- West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.18.Dec 2015
If you golf with the right people, you will go far. If not, you are going nowhere. Positive feedback is almost non-existent. Also, it is not a very pro-active company in terms of problem solving or staying ahead of the curve on industry standards or safety issues. They are stuck doing things like they did in 1965 and don't adapt very well.
It's every person for him/herself. People generally are discouraged from helping others when they have an issue that needs resolved.
Freedom to work independently
Positive: generally you work on an assignment without getting bothered much as long as you are doing it well.
Negative: Assignments are given based on seniority and the people with less time with company are given the crap without regard to skill or expertise.
Quarterly communication meetings are good as far as getting informed of how the company as a whole is doing and how the plant is doing and any upcoming events. Important information on day to day operations doesn't get shared between shifts very well.
No issues noted, although there doesn't seem to be a lot of women in higher positions.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Seniority is everything and the senior employees are treated well.
Not many opportunities come around and the people in the golfing club are the only ones who have a chance. No real criteria are established for advancement, just the proverbial carrot being dangled.
Overall compensation for your work
One of the better paying jobs for the area with good fringe benefits with the exception of paid time off. Some positions are not paid a competitive salary based on responsibilities and comparable positions with other companies.
Office / Work Environment
Poor ventilation in molding areas. The rubber getting cooked in the molds gives off smoke and fumes that are not good for health. Floors are always wet around trim machines. Material movement seems antiquated and most of the recording is done on paper rather than using computers.
Very active in terms of charity in the community. A lot of potential improvement could be made in smarter water usage.
Lots of mandatory overtime on weekends, which can be a disruption of family life if you work an off shift. No consideration given if you have other commitments. Paid time off benefits are not as good as many other companies have.
The image of the company in the propaganda and the image that employees see every day are 2 different things. They say the focus is on quality but supervisors push people to keep running bad production "because it needs to run" despite the fact it is generating scrap.
Medical device/pharmaceutical is very secure because people are hooked on their drugs and medications. Company itself is fairly stable although lots of high level execs are selling off their company stock on the stock market.
Have a few disabled employees and the company does a good job of accommodating them so that they can stay productive and gainfully employed.
Lots of old electrical infrastructure put in by people who didn't know what they were doing. Also very lax policy on lockout/tagout. Most machines have disconnects that are not practical to lock out when servicing because of how the controls are wired. It doesn't seem like most people are fully aware of the hazards of the job or are trained sufficiently in safety related issues. Also, there is no "confined space entry" despite the fact that people are required to enter machines regularly that are by definition confined spaces.
There is always a challenging problem to figure out and troubleshoot. The bad thing is there are a lot of recurring issues that never get resolved despite the issues they cause.
Inclusive / Diverse
Many people in positions of authority have worked there for 20-30+ years and are pretty set in they way they've always done things there. Fresh ideas from outsiders are not always appreciated.
Suggestions for improvement
- Be more proactive in seeking out what ails the company whether it be potential safety issues, employee turnover/retention issues, difficulty in acquiring new talent, operations issues, and maintenance issues. Invest more in technical training as it will pay dividends. Change some policies to allow more qualified people to have a chance to do certain jobs rather than basing everything on seniority. Add paid sick time to employee benefits and compensation. Develop some standards on indoor air quality and put in better ventilation especially along mold lines so that the smell and fumes are not so bad.
What I like about the company
Challenging work, ability to work on a project alone with my thoughts without being micro-managed, and decent compensation.
What I dislike about the company
Dirty air in work environment, little to no opportunities for advancement based on performance and aptitude, the seniority game, the good-ole boy atmosphere, the inefficient way things are done, and the hold they have on your personal life with the overtime requirements.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyWest Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2013