MPI Research Reviews

Updated June 25, 2014
Updated June 25, 2014
41 Reviews

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  1.  

    Far from perfect, better than nothing.

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Some departments are better than others!

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    • 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 for 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
  3. 2 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

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place for those with lives

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    • 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 for 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
  6. 1 person 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
  7. 2 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 for 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, unfriendly environment and nepotism

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    • 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 for 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to Manage Growth

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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth ones efforts to be here long

    • 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

    Paid time off is decent

    Cons

    Poor communication, lack of vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees

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

    Good colleagues, terrible senior management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Leader
    Former Employee - Project Leader

    I worked at MPI Research

    Pros

    At 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Figure 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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