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  1.  

    If you can't get a proper job work here

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Huntingdon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Huntingdon, England (UK)

    I worked at Huntingdon Life Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can play on the internet as you don't have much work to do

    Cons

    Very racist company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers give rewards to their staff to make them look good, also some managers a nothing but arse lickers who send private gossip messages to their staff about managers and directors leaving the company. One manager thinks it is his right to tell other members of staff information about other employees before the employee knows themselves.
    Employing people as managers who go to university but quit after a year shows the lack of their commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Absolute nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    Good vacation (2-4 weeks for most departments)
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Extremely rude and incompetent management
    They will promote friends who often struggle the most with basic tasks
    Middle managers will talk badly about their subordinates in front of other employees
    Many employees will abuse new hires by pawning off work on them
    Actual science is very iffy, animals are not treated very nicely in this facility
    Horrible and expensive health care, poor benefits
    Often work very long hours and must work most weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management because I believe they need to clean house. Current management at HLS is toxic and will continue to promote liars and colluders above hard workers. People who exhibit intelligence are often denied training while those who struggle are trained in advanced techniques. This secures the more desirable positions for the senior employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Chaotic, stressful hell-hole. Do not work here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Toxicology Study Director in Alconbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Toxicology Study Director in Alconbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    Pros
    The staff turnover at Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is very high (ignore the staff turnover figures quoted by HR they are fudged to make the company look good). Due to the high turnover the company are usually desperate for staff and this means they will take pretty much anyone. In a market where experience counts HLS is an easy place to get into and to gain experience before moving to a decent company.

    Cons

    The majority of departments in HLS are chronically under-resourced and overstretched. The staff work long hours because senior management have totally failed to provide adequate staff numbers, systems, process or equipment. Staff illness through stress and exhaustion is an almost routine occurrence within many areas but nobody in management either cares or can/will do anything about it.. A good example of this lack of investment is the company's analytical areas which are reliant on outdated equipment and a total lack of any data handling infrastructure. In my post as a study director I know of at least two areas that rely on the manual transcription of data from print outs into spreadsheets with a high transcription error rate. The net result of this is that the company is very in-efficient, takes a long time to conduct a study and as a result has poor profit margins. It is very clearly slowly bleeding to death.

    The vast majority of staff have no faith in the company or it's ability to deliver services to it's clients. Whilst it is hard to identify a single problem in a company with so many failings, the finger of blame must point to the poor direction of the UK operation (PCB) which has been without the leadership or vision that a modern company requires.

    3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Our business is overstretched. We must divest ourselves of any area that is not our core business and reinvest into those that are. We can no longer have a finger in every pie.

    2. Pay your staff better or they will leave.

    3. Your business is imploding. For goodness sake, WAKE UP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Worse company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional. Most of the staff are under qualified, so do not expect them to behave like an educated. Management do not respect employees effort and hard work (with very few exceptions). Way too under paid. No 401K matching. Highly stressful, you will have to have some super powers to be able to survive in this place. Forget about being successful there. Working there is very unhealthy physically and mentally.
    Favoritism is the biggest issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees, give them proper training. Give them enough time to learn to be able to perform efficiently. Hire enough staff. Hire qualified and experienced people into management. Most of the time, management themselves have no clue of what is right and what is wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Disconnected, Unfair and no professionalism at all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    There is good flexibility when it comes to taking a day off. This is from an office environment perspective.

    Cons

    Management has no educational background in this field. Therefore, there is no understanding of what employees needs are. Everyone is expected to work like a machine. There is no reinforcement and no motivation to do more than what the job requires. "Favorite" employees by the boss get promoted. Others get no recognition. Employees who've been there for number of years 10+ tend to treat the newcomers as they please. They can abuse them and harass them. Management does nothing about this. The company gives no bonuses. There are no incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire management who have the skills and background to do so. Respect all employees no matter which department they belong to. Look into employee development programs. Look into reinforcement incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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