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Lonza Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance within the company (in 5 reviews)

  • no real upper management vision; simplistic understanding of the working context/market; (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  3. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    A nice place to work. Peers are friendly.

    Cons

    Can be very busy at times


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Get experience and leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    Insurance Benefits. Great for first job out of college.

    Cons

    The Alpharetta office was unorganized & unprofessional. Bad experience- watched dozens of people get laid off.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lonza is very unorganized do not work here if you don't want stress and anxiety."

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Walkersville, MD
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Walkersville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, entry level lab technician positions, yearly bonus, start with 3 weeks of vacation and full time hiring raise and night shift differential pay.

    Cons

    This place is an unorganized disaster. A lot of standing around looking for something to do when there is nothing to do but can't go home. They hire ANYBODY. Nonstop drama

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your new employees badly and people might stay longer.


  6. "Can't Dispute Company's Success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits and reasonable compensation, including bonus pay through most levels of employees. Stock price is indicative of a very successful company over past 5 years.

    Cons

    Multiple silos not well integrated create both a less effective workforce and unnecessary initiatives coming from a narrow view of needs and corrections.

    Advice to Management

    Global initiatives tend to force feed requirements that often result in the square peg for a round hole as needs, requirements, and applicability are not fully considered before implementation. A very successful company over the past 5 years in regards to stock price, could become even stronger with fewer silo-initiated programs.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good until new co. took over"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Conley, GA
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Conley, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience in the chemical field.
    Good pay once you reach the top of your top pay time accrued via union.

    Cons

    Superintendent in charge has no backbone and relies solely on human resources to make decisions. Superintendent also came from no chemical background to run a plant.

    Advice to Management

    Need to recall previous Mngmnt to reconstruct company back to a smooth running co. and to stop HR from running
    the Co. the way .HR wants it to be ran

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    Benefits package, there are still some good and skilled people around, monthly birthday cake, free soda and coffee, nice building,

    Cons

    No effective leadership, tyrant type managers is not uncommon, no communication and silos are notorious in this company, rate of changes is too high.

    Advice to Management

    You work with people, please be aware of that, the most important factor in the success of a company.


  9. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonza full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good place to gain experience

    Cons

    They don't pay well compared to other companies


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Key Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Management in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Management in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and self management has some positives

    Cons

    Bottom line profits prohibit growth


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