Kite Pharma Employee Reviews

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Awful place to work
Manager (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CADecember 3, 2018
Yes this is one of those places you've heard about in horror stories: culture of fear, abusive, backstabbing, misogynist, cliquey, zero team work, greed driven, zero work life balance. Ex - big pharma management that was let go for their incompetence from various positions at their former Thousand Oaks life, now infests this place at much higher levels than they can handle or know what to do with. If you're not one of them, there's zero career path.
Pros
Good compensation grandfathered in due to enormous sale price that Gilead paid for this place
Cons
Everything
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A good company to work for
Consultant/ Interim QC Manager for Raw Materials (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAOctober 25, 2018
A good company to work for. Excellent benefits, break room has plenty of free food all the time. Employees are willing to help each other out. Flexible working hours too.
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Groundbreaking research followed by Historic results in Immunotherapy.
Chauffeur/Security Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAOctober 17, 2018
A once in a lifetime experience. I have never worked with a more diverse group of individuals who honestly care about what they are doing and get along so well.
Pros
Everything.
Cons
None.
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Poor Facilities Management
Technician & Operator (Former Employee) –  El Segundo, CAApril 5, 2018
Facilities Manager was allowed to manage the Department without a Director or another manager. Manager was able to make decisions for the technicians without question, whether good or bad decisions which relate to equal opportunity and fair treatment of all employees.

Too many detailed-comprehensive attention required to complete any GMP process with inadequate manpower. Any technician has a very high chance and likelihood of doing two people's jobs.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Too many comprehensive detail required to complete any GMP process with inadequate manpower, Any technician has a very high chance and likelihood of doing two people's jobs.
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Productive and fun
Cell Therapy Specialist (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAFebruary 1, 2018
It's been a very positive work culture for the early stages of growth of a company. I can not really comment further as this is not a confidential review.
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Good company
Associate, Quality Control (Current Employee) –  El Segundo, CASeptember 7, 2017
Good company. Work a lot of hours and training is fast paced. Everyday workload varies. People are nice and hard working. Management is okay. Just got bought out by Gilead so we shall see how that goes.
Pros
Free snacks, good benefits
Cons
amount of hours worked and days working
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Friendly environment and employees had a positive demeanor
Microbiology Technician (Former Employee) –  El Segundo, CAApril 11, 2017
I worked at kite pharma as a temporary employee for 8 months. Workplace culture was positive and uplifting, A typical day at Kite was checking your e-mails for schedule updates and meetings. Daily schedules are consistent. Manufacturing delays were not typical.

Hardest part of a job is being contractual employee, very limited opportunities and no visibility.

Enjoyable part of the job is the positive attitude of the employees on the floor.
Pros
Growing company
Cons
Inexperience management especially in Quality Microbiology
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Great Oppurtunity
Manager (Former Employee) –  El Segundo, CAJuly 11, 2017
Growing company with lots of oppurtunity. The site location is not desirable, close to LAX. The growth of the company is occuring so quickly the work life balance is difficult to maintain
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Executive Assistant
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAJuly 17, 2017
Very great startup company to work for. People are nice and located in a great city to work in. Great perks!! Workplace culture is very relaxed and fun
Pros
Free Lunches, Free Snacks, Cellphone and Gym reimbursement
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The work place was a great laid back atmosphere.
Materials Technician (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAJuly 24, 2017
Morning, receiving blood samples in special cold containers to keep the blood pure. We would receive anywhere from 3 to 10 packages like this per day. This would take up most of the morning.

I learned about how important cancer research has become. With today's technology there is hope for people with cancer. It is amazing to see how far the research has come but yet it is still so far away for a cure.

The hardest part of the day is at the end of the work day, our priority was the perishable items because of the nature of the contents. We would put all the others deliveries off until the end of the day and sometimes that could mean 90 plus items to get received and put away.

I love the people I worked with, we had so much in common.
Pros
I liked how the company treated everyone the same, Doctors to warehouse employees the same.
Cons
I worked a lot of hours.
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Kite is a good place to work.
IT Analyst/ Contractor (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAMarch 20, 2017
There is no such thing as a typical day at work. Each day there are new challenges and that is the fun of being at Kite. They take care of the employees and they do their best to make everyone feel as though they are one big team.
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