"Clown car of Biotech industry Working at Lonza is like being trapped in special education class with special need kids without their medication. Last year FDA inspection (google, lonza 483s) only scratched the surface of Lonza Houston systemic problems. As a results only slight cosmetic fixes were put into place. Force out of inept managers and directors lead to only to slight improvements. The truth problems with Lonza Houston lie much deeper and are far more systemic. If other options are available, please pursue them, the level of dysfunction here is unbearable."
"My girlfriend and I provided outstanding leadership in the manufacturing of viral vectors. My girlfriend and I put in very long hours together and we single handing turn Lonza around . Lonza Houston is now outstanding place to work"
"My boyfriend and I provided outstanding leadership in the manufacturing of viral vectors. Lonza is a great place to grow and thanks to my boyfriend and I outstanding leadership Lonza Houston is great place to work"
"As one walks up to the impressive building at Pearland, Tx with Stucco façade one can easily be overwhelmed by its massive size and impressive exterior of the building . As one walks pass the large desk area and conference rooms one can also be fooled by the façade here also. At this point one maybe fooled by their façade, but you are in for a very rude awakening for the true nature lays just ahead. The production area is where the revelations of the true nature of Lonza start to manifest itself to people. The production corridors resemble the set of the TV show Sanford and son. Equipment is strewn about haphazardly in the corridors along with carts. The production rooms are straight out of the TV show Hoarders. The production rooms are stacked full of waste containers, parts (some clean and some who knows what its status is) and unsupervised personnel running about. The batch record is scattered into a million pieces like fallen confetti from a ticker tape parade. Yet, this is only a small glimpse of the true nature of Lonza Houston. The fact of the matter is that Lonza of Houston is nostrum remedium. This is their true nature; they are selling snake oil from the back of a wagon (cGMP manufacturing) to unsuspecting mostly startup companies. SCO is totally nonfunctional; the MS&T group is staffed with sociopathic liars and management should be cleaning out the fried cookers at the local fast food outlet instead of ineptly running a biopharma plant. Commonplace cGMP practices are a punchline. Things like contemporaneously, performed by/verified, documentation of cleaning, taking rinse and swab cleaning samples of equipment. Having operators sign on uncontrolled printouts. Proper change control well that’s just” silly talk”. Worker safety is at a minimal and seldom a consideration. Some workers are required to put in as many as 20 hours per shift and are barely conscious enough to drive home. Also working in crowded conditions poses a whole series of risk to their safety"
"Lonza has a very difficult business model as a CMO. Compliance is secondary to business and quality professionals are not valued."
"I've been with Lonza and Samsung biologics on and off for the past 13years and they have groomed me into the professional i am today. Working in a CMO has always been a great experience but i am ready to see things from the other perspective."
"Great company to work because managers rely on current published and needs to develop products. Everybody, associate and scientists alike, are treated the same and valued."
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"A place not to necessarily grow your career but gain new skills!"
"Everyday was an adventure in stupidity, High-lightened with site total dumbness I know that many of you reading this review will not see it as a warning sign that it is but as only to see it as the tirade of a disgruntled employee, trust me you are wrong. I am ashamed of myself for taking a position with such a horribly run organization. If you choose to accept an employment offer from Lonza , you will be this angry in about 3- 6 months after starting here from Lonza Houston. The place is unbelievably disorganized, poorly written batch records (at best), a supply chain that is in total disarray and unable to meet even the basic needs of manufacturing and most of your time will be spent sitting around waiting for a basic item. A MSAT group that lacks any problem-solving abilities and at time and staffed with sociopaths liars. Spineless management that lacks the ability to organize a picnic let alone a bio production plant and loves to play the blame game with its employees. A production schedule that is comically grandiose in nature and impossible to meet and requires that many operators to put in several hours of OT, anywhere from 80 to 100 hours a week that's not an ex aggression. This becomes so fatiguing that personnel end up having to take an UBER home from work. QA that lack any understanding of bio-production. So many errors often go uncorrected and repeated to the point of ad-nauseam. Any effort to make correction or improvement to any part of Lonza Houston operation will be futile. Lonza Houston has great adverse to innovation. I know, many of you want to come to this type of environment and to help improve it as a career move. It’s analogous, to a well-adjusted individual moving into a home of West Virginia hillbillies and trying to convince them that the regular use of soap and water, dental visits and not dating your sister or and cousin are good things. It's just not going to work. Save your energy and talents they will not be appreciated here."
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"Lonza is a multinational company with specialty in chemical production. Corporate headquarters is located in Switzerland with several branches in the USA, among which is NY, GA, TN, TX. I have a fantastic working experience at Lonza from 2012 till date."
What do you like about working at Lonza?
"Plenty of learning opportunities in engineering, sales, management and operations"
Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?
"Be aware the job is both demanding and rewarding depending on your effort level"
What don't you like about working at Lonza?
"High stress environment with little opportunity for blowing off steam"
What suggestions do you have for management?
"Create a game room or think tank in which employees may take a short break during the day"
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