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So many managers yet so little management

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It is a very difficult place to work if you have pride in doing a good job. There are huge grey areas and lack of consistency that management gives staff and the staff get the blame when things go wrong. Management are often absent and have very little knowledge of how things are operating. There is a terrible blame culture and lack of team ethic which makes the job a lot more difficult than it needs to be.
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What an awful place to work!

What an awful place to work! The culture is absolutely toxic, with managers constantly bullying staff and knocking them down. If staff try to complain then nothing seems to be done, which just encourages this disgusting behaviour even more. It’s no wonder the company struggles to keep any talent. The staff turnover seems to be ridiculously high, with all of the experienced staff constantly jumping ship. So many people are leaving each month it’s ridiculous, and I don’t blame them. I was expected to work additional hours for free (including weekends) in order to get the ridiculously large amount of work done. They also stopped overtime and the ability to take any flexi days that you’d accrued, while still continuing to pile on additional tasks. The pay is awful compared to the rest of industry. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll receive any progression in pay, even cost of living rises are few and far between, I can’t remember the last time my pay increased. The only positive i can think of about PBL is that you get free parking - but even this is in a muddy field as they don’t have enough parking spaces.

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Free parking in a muddy field

Cons

Vile culture, bullying is rife
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Not good for your physical, mental or financial well being

Terrible work place and blame culture results in anyone with any technical competency or management skills leaving, meaning staff are promoted into jobs for which they are wholly ill equipped. After a very short time, these newly promoted individuals, lacking the required subject knowledge or people skills, will acquiesce to upper management and accept the porton biopharma mantra of "blame anyone as long as it's not me" and will happily push any of their 'subordinates' under the bus to deflect attention from their own ineptitude. A company, without competition, supported by the UK government, which struggles for profitability. Work life balance is a joke. Working weekends is mandatory however working a day at the weekend doesn't entitle you to a day off in the week, and their total in ability to keep staff means there is often not enough trained staff to cover the weekend, which means if you are one of the lucky trained staff you can look forward to working 12 days in a row, having 2 days off, then repeating this for months.The lack of adequate staffing also means you will be required to do roughly 10 hours work in a 7.5 hour day, and if you're not done you're staying because awful forward planning means everyone is playing catch up, and pressure will be put on you to work many extra hours, refusal to do this will result in comments from management about the kids which you are allowing to die. If you make any error due to this work load you can expect a public dressing down, in an attempt from your manager to show their manager, what an effective manager they are. It is - 

Pros

Free parking. Although the potholes can cause spinal compression.

Cons

See full review. Not possible to summarise.
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Always want more!

The culture is terrible, no support. Constantly want more and more from you. The directors are either aware of the issues and ignore them (which I believe to be true) or they have no idea. Major resource issues and still expect work to be done. The company needs to take a good look at itself.

Pros

Holiday entitlement

Cons

Long hours, no support, toxic environment
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Horrible place to work!

Horrible and toxic place to work. Management are stuck in their old ways with no support for staff. No career development, the pay is below industry standard, and in the middle of nowhere.

Pros

30 days holiday

Cons

Management bullying culture
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Great Place to work

I have really enjoyed working here, there is a great atmosphere around the place and you feel like you are making a real difference. I've been sent on training courses and management are open to reasonable requests, so if you show willing it gets noticed but promotion isn't an overnight entitlement. All the staff are really friendly and there is a good community feel between everyone. The pay isn't as much as some places but the holiday entitlement is amazing at 30 days plus bank holidays. There is also lots of investment with new equipment and labs having been built, plus the production department has had millions spent to update the facilites that had suffered from lack of investment in the past. New systems are being introduced from industry so the potential for the company to grow and develop is definitely there, they just need to get rid of the remaining old offices.

Pros

Great people really friendly

Cons

Still needs some modernizing
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70's style management and strong blame culture

A typical day at work involves trying to make a start on the scheduled work load, only to have to be delayed whilst looking for a free computer and working printer to print the required documentation. Next you have to squeeze into an over crowded lab to prepare the required reagents to use on the obsolete, over used instruments that have a high chance to fail, only to find yourself being blamed for not working fast enough to complete your scheduled 8-9 hours work in the allocated 7.5 hour day. There is no real scope to learn anything outside of your very specific job role, as the company is losing staff so quickly that it's all they can do to train up new starters before the next person hands in their notice. No one is willing to accept that lack of resource is an issue, as that implies that senior positions are at fault, and it is easier to blame and staff lower down the ladder and chase them off. simply put: Not enough space, Not enough equipment, Not enough trained staff, Not enough time, Not enough support, Too much blame.

