Pace Analytical

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Pace Analytical Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
58 Reviews
2.6
58 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • My schedule is good and the pay is decent (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is usually clueless, very little training at entry level, high stress low pay (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great as long as you're not a contract employee, then watch your back

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were great, and I was lucky to be placed at 3M. Nothing wrong with working there--flexible workday, great people, labs, constant building improvements, excellent work environment. Very high standards, it is understood but never said that everyone is (or is supposed to be) a Type A workaholic and overachiever. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just don't ever think you can coast along there.

    Because I was assigned to 3M I had an indirect experience with my Pace managers; emails about submitting timesheets on time and the like. I actually met them during the monthly meetings (which didn't seem to accomplish much in my mind) and when I was unexpectedly canned.

    Cons

    Contracters are expendable, and they (your contract company) will not hesitate to drop you with no warning at all if they think you're slacking, regardless of the circumstances. Once that happened, all Pace could do was say "well, sorry, please talk to HR on Monday and we'll see what we can do."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better backup plan for contract employees. I jumped on an opening right after getting canned and got an intervew, but they chose someone else and I'm still waiting to hear back about all the other openings I keep applying for... it would be really easy to stick someone with a few years' experience in an entry-level position until something more appropriate opens up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Easy to get hired, hard to advance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Tech I in Greensburg, PA
    Former Employee - Lab Tech I in Greensburg, PA

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed everyone I interacted with inside the company. Management was quality, and their vision was admirable enough. The CEO visited each lab at least once a year and seemed both accessible and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Pay was poor. I was paid through a temp agency and was told that after a few months they'd add me on. I inquired numerous times about the update in regards to that and was always told that they'd look into it. Months later I decided to move on. Had they offered me the security I wanted and was somewhat-promised I'm sure I would have stayed.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great organization for entering regulatory affairs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Professional organization with quality people. Supervisors and managers were very supportive and personable. Offers training and resources to its employees which provides a competitive advantage for its employees onsite at client companies as contractors. Benefits of health insurance and 401K plan. Many positions available. Provided an opportunity to gain experience starting out in career. Employees at client's site provide a maximum of 8 hours of service per day.

    Cons

    Salary was less than what employees of other contract firms earned, but only due to having better benefits. Some people end up in the same contract position for long periods of time depending on the client group they work in. Limited ability to climb within the company due to size of organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Miss the people and miss being there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Family like company, strong commitment to quality

    Cons

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

  6.  

    Large company with small company feel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Overall 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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ensure 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    As a contract provider professional employees they treated their employees well

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A contact company with limited upward mobility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LAB MANAGEMENT in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - LAB MANAGEMENT in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take a look at your upper managers and weed out the dead wood.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place, not too exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temp in Greensburg, PA
    Current Employee - Temp in Greensburg, PA

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Analytical 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    R

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schenectady, NY

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    Pros

    Overall good place to work
    Flexible with paid time off

    Cons

    Communication is lacking between senior management

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pace Analytical

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Tech I in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Tech I in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Higher 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).

    No opinion of CEO

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