Pace Analytical Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people to work with all suffering together LOVED working for the previous company, ELAB (in 3 reviews)

  • Pace Analytical has a decent benefits package and my position allowed flex time and a condensed workweek which was a great bonus (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for the amount of work expected from you (in 7 reviews)

  • There is not one person (minus upper management) in the building who actually likes their job and doesn't want to work somewhere else (in 6 reviews)

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  1. nope

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearland, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pace Analytical (More than a year)

    Pros

    if you are fresh out of school and looking for a jobs

    Cons

    they will suck you dry and will ask for more


  2. Poor Communication

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company could provide entry level jobs as a good foot in the door to the industry. They are nationwide so there are opportunities for internal promotions if you are willing to relocate. The CEO is personable and makes annual visits to his labs where he gives the people a company update and allows them an opportunity to ask him questions.

    Cons

    The benefits could use improvement. Many employees are overworked and underpaid. This company is in the business of acquiring smaller labs and either closing them or converting them to Pace labs. Senior corporate management does not have much communication with the lab during these transitions, even when making drastic changes, so the workers often feel left in the dark. They change their "business plans" on a regular basis and are secretive about everything so it seems like they are always scheming. At my location women have been harassed and discriminated against. In the past couple years three different people have been penalized due to pregnancy/maternity leave. Two of them were passed over for promotion and one was reassigned to a lower position after her return to work.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate senior management should have better communication with the labs and there should be a stronger system of checks and balances to prevent situations such as those described above.


  3. Disorganized/Disconnected

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Name recognition, it is the biggest name in the midwest in analytical testing.

    Cons

    Disconnected management, especially upper management No room for advancement Unwillingness to listen to new ideas Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Treat them better. Happier employees lead to less turnover and more money and time saved.


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  5. Laboratory technician

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a good introduction to laboratory technique at the most basic levels as well as EPA methods. It is could be used as a resume builder but that is about it. This is because there is little to no room for advancement for people hired as temps(all new hires unless you know personally know a hiring manager/upper management)

    Cons

    What concerns me most about having worked this job is the exposure to many cancerous solvents and various unknown compounds. There is little thought put into even the most basic of protective measures; chemical spills, noxious fumes, open faced acid baths, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should heed advice from middle management. Middle management- dont let people blow themselves or others up!


  6. Get out before you are to exhausted to find another job

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not much to delight in at Pace - some nice coworkers. Decent equipment - lab recently redesigned - some areas better set up than others. Software does a nice job of tracking from sample receiving to customer - but is cunbersome and slow.

    Cons

    Management picks favorites - seems out of touch with their workers - barks orders but doesn't lift a finger to help out. There is absolutely no attempt to make sure that they run an ethical lab - quality was poor - long term employees even have a word for data validation that is pretty much just send it through. Upper levlel and corporate management are just dishonest, make promises they don't keep and decisions they dont support or even deny. A few coworkers say terrible things about others - managers just look the other way - so the drama goes on. Short staffed so people don't always have time to do it right, long long hours - expect OT forever and no outside life. Some benefits OK but not medical or 401K (well below national avg company match). Terrible Safety. An amazing number of employees never take vacation time - accruing 2 or more years worth thinking it will get better. Communication very poor - can't ever get a straight answer - managers indecisive. Doesn't really seem to care that clients are getting the service they expect, and then don't seem to understand why they lose them. Data systems in serious need of upgrade - but are controlled by corporate so lab is stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Get in there and really learn what your employees are doing and make sure the workload is shared around. There is no teamwork - try to foster that along with more training so employees are expected to help each other out. Gossip and backstabbing are signs of low morale - and part of the only way to get ahead attitude. Treat employees fairly.


  7. First step

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Okay company for those just out of college - a decent first step into the environmental industry

    Cons

    Very poorly managed and structured. Low paying, low employee morale, not a "retire here" type place. Most of the employees who have longevity here are the types of employees who are happy with mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    They don't listen - no need to waste time


  8. Helpful (6)

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Data Reviewer in Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Data Reviewer in Oakdale, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Because there is very high turnover, there is more potential for movement and/or a promotion than at a stable company Overtime work is abundant and unavoidable

    Cons

    The marketing end of this contract laboratory makes unrealistic promises to the customers, and then management will harass, manipulate and threaten the chemists into working crazy overtime to make it happen. Pace does not care if you have family or friends outside of work. They regularly come at the end of the day with several hours of "extremely hot" rush work and expect you to skip all your evening appointments again and again. I saw several of my co-workers in tears over the disappointment of missing out on a weekend trip or the guilt they felt abandoning their children and missing all parent-teacher conferences. Even fresh graduates who have no family or social life get burned out after working weekend after weekend. The amount of vacation they give is very low for the industry, and they force you to use some of it when their business is slow in January or February. Don't expect to get a Friday off in the summer. Pace accept contracts for work with very dangerous chemicals, and employees are usually too rushed to read the MSDS and know what they are handling. Expect be exposed to poisons while you are here. The building is old and the ventilation system and hoods don't always keep poisonous gasses out of the room. The heating and cooling system has issues too, and is has occasionally been 90 degrees inside in the summer and below 40 degrees in the winter. Pace likes to hire people directly out of college, because fresh graduates don't know what is and isn't legal. Every boss I had in this company pressured me to break the law. When I reported unethical conduct, I found myself reassigned to the copy machine and my employee file was suddenly filled with anonymous reports of rude and inappropriate behavior. I also saw other individuals denied promotion or reassigned for political reasons. If you are salaried, they will demand a minimum of 5 hours of overtime a week, with 25% or more overtime expected during busy times. They give out a paper the first day of employment stating that OSHA requires them to allow two 15 minute breaks a day, but then tell you verbally that no one else is taking breaks and you probably shouldn't either. They load everyone with much more than can be done in 8 hours a day and are furious if anything is late. The wages are low for the industry and when I worked there it was cheaper to buy insurance on your own than to take what they offered. The president emails out monthly rants about politics and how upset he is to be held to the same rules other companies are. They don't give raises every year and they keep pushing back the date for when raises go into effect. Hard work is seldom rewarded, but mistakes are called out and criticized sharply. I have heard bosses at every level including the CEO unjustly verbally attack people under them. Most people there would like to leave, but the frequent attacks on your self esteem make it very difficult to act confidently if you get an interview anywhere else. Pace wages are not worth the physical danger and psychological torture you risk by walking through the door.

    Advice to Management

    Pace claims to value integrity. The place would be a whole lot better if the managers actually had some. Pace claims to value employees. Please do.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Stay away...Unless you really need a job.

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    Former Employee - Contract Lab Chemist II in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Contract Lab Chemist II in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Places you with decent companies...That's about all they do.

    Cons

    Benefits are crap, pay is below market value, they do not challenge or inspire employees to learn, they do nothing to help employees transition into full time positions, management structure is horrible

    Advice to Management

    Do your job and be honest to employees


  10. Resume Builder, nothing else

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Green Bay, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job. Something to put on your resume

    Cons

    horrible pay, every manager has favorites and if you're not one good luck. no room to grow within the company. Management doesn't care about their employees. Departments are very segregated, there's so much drama and too much of people talking about one another.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees, give them an incentive to want to stay.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Jump ship when you can

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laboratory and/or analytical experience for the resume. That's where it ends.

    Cons

    Very poor pay and benefits. Work is mundane and not high skilled for the field of science. You're exposed to many nasty chemicals and the safety controls are not the greatest. Greedy upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Give better pay and perhaps make the work more interesting by letting employees do both extraction and analysis. This may lower the high turn-over rate.



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