I got terminated from my job and now that I'm out I am free after a while year to express what I had been keeping in for the longest time.
At Talecris Plasma Resources - McAllen, TX, I was loved by most of my coworkers because I possess a naturally magnetic and cheerful personality. Identifying as a gay man, I was never anything other than myself, as I have been always, and a friend to anyone that wanted my friendship.
I also did my job to the T and to the best of my abilities. Not perfect, but we're only human. I got complimented and praised by several. I will never forget that.
Unfortunately, that was not enough to prevent me from being targeted by certain individuals or to land me in the list of certain staff favorites.
I got terminated for tardies that spanned over 7 months, when other people are tardy and constantly calling in oftenly while being on a final. I always tried to do my job to the 'T' til my last minute working there.
I was next to move up to become a trainer and be cross trained after 6 months, and I was skipped because I was "unreliable." They put someone else who had just started working and had less experience than me even though my area leads had asked for me based on experience. A while back a veteran known to have been on a final forever and known to miss and leave early often got promoted too.
A few months ago someone in a different area that kept calling in (known all over the center as a repeat offender) was promoted to become a
Good old boy system! Culture of unprofessionalism!
I am a former employee for Talecris Plasma Resources in Fayetteville, NC. I am really writing to report the mistreatment of employees just in the event that anyone was interested in applying or even recently got hired there. Those that have been recently hired eventually you will see the unprofessional good old boy system that is in existence. Leopards can't change their spots. Sadly, the management staff is a display of what not to do in management. It is more of a elementary school atmosphere than a medical facility that creates products of a life saving manner. The management staff, more often than not, would seem to take what they do as a joke. This particular facility is ran by a bunch of women and sadly you would think that-that would make a difference in how things are ran (i.e. in an adult like and mature manner) but it is ran like you are working in a elementary school with the managers being the children figures.
For example, if they have it in for you because they feel threatened by you (just keep in mind it is a good old boy system, where all of them were put into high positions not because they are educated but because one person knew them from a previous plasma center, and decided they would build an uneducated plasma management empire). No matter what people say education is very important in how you run and maintain a facility. These people have the worst work ethics and attitudes I have ever seen and observed in my many years of working. I have worked for
Typical day: Clocked in at scheduled time. Depending on where they want you, you'll be doing repetitive work all day, either screening donors or sticking donors (Unless you have a lab position, still repetitive, just slightly less interaction with donors). Highly controlled and monitored environment. Lunch was an hour. Every once in a while you'll get a rude donor but it's nothing that can't be handled.
Let's start from the top:
Management is... I don't know what they're managing really. During my time there, most months we were barely making donor numbers, even with extended hours and being open on Sundays. (Even going as far as not evacuating the building when the fire department suggested doing so because of a gas leak.) They can't even get along with the quality department about whose job is what. (Expect attitude from a certain employee in Quality when they are asked by management to help out in production. If you DO end up working here, they're pretty easy to spot) Preaches about "too many chiefs, not enough indians" (their favorite phrase) but won't do anything to correct the problem. Every section (dct's, phlebotomists and processors) has a lead but there is poor communication between them, as well as between leads and managers. They play favorites as well. One of the most senior employees was late often or didnt even call in and still had a job. Training: Training, in and of itself, is in depth. They know how to pick trainers. Learned everything I needed to know
ProsLunch, Co-workers, benefits, training (somewhat)
ConsManagement, Hours (I was told when hired the position was full time but was consistently scheduled UNDER 40), and everything else that's not a pro.
Working for the company in a plasma center is fast paced and exciting at times. Unfortunately feeling support by your regional management, divisional management and above is not something you will be familiar with working here. The company is growing incredibly fast, but unfortunately the growth is not necessarily planned that well. The organization is already running into issue with staffing Center Managers, Assistant Managers, or Center Quality Managers and aggressively opening more and more centers only compounds this problem. Many Center Managers, Assistant Managers, and Center Quality Managers find it difficult to maintain and acceptable work/life balance and employees in those roles are burning out at an alarming rate.
The company has made a lot of statements over the years relating to reformatting regional management and support positions to more of a service culture and allowing those positions to support the center instead of direct the center. Unfortunately while making those statements and providing the centers with signage related to a new culture things have not actually changed much. I have seen the organization promote problem employees into roles in which they do little to support the center and instead they increase the stress, anxiety, and unhappiness for management staff. Unfortunately with the recent structural changes the organization seems to be moving in the opposite direction.
