KBI Biopharma Reviews

Updated 26 Feb 2021

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3.3
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KBI Biopharma President and CEO  Dirk Lange (no image)
Dirk Lange
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great place to work for a scientist(in 7 reviews)

  • "The work was fast paced and I grew a lot(in 6 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19

    "Great Environment Even In a Pandemic"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    Comradery, supportive supervisors (at least those I know in AFS), and GREAT benefits. I'm talking paid floating holidays, 401K matching on up to 5% of your annual pay, good dental/vision/life insurance.

    Cons

    The turnover rate is high right now but they aren't just letting people go no reason. Those who do their best and don't try to cover up their mistakes are given the benefit of the doubt and a fair shake.

  2. "Great place to be if you are ready to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    As a rapidly growing company, KBI has many growth opportunities for people who are willing to put in dedicated time and effort. If motivated, a person can pick up a lot of technical skills and industry experience in a short time. The pace of work is demanding, but everyone is willing to help each other out. The growth paths are also not limited to just one track, with some people choosing to move to a different department (or change sites) within the company.

    Cons

    The downside of working at KBI right now is that the company is growing very quickly and the workload can be challenging. Management and most lab staff are filled with dedicated people who often overwork themselves, which sets a bad precedence. People are not made to feel bad for not doing the same, but it is hard not to try to keep up with others on the team; thus perpetuates this culture. Though this is largely a known issue and management is trying to address it, it is a hard problem to fix. While the management team is listening and soliciting feedback, the difficulties lie in getting good feedback from staff to be understood. Harder still is to make changes and getting everyone (lab staff, line managers, and management) to buy-in. The upside to this is that management is dedicated to making things better and it is mostly because of the break-neck growth.

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  3. "Microbiologist"

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and casual work environment. Hands-off management allows for self-management. Small departments foster inter-collaboration and a sense of belonging. Room for training in many methods, instead of narrowly focused.

    Cons

    Training of employees is unstructured and challenging. Cross-training between departments is not encouraged.

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  4. "Great place to work and lots of opportunities for growth!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    engaged team, collaboration among teams, lots of opportunities to learn, never boring

    Cons

    business infrastructure still maturing to meet rapid business expansion

  5. "Great Place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Encouraging empowered Excellent benefits Supportive team and management

    Cons

    Sometime Time constraints Some upper management red tape with some departments

  6. "Great place to work, management genuinely cares about employees"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    -management across all levels, especially the Dirk (CEO) -strong and dependable teammates -good work/life balance -PTO, salary, bonuses and overall comp package -flexibility with working remote, childcare, etc

    Cons

    -honestly no substantial cons. I was worried about making a change after many years at my previous employer but it was well worth it

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    "Great innovative company with a terrific and collaborative team!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - "VP" of Business Development in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Impressive benefits, competitive salary, great growth and flexibility!

    Cons

    None known at this time

  8. "Best company I have worked for in 10 years!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Payroll Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My Team, the ability to voice my opinions and concerns as well as the people that work for the organization that truly believe in the company as well as their employees.

    Cons

    Processes and procedures could be updated.

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  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Meteorologist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time

    Pros

    Huge growth company. Opportunity to challenge yourself and abilities and to upward mobility. Competitive wages and benefits. Work for a company that has impact on future healthcare.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work hard and have good work ethic. Working extra hours are part of routine but you are compensated for you efforts.

  10. "Good company with promise for being a great employer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Louisville, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBI Biopharma full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I enjoy working for KBI because there is an excellent balance of work and life. KBI recognizes that happy employees who are supported in both personal and professional growth are loyal and productive. We operate as a team and support each other with motivation to improve and achieve together without competition with each other.

    Cons

    Not all sites operate the same and so the culture can be different between sites.

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