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Updated February 6, 2015
Updated February 6, 2015
17 Reviews
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Pros
  • Decent benefits and PTO, no experience needed to get hired (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of departments, so a great place to get experience in a number of science fields (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Old style upper management is unaware of who their employees are and this has resulted in low moral (in 6 reviews)

  • There is absolutely no way to move up or get a promotion (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    All the negative reviews don't lie.

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

    I worked at MPI Research full-time

    Pros

    Other than upper management, the people that work there are friendly. No other pros to report. This review requires a minimum of 20 words for the "Pros" section. Way too many words to fill for this category for this company.

    Cons

    1. Upper management belittles their employees.
    2. Little to no chance of career advancement.
    3. Salaries are well below industry averages... Reference ACS C&E news publication on industry salaries.
    4. Company has been on a steady decline since 2009... Many annual December layoffs.
    5. Upper management turnover rate is high and the quality of them has progressively gotten worse. There's been at least 4 different directors of one department in the last 8 years.
    6. Little to no job security.
    7. Only 2 (maybe 3) merit increases since 2008.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace some of the upper management or have them retrained on how to treat people in a professional manner and show compassion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away. Worst company in the industry.

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

    I have been working at MPI Research

    Pros

    The only pro I have to offer here is my time here is almost done. 6 years of hard work and sacrifice for nothing. While MPI continues to make between 100 and 500 million per year! Greed has gripped the CEO and there is a sale in the future. Trying to make the company look as good as possible to get the best price. Was that a pro? They do not exist at this company.

    Cons

    every employee that has been their since 2008 has been lied to and promised the moon while the top 1% fill their pockets. No promotions, no raises . no future at this joke of a CRO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just come out with the truth. You don't care about your employees. You don't care about the life's you have ruined while theses same people work their fingers to the bone. You keep your most important people in poverty while you live like s king. Give what you kept promising for 6 years. Whatever happened to profit sharing? You come up with all these lies to tell your employees just to keep them here in hopes you follow through. Well, the damn of empty promises is about to break. The exitous is about to cripple you and I want a front row seat. Shame on you Bill Parfet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not care about their employees

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

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good amount of training opportunities, lots of cross-training. Co-workers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Do not appreciate their employees; very difficult to get/give promotions or raises. Upper management does not communicate well. Occasionally, highly unprofessional decisions are made that affect both staff and Sponsors with little to no explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address rumors/questions up front. Don't claim to hold communication as an important factor when that is clearly not the case. Be more transparent about decisions that impact employees and Sponsors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Mattawan, MI

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dead end job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Mattawan, MI

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run Away!

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

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I can't think of one.

    Cons

    Any 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality assurance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do it for the experience, not for anything else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TMC - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - TMC - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Completely clean house and start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, revolving door of employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mattawan, MI

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unfriendly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Number One Company to NOT Work for in 2011

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

    I have been working at MPI Research

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    MPI 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 ManagementAdvice

    Polish 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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