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Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Good 1st job, laid back, learn a lot about various departments (QA, production),but the compensation isn't great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good 1st job, laid back, learn a lot about various departments (QA, production),

    Cons

    But the compensation isn't great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hang in there!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Got to work on pet projects in my free time but there was little of that.

    Cons

    Worked long hours.
    In constant fear of being fired.
    Abusive managers forcing people to tears.
    All the smart people left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress and good science don't mix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Good and generous benefit from day one

    Cons

    some manager where not fair...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Time off cut In half

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    Current Employee - Validations in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Validations in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Poor moral, long hours. Not appreciated. Lots of turn over. AMRI bought OsoBio in July 2104. Now we are loosing 3 weeks of vacation per year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Review of AMRI

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a place for people who want to be busy. You will learn to multi-task and become efficient and deal with pressure. Most people are pretty nice to work with. There appears to be more companies using outsourcing agencies like AMRI instead of directly hiring, so there could be more job security working here if that trend continues).

    Cons

    Long hours, lower pay (by about 20%) than other companies. There is also high turnover, especially by lower level employees who are over-worked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't increase the pay, at least give out bonuses to people who deserve them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Global Interaction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Co-workers are well aware of their duties and team work is always there. The benefits are great, it covers the essential health, dental, etc.

    Cons

    Personal growth, fast-pace environment,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    It Is a Job in a Dysfunctional Organization

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fortunate people get to learn the business and possibly develop connections for other positions in the industry.

    Cons

    Salary structure has not improved, expenses are rising with health care and other benefits. Company values have eroded significantly during the 2007-2011 recession; the management style now is fear of job loss. Management does not listen to employees and clients. Dead weight stays entrenched to continue destruction of company. Constant drive to reduce corporate costs with overseas acquisitions, while downsizing in US.

    Departing middle managers always have opportunity to get a good severance package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to be replaced or reorganized, under the direction of strong leader and operations officer. There is another domestic CRO in mid-Atlantic region, with smaller personnel size, that is doing well. AMRI should talk to them for improvements.

    Company values have eroded to the point of no return. Need to improve benefits and employee career development. Just because the economy has been bad is not a good excuse for no change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Provides a living.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good co-workers. Fun environment if you work with the right group of guys.

    Cons

    standard 2% raise per year, very weak yearly bonus if any at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay could be better for the hazardous work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    You will never materially advance nor be rewarded for having the company's back. It's just not that kind of company.

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    Current Employee - Dedicated Soldier in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Dedicated Soldier in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technical experience. Lots of great equipment. Great river views from the second floor. Exceptionally nice colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    Meaningless performance evaluations; Complete waste of everyone's time. Hard work/ownership not valued/rewarded. Poor work not punished. Laziness condoned. PhD's hired to do mundane Associates Degree work. Embarrassingly lame mid-level management. They and the level above have no tools to motivate people. Fear of loss of job is all they have. Everyone is treated exactly the same, regardless of talent or industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's obvious that a calculation was made to NOT take an active role to manage/optimize the most expensive aspect of your operations. It's managed by attrition. It appears to be fairly effective unfortunately. I'm surprised that it's worked so well, but the awful Obama economy makes it possible. Fortunately, I'm able to motivate myself and the balance sheet still works for me personally. It's heartbreaking to have witnessed the exodus of so many insanely talented, effective people over the last few years. They made the company strong. You're less so now, but like I said, that's the course you've decided upon. I think if things grow as you hope, a case can be made that experienced lab folks would be a HUGE asset. Please dispense with the performance evaluation process every year. It will benefit your group leaders/supervisors. They have no time for it. It should be like a flat tax return, one page or even pass/fail. Pretty hopeless, which is quite discouraging, but most weeks I can rise above all this and know that sometimes doing the right thing is its own reward. Finally, it doesn't take a great deal of money to keep people's head in the game. If it were my company, I'd want people to be willing to take a bullet for me (figuratively, of course). That'll never happen here due to the approach you've taken. Not only does it not cost a great deal of money to motivate people, you don't even have to mean it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Looks good on the surface...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot
    Like my co-workers

    Cons

    Over-worked, Under-appreciated, Under-paid

    I was told there would be room for growth...when opportunities were available, I was over-looked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth
    A little goodwill goes a long way
    Appreciate every employee you have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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