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Lonza Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance within the company (in 6 reviews)

  • no real upper management vision; simplistic understanding of the working context/market; (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "US Benefits and Retirement Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits Package! The company works well with the community as well . It is a solid company that is growing in leaps and bounds.

    Cons

    There is a huge amount of turnover. Sometimes it feels as if employees are treated as just numbers and more programs are going into place each day to separate senior leadership from regular workers.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Be honest about the changes that will affect the workforce at the company. Keep the benefits great, don't try to match what other similar companies have for benefits as this is a great motivator for recruits.


  2. "Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH

    I have been working at Lonza full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, decent co-workers. Good schedule.

    Cons

    High turnover in middle/upper management. Big difference in the way departments are treated. The people doing the physical work are overworked and spread way to thin. People are constantly being moved to different areas to fill in. They have taken most of the experienced people to work in a new suite and instead of hiring new people they have hired a minimal number of temps to fill about 1/2 the positions, leaving everyone else to scramble to complete the work on time.

    Advice to Management

    It's great to expand the business and bring in new suites but don't forget the people that have made the business successful. Remember that every department has a hand in making the site successful and and none can function without the others.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Analyst"

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

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    It was a stable company years ago. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions and re-organizations that put employees in unstable situation. Don't let people go from the acquired companies but their own Lonza people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your talented employees, they are an asset for the company.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Product of poor new management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lonza full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lot of people who are very dedicated
    Good amount of vacation time

    Cons

    New management came in the last few years which has bred/sustained/encouraged a pervasive, extremely toxic and hostile environment
    Promotions, evaluations are based on personal relationships not job performance.
    4-5 years ago things were a lot better

    Advice to Management

    Lot of good, hard working people need to put them first. Performance ratings numbers should not be forced into a certain set established by corporate.
    Be more honest with employees


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Making a white collar job feel blue collar"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Scientist in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lonza full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    On the job educational opportunities
    -You can get your feet wet-learn GMP, purification, cell culture if you truly desire to, because Lonza is LEAN
    Flexible schedule in some groups-but not too flexible
    Its the best game in town and they know it -NH is not known for big business or technology
    -Short, easy commute in NH
    -Subsidized and decent cafeteria
    -Great people, the culture may be lacking, but I liked most people that worked there

    Cons

    -Too lean- after a survey chatting with coworkers, EVERYONE put "overworked, underpaid, stressed" or some variation of synonyms for those words
    -Underpaid if you have a technical or science background
    They know that you can get 20-30k more to go to Mass, but they constantly remind you that you work in NH. Probably only MSAT, engineering , or manufacturing supervisors would be a threat or consideration to, everyone elses job is too cushy to do that

    Removed benefits
    -9/80 program used to exist to give summer hours or every other friday off-nixed
    -Now pushing a worse health plan on people
    -All insurance (Matrix) and benefits are from cut rate companies which were a horror to deal with for disability
    -You can go to school at SNHU (which is online) or UNH, but they will push not to. SNHU was offered as a rather useless degree in the field.
    -Management at many levels is lacking- some of the new blood is good, but some people fell into roles they didn't belong in

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good people before they all depart, which is recognizing positions that are not created equal.
    If you offer a job to a new england native and they say no, and then you offer 10-20k more to someone who then needs a visa. or requires moving expenses... its not really the same. Don't get me wrong there are some great people in that program, but some of the weakest links have been also acquired through it for exorbitant pay.
    Basically anyone too happy is getting paid too much or doing nothing.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "It's all about the bottom line."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allendale, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allendale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lonza full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefit and vacation package are competitive. If you are a sheep and follow blindly life at lonza could be good. But if you have an opinion that differs you'll have no life at lonza.

    Cons

    Quickly expanding with little regard to employee work life balance. Bullying and harassment is prevalent yet ignored by upper management. It's all about the bottom line - just get it done no matter how. Career advancement depends on who you know not what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Stop turning a blind eye to complaints of unfair treatment, process failures. Communication is not dictating mandates.


  7. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    Gaining cGMP experience, building basic manufacturing skills, lots of opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Understaffed at times, difficult to complete necessary trainings.

  8. "They treat employees like they're disposable!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonza part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits if you can get them
    Nice cafeteria
    Friendly co-workers
    Facilities are clean

    Cons

    HQ announced that jobs would be transferred to some other country, just out of the blue!
    They ask new hires to complete online training stuff many times each week - too tedious! People are busy working and don't have time to do all that online training stuff.
    Lonza cares more about money than its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire robots to do most of the work then you can pay out less to staff.


  9. "no job security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    I like the people working there. They are very nice working people.

    Cons

    This company moves jobs overseas. The company likes to restructure jobs. Be careful about how long your position will last. I agree with other reviewer that too many acquisitions, they let their own Lonza people go first.

    Advice to Management

    Employee's knowledge about the company is a great asset for a company. It is not as worthless as the management sees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good Benefits, Poor Advancement Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lonza full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Very poor professional advancement opportunities, they are aware of this, yet still have no idea how to fix it. Moral very low. Upper management talks of "Transparency," but again you do not see it. Hire in at as high a pay as possible, because raises are very low. Use this point when negotiating starting pay, because HR is aware of this.

    Advice to Management

    Truly provide a career advancement path for those who desire it.


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