AMRI

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AMRI Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
64 Reviews
2.6
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 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Review of AMRI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Provides a living.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly Disorganized Company/Workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Many well experienced scientists, decent lab facilities, nice coworkers, exposure to obtain a variety of scientific experience

    Cons

    Management is all over the place, long hours, hard work is expected from employees but random recognized or rewarded. One of the most defunct Human Resources departments I have ever come across in my long work career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and make a genuine effort(not just slogans) to understand deep rooted problems within the company, and make the neccesary changes to fix issues so that AMRI can be in a better position to compete in the lucrative CRO business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Experience at AMRI is OK.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    The People you interact with day to day.

    Cons

    The salary is low comapired for the industry

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good learning opportunity

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

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    People are good to work with

    Cons

    Relatively under pay; limited career growth opportunity

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get it done fast and then redo it again!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    Contract business. Interact with a multitude of clients. No project is exactly the same. Gain experience working with unique equipment and products.

    Cons

    Formerly Hyaluron Inc. A small company that suffered from an extremely high turnover rate. Suffers from Brain Drain. The talent leaves while the mediocre stay. Young staff and new employees rarely have any previous knowledge of the contract or aseptic filling business. Long timers tend to have the cushiest jobs. The prominent staff find it difficult to advance or change departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in talent. Train and develop the midlevel managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Long Hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    Breadth of projects
    Large capital budget for equipment purchases
    Young staff, motivated and hard working
    Senior management has science background
    Decent salaries

    Cons

    Long hours, required 50+ hours per week for a 40 hour paycheck
    Lots of politics, people let go easily even if they are competent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lack of work/home balance. It was apparent that you needed to be there more than 50 hours per week in order to get a good review.

  10.  

    review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist II in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist II in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    it was very challenging to work there because of all of the various projects and companies we worked with and learned a lot from interacting with many peers.

    Cons

    Some managers don't have a grip and only count number of hours worked and don't realize that people have families and a life outside of work. Some of the worst managers left, but there is a "do more" culture and expectations reached unrealistic heights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees because they bring home the bacon. Give some slack for strong performers and ease up on the demands because people can get burnt out. Happy employees work hard and enjoy their private lives as well.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learning curve

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good company for intensive bench work. Especially helpfully for fresh graduates who need to gain lab experience.

    Cons

    Like a factory worker...the amount of productive is based on the quantity rather than the quality of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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