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Polypeptide Laboratories Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "PolyPeptide Review"

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

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, employees are important, solid bonuses

    Cons

    Few opportunities for growth for administrative


  2. "A good place for a Job but not to get ahead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    -Location
    -Small number of employees
    -Good people

    Cons

    -Favoritism
    -small raises
    -small bonuses
    -incompetent employees get ahead
    -over working employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoritism and acknowledge the people that work hard.

  3. "Technical Services Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Lakewood, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Lakewood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Polypeptide Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    First of all, I started at Polypeptide as a basic production chemist straight out of college. I knew a decent amount of chemistry, but my degree was in chemical engineering. The reason I took the job is that they assured me that within a year, there would most likely be opportunities to progress to new positions in the company. And they delivered. Since starting, I have seen three of my fellow production employees move to new spots in the company (R&D, Project Management, etc) with little to no qualification. They received on-the-job training and are now doing well. I myself was recently offered the position of Technical Services Engineer, having only worked here for barely 6 months.
    The culture is great. It's a small company, so you get to know all of your supervisors very well. The most everyone is very friendly and willing to help with anything you need.
    When the global group is doing well as a whole, they offer profit sharing bonuses at the end of the year.
    They provide decent healthcare benefits, 10-12 paid holidays a year (including your birthday), 10 days vacation, and 5 sick days a year. Not amazing, but it's good. Plus they have a matching 401(k) program.
    There is lots of work to be done no matter which department you may find yourself in, so expect a fast-paced environment where you can't make many mistakes (especially in production). There is also a crazy amount of overtime possible if you choose to take advantage of it. I was getting ~20 hours a week before I changed positions.

    Cons

    Production can sometimes feel very stop and go because of how long project changeovers take. The job may seem boring at first because you can't really do anything until you're signed off on training (about 1 month in) so you'll get stuck watching, cleaning glassware, and doing very little actual production. But if you stick to it, it gets way better.


  4. "Stepping Stone, Not A Career Maker"

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    Current Employee - GMP Manufacturing Chemist I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - GMP Manufacturing Chemist I in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Decent experience in the GMP regulated chemical industry.
    -Lenient with starting times and overtime
    -Staff is generally friendly
    -Lab management is extremely knowledgeable of all stages of production and development

    Cons

    -Severe lack of communication between management and workers
    -Near complete lack of "structured" training
    -Major halts in production caused by upstream departments (QA, sales, management etc) create a "hurry up and wait" type of feel. Long spans of no activity will suddenly be broken by huge pushes to finish projects by unrealistic deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    -Keep in mind that the majority of your staff is trained by other coworkers who never underwent formal training.
    -Share how you plan on fixing issues so employees can be on the lookout for similar issues and troubleshoot independently.
    -Create a more formal training process


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Yo-yoing between laid back and very busy"

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    Current Employee - Development Chemist in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Development Chemist in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Polypeptide Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Major investments over past 5 years have shown the company is here to stay.
    You get the feeling there is good job stability. They don't really fire people (pro and con)
    the company is willing to train people with little experience

    Cons

    They don't let people go, even if people should be let go.
    They seem to have trouble retaining talent. Don't get used to having "good" people to work with.
    Little upward career movement. You realize pretty quickly that whatever job you are doing is what you'll be doing as long as you are in the company.

    Advice to Management

    You have to do more to retain top talent. Money isn't the only factor here. If people feel like there is no next rung in the ladder, they won't stay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Does not recommend"

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

    Pros

    Ok benefits-medical , dental , vision

    Cons

    Declining work environment. Poor morale. Awful culture.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Recognize and appreciate them.


  7. "Needs work on employee development"

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Torrance, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company with decent benefits

    Cons

    Not do much opportunity for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Motivated and well trained Employees are important asset.

  8. "PPL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Polypeptide Laboratories (More than a year)

    Pros

    stable, work life balance, stepping stone for acquiring experience , no OT

    Cons

    Convoluted manager system, no communication among managers, stagnant wages, lack of upward mobility, older crowd can be difficult to work with due to laziness and being stubborn.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of upper management. Learn to communicate with each other, reward people who work and care, get rid of employees who pretend to work and don't contribute. There are plenty of those.


  9. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The employees are wonderful people, great work environment. Lots of teamwork. It is mostly a stepping stone job. Great for first job out of college, most employees move on to better opportunities after a few years.

    Cons

    President is condescending, selfish, and anything but genuine. Puts up a fight against any positive change that management tries to accomplish.


  10. "CHEMIST I"

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

    Pros

    Manager willing to work hours with you

    Cons

    Terrible Company. Only cares about money and not for employees


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