into the lab to lend a hand. This effects the quality of the work and the time to complete cre quests. The place has become very top heavy.


  3. "Great before it was purchased by Valeant, Mike Pearson put it out of business."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Marketing in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Marketing in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dow Pharmaceutical (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Run by group of corporate raiders who ruin every company they purchase.

    Advice to Management

    Close the whole mess down and sell the piece parts now while they're worth something


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  5. "Nicest place I've ever worked, too bad it won't last."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Petaluma, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Petaluma, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dow Pharmaceutical as a contractor

    Pros

    Everyone here will agree that the people here are the nicest people to work with. Everyone does a great job at what they do, are knowledgeable, and willing to train others.

    Cons

    Parent company Valeant has laid-off a significant portion of the company, so the future of this company is questionable.


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    "OK Company with Lots of Room for Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary for the North SF Bay area. Dow is a small fast-paced company, and you have lots of opportunities to wear lots of hats. Very results-oriented environment.

    Cons

    Communication from executive management and sharing of information across functional areas is sorely inadequate. Micromanagement is king at the senior management level. Dow struggles between trying to be a service provider business versus an internal drug development company - doing neither role really well.

    Advice to Management

    The new direction of Dow / Valeant to reduce internal R&D headcount and costs and focus more on acquiring later-stage drug products may benefit stockholders in the short term, but this is not likely to be a good long-term strategy if Valeant wants to be a growing specialty pharma company.