MPI Research
2.2 of 5 36 reviews
www.mpiresearch.com Mattawan, MI 1000 to 5000 Employees

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32% Approve of the CEO

MPI Research Chairman and CEO Bill Parfet

Bill Parfet

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at MPI Research

ProsDecent benefits and PTO, no experience needed to get hired

Consunprofessional, no room for growth, poor pay

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

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Not a great place for those with lives

Research Associate I (Current Employee)
Mattawan, MI

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

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

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

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

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too many issues to list

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at MPI Research

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

ConsNo opportunity for advancement. company-wide morale is at an all time low.

Advice to Senior Managementstart talking and listening to your people, from technicians, lower level management to upper management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Would not buy again

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Mattawan, MI

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

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

ConsMorale 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 Senior ManagementYou need to listen to your HR department.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Low pay, unfriendly environment and nepotism

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mattawan, MI

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

ProsNice benefits for employees, nice cafeteria

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

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

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Struggling to Manage Growth

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mattawan, MI

I have been working at MPI Research

ProsAmbitious 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not worth ones efforts to be here long

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at MPI Research

ProsPaid time off is decent

ConsPoor communication, lack of vision

Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of your 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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Good colleagues, terrible senior management.

Project Leader (Former Employee)

I worked at MPI Research

ProsAt times the work is very interesting with a good balance of challenging studies with that of routine easier work. The lower and mid level scientists and supervisors were great people with whom I got along well.

ConsUpper management and the corporate management team, is a disaster. New analytical senior managers seem to come and go. The feeling is that the is no strategy or direction that the company is following. There are obviously favored Study Directors/Principal Investigators that can do no wrong in the eyes of management, and those not in the inner circle are readily blamed for issues.

Even though there is a complex system of managing studies, communication seems to be a mess. The organizational development programs, while perhaps well-intended, were nothing more than time-wasting and arguably frustrated more employees than not. As a supervisor of other scientists, fighting management for promotions or pay increases was futile and many well-deserving employees go unrecognized.

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what your corporate strategy is, and communicate it to employees. The economy was rough, but the method by which the firm laid off employees was disastrous. Again and again. People who may have the degrees and technical abilities may not always make the best management decisions. The people in the trenches are great, as well as the low and mid level supervisors and managers. Upper level & corporate managers need to figure out how now to effectively lead an organization through the thick and thin.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's a job not a career, but I am looking elsewhere

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at MPI Research

ProsIt's a job in a very bad economy
It provides work for people in the area
It does provide a cheap alternative for clients in a hurry
When (not if) we get bought out, a more professional organization could turn this around

ConsIt is a company that provides an alternative for clients, but not a first choice provider.
Huge turnover and very inexperianced low level supervisors and senior management. Middle management is holding it together.
Lip service given to employees as to the care they have for them
It is a "mill" for employees and clients.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more realistic asperations as to what MPI is, and what is to become. It is a second tier shop, but it can be managed better in that capacity and scale back the grandiose aspirations of the owner.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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