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MPI Project Manager

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Mattawan, MI
Former Employee - Project Manager in Mattawan, MI

I worked at MPI Research

Pros

Give you a great deal of responsibility right from the start which allows you to earn a great deal of experience in your field very rapidly. Due to the rapid expansion that has been happening there you were kept very busy and you got to address many different types of challeges. It is a very friendly work environment with a very family oriented atmosphere. Great place for a first job.

Cons

Commincation from the top down is very poor and there was not a lot of opportunity for carreer advancement. Mediocre pay for the work that they were having me do. MPI has also been grow faster that could be sustained.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate with your employees.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    At least I have a job.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI

    I have been working at MPI Research

    Pros

    The company is in a growth phase and is offering jobs in Michigan (has highest unemployment rate in the nation). Newer departments, experiencing rapid growth, offer a wide variety of technical training and experience.

    Cons

    There are well defined career advance pathways on paper, but the implementation appears lacking. Employee morale is low, with few in low to mid level areas seeing MPI Research as a place for advancement and a longterm career. Upward advancement that does happen is firmly rooted in the Peter Principle. Upper management's opinion of entry level positions seems to be that everyone is expendable regardless of experience. Inter-departmental communication is generally inefficient. Knowing the select few who can provide you with the needed information is essential. Identifying the "select few" is done by trial and error and occasionally word of mouth. There is very little incentive to pursue higher education once employed even though more scientific education would most likely benefit work quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A company wide picnic twice a year should not be the entire plan for improving employee morale. Find ways to reward good employees besides promoting them to positions they are unqualified for. Establish a feedback system within MPI Research to identify incompetent (and competent) employees at all levels and improve inter-department relations, accountability, and communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Time to close up shop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent health benefits.
    Soda pop in the vending machine is reasonably priced.

    Cons

    Management is clueless. Career advancement is non-existent. Working here is a waste of time. Save yourself the headache and get a real job; anywhere else is better then MPI. Hard work is not rewarded, it results in more work expected of you for the same pay while a lazy co-worker gets promoted because he/she is a friend of upper management. Then they fire the good workers and keep the inept ones. I left of my own free will, and it was the best decision I've ever made!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You succeeded in the late 90's and early 2000's because you fell backward into a niche market. You've been treading water ever since. You tried to run a CRO, you failed. The dead horse has been beaten long enough. Let your "scientific" employees return to the retail businesses from which they were hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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