The organization is very budget conscious resulting in diffic
I'll start off by saying the management is GREAT... the staff, schedule, and the new "grifols day" policy (I'll explain later) is what drove me away... First and foremost the staff , mainly the phlebotomists are messy, drama filled, fake, miserable, disrespectful, etc... it was like I was in high school all over again. Everyone talked about everyone.. instead of informing someone of their mess up; they would talk mess behind the persons back. I stressed going to work everyday. Schedule; the company started this new "A/B" schedule where one week you'll work 1st shift and the second week you'll work 2nd with the same day off.., weekends were RARELY granted according to what I've witness and heard... with me having my first daughter , not even 5 months of age at the time, I found it very hard to only have a Tuesday off and work every weekend... where's the bonding time?? and with management being off every weekend I would think they would understand the importance of having a weekend off. One thing I HATED is the time you left always depended on what time the last donor got screened /poked /and left the building. Sometimes the phlebs would leave 3 hours past closing time (which is 5) .. also the company doesn't take in the fact that life happens... they started this thing called grifols days.. each time you're late or had to call in, you had to take one.. they don't care if your child is at home with a fever or In the hospital... you have to use one..if you have 3, you get wri
ProsDecent pay, good UPPER management
ConsShort lunches, long days, childish staff, terrible hours, terrible donors, inconsiderate employees, terrible training, small work area
Great company but the Garland center is run by poor management. You can only move up if you do as they say and kiss their behind for the most part but its a sin to stand up for yourself and if you do, they will consider you rude and a bad employee.
They tell line staff to grow a back bone and take criticism but Management including most of QA cant take criticism and lack a back bone honestly and if you do stand up for yourself, they dislike you already.
People in that center are fake and line staff is not allowed to do certain things but management is because they think they are better.
A manager once said that line staff are nobodys.
They like to micromanage everything even if you are competent at your job and management uses profanity toward employees.
If you are good friends with management its easy to move up and when they open certain lead/OS/QA positions they already know who they are choosing so dont apply unless they tell you because you will not get it.
They also like to lie to employees, promise them things and never go through with it.
Christmas parties suck unless you have kids, they will enjoy it so bring them.
Management will also work with any life issues you have only if they like you.
They also let certain employees slide but like I said, if they dont like you, they wont.
Most of QA stays on their phone 24/7 and always chit chatting in the office while areas are struggling.
QA and some Supervisors also like to watch people like a hawk and wait t
Talecris is a company that is a part of a larger company called Grifols. Grifols is very rich in the plasma resources culture. The company oozes positive history in all of its training material, which is great. Unfortunately, that is really the only great part of the company. The job life suffers because they impose rules where they can demand you stay many hours after your scheduled end time. The overtime money is decent, but the extended shifts are often due to work not getting done, so the time is spent breaking your back to try and "catch up" because management has a very loose handle on the staff, which often is the cause of getting behind in the first place. Staff members are not disciplined for efficiency issues, which doesn't solve the problem. Benefits are below average for the type of work that is suppose to be government regulated. Menial labor jobs pay slightly less for much less labor performed. This is often a stepping stone for many trying to advance in the medical field. Staff is frequently rotating, which can upset the work flow. Job security is good because the locations are often understaffed, but that is also a negative. Advancement is very difficult as the management doesn't really change much and during the few times where management positions were available, the positions were always filled from outside the location. Training is, simply put, poor. The training coordinator is suppose to be knowledgeable about every position within the company, but willin
Super fast paced, continuous interaction, tremendously hectic work environment
I believe in meditating and praying before I perform my duties, I control my mind to focus on the positive outcome of my profession I am always smiling, very intelligent always greeting management, coworkers and donors, performing to the best of my ability and my skills. I learned that safety is first to prevent an injury, second I learned how to cope with a stressful situation, either it is dealing with a reaction to plasmapheresis, donor questions or documentation of donor reaction, Made sure donor is stable upon departure as required, Management is great we have daily morning meetings or presentation regarding a situation or prior mistakes they are very straight forward due to Federal regulations it is very very hectic especially when it is time for audits. Stability to donate after screening, safety for every new or current donor is priority with their selfless act of giving plasma is a blessing, coworkers are trained professionals we perform, support and assist each other in every situation possible, teamwork is the key to success. Having to deal with three reactions a few times in my section a section that seats six donors was very stressful but with my team assisting me we managed to get the donors at stable condition and than here goes documenting the reactions, symptoms, and time of incident is stressful because other donors at your section are waiting either to begin procedure or end of procedure than again teamwork is always there. I really like the interaction wit
ProsMeet daily hour per donor, lunch for staff, providing for donors.
ConsIt depends on daily donations one hour lunches 5 minute max rest room breaks.
Run for the hills if you are a very educated, mind your own business, and have strong work ethics type of individual. Fayetteville location ran by a bunch of women. This would be great if they didn't treat the work environment as their own personal middle school reunion. Instead of a place for professionalism. They set women back 110 years with all the scheming to hold individuals back that make them feel threatened if they are more talented and intellectual then they are. I have observed that this is an environment that is created by a clique that has traveled from one center to another holding onto their old ways of doing things in a new era of medicine. Funny the saying applies, "what you do in the dark comes to the light" applies to this group. The donors that have known some of these individuals from other donation centers really put their business out often with no hesitation. My interview process was quite interesting and kind of made me feel as though the interviewing manager had NO CLUE on how to interview for the years of experience she supposedly had. Right then and there I questioned the company. The moral is extremely low and employees often look as though they could walk out at any moment. Management feeds them a bunch of BS to keep them in line. Management sends more time outside smoking then they do working (this is your lost company productivity right there), or better yet the first 5 minutes in the building the conversation is about lunch rather than the fun
Great stepping stone, supportive, but with limited advancement opportunities within the company itself.
