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Updated May 14, 2014

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2.2 40 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

MPI Research CEO William Parfet

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Horrible Management

    Research Associate I (Former Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsWonderful people to work with and it gave me hands on experience immediately following college. Good benfits and PTO.

    ConsManagement doesn't know how to run things without making their employees mad. No praise for good work and constant write ups for every little thing you make a mistake on. No room for movement. Everyone is unhappy and miserable on a daily basis. Overworked and underpayed--pay is immensely lower than similar jobs within the field. You never knew when something was going to get delayed, changed, or added at the last minute, so it was impossible to make plans outside of work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dead end job

    Research Associate II (Current Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsA research job that is not a contract position. This job includes good benefits.

    ConsThere is no growth, no performance based raises, no rewards program. Hard to find motivation to go above and beyond. Management known for knee-jerk reaction based decision making.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run Away!

    Research Associate I (Former Employee)

    ProsI can't think of one.

    ConsAny job here isn't worth the pain and agony that comes with it. MPI just doesn't care about it's employees and will do anything to save a buck.

    There is really no opportunity for advancement and they continue to give hypothetical raises as if they could somehow come up with money for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Quality assurance

    Quality Assurance (Current Employee) Kalamazoo, MI

    ProsWork like balance is good. Some of the best people i have worked with work there.

    ConsWork with animals, No growth, no pay increase not now and possibly not next year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Do it for the experience, not for anything else

    TMC - Research Associate (Former Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsExperience, Easy to get hired, a fast and easy way to get your foot in the door after you graduate college

    ConsPay, Management, they hire people with degrees of lesser value than your own to do the very same job, and pretty much everything else you can think of

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompletely clean house and start over

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low pay, revolving door of employment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsBenefits are OK, some nice perks for employees such as learning classes and speakers brought in.

    ConsUnfriendly environment, team work and inclusion are not expected, or encouraged, even from management. President abruptly left after only 18 months and was replaced with owners brother. The company seems to have no idea how to look ahead and forecast, I was hired as a permanent employee, then my position was eliminated 6 months later because business is going downhill.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the nepotism, entire families working there is not a good business decision. The owner needs to be more involved, and bringing in a whole new HR department would help. The big brother attitude also can be stifling. No career opportunities loses good employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Number One Company to NOT Work for in 2011

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsA paycheck. Vacation days, if you're here long enough to even apply for them. Healthcare, but make your appointments ASAP and get everything done that you need in case, when, something happens.

    ConsMPI Research is simply a company with a toxic work environment, poor upper management, and absolutely no idea which direction it wants to take. People that were hired last summer May. - Aug. 2010, were laid off in Oct. 2010. The company will call it restructuring but the truth is that there was adequate staff on hand to shift responsibilities to short staffed projects. Instead management hired new employees to fill these needs and then tried to quietly lay them off when the projects finished. These were not contract employees, and the employees were under the impression they were full-time, long-term, staff. In today’s economy in which there are 4.6 applicants for each new job opening it is unwise to gamble your future on a company that would have thrown you back in that rat race for your mistake, now they’ll throw you out for their mistake.

    The pay is adequate but you will never make as much as you think you will. Every employee left at MPI is here because they have an incredibly unique skill critical to day to day operations (few) while the rest are here because MPI can get away with paying them less money than they deserve (most). If you start getting raises and promotions you’d better start cultivating that incredibly unique skill or you’re done as soon as they have a fresh body interview for your job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPolish up those resumes, and find new jobs, before you have to explain to your new prospective employer that you previously managed a company that went bankrupt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsHealth care benefits, tuition reimbursement

    ConsNot appreciated for work done. Not having the materials and information necessary to complete work. No opportunity for career development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to clean house, start from the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay Away!

    Project Leader (Former Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsGreat place...if you have a relative or good friend in upper management.

    ConsNepotism is rampant.
    Communication from management is terrible.
    Low level management is used as scapegoats by their supervisor'son a regular basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop showing favoritism and start communicating the truth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MPI Research

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Mattawan, MI

    ProsGreat first job to gain some real life experience in the animal testing aspect of pharmaceutical research. Prior to the layoffs, MPI allowed emplolyees to transfer to other areas annually where technical skills could be accumulated rapidly across multiple species.

    ConsAside from the ability to increase technical skills rapidly MPI offers little opportunities for long-term growth. Employees that have college degrees are routinely passed over for promotion in favor of high school graduates. The general consensus seems to be that the high school graduates are more easily retained long-term, while the college educated will seek employment elsewhere. Errors are looked at highly unfavorably and rather than retain someone and administer corrective action the employee is quickly terminated. Though many employees have been terminated for one error there are also multiple employees that have been terminated for poor performance only to be re-hired who then surpass their non-terminated peers in pay and promotions. Despite the initiative to hire 70% college educated employees the senior management structure of MPI is composed of high school graduates. Quite the odd system for growth opportunities at MPI. Also while an employee may transfer to other areas the downside is that each area has its own requirements for promotion. Even though all areas require the same basic skill set the level of technical expertise required for promotion can be vastly different in each area. One area may promote an employee, with a degree, to Research Associate 3 within three years of employment while another are may wait seven to ten years to promote an employee to the same level. Management seems to be less inhibited with promotions and managers quickly ascend the corporate ladder. Favoritism is also a factor where employees make the same errors in different departments with extreme variations in repercussions. One employees may be terminated for a study error while another making the same error may not even receive a written reprimand lest it harm that employee's growth opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication, communication, communication. If an employee is terminated for poor performance leave them terminated. There are 600 former employees, that were laid off, to choose from before hiring one that was terminated. If MPI has to bring back an employee that was terminated make sure that the employees that have been average to above average, and haven't been terminated, go to the front of the promotion line. Streamline the promotion requirements, it makes no sense to have employees with college degrees, the employees that MPI has been focused on recruiting, wait years to achieve what high school grauduates with minimal skills achieve in half the time. Expertise comes with experience, stop terminating 40% of the technical staff annually. One mistake does not a career make. MPI doesn't get it that while you may tell a customer that the employee/s responsible for the error on their project has/have been fired the replacement will make a similar error through inexperience and the process begins again. A self-perpetuating system for short-term success and long-term failure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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