Pros

none

Cons

Not enough space, Not enough equipment, Not enough trained staff, Not enough time, Not enough support, Too much blame.
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Good culture at work place

Technologically backward, the quality management systems lag behind the industry standard. The company culture is really good, you feel respected as an employee. There is also a lot to learn at the company.

Pros

Fantastic Training

Cons

Quality management system archaic
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Avoid this company

PortonBiopharma emits a vile culture throughout the workplace that has seemingly plagued its management, who are often found fondling their Gemba Boards or unjustly punishing their subordinates. On a bright note I have decided to give PBL and overall rating of one star! As apparently indeed will not let me award them with nothing.

Pros

colleagues

Cons

Not enough room
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Productive

A typical day at work - Carry out my daily duties and anything else that comes up. Career progression is illusive. A side from that is a nice place to work.

Pros

The instructions they give are clear

Cons

Some of the systems and methods used are rather out dated
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dreadful , strong blame culture, no support

It used to be a great place, you felt appreciated and respected as a valued member of the team. No longer. Since PBL became a separate company away from the PHE the attitude of the senior management is 'if you dont like it there's the gate' dissension and criticism led to veiled threats of sackings. The impression is that 'consultation ' to improve and modernise is just a tick box exercise, nothing happens, nothing improves. The company is stagnating. The management - those that stay - are simply ineffective now, Staff turn over in all departments is staggeringly high but no one in charge seems to be asking why? The staff are frustrated and disappointed, moral at an all time low and are voting with their feet. There is very little true experience in the company left. A lot of middle to senior management have left or are leaving. I wish I could be more positive, it was a great place to work, when I left I could not wait to get out.

Pros

great colleagues

Cons

management. lack of investment and staffing levels . blame culture.
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A shambolic example of how to run a company.

Words can not begin to describe how utterly awful this place is. I was very excited to start working here but it didn't take long to realise how disjointed and poorly managed the FPP is. The staff are treated like complete rubbish and I could not wait to escape! The shift are extremely hard working but management fail to realise this and actually appreciate the hard work they do. When is the company going to finally realise why they are losing so many experienced staff? They only have a very few left so wake up Porton Biopharma, start treating your staff with respect and actually value the people that are keeping the place running before it's too late.

Pros

Apart from the poor hardworking shift team, I failed to see a single one during my time there.

Cons

The space provided isn't big enough to list them all.
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Not a science career move

Management is firmly in the 80s, no care or respect for staff. If you want to to use production as a stepping stone up in the company dont. Your move will be blocked as production has a huge staff turnover and they cant afford for people to progress out. Wages have dropped massively since stepping away from phe and dont reflect the hard going 24/7 culture

Pros

Good production shift staff

Cons

Everything that could be negative in a job
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No progression

They promise staff development but really couldn't care less about staff. The overall culture is one of "disagree and you know where the door is". I can only speak for production but it is truly the most awful place I have ever worked. Rubbish pay, no appreciation regardless of how hard you work and no respect or compassion for staff.

Pros

Some good benefits

Cons

Terrible management
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Stuck in The Past

The company recently split from PHE and it shows. Everything has to go through mountains of red tape and committee after committee before being decided that the old way is probably the best. Zero investment into equipment and infrastructure and no care whatsovere for the staff.
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Fpp

Loved my Time working here, I worked on the fermentation process plant for nearly a year but due to the travel I had to find new work. ...............................

Pros

On site Gym and cafe.. Good crowd of people.... On site football pitch

Cons

Its not in teesside
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Good Place

Great Place to work at Have a good team. Job satisfaction is excellent. Learn something new everyday. Typicial working day is 12 hours, we do days and nights, may seem a little long at times but thinking of the end result, its all worthwhile. Excellent training programme. They want to train you as an individual.

Pros

Good team, great management, career advancement, open to changes

Cons

long hours, shift, night
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OK place to work but things have not changed sufficiently in working practices

The company has gone into the private sector in the last 16 months, this has been a slow and painful at times with changes that would benefit the company. On the whole things are improving and improvements are now being made

Pros

solid job

Cons

long hours
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Job satisfaction

Good place to work overall, i have learnt a lot of new skills including working to standard operating procedures and writing them and working on technical information. I have completed an NVQ level in warehousing and Storage and gained my forklift license. I have been given the opportunity to train staff and assist with the day to day running of the stores.
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