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Rockland Immunochemicals Reviews

Updated 28 May 2018
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours if you need to go to the doctor

    Cons

    Company is WAY behind the times. Trying to keep up in a fast pace industry with antiquated equipment and SOPs. Employees get the blame for lack of advancement when it is entirely upper Management's fault. They have no idea what equipment works, won't spend money to keep equipment running and they don't have the intelligence to help with manufacturing problems. They just sit at their desks and hope the lab fairies wave their wands and make it all right. All they do is complain without having constructive ideas. Reviews are a joke with raises and firings decided long before anyone looks at the review. Good smart people get fired while mean incompetent people get to stay. Those who are left must do the work of the lucky ones who got fired. Which means you will be doing a job you are not trained for and weren't hired for. Raises are pathetic and don't have anything to do with the review. It's if you suck up to management and tell them how smart they are. Egos are way too big. Avoid this place at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to know what people actually do. Learn the skills and abilities that they have and let them do the job they were hired for. Maybe read some papers and get caught up the times. Put your egos away and use other people's knowledge to help the company instead of getting your ego hurt and then firing that person.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "There are better places out there"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Pottstown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Pottstown, PA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time

    Pros

    Company is willing to let you adjust your schedule as needed. They certainly carry a good family value. Good stepping stone to get experience; You can learn and further your knowledge before moving to a big company .

    Cons

    If you are a hard worker, you get more work put onto your plate. The harder you work, the more responsible you become to get more work done. If you like to have an easy day and your liked by management, your golden and you will only every do what "you" can handle. Being recognized by the company for your work, is never. Gosh, if you work for the same company for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years wouldn't you appreciate that employee? They are the ones that help make your company successful.

    Advice to Management

    Your employee's will only be like you. If you walk around and don't talk to employee's why should your employee's be happy. Do you know how many people call out because they are unhappy? Do you know how many people cry at work, because they are stressed by the work life? Management is always too busy for those day to day activities and should rely more on the management below you.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really wish there was something good to take away from my time here but the only valuable thing I gained was experience to get out of this company.

    Cons

    Where to even start...for starters management is clueless and are way behind in the Times. They fire people to just replace them and then they end up leaving or getting fired. Expect to do the job of 3 people and be told you're not working fast or hard enough. Expect to do all the cleaning and housrwork since they can't justify having someone clean what they call "clean" rooms or even lab space. There is no growth unless you're a favorite with terrible pay. There are so many other biotech companies around that offer a much brighter future and advancement opportunities they can't keep employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to employees and consider having someone else come in and redo the business. You can't keep a business running with the turnover rate and low compensation and bad benefits.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pottstown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Pottstown, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience for young college graduates who are looking for a year or two of experience. Good place to start growing a network.

    Cons

    No real protocols, no rules, sop’s and equipment are outdated. This place should be shut down for several reasons including open contamination. No regard for employee health or safety. People get promoted based on personal internal relationships.

    Management thinks the solution is always to fire someone. And then replace that person with a less experienced person (because they cost less), not train them and treat them terribly until they leave. Or worse, not replace them at all and expect someone else to do their extra work. If you choose to stay for over a year, you’re doing the work of at least three people because the turnover in every department is so frequent.

    Advice to Management

    Get real management. Bring the CSO back to clean up the mess that has been made over the past few years. Someone with real life science experience needs to be in charge. The problems stem from the lack of experience amongst management. Treat employees like humans.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Inexperienced Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pottstown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pottstown, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Peers and friends that you can make here - they are the ones that will help you because your manager never will.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place where you are under valued and unappreciated, then Rockland is right for you. Rockland's take on "transparency" is laughable. You will be lied to about your new job, hired for an unclear purpose and then be thrown into something completely different than what you signed up for. You will not be trained correctly or at all, and then you will be blamed for it. Rockland is a small dog with a big bark because it is ran by “leaders” who sit back and demand resolutions for problems they have created.

    Advice to Management

    This company is moving backwards in an industry that is rapidly moving forward because the wrong people are in charge. No one on the leadership team is qualified for their role and it shows month by month in the painful town hall meetings. They thrive off of manipulation and intimidation and the end result is driving employees straight out the door. This much turnover at a 70 person company is not normal. Owners of this company should consider taking back control or selling.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not A Place To Grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed, nice people, family owned. Opportunity to learn a lot if you're fresh out of college. Seemed like a lot of people just worked there for a bit and moved on.

