Pace Analytical

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Pros
  • This allows motivated, driven employees drive their own career path which is rare for large companies (in 2 reviews)

  • There is some flexibility with the hours, scheduling vacation time, and even allowing you to make up hours on occasion (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is usually clueless, very little training at entry level, high stress low pay (in 6 reviews)

  • Orientation is nothing but eye wash to make upper management feel good (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Data Reviewer  in  Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Data Reviewer in Oakdale, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do your job and be honest to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Resume Builder, nothing else

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician  in  Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Green Bay, WI

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Jump ship when you can

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Schenectady, NY

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly Managed Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greensburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensburg, PA

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of open positions as the company is a large revolving door!

    Cons

    Orientation is nothing but eye wash to make upper management feel good. Totally disregard outside new employees with experience. Local management were promoted to their positions from kissing the proper asses. Upper management talks the talk on core values, but doesn't know how to walk the walk! Local sales managers are stealing from the company and they don't care. Pace is a joke.....join at your own risk!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up......you're losing market share and you're too ignorant to see it or stop it. You also don't know how bad local managers are, and they are killing you.

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

    Hell is located in 8 East Tower Circle Ormond Beach FL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ormond Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ormond Beach, FL

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time

    Pros

    You start as a janitor and in a few weeks you become an analyst without going to college. So the analyst that went to college lost their time because you will be doing and getting paid the same as the people that start as the janitor.

    Cons

    This place does not value their Staff. Analyst are under paid. Does not have any growing Carrier Opportunities. We never leave on time and by the time we leave the supervisors get mad at the analyst because we want to go home after 10 hour of working. Plus you can see the favoritism of the GM to one of the Semi-Volatile analyst and his wife. This guy is a trouble maker and even threat the WetChem supervisor and the GM and human resources did nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen what your analyst have to say. They want the job to be done right.

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

    Avoid at all costs.

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician III  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Lab Technician III in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Use some of your knowledge gained through education. Gain very little new knowledge. Pays the bills (only enough to afford a shack to live in). Some of your coworkers are decent.

    Cons

    Glorified minimum wage type job. Employees are paid and treated poorly. There is absolutely no upward movement unless someone literally dies or some other miracle. Now matter how hard you work or what your performance is, it absolutely doesn't matter. If you are good at brown-nosing then you may fit in...Work is extremely repetitive and the so called management will kick you when your down at any chance they get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the caste system you have in place and actually promote some smart people who can take the company forward instead of being stagnant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place scares me and sucks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It's a job and I get benefits

    Cons

    It's a crappy job though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Work to the Bone

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician  in  Greensburg, PA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Greensburg, PA

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is some flexibility with the hours, scheduling vacation time, and even allowing you to make up hours on occasion.

    Cons

    I worked at Pace just under two years, it was my first job right out of school. After a few months on the job I began to see that I made a mistake in taking the job. They tend to hire people right out of school, a few years out with little to no experience, or those who are desperate for a job so that they can get away with paying a lower salary, especially with the chemicals that you are exposed to. They would also take advantage of this fact and give you a high quantity of work. Do not expect to get much of a bonus (if you get one) or even advance within the company or even to another department. It is not worth being a starter job because when you try to apply for a similar position at another company they will want to start you off in a lower position or entry level.

    My supervisor was very unprofessional. She would talk openly about other employees, I once even overheard her talking about me, and when I confronted her about it she did not even deny that she did. She even yelled and threw a tantrum with a worker in front of other coworkers and another manager and was not confronted or reprimanded.

    One of the Core Values of the Company is to value the employee. This is merely to save face. If you ever told in the staff meetings that it is mandatory you have to take a certain amount of days off within a certain time span, layoffs are coming. This is what happened to me, I'd scheduled my days off for the following week. That Friday not even halfway through the day I was given my walking papers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more on the job training for workers. Supervisors and management should also have more management and professionalism training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good luck

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    Former Employee - Environmental Lab Technician II
    Former Employee - Environmental Lab Technician II

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time

    Pros

    My direct supervisor was very personable and cared about her employees. The work itself is interesting and can be fun, everyday presented itself with something different. Also, they offer a very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Unbelievably micro-managed. zero employee appreciation from upper management. Low pay for the amount of work expected from you. I was a temporary employee, after being there for a few months I let my supervisor and her supervisor know that I was looking for employment else where. They asked me to give them as much notice as possible if I found a new job and made empty promises about positions opening up within my building that I'd potentially be hired for. Corporate came in, gave me no notice that they were letting me go due to downsizing. I could go on but won't. (Side note; before being hired I came on Glassdoor.com and looked at the reviews Pace has received but went in with a positive attitude. I told myself the only people who write reviews are the ones who are disgruntled. Unfortunately the reviews I read were spot on with how things are ran and I am not alone with these feelings towards Pace.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People talk, I know your motto is "why hire an employee full time, when we can pay someone half the salary to do the same work as a temp." Your company expects a lot out of its employees, a little respect and better compensation would go a long way. If you think I'm alone with these feelings then you need to talk to current employees, there's a reason the turnover rate is so high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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