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  1. "Great experience, but not great career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBA Molecular (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to do a little bit of everything, get a wide range of experience.

    Cons

    Highly stressful environment. Employees are not rewarded for going the extra mile. No incentives for employee progress. Management is in shambles; no clear leadership, yet receives monthly bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Document processes/instructions for easier transitioning. Provide incentives for employees to do well.


  2. "Top heavy management with no concern for the workforce"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBA Molecular full-time

    Pros

    -Small company feel
    -Products help improve patient outcomes
    -At the pharmacy locations, there are very passionate employees that go the extra mile for the patients

    Cons

    -Management has absolutely no concern for the workforce...no raises, taking away any/all employee perks, very minimal employee-focused outings, long hours, constant criticism...all while management is taking large bonuses and having expensive dinners
    -Silos between departments, even when employees sit next to each other
    -Work/life balance was not even a concept here (work, work, work)
    -Lack of respect from HQ and management for the hard work employees perform at the pharmacy locations
    -Complete lack of diversity in the HQ office
    -Never fully executing strategies and changing them constantly

    Advice to Management

    -Respect your employees
    -Execute a well thought out strategy
    -Diversity would benefit ideation greatly


  3. "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Many interesting systems to learn and master
    - Great co-workers
    - You get to kill cancer
    - Once you get experience, options to work at sites all over the world open up

    Cons

    - Very poor documentation, at least 4-5 different systems to search
    - Upper management shows lack of care of engineering staff - Suddenly change from 2 shift rotation to full 3 shift rotations; added fixed Saturday hours (instead of "get 8 hours in over the weekend) totally ruining your weekend plans
    - Poor benefits package
    - Lackluster health care. Has been upgraded over last few years
    - Very high turnover rate - scheduling, poor (almost NO) planning for complex system upgrades
    - Not a suitable job for fresh out of school engineers - the only engineering you do is reverse engineering poorly (or NO) documented systems to figure out what is going on
    - Company based in Belgium. They seem to not appreciate input for improvement or negative feedback
    - System of big bonuses for uptime, project completion, minimizing budget/maximizing profit makes management not care for local teams' interests. But being a small company you can rise up to management in a few years and collect said bonuses

    Advice to Management

    - When making decisions that affect your team(s) INVOLVE them for feedback. You cannot treat engineers as "billeted military" that just MUST obey (high ex-Navy Nuclear people at IBA).
    - With a lot of "tribal knowledge" due to poor documentation, you cannot survive with such high turnover rates. Listen to your teams. When management disregards a team proposal (such as here is schedule we think will work, we all agree) don't just wave your hands and say NO because of personal reasons. Be a manager and leave your personal interests at home. This has cost numerous employees to leave IBA (along with all the tribal knowledge, specialized training, etc. that took years to accumulate!!)
    - Stop the management "big bonus" train. Sites have so few employees that they cannot take time off, shifts are barely covered. When a new contract is negotiated and it seems you *might* need one less person, don't immediately get rid of someone (and all that talent!) only to find you shouldn't have...
    - Stop the silo'effect. Seems when good decisions come along, some other department seems to come in at the last second and want to muddy everything up.


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    "Great position for early stage of career."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacist
    Current Employee - Pharmacist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBA has given me valuable experience in nuclear pharmacy and I work with a great team. Training was adequate as well.

    Cons

    Company is definitely doing as much as possible to cut costs which can place added stress on employees. PTO is low in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Make more visits to sites and see how operations occur on a daily basis to bridge the gap between sites and management.


  6. "Terrible upper management that has no regard for their internal employees."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBA Molecular full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get the opportunity to work in the unique field of PET

    Cons

    No upper management support
    Poor upper management communication to the local sites
    No employee performance reviews to help improve their employees
    Overwork their employees without regard
    Do not give yearly salary increases of any kind
    No room for advancement at the local level
    Terrible training for new employees
    Blame employees for upper management failures
    Majority owned by an investment company that doesn't have the best interest of their employees in mind

    Advice to Management

    Treat you internal employees with the respect they deserve
    Don't blame your employees for your poor management and lack of appropriate training
    Remove the layers of middle management and empower your managers at the local level to run their operations
    Develop performance standards for each job title and perform annual performance reviews yearly
    Reward your top performers with yearly salary increases
    Do not sacrifice quality of material to save money and have employees work harder because of those decisions
    Don't try to pull the wool over the eyes of your employees. Employees are not stupid and know what you are doing to them.


  7. "The worst professional experience of my life."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I got to travel. I got to work from home a good bit, which meant not having to see upper management much.

    Cons

    The pay. The "management.". The lack of corporate mission or strategy.

    Advice to Management

    There's no helping this place.


  8. "Dsyfunctional Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are no pros to this place.

    Cons

    The grunts do all the work by putting in all the long hours and their reward is MAYBE, MAYBE a .20 raise, meanwhile the execs and upper management rake in all the bonuses of $10,000.00 or more!

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your arses and pay decent wages to overworked men and women who keep the doors open!


  9. "Okay job for a paycheck."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to travel when other sites need help
    Benefits package
    Decent pay compared to similar positions in this area

    Cons

    Toooooo many directors/senior mgmt, seems like I find out about a different one each week (not that they are new, but they are so buried in the corporate web of job titles)
    Corporate structure is confusing, especially from the site level
    Hardly no chance for a promotion unless you are at the coporate site
    Lack of consistent message and vision at least in the quality aspect
    Raises are not guaranteed and are hardly ever granted

    Advice to Management

    Why so many Chiefs and so few Indians? Also, there are 11 completely different sites across the country, why are most of our procedures being written in a one size fits all fashion?


  10. "Aggravating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The field of PET radiopharma is on the verge of really coming into its own and revolutionizing medicine. This is the path to personalized medicine. It is a very cool time to be in a very cool field.

    Cons

    Lack of mission focus by senior management.
    Personal agenda driven rather than well defined company goals.
    Lack of organization. Always time to do it over but never appropriate planning to do it right. Management didn't trust the people they hired to do their jobs and therefore little ever really got done.


  11. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Fair and equal treatment to most people. Scientific company which is full of smart people. European style management which tends to put employees ahead of stockholders. Generous vacation. International

    Cons

    Decision making process seems slow but I'm more used to a small company before coming here. This is probably typical of all corporate environments.

    Advice to Management

    I like the company. I plan to stay.


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