AMRI Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
63 Reviews
2.8
63 Reviews
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William S. Marth
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Review Highlights

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

  • My work environment specifically is great but almost everywhere else in the company seems to be pretty bad (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, lower pay (by about 20%) than other companies (in 8 reviews)

  • Lots of politics in compensation and job rating (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Have been with AMRI for more than 6 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist I in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist I in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people hope for promotion and/or pay raise. More training for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Treats analytical scientists with disdain and contempt

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist III in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist III in Rensselaer, NY

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

    Pros

    Exposure to instrumentation, exposure to production support.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get the experience and LEAVE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    International company, local family feel

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AMRI 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.

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company on life support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    Probably 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Like 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lab in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package and good people

    Cons

    Limited career grow .
    Resignation is frequent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn, not that great long term

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    many opportunities to experience a variety of different types of chemistry, variety of scales, and techniques.

    Cons

    poor work/life balance, under appreciated, little or no compensation for long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Fear, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Stimulating, fulfilling and challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    At 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great, horrible, boring, FDA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Couldn't do much when I was there, we were shut down by the FDA, and for almost 2 years when I worked there nothing went out the door. We fixed out practicies, got some good experiences, but nothing that I would write home about.

    Cons

    Poor management. High turnover. Disgruntled associates. Managers were disengaged. Waited 6 months to transfer departments that matched my degree. Burlington, MA.... Problems. Low pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They won't listen anyway, regardless of the idea or comments. Heck you might even get fired for opening your mouth with concerns and problems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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