AMRI Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
63 Reviews

2.6
63 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)

  • He is a sound businessman, unlike his predecessor who was a mere hard working scientist at best (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary and long hours causes a high turnaround for this organization (in 7 reviews)

  • No concept of work/life balance, your life needs to revolve around your job (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Global Interaction

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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 for 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
  2.  

    International company, local family feel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst  in  Albany, NY
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    AMRI is consistently increasing their domestic and international service offerings. As an established CRO, AMRI works with several large pharma and other industry partners. Department cross-training and seminars introduce employees to the workings of all departments.

    Cons

    Low salary and long hours causes a high turnaround for this organization. There is a disconnect between "corportate" and "plant" employees causing power struggles during internal projects. Many key departments are resource strapped causing significant bottlenecks and difficulty to complete IT projects on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not consistently operate on the lower end of the industry salary structure. You lose good people when they feel undervalued. More buy-in and support is needed from upper management to drive project completion. Employees should embrace process changes when implementing new software, rather than customizing software to meet "the way we do business".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lab in New York, NY

    I worked at AMRI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefit package and good people

    Cons

    Limited career grow .
    Resignation is frequent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stimulating, fulfilling and challenging

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    The experiences (positive and negative) I have at AMRI are as diverse as the people here and as varied as the projects. Overall, working at AMRI has been a stimulating, fulfilling and challenging environment and I value my colleagues who I truly believe have the most "heart" I have ever seen. Those who are unhappy are free to leave (and they do), but I feel like management is doing what can be done (realistically) to balance the needs/wants of all employees and stakeholders in the most forthright and innovative ways. Profitability is continuing to improve even as the industry and economy continues to struggle. The company's internal networking events encourage personal and professional growth, which is a huge positive in my eyes.

    Cons

    At times (like anywhere else) difficult decisions have been made with less than positive outcomes, but primarily related to the economic downturn. I know for a fact that this company is only one of MANY to experience the same issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more; talk less. I know we are a smaller company with less than 1,500 people, but at times I wish someone from management would embark on an "Undercover Boss" adventure to really bring themselves into the lab to evaluate how their scientific/technical employees are being treated, how their managers are managing, how everyone is interacting with customers on a daily basis (and potentially reward some who might not otherwise be recognized/rewarded).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    New changes are making a difference

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

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

    Pros

    New CFO is driving positive change. Unfortunately, this has meant some cuts and shutting down of unprofitable divisions but this is long past due. Despite what somebody posted, the medical benefits are excellent and are the best of I have ever had. 2013 rates did not go up with the excpetion of a small increase in dental (less than $1). I find everyone to be professional and easy to work with. Stock price seems to be supporting the positive changes.

    Cons

    The organization is still top heavy. Along with that, some of these more senior people continue to try and run things like a mom and pop shop because they have been here since the early days. Advancement opportunities are lacking but this seems to be driven more by economic conditions versus anything company related.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out to the employees and see what they are thinking. They may have some great ideas or can provide additional insight that can help move us in the positive direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Something is wrong!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Rensselaer, NY

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    Challenging work with a great Tech Team in Organic Based Pharmaceutical Synthesis.

    Cons

    Work Force cut to the bone. All your time is spent in keeping head above water. Very little time to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify why we are loosing our brightest employees to the compatition, fix it. HR department has a reputation of being against the employee. Right or wrong, that is the fact, Fix it.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worth It..Very supportive people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMRI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good work ethics,proactive people and well cultured

    Cons

    Just a lot of calls and hectic due to being offshore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Challenge in daily synthetic chemistry

    Cons

    salary need to be improved

  10.  

    Fulfilling, Content

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Learnt a lot, good people,

    Cons

    Sometimes management can be reactive rather than proactive.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, they are your eyes and ears....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Things are improving, the new SMARTSOURCING initiative is generating positive feedback internally and with customers.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Genuinely a good company to work for. Really does try to generate great solutions for our life science customers. We're now starting to believe that we are a truly global business and this is making a real motivational difference.

    Cons

    Its been a tough last couple of years. Budgets have been squeezed, staff count has been reduced and management didn't appear to be listening. Happy to report that all these things are beginning to change for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for the SMARTSOURCING program. It is important that you drive this hard as it is starting to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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