    Cons

    No HR person, no real growth potential within a position or the company, very abysmal pay. A lot of turnover. A lot of unfounded gossiping and complaining about coworkers to management.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is very nice but I think the growth potential that managers make seem is there is really not or maybe it is just for some people. Hire a janitor service to clean the kitchen, floors, etc. Hire a HR person to help with personnel issues. Focus on talent retention if there are true plans for growth and expansion.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Good for starting out, Bad for everything else."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed and flexable environment. Friendly employees. Company parties.
    Great for people to get their foot in the door and get lab experience.

    Cons

    Management needs some serious work. Upper management and leadership team have no business being where they are. Most members of upper management are underqualified. Leadership is too focused on their outward persona, which is hurting employees. There's no respect for lower level personnel. If you are not one of the golden ones, you are treated poorly. Hard workers are used and taken advantage of; lazy workers get praise. Kissing feet gets you everywhere in this company, even if you know nothing about your job. Supervisors lack knowledge of their own departments. You are taught how to do your job, but not any of the science behind it. It is not a science lab, it is a production lab. There is no room to grow or move up in the company. Equipment is outdated and, most of the time, broken. Turnover rate is horrible. Salary is lacking compared to others in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to yourselves and your employees. Treat the company as it is and not as you would like it to be. Respect your employees and they will respect you back. Listen to your employees advice. The more you keep your employees happy, the more employees you will keep.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Don’t Be Fooled, Don’t waste your Time or mental health"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You could build great professional relationships with your coworkers. Outside of that there is no real pro to this company.

    Cons

    Relationship with certain parts of the “C” Level management sucks. They will treat you good if you suck up to them and do everything they want. Spending for things is frowned upon unless it’s something they want or need. I hope you enjoy the same company holiday party every year. It’s always bowling. The Town Halls are a joke. From one of the employees the amount of people that have left within 3 years was in the 80’s turnover every year is completely atrocious. For a company that is only about 100 people turnover should not be that high. Being an employee here you literally aren’t a number. I’d rather be Walmart employee during the holiday season than work here. Bonuses and raises are also pathetic and a slap in the face.

    Advice to Management

    Color code training is a waste of time and money. Its a complete joke. Leadership needs to open their eyes. A lot of talent comes but they quickly leave once they learn how everything is micromanaged and ruled with two iron fists. Only people that get special treatment are the ones that the top level absolutely loves. 12 Days of PTO/Sick days is completely pathetic for any company. Theres lots of money that gets flushed down the toilet because of equipment in the lab that is out dated. Talking down to employees definitely will trash their morale. The only reason why Rockland is getting 1 star is cause I can’t give it any less.


  9. "Small Company w/Growing Pains but Great Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are passionate about their work and are SUPER friendly. The workplace is diverse as far as level of experience. There are a lot of people currently that have been working for this company for close to 10 years or longer. On the flip side, there are also a lot of new comers. So there's a balance.

    Upper management does it's job but makes sure that the employees are informed of any new company ventures or business directions. They also give their employees the chance to voice concerns or share ideas on how to make certain processes better. Everyone has their role but also, everyone respects one another's title; no matter how "big" or "small".

    Work life balance is great. They will work with your schedule as long as you get the work done. They're not huge sticklers on what time you clock in, as long as you do the 8 hours. They don't encourage overtime but if you need it, they will allow it.

    Pot lucks, picnics, food trucks and holiday parties are definitely a plus!

    Cons

    The pay rate is on the low side. I believe this is because they are a small company.

    They aren't certified as GMP as of yet.

    There is no cleaning staff, so almost everything has to be done by the employees (with the exception of cleaning the bathrooms). This includes trash, dishes, sweeping, etc.

    Advice to Management

    I'm honestly pretty satisfied with management overall.


  10. "A promising work in progress"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockland Immunochemicals full-time

    Pros

    Small, family company feel. You are not a number. Flexibility is available for work-life balance. Leadership is available to talk to if you have concerns. Recent changes are promising.

    Cons

    Restructuring has proven to be trying.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage everyone to come to you with suggestions and be sure to be available. Explaining leadership actions is important so that employees don't feel as though they are left in the dark regarding what is going on.


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