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Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
32 Reviews
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Gilles G. Martin
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    don't get acquired by eurofins

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eurofins Scientific

    Pros

    the people who do the day to day work are awesome.

    Cons

    The management has no direction, looking to cut corners and save money, but cutting the wrong people from a minimum team as it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Eurofins IT Bangalore

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    You get your salary. But not much hikes are expected.
    Few teams are good.
    Very few people really concerned about Work and Delivery

    Cons

    Few teams are good. Few teams are worst. In few teams managers blame developers for their failures.
    Managers are interested in politics and not in delivery of the project.
    High blame game
    Very few people got work from home policy. Lot of discrimination.
    Management is not concerned about employees. They are cattle.
    Some Mangers are rejected candidates. They were hired since they could not get anybody for the position.
    Shifted to new buildings but with Horrible restrooms.
    Managers are gods and others just reverse of it.
    Some people were fired, laid off and left themselves because of managers
    Worst culture.
    Projects are failing mostly because of managers.
    Most of the Indian managers don't understand ABCD of technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think managers are god and rest of them are cattle.
    Company gets profit not just because of managers. But because of motivated employees who work.
    Make management that help employees. Give importance to people who work rather than who communicate and show off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    They will use and abuse you!

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    Former Employee - Client Services Representative  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Client Services Representative in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Eurofins Scientific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot about all kinds of testing. Independent work environment

    Cons

    No management structure. Hard to advance and little recognition for hard work. They will work you to the bone and pay you nothing. They do not value their employees at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No upward mobility, with low wages and poor management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eurofins Scientific

    Pros

    Nice people work at Eurofins. Most of the people there are doing their job everyday and working hard to support their families.

    Cons

    Very poor management. Low pay. No promotions. Overwork and underpay employees. Do not deal with personnel issues, so problems increase over time. Very rarely does Management discipline employees when rules are broken, even when it's an HR issues. Managers mistreat or talk down to employees regularly because they were never trained to be managers. Most of the mangers are a good scientists, but very poor at managing people. Some employees often break the rules and are not fired, which upsets the other employees. Employees are expected to work long hours and most departments are understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance needs great improvement. Pay people a more realistic salary. Resolve personnel issues instead of ignoring them to avoid additional problems in the future so you can do a better job of retaining your more highly motivated workers. Show people they are valued with promotions or even small raises. Follow HR protocols and discipline employees who do not follow the Employee Handbook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ends unemployment because they employ anyone, but they are bullies and unproffesional

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Acton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Acton, London, England (UK)

    I worked at Eurofins Scientific full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They always have vacancies because so many staff leave, longest people stay is two years because they cant find other jobs, more recently people stay 6 months in the job and return to studies or just quit. I was however told it is the company policy to have staff leaving as it is part of the business plan. Therefore as I said there are always vacancies.

    You can eat the food that isn't tested in the food lab during 1 hour dinner break, or you can take home the chocolates after work.

    Can leave early if all the work is done, hours 2pm to 10pm

    Staff they employ are nice people. And when I started felt close to staff there but as staff leave and new staff join the feelings change.

    Cons

    Some practices were poor habits, such as the pippette skills or overflowing bins. You are rushed and told to work faster and faster with profits placed before quality. I found some of their practices difficult to accept as they were not how we were taught to work in school.

    They employ women the majority of time because cheaper than men. Also almost all staff are foreign. Was told because women are faster than men and foreign workers suffer less stress.

    The manager watches staff through window at his desk to make sure everyone working, they also put CCTV cameras up to watch staff.

    The bins outside are full and piled against the wall because the company tries to save money with collections. Rats were once reported in the building but staff were told it was because they are untidy in the staff room.

    If the work is finished early you leave early but if not complete you are forced to work up to 2am. On a 12 hour shift.

    On one occasion the pipe broke and they were worried about contamination as contaminated water samples are poured down charcoal drains and but still survive in pipes.

    The floor had not been cleaned since the site opened ten years early and needed cleaning to impress customer, although auditors do visit and never complained.

    You are made to lift heavy boxes and water samples come in trays with 20 water bottles on a tray. When I complained it was tiring I was told if I could not do the job to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have anonymous staff complaints box so staff could vent their frustrations before they get angry and leave.

