Lonza Inc Employee Reviews in United States

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QC (Former Employee) –  Portsmouth, NHJanuary 7, 2016
I was hired as a temporary employee which became very temporary. As a previous reviewer noted, you can and may be fired suddenly and for no reason. I was hired to perform a task that had a 40% success rate. The test I performed did not work for reasons not of my control. The experiment was poorly developed and training was awful. I have extensive pipetting experience therefore the results could not have been attributed to me. I was not given any warning about my termination. I received a call before work from the temp agency telling me I was let go. The spineless Lonza worms couldn't even tell me in person like a decent human being. Stay away from this company.
Pros
Cafeteria
Cons
Atmosphere, management, disrespect, not valuing an employee
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Worst workplace ever
Quality Control (Former Employee) –  WalkersvilleJuly 31, 2015
I worked for this company for only a short time. Why? The management expects you to work long hours for less than industry standard wages. Promotion has nothing to do with performance at this company. If you want promoted you have suck up to the big boss, yes I do literally suck. Poor performers is what they desire here. If you go to work for this company do not show any initiative. People that can think for themselves need not apply.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything about how this company works.
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long hours,runs 24/7,great benifits,forced overtime,good people to work with
Chemical Operator (Current Employee) –  Rochester, NYAugust 9, 2015
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.
Pros
great benifits, great co workers, work that alows you to move around
Cons
endless forced overtime, unhealthy work enviroment
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good place to gain experience
Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Portsmouth, NHMarch 4, 2016
Great place to work , excellent career progression, they really consider my contributions to the company. Great opportunities for international assignments.
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The Lonza Workplace
Summer Helper (Former Employee) –  100 Mckee Road. Rochester/NY/14611September 8, 2015
A normal day at Lonza is a hard working day but with nice kind people all around to help make it enjoyable at the same time. Getting your work done while following all safety codes is the most important objective there. I learned while working there how to take your work very seriously. Management there took everything seriously while keeping morale up and everyone with a smile. My co-workers were hardworking and had been there for a good longtime so were very experienced with everything that they did. The hardest part of the job was dealing with the heat while trying to get your work done. The plant would be extremely hot during the day so staying hydrated was very important.
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great place to work
dept manager (Former Employee) –  Alpharetta, GAAugust 7, 2015
Lonza is a great place to work that offer great benefits, unfortunately the company has several upper to mid management employees who don't always have the company's or it's employees best interest at hand.
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run away
chemical operater (Former Employee) –  Rochester, NYNovember 4, 2015
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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none
Cons
none
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You will always walk on this ice
Manufacturing associate (Former Employee) –  Portsmouth NHJanuary 14, 2014
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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Terrible place to work
warehouse (Current Employee) –  Walkersville, MDNovember 14, 2015
If your not in the click in the warehouse like hunting or suckling up to the boss your days here are going to be very bad. A day consists of being backed up with orders, workers yelling at each other because of the stress.
Pros
Some good people
Cons
Favoritism, long hrs including weekends, no family time
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Only Young Single People Need Apply here
Supervisor Cell Therapy (Former Employee) –  Walkersville, MDApril 25, 2014
There were multiple occasions when I was forced to work 18 to 22 hours at a stretch because the company was incapable of retaining talent. The average workweek consisted of 60 hours and working on days when no one else was there was typical in order to catch up on administrative tasks. Time with family is impossible in this department. The tendency to hire kids right out of college led to a very immature culture which was fostered by "management" who were really just college kids that had been there longer than the other kids. The atmosphere was very similar to high school - if you didn't fit in and go out drinking with the "cool kids" you were ostracized. Several of these very good and ethical workers were made scapegoats and let go while I was there.
Pros
if you're hourly, lots of overtime
Cons
everything else
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Play the Game
Sr. Customer Service Rep. - International (Current Employee) –  Alpharetta, GAMay 25, 2015
If you fit the mold of the chosen group, you progress. If not, be prepared to be stalled on every turn. Work / Life balance is very low. Compensation is okay, but for the amount of expectation required on most employees, it should be improved.
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
No Growth if you are not a part of the chosen group.
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You can learn a lot here if this is your first time working in a manufacturing company
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Alpharetta, GAMarch 24, 2013
A typical day is pretty laid back really no hard work, I have learned a lot at Lonza being a machine operator I really enjoy this type of work, just wish the workers would be more courteous with sharing their knowledge of what they know which would make the job a lot easier for new comers. Hardest part of the job is dealing with the different nationalities and their mood swings but that comes with every job. Management is very on it when it comes to a non hostile work environment, they are really good at keeping you informed of whats going on within the company and actually look for your involvement on how they can improve as a company. The best part of the day is clocking out and looking forward to home life.
Pros
great benefits, meet dollar for dollar in your 401 k
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A good place to get experience and then leave.
QC Analyst (Current Employee) –  Walkersville, MDDecember 7, 2014
If you're a recent grad, then this is a great place to come and get some experience. After entry level the pay is not on par with other similar companies. The benefits are the same as other biotech companies. There is a 6 percent 401K match so that's nice but working at a place that will run it's best employees into the ground while rewarding the worst employees isn't worth it. I do not recommend this place for anyone other than entry level candidates or unemployed people who are desperate.
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Free coffee
Materials (Current Employee) –  Allendale, NJApril 3, 2015
It is an interesting place to work. Employees are very supportive of each other. Benefits are very good. Lots of changes ahead.
Pros
free coffee
Cons
Position moving out of state
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Hostile Environment
Supply Chain (Former Employee) –  New JerseyNovember 21, 2013
Great workers - Poor Management
Workers devalued and work hard. Management ignorant and not savy.
Pros
benefits
Cons
wokers devaluated and demoralized.
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Expensive benefits package
Quality Control Analyst (Former Employee) –  Walkersville, MDJuly 30, 2014
The management was very difficult to work with. The benefits package was very expensive. Overtime was not mandatory, but due to the workload, overtime was needed in order to perform various tasks. There were very few company events, which led to very poor moral.
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Not a good place to work
Validation specialist and research associate (Former Employee) –  Walkersville MDDecember 9, 2011
The only thing good about this company is the benefits. The people at the walkersville site were for the most part mean and grumpy.
Pros
benefits
Cons
people, culture
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Admin Mgr.
Admin Mgr. (Former Employee) –  Conley, GANovember 24, 2012
Formerly Arch Chemicals. I worked for the wood division. The company had great benefits. Excellent management team. Human resources was an awesome department as well.
Pros
great place to work. great employees.
Cons
laid off due to economy
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Excellent benefits - not much mobility
Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  Conley, GAOctober 19, 2012
Excellent benefits, decent Work/Life balance - not much mobility.
Pros
medical, dental
Cons
not much mobilty
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great place to work wonderful learning experience
Chemical Operator (Former Employee) –  Conshohocken, PAAugust 23, 2012
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
Pros
4 days on 4 days off
Cons
company moved to switzerland
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