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Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
13 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  

    Great learning opportunity

    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are okay and the hours are great.
    You learn a lot and knowledge is good
    Its a great place to start, get in, work your hardest and then move on.
    They generally have fun stuff for their employees to do

    Cons

    A direct quote from upper management at one of their many "quality" meetings
     " We do not fire employees for doing a bad job, just for drugs or behavior"
    and so the quality of the science is in a steady decline because they fire people for speaking out, trying to change processes that clearly don't work, or trying to get upper management to get crap together. If you decide to work here you better just shut up and do your job, but you don't have to do it well.
    Pretty consistent changes in upper management with little scientific experience. So as you can imagine, the science doesn't go well if you don't know anything about science. Communication leaves a lot to be desired, study's suffer and the techs suffer more. Upper management will tell you to do something and it ends up being wrong, the technicians are the ones who get chastised. There is no accountability for actions, or the wrong people are held accountable.
    If you have been with the company for more then 6 years that means you dont actually have to do any work. Most of the senior techs are grumpy, crotchety and incredible lazy. They neglect their duties as a senior tech to train, set a good example and lack the drive to do quality work. Of course you have a few who do an outstanding job, they are a beacon of light.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should care about your in-life technicians more. They are the ones who do most of the work, with little or no reward.
    You should also reprimand those who dont do quality work. Its costing you lots of money and lots of studies.
    If you find any good talent that hasnt left or been fired you should try your best to keep them
    Raises should be given to those who show talent, promise and who work for hard and stay faithful to the company. As of now you just walk all over those few people and i think you also take parts of their souls as trophy's.
    Everyone loves the fun activities you guys through for the techs. But frequent cake makes you fat, and it wont fuel cars or keep the heat on.
    classes in basic scientific principle and processes should be something you require everyone in leadership position to take. this includes the finance department who bids on studies. It would increase understanding, respect and give people some prospective as to what needs to be ordered, done and priced properly. I bet you would stop losing so much money.
    As with any large company, people are going to be unhappy. The difference is other company's care enough to try and make the changes necessary to keep moral high. People wont do quality work if they feel they are not appreciated and are constantly belittled by those above them.
    Its an okay company with okay standards and okay science. However, it has the potential to be so, so much more! MPI could be great, all you need is the capacity to care about more then your wallet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great Place To Start

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall the company is a great place to start your career or gain experience. The people are friendly and helpful, and willing to share their knowledge. It is also fairly easy to transfer within the company to find a position that suits you, if your initial position isn’t the right fit. The various jobs can be quite demanding with long hours, but your co-workers can make the time pass quickly. There is also a lot of potential for advancement within each department, and various incentives to further your education.

    Cons

    Promotions are not always based on experience or qualifications.
    Management has a "I know best" attitude, which can lead to problems when trying to fix issues before they become problems. Also, the company as a whole tends to be more reactive than preventive when it comes to problems: meaning they would rather wait till something becomes a problem than fix it before it does.
    Management is not concerned with retention of its employees, nor do they value their experienced staff like they should. Along those lines, it also seems (and this is just my opinion) that management no longer genuinely cares about their employees, as they once did, and now only fains caring for the sake of a good corporate image for its sponsors.
    The rate of pay varies greatly between departments and is not always reflective of the work being done.
    The long hours can take their toll on your social/family life, especially if you have children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. Keeping experience within the company is good for the company. Examine the departments with high turn-over and figure out ways to fix it rather than just accepting it as a fact. Also, focus on promoting from within the company rather than bringing in new people who have to be brought up to speed on how things work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Far from perfect, better than nothing.

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

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

    Pros

    There are lots of training opportunities. Usually if you hate your job after a year you can transfer to a new department. PTO is okay. Generally the people are very nice.

    Cons

    Don't expect to be rewarded for doing well or taking on more responsibility. Promotions and raises are rare. Leadership is constantly changing at all levels. Turnover due to lack of career advancement is hurting the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the past and reward people for good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some departments are better than others!

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

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits, 401K, PTO. Everyone is dedicated to contributing to research and maintaining animal welfare.

    Cons

    Certain departments are held to different standards and put pressure on staff to work at production level dosing speeds. Time is money but also results in a lot of departmental turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be revised to make sure everyone is on the same page and following the same consistent "rule book".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Starter Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MPI Research

    Pros

    Decent benefits and PTO, no experience needed to get hired

    Cons

    unprofessional, no room for growth, poor pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people incentive to stay unless you want to keep paying to train new people and have inexperienced technicians running studies

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place for those with lives

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

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

    Pros

    Decent wages and decent benefits. Overtime is not an issue for the people in the lab. most coworkers are good people.

    Cons

    no room for advancement, some years have gone without yearly pay increase (3 out of 6 years), owned by a man completely out of touch with his surroundings, very reactive as opposed to proactive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral is a good thing, think about what you say before you say it. There is no reason to talk to your employees condescendingly.

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

    too many issues to list

    • 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

    compensation is fair to average, but the benefits package is impressive as far as health care coverage, dental, vision, 401k, and paid time off.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. company-wide morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start talking and listening to your people, from technicians, lower level management to upper management.

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

    Would not buy again

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

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits and paid time off.
    Excellent opportunity to learn corporate politics.
    Provides the opportunity to work at a company that is 75% management.

    Cons

    Morale has been at an all-time low for the last five years.
    Advancement is only possible by chance and does not correlate to job performance.
    Management is not trustworthy, lies to employees about company direction.
    Surprise layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to listen to your HR department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, unfriendly environment and nepotism

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

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits for employees, nice cafeteria

    Cons

    Management is completely unaware of the doings in their departments, so many people have started their career there they have no idea how unprofessional they are. Oblivious to the environment, favorites are promoted and it takes a really long time to move up or make any more money, the pay is low for the industry. Communication is poor, constant layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please quit hiring people, then laying off. It makes everyone nervous because you don't know if you will be next. Training for your managers would be so helpful, they just do not have a clue and many are unsociable and unapproachable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to Manage Growth

    • 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

    Ambitious ownership; reasonable opportunities to be heard; When the economy was better, the company provided perks to employees like sporting event tickets and ice cream socials.

    Cons

    The senior leadership seems to be in over its head a bit--particularly since the CRO market tumbled in 2008. Communication from senior leadership is poor, resulting in a workforce that has little understanding of company goals, ambitions, or initiatives. The fact that most of the Senior Leadership is home-grown has limited its ability to stretch beyond its comfort zone. Salaries and benefits have been cut in recent years as the company struggles to stay profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate a coherent corporate strategy to the employees; Invest in them so that they have a reason to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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