Promega Reviews

Updated April 9, 2014
Updated April 9, 2014
29 Reviews
3.5
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I know people who work hard every day for Promega that can barely afford to feed their families.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I worked at Promega full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful buildings and work spaces. Supportive and friendly people. If you are a scientist or management, you can expect decent pay.

    Cons

    Many are underpaid for a company that makes this much money. "Money only has value when you apply it to something that creates stuff. You could have a million dollars stuck in your back pocket, but if you never took it out and did anything with it, it's worthless. It's just paper."

    Your employees create stuff. They deserve to live a good life too. Don't forget about them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your real treasure is your employees. Not statues and paintings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Medium Sized Company that survives against large competitors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Promega full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, Great technologies. Can do attitude in areas that we are serious about, and there is commercial potential. Great management of the production and quality assurance areas, in particular.

    Cons

    Upper management wedded to building their own fiefdoms and power base, rather than doing what makes sense for the company. Not enough oversight of upper managers who have sold the organization no some direction that cannot be accomplished. R&D program run on the basis of political considerations, rather than commercial principle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start building metrics that reflect sales, rather than just following the lead of a senior manager who is persuasive and offers up the potential of lots of payoff. Better analysis of markets in which you plan to compete.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Farm team for Madison biotech community

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Madison, WI

    I worked at Promega full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    With an advanced degree, you have lots of opportunity to shape your career development. I was fortunate to have managers who truly did care about my development and used their own time and company resources to invest in me. In return I worked my ass off.
    Non-cash perks are numerous
    Beautiful working conditions with lots of natural sunlight

    Cons

    Pay is below average
    CEO is a nut who runs the place like a fiefdom. If you're in, you're in.
    Business decisions and strategy is dictated by who has the CEO's ear, not a sound business case
    Global offices ignore any direction from home office: Tail wags the dog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some professional managers and C-suite executives. Founder has outgrown his ability to drive the company and lacks the skills to manage a large global organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Promega corporation review- marketing and sales

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Promega full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Friendly, competant co-workers
    Privately held company

    Cons

    Pay is significantly less than other similar positions at other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly Entreprenurial

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    Former Employee - Withheld for Specificity (Only Person With This Title)  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Withheld for Specificity (Only Person With This Title) in Madison, WI

    I worked at Promega

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation and work environment. Tremendous flexibility in schedule and lifestyle. Great rate of technology adoption and innovation. Situated in an excellent community in Wisconsin - finanacially stable and culturally mixed. Incredible, amazing, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Workers are on their own with regards to career advancement. Money is provided for professional development which is great, but mentoring, guidance and intervention for troubled employees is completely absent. Absolutely no provision for promotion or advancement other than to leave the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase support in Human Resources to encourage for Professional Development and intervention for workers who are stuck in non-productive patterns.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for a few years

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    Current Employee - Technical Services Scientist  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Technical Services Scientist in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Promega

    Pros

    Usually a 40 hour a week work schedule
    Free lunches, clothes, other goodies
    Sit-down job

    Cons

    Can get hectic/stressful
    High turnover
    Advancement to other depts not possible unless one does outside work/education
    On the phones 5-6 hours a day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have less phone time

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A Job at Promega, a government-like job in a private company setting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Promega

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere
    Perks (exercise facilities in every building, newly-built Zen Center (Turkish Bath and whirlpool))

    Cons

    Pay, you are not rewarded by your productivity, rather you are rewarded by whom you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is too slow

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Promega

    Pros

    Great work campus
    Willing to try out new technology before other corporations
    Open work areas

    Cons

    Limited advancement in certain areas of the company

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life at promega

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Promega

    Pros

    Good at family friendly company. New buidings with good facilities including gyms and fitness classes run at lunchtimes (should you have time to go!).

    Cons

    Very poor communication. Lack of direction - company has good products but seems to have little idea as to what it wants to do in the future. Lot of dead wood here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better. Make people proud to work here. Pay more. If you ask people to think outside the envolope then don't be negative towards their ideas.

    No opinion of CEO

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