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I met so many great people working at Lonza that I still stay in contact with today. Though he environment could be fast-paced and stressful sometimes the experience of the members around you calmed your nerves and helped you move forward effectively and do your job.
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The company does not care about work, life and balance. All they want from you is to work long period of time to finish the tasks and will give you more workloads. Management planning is really bad.
Pros
Good 401K match
Cons
Terrible long hours of work
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Don't let them know if you are an engineer. Everyone thinks that engineers are know-it-alls. If you get in and have an engineering degree don't let them know that you want to be an engineer eventually. You will be treated like an outsider.
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The management is god awful at this place, leadership is not a word I would use to describe what they do there. Not to mention it's almost impossible to get their recruiter on the phone if you're trying to check in on your application. Don't go here unless you absolutely have to.
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Bad Management
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Manufacturing culture is toxic, the hours are long and the hardest part of the job seems to be dealing with incompetent or miserable co workers. Management is poor and constantly changing. The training department is completely dysfunctional so attaining your qualifications is much harder than it should be. Turnover is very high.
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I worked at the Hopkinton site for 5 years for Lonza very friendly atmosphere. Great leadership and developmental growth, benefits and salary not bad either.
Pros
Benefits and Salary, Peers
Cons
Hopkinton site closure
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Pay is good. benefits are great. 6% 401k matching dollar per dollar. Good time off holidays plus personal. carry over vacation. good work life balance
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Lonza was great with the swing shift but difficult to advance. Awesome with the employee benefits including the 401K match. Very social group oriented.
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employee benifits, 401K match
Cons
not recognized for the effort put in
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A typical day at work involved developing pharmaceutical drugs from fermentation of various cell lines. I learned how to grow and separate different proteins from cell lines in addition to various manufacturing practices and clean room techniques. The workplace culture was the best I had ever experiences thus far in my career path. The dynamic of the team I worked with in addition to the supervisors I answered to and worked under, where excellent. I enjoyed every aspect of what the job entailed, what the company stood for, and how the company treated their employees.
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Matched 401K, full medical and dental insurance, excellent pay, tons of room for career advancement
Cons
Nothing
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High stress environment, where the people truly care about doing as much as possible to manufacture safe and quality product. Management willing to make changes to accommodate the evolving world of best practices. The best part of this site is the people. Certain departments or positions lack a reasonable work/life balance.
Pros
On-site cafeteria, solid benefits
Cons
High-stress pace, overzealous expectations
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I really enjoyed working at Lonza. I was part of a very professional work staff that really made a difference in my career in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical field.
Pros
Great Management and Staff.
Cons
Closed too soon.
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This is a super corporate company looking for sheep to be their employees. Any expression of ideas or individuality is frowned upon. With out a moments notice you can be fired. You will only be a number here. Would you expect more working for a pharmaceutical conglomerate? The pay is great but that is if you can make it through their strenuous training and testing period. Co-workers will only look out for their own butts, don't expect to make friends. Management uses trickle-down scare tactics to get results. The seriousness of the job is understandable given that you are making medicines for human use but the overall culture is depressing. The most enjoyable part of the job is the cafeteria and the pay check. Is that worth selling your soul for?
Pros
Good pay, next to a brewery
Cons
Usually hired through a temp. agency, many safety procdures, not appreciated as an individual, will be terminated for any reason
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Can be a fun place to work depending on which department you work in. Manufacturing by far is the most stressful, as any and all mistakes come down hardest on the workers. The day to day autonomy is nice though, and if you plan your day and stay busy you can do well. Promotions are inconsistent, and seem to often reflect personal preferences over hard work, skill, and meeting the stated benchmarks for each Associate Level. If you know someone (or many someones) that are well positioned in the company then it's quite enjoyable. Many folks are not from scientific backgrounds, and this was hard to handle initially (those with specialized degrees/certficiates were the minority).
Pros
good benefits & retirement package, company sponsored team building outings, employee appreciation day, tuition reimbursement after 1 yr of employment.
Cons
stressful work environment, management randomly moves people to different areas with little warning, too much emphasis on 6s instead of on production on the floor, some manufacturing managers seem to fast-track people while ignoring others.
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Working as a temp worker is not a good experience. Although you do the same work, the benefits provided to permanent workers make the tough job a good job. Working 12 hours without realistic access to water is a problem.
Pros
ample days off
Cons
no water, poor management, no personality in hr, temp workers are not treated fairly.
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