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long hours, you can learn a lot, management not so great. hardest part of the job is the long work days back to back and switching from days to nights two day shifts two night shifts
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place is awesome work else very easy once you get the hang of the process you are learning, great pay and GREAT 401K plan one of the best out there but management is TERRIBLE they do not want you to have a life outside of work and they play the card of "nobody is perfect are all human" but let you have the smallest amount of a mistake and they will throw the book at you. Management makes it a very toxic and stressful environment. Plus management never wants take the blame for THEIR mess ups they ALWAYS blame the operators or maintenance. Management is hardly ever there and they like to act if they know what is going on in the plant ( meaning processes) but at the end of the day do not know nothing. They get to sit from home while the production workers are the ones in the front lines losing family time, personal time or even sleep.there is some favoritism there but not too bad on that part but overall if you do not kiss up to the bosses you will be having a hard time
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great pay and great 401k plan
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no life outside of work, nonstop overtime, and management is TERRIBLE
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The Rochester location is the absolute worst, safety only means something when there is a walkthrough/audit. I do not believe that they report every incident that occurs, nor are they very fond of women. If a woman reports that there is an issue with a man, it will be down played and they will make it seem like she misunderstood the mans intentions. In the past there were office personnel that fought for the workers and they suddenly 'resigned" the following day. WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! This location is an absolute joke. I truly dont believe they want women or African Americans working at this location.
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The Rochester location has to be the worst of them all, management is definitely the worst. They have safety employees, yet there is always an injury, 1-3 times per week. They do not fix things unless an audit is taking place. If you value your health and sanity, I wouldn't work at this particular location. They want you to do double the work in 12hrs, but do not want to pay you more. When you ask about advancing(which is part of the job) they give certain people multiple excuses as to why they can't, but none of them make sense. Minorities and some women are treated completely different, they are usually "stuck." If you get hurt, expect the worst from them. They are very nice your first few weeks, but they will show their true colors soon enough. Some people that actually supported the operation employees on the floor, mysteriously departed from the company without a single word. (FIRED) DON'T BE FOOLED BY WHAT THEY OFFER, BECAUSE A LOT OF IT IS BS!!! If you do take a position, pray that your area has a control room, if not be prepared to burn up in the summer and freeze in the winter. Also, don't be a female and report harrassment, because no matter what you say in confidence, everyone already knows, and management will try to find a way to say you misconstrued something, or possibly not even respond to your complaint at all.
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Everything
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the place has a bunch of workers who are in a click.So if one person says something about you then your done..on there hit list and looking for a way to get rid of you...I was threatened on the job by one of the good old boys but nothing was even done..Friend of there spanish boss who thinks long hair is still in.. "the place is dump.
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LONZA is a pleasant place to work good respectful people, decent management. while the work can be strenuous at times it has it easy days. great benefits bonuses, and extras such as gift cards monthly if everyone works safe on no one gets hurt. But no consideration for a life outside of work 72hrs a week is ok once in a while but 72hrs 6 days a week for 2-3 months straight then maybe 2 weeks with your days off then back to more forced overtime is to much to handle when you have kids at home. But I do like the fact that your moving around a lot a good combination between mental and physical work, plenty of room to improve and a good 401K company match. On the downside all the chemicals in the air and not so healthy work environment.
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great benifits, great co workers, work that alows you to move around
Cons
endless forced overtime, unhealthy work enviroment
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productive and fun workplace. coworkers great to work with.
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great personnel
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while employed at lonza inc i learned everything needed to be a successful chemical operator.The management there showed you that they appreciated your hard work and dedication.I hinor of working with a great group of guys that became life long friends.Test part of the job was in the beginning learning all the manual valves but in the long run that turned out to be a good thing.The most enjoyable part of the job was the 12 hour rotating shifts
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4 days on 4 days off
Cons
company moved to switzerland
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