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Updated Feb 9, 2014

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William S. Marth


23% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • There are some really good people here, but they get overshadowed by company culture as a whole(in 5 reviews)

  • He is a sound businessman, unlike his predecessor who was a mere hard working scientist at best(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary and long hours causes a high turnaround for this organization(in 7 reviews)

  • No concept of work/life balance, your life needs to revolve around your job(in 4 reviews)

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    3 people found this helpful  

    You will never materially advance nor be rewarded for having the company's back. It's just not that kind of company.

    Dedicated Soldier (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsGreat technical experience. Lots of great equipment. Great river views from the second floor. Exceptionally nice colleagues from all over the world.

    ConsMeaningless performance evaluations; Complete waste of everyone's time. Hard work/ownership not valued/rewarded. Poor work not punished. Laziness condoned. PhD's hired to do mundane Associates Degree work. Embarrassingly lame mid-level management. They and the level above have no tools to motivate people. Fear of loss of job is all they have. Everyone is treated exactly the same, regardless of talent or industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's obvious that a calculation was made to NOT take an active role to manage/optimize the most expensive aspect of your operations. It's managed by attrition. It appears to be fairly effective unfortunately. I'm surprised that it's worked so well, but the awful Obama economy makes it possible. Fortunately, I'm able to motivate myself and the balance sheet still works for me personally. It's heartbreaking to have witnessed the exodus of so many insanely talented, effective people over the last few years. They made the company strong. You're less so now, but like I said, that's the course you've decided upon. I think if things grow as you hope, a case can be made that experienced lab folks would be a HUGE asset. Please dispense with the performance evaluation process every year. It will benefit your group leaders/supervisors. They have no time for it. It should be like a flat tax return, one page or even pass/fail. Pretty hopeless, which is quite discouraging, but most weeks I can rise above all this and know that sometimes doing the right thing is its own reward. Finally, it doesn't take a great deal of money to keep people's head in the game. If it were my company, I'd want people to be willing to take a bullet for me (figuratively, of course). That'll never happen here due to the approach you've taken. Not only does it not cost a great deal of money to motivate people, you don't even have to mean it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Have been with AMRI for more than 6 years.

    Senior Research Scientist I (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsConstant challenge working environment. You learn a lot in the work. Good colleagues.

    ConsVery bad management team. No training and no future. Low pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people hope for promotion and/or pay raise. More training for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Treats analytical scientists with disdain and contempt

    Research Scientist III (Former Employee) Rensselaer, NY

    ProsExposure to instrumentation, exposure to production support.

    ConsApalling training program, blatant disregard/disinterest in scientific advancement, rife violations of employment discrimination laws, disproportionately low wages,

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get the experience and LEAVE

    Research Scientist (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    Pros- Good people (some more than others).
    - They took me in during this bad economy and offered me good work experience.
    - ... nope, I got nothing else..

    Cons- Low pay.
    - Depressing setting. Honestly, this is really a bummer because everyone knows how shitty the company is to give a crap.
    - HR sucks. Big time. They don't listen, I am starting to wonder what they actually do...
    - No raises. I received some chuckles and laughter when I even mentioned the word.
    - No opportunities for growth.
    - Long hours (Being salaried sounds nice but when you are worked like a dog then that amount only seems so meager).
    - Low pay.

    Advice to Senior Management- I have no advice. I am extremely sorry but you have disappointed me AMRI. I really feel bad writing this because I don't like to talk bad about anyone/thing but you have really let me down. My advice for people wanting to come to Albany, please think long and hard. The capital district is in terrible shape. The atmosphere of Albany is quite dank and the company is equally bad if not worse. You would have a bad working life and not look forward to do anything outside of work either. But if you have friends and family here and need the money and don't care about getting raises, job security, being treated like scum, then this company will welcome you with their greedy hands. I'm done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    International company, local family feel

    IT Business Analyst (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsAMRI is consistently increasing their domestic and international service offerings. As an established CRO, AMRI works with several large pharma and other industry partners. Department cross-training and seminars introduce employees to the workings of all departments.

    ConsLow salary and long hours causes a high turnaround for this organization. There is a disconnect between "corportate" and "plant" employees causing power struggles during internal projects. Many key departments are resource strapped causing significant bottlenecks and difficulty to complete IT projects on time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not consistently operate on the lower end of the industry salary structure. You lose good people when they feel undervalued. More buy-in and support is needed from upper management to drive project completion. Employees should embrace process changes when implementing new software, rather than customizing software to meet "the way we do business".

