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Updated Jul 3, 2014

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William S. Marth


28% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    HR&Finance ruin company

    Research Scientist II (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsChallenging. Wide Diversity of projects gives lots of experience quickly.
    Business maybe coming back to profitability now that numberof chemists way down.

    ConsMorale low as recent layoffs targeted experienced high performers. Work hard/travel overseas yields higher salary led to layoffs while other questionable performers kept.
    HR rules on their own agenda. Sr VPs either clueless or just lost. Middle managers try but often over ruled or overwhelmed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed strong president or new Sr VPs to get departments back under control and put HR in line to help employees not torment them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough place to grow unless you play politics

    Senior Research Scientist (Former Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsI got to do a lot of organic chemistry - both small scale and large scale. I got exposure to all aspects of drug discovery and development process.

    ConsThis is a place where its very hard to grow professionally. Promotions are given only after several years and you have be lucky to be with a supporting supervisor (who are very rare!).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, they don't listen anways.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsPeople are good to work with

    ConsRelatively under pay; limited career growth opportunity

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    Risk far out weighs rewards

    Business Development (Former Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsAMRI has a good location in Albany in relation to highways, cafeteria on site is well run with by nice people, most peers are helpful getting up to speed.

    ConsVery unstable management structure. Expectation that employees will live and breath AMRI, no work/life balance, Very poor communication internally. Scientific team and Business Development teams are very disfunctional and combative.

    Sr. Management and HR do not care about their employees in any way, shape or form.

    Advice to Senior Managementthe management needs to change how it is running the business before every solid employee runs away to the competition. Management needs to do much better due dilligence before acquisitions are made that cause financial disasters for the company. People should matter just a shred to the HR team but they DO NOT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Went from an OK place to work to dismal during global expansion.

    Senior Research Scientist I (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsAffordable health insurance and good 401K match.
    Buildings were comfortable,well maintained, and functional.
    Lot of exciting and new scientific knowledge with each project.

    ConsPoor work to home life ratio.
    Management training is poor, so managers can be hit or miss.
    Poor distribution of compensation, when everyone works hard.
    Lots of politics in compensation and job rating.
    Lack of opportunity to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpread out benefits to all levels.
    Appreciate the staff, it is what makes the company, not the equipment.
    Provide better management training and listen to employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One disappointment or unfulfilled promise after the next

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bothell, WA

    ProsGood work/life balance, workloads are easily manageable with little or no work from home or on weekends required.

    ConsPay is 75% of industry standard, a statistic frequently cited within the company.
    During downsizing, which has happened yearly over the past few years, the newest hires are the ones to go...less severance is required to pay new hires. This company approach is to survive today (by letting go those that are cheapest to let go) but not build for the future (the new and successful are let go and the those that fail projects but have been employed for longer periods are retained because they cost too much to let go).
    Poor organization: I was often called into meetings that started 5 minutes ago, or was totally blown off by key attendees, even 1 on 1's.
    No metric existed to equitably weigh performance across the organizaton for a given job category. Career development is not a priority. Management is poorly trained.
    This is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation. Don't count on these people to have your best interest in mind because they won't.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeliver on your promises, actions speak louder than hollow promises.
    A business can be run by anticipating revenue shortfalls and not relying on layoffs to stem deficits that result from poor planning and organization.
    You'll never build an organization with a motivated workstaff without investing and valuing you people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent, rewarding environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Albany, NY

    Prosforward thinking people, good advancement

    Consbucketed departments, often downsizes, slow decisions

    Advice to Senior Managementwork on inter-department collaboration efforts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lies, Lies, Lies

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Burlington, MA

    Pros* Gain industry experience
    * Challenging Environment
    * Can use AMRI as an example of what NOT to do

    When asked about the Pros of AMRI, a manufacturing technician responded after a pause "Well.. the commute isn't bad"

    Cons*Very dishonest management/HR - promises are constantly thrown around regarding raises, bonuses, promotions, etc. in exchange for 70-80hr work weeks, but are always forgotten when it comes time to pay the piper.
    *High turnover among employees (even for the industry) - Everyone that is competent and motivated to advance is forced to leave due to burnout. The only ones that stay are those who "coast"
    *No direction since AMRI took over - Culture is very reactive instead of proactive. FDA observations are met with immediate, but poorly thought out solutions with no assessment of whether these commitments are actually possible.
    *No real training program.
    *Benefits are not on par with the industry
    *Micro-management
    *Uncertainty about future of company

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake compliance a core value, not a dog and pony show for audits.
    Reward Chem, Micro, and Manufacturing for constantly working above and beyond.
    Stop lying to people. You can only fool SOME of the People ALL of the time. People are willing to leave the company for LESS money just to escape the culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Get it done fast and then redo it again!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Burlington, MA

    ProsContract business. Interact with a multitude of clients. No project is exactly the same. Gain experience working with unique equipment and products.

    ConsFormerly Hyaluron Inc. A small company that suffered from an extremely high turnover rate. Suffers from Brain Drain. The talent leaves while the mediocre stay. Young staff and new employees rarely have any previous knowledge of the contract or aseptic filling business. Long timers tend to have the cushiest jobs. The prominent staff find it difficult to advance or change departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in talent. Train and develop the midlevel managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You'd have to be really desperate to want to work there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsThe people who actually do the work there (ie the scientists, technicians and lab aides) are hard working (they have to be otherwise they get fired!), dedicated and talented (those who haven't been laid off in the most recent round of "payroll adjustment" that is).
    You get to work on a wide variety of different chemistry projects, and you'll certainly never be bored.

    ConsWhere to start?
    I regularly worked 55-60 hour weeks, 7am to at least 5pm (frequently later) during the week, often coming in at weekends (I would estimate I worked about 30% of my weekends). On at least three occasions I had to work 24 hours straight. Eventually I was burned out. When business tanked during 2009 I was let go, and in an extremely unpleasant manner.
    Compensation was not, in my opinion, commensurate with the effort I put into the job.
    The management philosophy of the place was definitely much more stick than carrot. The caliber of most of the management there was nothing short of abysmal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow do you live with yourselves?
    Metrics and strikes? Really? Who came up with that gem of an idea?
    Be aware that your reputation within the rest of the chemistry community stinks, and deservedly so.
    Don't try to run the place as if it were the organic chemistry department of some big shot university, because, trust me, it isn't.
    Treat the people who do the work that gives you your pay-check with some respect. Otherwise, come the next round of lay-offs, you're going to find yourselves with no job and no friends.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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