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KBI Biopharma Reviews

Updated Aug 11, 2019

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KBI Biopharma CEO Timothy M Kelly
Timothy M Kelly
15 Ratings
  1. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, but lots of hours

    Cons

    A lot a expected of employees, good salarybut expect top work hard for it

    KBI Biopharma2018-06-12
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Get ready to hustle"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work pace is fast, which allows you to learn a lot if you can keep up. From my time at KBI those who put in the effort are rewarded. However, you need to hustle to stand out. The company is growing fast so there are a lot of opportunities for advancement if you can adapt.

    Cons

    The work pace is not for everyone. It can be overwhelming for some people. Training is minimal.

    KBI Biopharma2018-05-17
  3. Helpful (7)

    "A disorganized mess that doesn't want to get better"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary Opportunity for advancement if you are okay working 60 hr weeks or learn which people to suck up to.

    Cons

    It's an unneccesarily disorganized mess. Everything takes twice as long as necessary, and equipment is often not working or available when you need it. Poor business development decisions by nonscientists lead to awful and stressful situations for the "lowly" analysts who do the work. No training program... Sink or swim and pray you are doing things correctly. High turnover. Double standards and favoritism... abounds. The distribution of projects is not equal between groups, so you have some analysts who spend time on Facebook and take 2 hour lunches, and some analysts who are crying in the bathroom and being told they have to work weekends.

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    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to more than just revenue and at least pretend like you care about your employees wellbeing. The level of disorganization creates so much work and stress and could be completely avoided. The company is big enough to start developing formal training programs: learning on the fly leads to way more problems than any costs saved by not having formal training.

    KBI Biopharma2018-04-21
  4. Helpful (2)

    "It’s an incredibly fast paced environment"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are collaborative and willing to help you if it’s essential or an immediate need. This includes any inter-departmental requests.

    Cons

    Some of the quality systems aren’t very robust. I need to fight to maintain my integrity. Not a good business model for a pharma company.

    Advice to Management

    Give managers training if they don’t have management experience. Use 360 reviews for all employees.

    KBI Biopharma2018-04-17
  5. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    Medical Benefits Good Work Environment

    Cons

    Can be disorganized, and priorities can change on the fly.

    KBI Biopharma2018-04-16
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Unprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    The compensation is decent. No other pros.

    Cons

    Instead of solving problems, an unreasonable amount of time is spent playing the blame game. There seems to be a lot of upper management, and not a whole lot of knowledge. I do not enjoy the culture of this workplace.

    KBI Biopharma2018-04-10
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work (KBI Durham)"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are incredibly friendly and helpful, as well as competent and knowledgeable (for the most part). Expectations are high, but mistakes are easily forgiven and there is a lot of grace for things that come up beyond your own control. People generally get raises every year as well as annual bonus. Tons of paid time off; I have never had trouble taking any.

    Cons

    There is always a lot going on. If you don't know how to say "no", it can be easy to get overwhelmed and get into a pattern or working 50 hours/week (hence some of the negative reviews on glassdoor). However, as long as you are willing to say "no" from time to time, and to establish your own work life balance, it's relatively easy to maintain 40 hour work weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people

    KBI Biopharma2018-03-06
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Free breakfast once per month

    Cons

    Too much expansion. Institution of the HB1 visa program destroyed employee moral. The company culture has completely changed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop buying new companies. Start paying attention to what is actually happening to your work force. Stop the Underground Railroad. Married couples present a conflict of interest if they both work in the same group.

    KBI Biopharma2018-02-13
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Scientist I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    Almost everyone is helpful and eager to perform well. Great place to learn new techniques and different processes in industry.

    Cons

    Supplies are scattered throughout 3 different analytical labs so time is wasted looking for things. High hiring rates result in overcrowded lab spaces and limited parking.

    KBI Biopharma2017-12-21
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at KBI"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great teammates Something new every day Get to see a lot of technology Growning by leaps and bounds

    Cons

    Not a lot of office space

    Advice to Management

    Try to sufficiently keep pace with expansion.

    KBI Biopharma2017-12-04
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