    Pay staff similar pay and dont have staff starting the same day on different wages because of agencies.

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

    I have worked at Eurofins for 3 years

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    Former Employee - Microbiologist  in  Otterbourne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Otterbourne, England (UK)

    I worked at Eurofins Scientific full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Learning new skills, continuous training

    Cons

    The pay! Oh the pay! Breadline you say? Actually worse. Unless you are absolutely desperate seek employment elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's simple: better pay means people are happier and stay for longer. Low pay means you have high turnover, you spend long time training new staff, low skilled workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Filthy Restrooms, 10 year old technology and Employee Unfriendly policies

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    Current Employee - Tech Lead  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Eurofins Scientific full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cabs, Free food (Not good) and friendly people
    Short time onsites.
    Good pay.

    Cons

    Please do not join this company. There is no transparency. They tell that job in advanced technologies and after joining you will see that is in very old technologies like classic ASP, VB6 etc. Please be very care full joining in Bangalore location. Also it has filthy rest rooms equivalent to one in bus stands.
    Those who go to short term onsite need to serve company for another 10 months even the onsite is for 2 weeks. Otherwise need to payback the onsite expenditure back to company.
    No understanding of what we are going to work.
    Employee unfriendly, no work from home policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a transparency on what exactly employees work. and about the policies
    Please introduce employee friendly policy instead of the unrealistic travel policy.
    Also, note that employees stay in a company based on trust and not based on restricted policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are cattle. Only directors and above get the money...

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Eurofins Scientific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Growing company (although not sure for how long)

    Cons

    Gilles (Martin) Kingdom.
    Employees are pawns. New buzz words: TGHP...Eurofins plan to hire only from without (no internal promotions) to offer top dollars to "Top Grads with High Potential". If you are hoping to advance, sorry, not for you. They want outsiders to come in and measure YOUR efficiency. Oh, and by the way: current Medinet employees? you are about to lose your job to Lancaster....rumor has it, Lancaster is validating a brand new lab to take over all Medinet testing -in secret!...and all current Medinet employees will have to transfer from Chantilly, VA to Lancaster, PA or they are let go...Shhh, it's a secret! How's that for an honest relationship? Beware...this company is not trustworthy! Not the first time and won't be the last time that Eurofins made such an uncaring decision. And they squeeze every drop of your time or you are considered not a team player...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your turnover is only the beginning of your woes. Pay attention more to the welfare of your employees and not just on your networking capital. How many times has Des Moines seen turnover? And now your shared services are being transferred to Lancaster? How long until your Lancaster employees get smart? Eventually, the economic environment will improve and you will not be able to retain any more good people because they will be too smart to stay.

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

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eurofins Scientific part-time

    Pros

    Management was decent. Time off wasnt too hard to obtain for vacas. They do promote from within often

    Cons

    Little to know upward mobility. Pay was bad. Everybody from upper management to the lower rungs were departing reallly, really quickly.

    I didn't hold a key position, but in the main national service side had like 6-8 people left in a one year times. The head purchasing and IT left - and where I worked (lab side), people left much faster due to being hourly and given very little upward opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Go elsewhere for a decent job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eurofins Scientific as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Office/lab is within 30 minute drive of anywhere in Des Moines

    Cons

    The place smells horrible - either like biproduct (dead things) or manure. The pay among lab staff and admin staff below director level is subpar and their health benefits are the worst I've ever seen - over $500 a month employee cost for family insurance. I have been working here as a temp for two months and witnessed many instances of questionable behavior among managers. Example: the administrative area was closed off due to black mold but the lab staff was lied to and told they are just painting that area. The catholic religion/rules are regularly discussed openly by HR staff in front of other staff. I recently took a tour of the laboratories and have never seen a more unhappy group of people. I was offered a permanent position, however, am not interested at any rate. Turnover is extremely high among not only Eurofins Scientific but among all the Eurofins business units (they go by many different names). My two month contract here is almost up and I couldn't be happier. I would rather be unemployed than work here. Beware!! The CEO, Michael Russell, is the only person I have met here that didn't leave me with a feeling of creepiness. A very odd group of people! The administrative staff in the Des Moines location will most likely not have jobs within a couple years as they are slowly moving operations to another service center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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