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AMRI Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
64 Reviews
2.8
64 Reviews
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William S. Marth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are some really good people here, but they get overshadowed by company culture as a whole (in 5 reviews)

  • My work environment specifically is great but almost everywhere else in the company seems to be pretty bad (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, lower pay (by about 20%) than other companies (in 8 reviews)

  • Lots of politics in compensation and job rating (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good stepping stone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in Albany, NY

    I worked at AMRI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience after school in order to be competitive in the industry

    Cons

    Put in your time and get out. Company is going downhill fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Time off cut In half

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    New management but still terrible

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I

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

    Pros

    Effective Jan 1, 2014, William Marth is now CEO. He is a sound businessman, unlike his predecessor who was a mere hard working scientist at best.

    Cons

    Effective March 1, 2014 AMRI is now asking employees to pay more for health insurance. AMRI is immune to healthcare policy changes because they're self-insured. Ultimately AMRI is cutting employee benefits when salary is still abysmal.
    Pretty much all employee support system is in dismay (HR, IT, Maintenance, Janitorial, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has a lot to benefit from actually having a short conversation with the people who actually do the work. While this is a prevalent problem in many companies, AMRI management just couldn't care less.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Treats analytical scientists with disdain and contempt

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist III in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist III in Rensselaer, NY

    I worked at AMRI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exposure to instrumentation, exposure to production support.

    Cons

    Apalling training program, blatant disregard/disinterest in scientific advancement, rife violations of employment discrimination laws, disproportionately low wages,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get the experience and LEAVE

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    - Good people (some more than others).
    - They took me in during this bad economy and offered me good work experience.
    - ... nope, I got nothing else..

    Cons

    - Low pay.
    - Depressing setting. Honestly, this is really a bummer because everyone knows how shitty the company is to give a crap.
    - HR sucks. Big time. They don't listen, I am starting to wonder what they actually do...
    - No raises. I received some chuckles and laughter when I even mentioned the word.
    - No opportunities for growth.
    - Long hours (Being salaried sounds nice but when you are worked like a dog then that amount only seems so meager).
    - Low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - I have no advice. I am extremely sorry but you have disappointed me AMRI. I really feel bad writing this because I don't like to talk bad about anyone/thing but you have really let me down. My advice for people wanting to come to Albany, please think long and hard. The capital district is in terrible shape. The atmosphere of Albany is quite dank and the company is equally bad if not worse. You would have a bad working life and not look forward to do anything outside of work either. But if you have friends and family here and need the money and don't care about getting raises, job security, being treated like scum, then this company will welcome you with their greedy hands. I'm done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company on life support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    Probably one of the only pros that I can mention is working with my fellow colleagues over the past few years. It has been a great experience and the vast majority are fun to be around and work with.

    Cons

    I feel bad for anyone who gets bamboozled into accepting a position at AMRI. Take it from someone that has been with the company for a number of years, the place is on life support. The labs are empty, the Captain has jumped ship and and it's taking on water like the Titanic. The few "old timers" that are left making large salaries will be removed from power very soon when the new chief takes over. Benefits are becoming less and less by the day and raises are non existent anymore. AMRI management expects you to be married to the company and have no personal or family life. If you are sick or need to take a day off for a medical procedure or something you had better get use to taking vacation time. AMRI has a policy of unlimited personal time as long as it is not abused. What they fail to mention is when you use more than a day, you get scolded by HR and direct management, written up or a combo of both. If your idea of benefits is a ping pong table and a busted up Foosball table in the middle of the cafe, well this might be your place. NEVER any praise whatsoever. You do very well, you "meet expectations". You screw up once and it's the end of the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like a previous worker wrote, management wouldn't listen to any advice anyways. If you dare open your mouth I guarantee you will have a bulls eye on your back and be tossed out like yesterdays diapers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY

    I worked at AMRI full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some like it here, maybe it will be you. There are some really good people here, but they get overshadowed by company culture as a whole.

    Cons

    Fear, greed and appeals to professionalism are used as a motivators. Best described as a sweetshop - no matter how many hours you work they want more (often just wanting employees at work even if they have finished their work for the day - this speaks more of a desire to control people then for productivity). Lots of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Fearful and stressed employees don't bring their A-game to work. Focus on what is best for the company as a whole and not on what you see as best for you. Avoid pet projects and reduce the politics.

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

    NOT a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I worked at AMRI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Experience for the resume. That's about it.

    Cons

    Poor management. Top Heavy. Little vacation time. Terrible facilities. Low pay. Company pushes employees to work long hours. Micromanagers. Continued exportation of jobs over seas. Very poor benefits package. Employees don't receive incentives or praise when it's due.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees decent salaries and treat them like real people to get better productivity, healthier work environment, and reduce turn over. People don't seem to stay at this company unless they are tied down to the area, and with just cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Burlington, MA

    I worked at AMRI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool people and the fact that there is no work and you get paid.

    Cons

    Quality of life is horrible and you are treated like a slave!!! The site in Burlington has no direction, no clients and I'd be surprised if they will ever have any serious clients considering the quality of the QA Director, not the Site Director. They have a hard time being compliant see the 483 in 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management in Burlington, they only follow orders...everything comes from Albany and they just execute...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY

    I worked at AMRI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Too few to mention. If you want to learn how not to manage, apply today.

    Cons

    Never stop looking over your shoulder. You are expendable and don't expect your length of service or performance will save you once you fall from grace. If you're already there, don't tell them where your going once you escape. HR will call your prospective employer and bad mouth your reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell and start a prison.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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