This review is mixed between reviewing Grifols and the corporation it incorporated, Interstate Blood Bank. If you have an interest in the healthcare field, in general, but are either lacking complete education/training or are just wanting to cut your teeth into the industry straight out of high school, this company is a good place to do so. It's not a healthcare company by any stretch but you will get introduced to basic health assessment skills and documentation, if you work at a Donor Center Technician. If you work as one of their Phlebotomist, you will have the benefit of learning those skills in-house. The benefits are standard including PTO and insurances. The only "problem" is the lack of and limited opportunities to advance up the ladder. If you have a 4-year college degree, you stand a better chance at being hired for their mid-to-upper level management positions, otherwise advancement is only possible with service time/seniority in the company as opposed to qualifications and work ethic regardless of education level and service/seniority. On a positive note, there are plenty of opportunities to be cross-trained within the site you work which makes working their more enjoyable, less mundane, and more rewarding - if that's something you value. The day-to-day operations for each position are typically the same which is why being cross-trained is all the more appealing. Job security is solid. A perk that was there prior to Grifols taking over was that they were supportiv
ProsGreat place to cut your teeth into the healthcare/medical industry, PTO.
ConsLimited to little opportunities for advancement within the company.
Comenzamos con la descarga de material, comprobando que cada uno de los albaranes llega correctamente, si hubiese incidencias abriría según el protocolo No conformidad de servicios y regularía mediante SAP mi inventario. Dependen de mi diariamente un equipo de personas que prepararan las ordenes de trabajo para servir al cliente, solucionando cada una de ellas personalmente y distribuyendo según el tipo de material (frio/ Tª ambiente) a las agencias de transportes que la recogerán. Realizo continuos inventarios revisando el stokage, así como la organización del material dentro del almacén, ya que los tengo diferenciados según su temperatura de conservación por tratarse de material hospitalario y medico, es de extrema importancia la revisión de los lotes en la preparación de pedidos asi como la recogida diaria de temperatura de la nave según protocolo Iso 9001.
Preparación de logística inversa del material devuelto,roto,mal grabado etc.. Para su nueva entrada en stock o destrucción, colocando y etiquetando ese material en zonas de cuarentenas a la espera de sus destino.
También controlo mediante registros la entrada y salida de mercancías en nuestro servicio técnico, anotando denominación de la mercancía y numero de serie con el fin de controlar su trazabilidad (Iso9001).
Las diferentes complicaciones y extravíos que pueda tener en la agencias de transportes tanto a nivel extravío, rotura en transportes, estableciendo una comunicación entre ambos fluida para una rápida sati
Questions And Answers about Grifols
How do you feel about going to work each day at Grifols?
Asked Sep 21, 2016
Terrible, everyday was total miserable. Im glad i quit that horrible place. Worst work experience ever. First job that i barely make it through a 6 month period. Im 28 and only had 3 job in my whole life that can give you an idea of how bad it was. I usually stay for years in a place. Im Very happy i left.
Answered Mar 14, 2021
Management was horrible. Coworkers were great. I felt like a slave working here. We were always so understaffed. Got paid barely anything for busting my butt while management & QA sat in their offices. The only thing that kept me there for so long was my coworkers.
Answered Oct 29, 2020
What is the best part of working at Grifols?
Asked Nov 28, 2019
Interacting with donors
Answered Jun 18, 2022
my coworkers and donors
Answered Jun 15, 2022
What is the interview process like at Grifols?
Asked Jul 3, 2016
You'd think you were interviewing for Nasa or the secret service. Lots of scenarios about coworkers and literally 1 about the people you were expected to draw blood from. Gave me the impression there is tons of drama in their culture and they expect your schedule to be completely open, so no work/life balance.
Answered Nov 29, 2021
Took me around a month to complete the hiring process
Answered Jan 26, 2021
How often do you get a raise at Grifols?
Asked Dec 7, 2020
Answered Aug 9, 2022
Answered Aug 9, 2022
What is the work environment and culture like at Grifols?
Asked Jul 11, 2016
There are so many different jobs, locations, and factors that contribute to the culture. The answers here won't help you get a feel for it. The culture at my location is very professional yet relaxed. No backstabbing, you're trusted to do your job, the communication is open, and the connection with Spanish roots is tangible. My team likes to work hard and be kind. I leave this answer not because I think other people aren't being honest, but as an example that you really should apply and investigate for yourself whether or not it's a good fit for you. The good news is that no one will force you to stay if you dont want to.