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Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
47 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good people at Indy site, but just a holding pattern for your career if you have experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved the people I worked with at my sponsor company - but I had very little interaction with ATL/ATMG employees.

    Whenever I asked for time off, I received it. I never had to work any more than 40 hours and I could make my own schedule of hours. I came in early morning and was done by 3pm. Very good work-life balance for my position.

    Cons

    Pay - The contractors I knew with a family, had to work part-time jobs in addition to full-time with ATL/ATMG to support their family. These are people with college degrees and some with graduate degrees. No one could afford their own rent in Indianapolis. I thought it was just me who needed a roommate, but at the Christmas party several of the employees were also roommates with each other.

    Benefits - No employer contribution to health insurance. I didn't realize this until I got my COBRA offer. 401k enrollment didn't kick in until I had been there 9 months, so I didn't qualify for the 2yr wait-period for the employer contribution (matched 5% of up to 3% of my salary, aka max of $45/yr.) The dental insurance costs more a year than a cleaning and didn't cover a co-worker's crown work, so I didn't purchase it. Eye coverage is worth it though (if you don't have 20/20).

    Raises - Raises are capped at 4% - so NEGOTIATE when you're HIRED. I didn't do a good job at this. I was offered $14/hr negotiated to $15/hr and later found out that Covance would pay me $17-22/hr for a similar position. Look up what Covance is offering for the equivalent position - don't expect to be paid that well, but use it to better estimate your value. (Ex: ATL might have paid $17/hr but never $20+)

    PTO - I personally found the PTO appalling. You get 10 days per year of PTO. If you want to be paid during the sponsor company's annual four-day "shut down", you have to save your PTO for that. What that means to you is all together you have 80hrs to be sick, shut down pay, go on vacation, and attend other life appointments (doctor, car repair, etc). Basically this functionally translates into going to work sick because you don't want to lose your 6 days of vacation. PLUS SIDE - they do roll over if you don't use it all, so the next year you could have more PTO time.

    Advancement - My HR seemed to be looking for other placements, but were limited by the sponsor's openings. Overall, this is a place to work and make money if you want to live in Indianapolis and are neutral about your career. It isn't a very good company to stay with if you're ambitious and the sponsor company is 'tightening its belt' with limited opportunities with them available. If you have no work experience, it's a good place to gain some - but for me it was just a holding pattern.

    Security - My sponsor company renewed contracts annually - aka the week before Christmas. You never really knew for sure until that time if you had a job the next year. ATL/ATMG reassures you with a "we'll find a place for you" - but it could definitely be a step down on the career ladder if they're faced with that. However, they don't want to pay unemployment ("lean management") so they're not likely to lay you off if you have kids and want that security knowledge.

    Confidentiality Agreement - You can't have both ATL/ATMG on your resume AND the sponsor company at which you were place. However, no one cares about ATL/ATMG on your resume but the sponsor company name has some pull. You end up being torn between being honest and not sending up red flags on a background check and actually having someone pay attention to your resume. I have settled on careful wording like "a contractor placed with " sponsor company. (Most people just ignore the agreement all together.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something you might actually listen to: offer 80hrs PTO plus three sick days a year. You don't really want to send sick people into the types of workplaces you serve. If you're worried about abuse, have an unwritten policy that managers can send people home with pay (a couple times a year) if they're too sick to really be there.

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

    Not a bad place to work depending on your priorities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biologist III  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Biologist III in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good coworkers mostly. Can get some really good work experience depending on where you end up. If the contract changes and you have been a good employee they will move you to another open position instead of letting you go.

    Cons

    Leadership is basically a joke. Managers have no idea what on contract site employees do for their jobs so the personal development reviews are meaningless. Speaking of PDRs, they never get done on time, EVER! It can take up to a year for a review to get done, which means getting a raise up to a year late with retro pay back to anniversary date. There is always a lot of talk about cross training and opportunities but these things never come to fruition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should lead by example, if any employee were to be late getting their responsibilities completed they would have some reprimand. There should be no excuse for management to never accomplish a review on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Entry level and no more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good entry level role for a recent graduate, gets you in the lab using your degree. Coworkers, managers and the GM are great. The clients are wonderful and professional. You learn a lot in a short time.

    Cons

    Pay does not keep pace with your experience and skills. You feel dispensable and easily replaced. Connection and help from the home office are non-existent. There is no feeling of belonging to a company and it is clear that you are a contractor who might lose your job tomorrow. There is no ongoing training or professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work not worth the pay

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    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for as a resume builder.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible and so are the benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better and maybe they will stay longer than 1-2 years.

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

    Horrible Company, Possible good work experience for new grads

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    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Chemist in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Luckily got placed in a position with hands-on use of instrumentation and method development. Good first year work experience to put on a resume. People in my group, contracted off-site, were friendly.

    Cons

    Pay is simply horrible. It's a joke. Management is useless. There is no upward mobility. Raises are skimpy. Benefits are lip service. Heard working on base (at ATL headquarters) is awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your managers how to manage. Upper management, push for better pay for employees so your retention issues lessen. We do good, hard, advanced level work and should be paid well for doing so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to go for College Students

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    Former Employee - Microbiologist  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience, pays overtime without question, and good and steady work load.

    Cons

    Too much work at times, need a balance of work/outside life, and pay is bare mininum not a place for experienced workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with team leaders and associates about what goes on in the lab.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    As a contractor hired out to fortune 500 Company and divorced from day to day opurations at ATL

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    Current Employee - Lab Coordinator  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Lab Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory

    Pros

    better hourly wage than some other temporpary companies
    They give 80 hours of vacation on hire

    Cons

    very little room to advance
    bottom line is you are a contractor(temp) so pay is maybe 2/3 of what it could be
    no insurance to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more visible
    be more interactive
    need to find way to retain good employees
    find ways for employees to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Errr.. Not a place to stay for long

    • 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 Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Connections with clients.
    Easy-to-get-job
    People are mostly good to work with

    Cons

    No room for advancement.
    Disconnection between ppl and management.
    Poor HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Disconnect between headquarters and satellite laboratory locations.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory

    Pros

    A way to get your foot in the door and make connections within Procter & Gamble.

    Cons

    My manager quit and I had no idea. Just one day they told me that this person was gone and they didn't know what the next step was going to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better systems to connect satellite locations to ATL management, so employees don't feel they are left alone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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