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Lonza Biologics Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, decent pay - 3 weeks vacation to start and a solid 401k match (in 8 reviews)

  • Opportunity for overtime, good people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Manufacturing"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate I in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate I in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lonza Biologics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    401K matching, paid vacation time, health, dental, vision benefits

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities, promotions are scarce, management offers overtime but then doesn't actually always pay you for your time worked, redundant safety and compliance training but not actual on job training, difficulty moving around in company.

    Advice to Management

    Communication would be nice


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Portsmouth, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lonza Biologics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Will hire people straight out of college, always something new to learn, a lot of good people work here, benefits are great, lots of time off especially if you have worked here a long time. Great job security.

    Cons

    High turnover rate makes working as a team difficult when there are always untrained associates on the floor. This can probably be attributed to the work schedule and the pay. The schedule works great for some people who don't mind working 12 hour days/nights and every other weekend but I know a lot of people who have left because of it. The pay is also less than what you can make in Mass.

    Advice to Management

    Work on reducing the turnover rate, especially the highly talented people. This will help out every department.

  3. "Mostly neutral, sometimes negative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lonza Biologics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay - 3 weeks vacation to start and a solid 401k match.

    Cons

    The real problem is a lack of ability to change to match technology and a lack of vision and leadership. It's also a relatively flat organization so wherever you land that's where you'll be.


  4. "Manufacturing Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are wonderful, fast-paced working environment. You are rewarded for your hard work and extra effort.

    Cons

    Pay isn't comparable to other biotechs, and progression of careers are slow.


  5. "Too fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some really great, smart people trying to do some good work.

    Cons

    Projects not planned well - early planning and collaboration zip. Need to design in quality, not try to write it in later.

    Advice to Management

    Improve early planning, and ask for advice from the specialists.


  6. "Biotechnologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lonza Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Very nice and diverse group of colleagues. Incentive is given to suggest ideas that will improve the operations.

    Cons

    Not enough training provided to biotechnologists. Not enough appreciation and reward given to manufacturing staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the needs of employees


  7. "project engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was plenty of opportunity to work on a number of projects. Great work experience. The people are friendly.

    Cons

    Very dynamic place. Priorities change frequently and can make it tough to keep up.

  8. "Core Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lonza Biologics full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    NOT alot of work life balance


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Major Overhaul and Restructuring in All Management required at LONZA_Portsmouth"

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Administrator Lead in Newmarket, NH
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Administrator Lead in Newmarket, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lonza Biologics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits:
    1:401k
    2: Medical
    3: Dental
    4: Vision

    Cons

    Top to bottom, Employee and Management major Overhaul and restructuring needed in the following areas:
    1-Compliance with regulatory requirements of FDA
    2-Awareness and Sensitivity training in Race, National Origin, Culture, Sexual Orientation and Gender Discrimination.
    3- Habitual Violator of Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1967 that protects Employees from Employment Discrimination.
    4: Misapplication of resources in multiple (Redundant) expensive Software training modules for CGMP and corporate governance and neglectful of Technical Training that is actually job specific and directly impactful to the bottom Line

    Advice to Management

    Either fix the cons recommended or just quit to make room for conscientious folks who will.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Discriminatory and unethical use of "at will" employment"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate I in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate I in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Attemps to improve the company with compliance and proper cGMP training of their employees. Good temporary employment opportunity to get into pharma industry.

    Cons

    I was hired as a temporary employee, but soon got terminated a week and a half into TRAINING. I never got the chance to display my lever of performace or fully use my training on the floor. The job only wasted a total of 64 hours of my time, where I had even rejected an interview offer prior to this job acceptance. Absolutely unreasonable and illogical termination. Do NOT be fooled or tempted by the salary or the seeming kindness of the employees. They can and will terminate with ZERO prior notice or warning and with no real applicable reason.

    Advice to Management

    If the company chooses to terminate an employee (temporary, contract or permanent) without notification or direct warning, then do not hire them. The company is taking someone's unemployment situation to their advantage, training and making them work until the "most desirable" employee has been chosen. Regardless of the reputation of the company, it is ethically and morally wrong to use "at will" employment to its extreme.


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