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Fresenius Kabi USA Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Company has great potential if it would listen to the employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fresenius Kabi USA full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are the best thing.

    Cons

    Long hours, minimal training, retention issue.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess the operations, you have a good company that needs some tlc.


  2. "Siloing culture"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fresenius Kabi USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your knowledge base will grow and constantly working with extremely smart people. Work from home one day a week, summer hours, jeans are acceptable when no meetings with outside clients, lots of freebies.

    Cons

    Competitive within each unit which leads to siloing. Sink or swim mentality. Egos are high. Pay is low compared to other pharma companies.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unanamous"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Job Title in Grand Island, NY
    Former Employee - Job Title in Grand Island, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great place for people with little experience.

    Cons

    Ineffective on-boarding program. Not a good place for people with experience, Recommend look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your quality culture, on-boarding work and improve the work/lie program.


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  5. "Career Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Management promotes and helps with career development. Most employees are pleasant to work.

    Cons

    Work life balance suffers. Validation groups are not staffed with a 2nd and 3rd shift to support production needs. Therefore the 1st shift employees of validation groups suffer by having to cover 2nd and 3rd shift hours when studies are required to be performed. These employees are supposed to be compensated with time off, however, the heavy work load often prevents the employees from being able to take the compensated time off.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a workforce for all departments that can appropriately support production needs for a 24/7 facility.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Loved the company, but management needs a lot of work in every department"

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    Former Employee - Associate Electronic Submissions Coordinator in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Electronic Submissions Coordinator in Lake Zurich, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fresenius Kabi USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company, good work load, friendly co-workers, company treats employees very well, the office space is airy and doesn't feel confined

    Cons

    Management team is rude and plays favorites, people constantly talk out of their office, rules change constantly on what seems like a person to person basis

    Advice to Management

    Work with your team on career growth. Stop throwing people on your team under the bus because it's easier than figuring out the real issue. Stop playing favorites within your team. It stands out to everyone else, and makes your other employees want to work less.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Eyes wide open"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can make as much money as you want because there is unlimited overtime.

    Cons

    You will not make a quality product. Everytime the FDA comes the company will hide everything and lie. This is what they teach you, but when you make a mistake they will not take any responsibility themselves but will throw everything on you the worker. Be prepared to be poorly trained and given loads of responsibility. Good luck because you are on your own!

    Advice to Management

    Stop coming in with your own agenda and listen to your employees. Sometimes you have to put the lives of the customer before profits and bonuses.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Going good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours, challenging work, fun work environment, opinion is heard from upper management overall good experience

    Cons

    sometimes equipment can be limited and it can be hard to manipulate your schedule around this issue

    Advice to Management

    purchase more equipment so employees can be more efficient


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Change is Coming!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fresenius Kabi USA full-time

    Pros

    I previously Posted a 3 Start review of this company. I am now raising it to 3.5 (Too bad Glassdor doesnt let you do that)

    Here is my review with some updates:

    The company's treatment of hourly people has become improved a lot.
    The US branch used to be a small American pharmaceutical company which was purchased by Fresenius Kabi. A lot of the problems are related to the fact that a lot of the people in positions of power are from the old regime, and are used to none structured and pushy management style with short term goals and lack of respect for employees, but that too is changing. But change is very slow and painful here, as upper management is set in their old ways of doing things.

    The German parent company has noticed the abnormal employee turnover rates and all the problems that are associated with bad turnover.(Lack of knowledge base, no knowledge transfer, no Subject matter experts, overworked employees, past due project etc.)
    As a result there have been some initiatives to slowly but surely change the culture over time and make Fresenius Kabi US a place people actually want to work at.

    In all fairness it is not a terrible place to work at for salaried employees as there are advancement opportunities as the company is investing heavily and is planning on making their US manufacturing base their biggest in the world. The company is also placing long time Fresenius Kabi employees from their other plants in strategic positions in the US in an effort to synchronize their US branch with the Fresenius Kabi way of doing things.

    Large capital projects used to be run by the corporate engineering group out of Germany which works in a very structured way but but now a corporate engineering in north America has been established with growing numbers of engineers to run all North American Projects.
    Finally the people that have to support and maintain the equipment get to select and build it. This is a very positive development.

    There has also been many changes at the US corporate office and all the groups that work there. Generally speaking most departments are getting additional headcounts and some departments are split up or consolidated in order to stream line responsibilities.

    I would add the following points as Pros
    -Salaries in line with other Pharma (Good salaries for engineers)
    -HR has been giving generous raises to all employees as part of their Employee engagement program.
    -Benefits are average with 3% 401KMatch, Good Health Insurance Options, 3 Weeks Vacation to start with. 11 Holidays.
    -Due to the lack of resources you go through baptism by fire and learn a tremendous amount within a short period of time.
    -Turnover is still an issue but things are certainly getting better.

    These 2 points are not related to this company but are industry specific, they both can be a con or pro at the same time
    -Very complex industry-->many different system to work on and a lot of scientific aspects to consider). At the same time project implementation takes a lot longer.

    -Very Regulated Industry-->exposure to regulations and documentation for injectable pharmaceutical manufacturing which is very niche. At the same time regulation and paper work brings everything to grinding halt and is unmatched by any industry that I know (with the exception of the nuclear maybe)

    Cons

    -Politics
    The amount of backstabbing and unnecessary politics between employees gets worse the higher you go on the management chain. It is the worse amongst directors. That is a result of the leadership style that is currently in power and encourages such behavior.

    -Lack of recognition
    Employees are not acknowledged or recognized for their hard work.

    -Work/Life Balance
    Hard to achieve with current resources. BUT almost all departments have gotten additional head count. As more people join our ranks the Work/Life balance will improve for all of us.

    -All decisions are made in Germany
    This is still true but at a much higher level. The global strategic decisions are made at the board which is in Germany, BUT how these decisions are implemented in North America is now up to the North American Business Unit.

    -Lack of standards
    I am used to other Pharmaceutical companies where there are Hardware/Software/Equipment standards in place.
    This is still an issue here BUT also changing due to the fact that most of the Engineering decisions for the US plants are being made here in the US and a Corporate Engineering group that will establish North American standards.

    -Lack of mentorship or clear career paths
    The HR department in this organization is sub par and is not comparable with other big companies. They do not know how to find the right talent. Once talent is brought in they do not have proper structures to provide mentorship or different career paths employees can pursue that makes them want to continue their career here instead of leaving.
    When someone does get promoted HR limits their raise to where the promoted individual who is being paid below market gets the experience and then leaves the company.
    With all that being said HR is currently leading an initiative to Engage employees with various tools and career incentives. This is still being worked out and it remains to be seen how it will affect the overall situation.

    Advice to Management

    Do everything in your power to keep your best talent. You can NOT build state of the art facilities without state of the art PEOPLE!


  10. "Good for Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to get experience if you are starting out in pharma. Good place to learn diverse techniques.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional, poorly managed. Work/life balance is horrible. Only emphasize numbers and tests. Some shady practices to avoid re-test or blame the manufacturing process.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management from outside


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    FK is a great place to work. Everyone is friendly and helpful. The environment is very relaxed.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of communication and understanding in higher management.



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