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

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    A company on life support

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsProbably one of the only pros that I can mention is working with my fellow colleagues over the past few years. It has been a great experience and the vast majority are fun to be around and work with.

    ConsI feel bad for anyone who gets bamboozled into accepting a position at AMRI. Take it from someone that has been with the company for a number of years, the place is on life support. The labs are empty, the Captain has jumped ship and and it's taking on water like the Titanic. The few "old timers" that are left making large salaries will be removed from power very soon when the new chief takes over. Benefits are becoming less and less by the day and raises are non existent anymore. AMRI management expects you to be married to the company and have no personal or family life. If you are sick or need to take a day off for a medical procedure or something you had better get use to taking vacation time. AMRI has a policy of unlimited personal time as long as it is not abused. What they fail to mention is when you use more than a day, you get scolded by HR and direct management, written up or a combo of both. If your idea of benefits is a ping pong table and a busted up Foosball table in the middle of the cafe, well this might be your place. NEVER any praise whatsoever. You do very well, you "meet expectations". You screw up once and it's the end of the world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLike a previous worker wrote, management wouldn't listen to any advice anyways. If you dare open your mouth I guarantee you will have a bulls eye on your back and be tossed out like yesterdays diapers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Avoid

    Research Scientist (Former Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsSome like it here, maybe it will be you. There are some really good people here, but they get overshadowed by company culture as a whole.

    ConsFear, greed and appeals to professionalism are used as a motivators. Best described as a sweetshop - no matter how many hours you work they want more (often just wanting employees at work even if they have finished their work for the day - this speaks more of a desire to control people then for productivity). Lots of politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Fearful and stressed employees don't bring their A-game to work. Focus on what is best for the company as a whole and not on what you see as best for you. Avoid pet projects and reduce the politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stimulating, fulfilling and challenging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsThe experiences (positive and negative) I have at AMRI are as diverse as the people here and as varied as the projects. Overall, working at AMRI has been a stimulating, fulfilling and challenging environment and I value my colleagues who I truly believe have the most "heart" I have ever seen. Those who are unhappy are free to leave (and they do), but I feel like management is doing what can be done (realistically) to balance the needs/wants of all employees and stakeholders in the most forthright and innovative ways. Profitability is continuing to improve even as the industry and economy continues to struggle. The company's internal networking events encourage personal and professional growth, which is a huge positive in my eyes.

    ConsAt times (like anywhere else) difficult decisions have been made with less than positive outcomes, but primarily related to the economic downturn. I know for a fact that this company is only one of MANY to experience the same issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more; talk less. I know we are a smaller company with less than 1,500 people, but at times I wish someone from management would embark on an "Undercover Boss" adventure to really bring themselves into the lab to evaluate how their scientific/technical employees are being treated, how their managers are managing, how everyone is interacting with customers on a daily basis (and potentially reward some who might not otherwise be recognized/rewarded).

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

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    Working here is like being in an abusive relationship

    Research Scientist I (Former Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsExcellent experience and mentoring to take on to future employers. Opportunities to publish and patent. After working here other jobs will feel like a vacation. The work is rewarding and meaningful. Newer facilities in Albany were a pleasure to work in.

    ConsWork a minimum of 50 hours per week. No concept of work/life balance, your life needs to revolve around your job. All negative reinforcement, no positive feedback. Burnout quickly, never feel appreciated no matter how much you give. Always made to feel like your job is on the line and you could lose it at any moment. Pay is TERRIBLE! The job is amazing but the culture of the company is intolerable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little respect will go a long way. The job is rewarding enough that I would have been able to ignore the ridiculous pay if I wasn't always being abused. No loyalty from you means no loyalty from me...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Scientist I

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsGood stepping stone to get experience, thats about it!

    ConsTerrible upper management, don't value employees, terrible pay, no work/family balance, not much room for advancement, no incentive to work hard, employee morale is very bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in new management!!!! Treat employees with respect! Value your employees and reward them for their hard work, they are the reason you have a business! Listen to your employees! Especially the ones who leave, listen to their reasons why. If things don't change you will no longer have a valuable business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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