Pace Analytical
2.2 of 5 46 reviews
www.pacelabs.com Minneapolis, MN 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Dec 19, 2013

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Steve A Vanderboom

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Miss the people and miss being there.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFamily like company, strong commitment to quality

ConsPoor management at one site lead to it's closer.

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Large company with small company feel

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 5 years

ProsOverall this is a good company to work for. Although there are well over 1,200 employees, there are a lot of opportunities for advancement. Since the company is continuously growing (and has been every year I believe since the early 90's), new positions are being added all of the time as business needs call for them. This allows motivated, driven employees drive their own career path which is rare for large companies. There is also daily interaction and contact with Director level management which allows you to really prove yourself to those that matter. If you like variety and a fast pace environment this is the company for you.

ConsThis company performs all 3rd party testing and the competition is extensive. Not only does this mean that Pace needs to output a quality product at all times, but it also forces them to drive prices for their services lower that they would hope. Although they have a good continuous improvement system, the profit margins can easily suffer therefore salary, wage and benefits cost must stay low. Unfortunately, this means that the pay and benefits are not above average. They certainly reward those that stay with the company, but for those starting off in their careers (0-5 years experience) they would likely find higher salaries somewhere else.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that new employees fully understand the career paths that they can have at Pace. Hopefully this will reduce turnover in that 0-5 year experience range- typically these employees care about salary over benefits/long term potential, so it is difficult to keep these employees around when they can easily find a job somewhere else making 20-25% more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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As a contract provider professional employees they treated their employees well

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at Pace Analytical as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsAs a contract provider professional employees they treated their employees as members of Pace Analytical, not just as assets to be placed to clients

ConsA contact company with limited upward mobility

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to start your career

Lab Management (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 5 years

ProsI enjoy the people I work with and the opportunities I have been given over the years for advancement. My schedule is good and the pay is decent. I really like meeting new clients and helping identifying ways I can help them meet their needs while continuing to develop solid relatinoships with our existing customers.

ConsSome people complain and can bring morale of the group down. Micromanagers can also be a drag.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease take a look at your upper managers and weed out the dead wood.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice place, not too exciting

Temp (Current Employee)
Greensburg, PA

I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for less than a year

ProsOrganized environment
Friendly coworkers
Pay is decent, for the area
Seems like all of the departments have plenty of work to go around

ConsAnalytical chemistry is pretty boring
Unless you hop around departments, you will be doing quite a bit of the same thing without much variation. This is boring to me.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Schenectady, NY

I have been working at Pace Analytical

ProsOverall good place to work
Flexible with paid time off

ConsCommunication is lacking between senior management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lab Tech I (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Pace Analytical

ProsThey were quite flexible with my schedule (for instance if I needed some time off to visit my family, or if I was sick).

ConsThe pay was quite low when starting. The company has a relatively high turnover rate with most people staying at the company less than 3 years...

Advice to Senior ManagementHigher starting pay will help you get higher quality and happier employees. A better benefits package is needed (i.e. a better healthcare plan and/or a better 401k plan).

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Great place to work to gain experience with average pay and benefits

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at Pace Analytical

ProsPace Analytical has a decent benefits package and my position allowed flex time and a condensed workweek which was a great bonus. Several of the positions at Pace are entry level (hence a lower salary) but it is an excellent company to gain experience in a technical field. Most of the company is young, just out of college, so if you are of that age group you will fit right in.

ConsDoes not pay nearly as much as other companies doing the same work (the flex time and condensed workweek made up for this). If you are older you might not fit in with the younger workforce.

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Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid organization

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent top management with a vison. in expansion mode with solid financial backing. this company will be around for a long time in a very volatile industry. strong investment in equipment and tecnology.

Conssame as any environmental lab company, work is very cyclic and prices extremely variable. sales sometimes needs to be better informed and more helpful in getting all information to the labs.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter trained sales staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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