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Struggling to Manage Growth

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mattawan, MI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mattawan, MI

I have been working at MPI Research

Pros

Ambitious ownership; reasonable opportunities to be heard; When the economy was better, the company provided perks to employees like sporting event tickets and ice cream socials.

Cons

The senior leadership seems to be in over its head a bit--particularly since the CRO market tumbled in 2008. Communication from senior leadership is poor, resulting in a workforce that has little understanding of company goals, ambitions, or initiatives. The fact that most of the Senior Leadership is home-grown has limited its ability to stretch beyond its comfort zone. Salaries and benefits have been cut in recent years as the company struggles to stay profitable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate a coherent corporate strategy to the employees; Invest in them so that they have a reason to stay.

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    MPI Research

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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

    Great first job to gain some real life experience in the animal testing aspect of pharmaceutical research. Prior to the layoffs, MPI allowed emplolyees to transfer to other areas annually where technical skills could be accumulated rapidly across multiple species.

    Cons

    Aside from the ability to increase technical skills rapidly MPI offers little opportunities for long-term growth. Employees that have college degrees are routinely passed over for promotion in favor of high school graduates. The general consensus seems to be that the high school graduates are more easily retained long-term, while the college educated will seek employment elsewhere. Errors are looked at highly unfavorably and rather than retain someone and administer corrective action the employee is quickly terminated. Though many employees have been terminated for one error there are also multiple employees that have been terminated for poor performance only to be re-hired who then surpass their non-terminated peers in pay and promotions. Despite the initiative to hire 70% college educated employees the senior management structure of MPI is composed of high school graduates. Quite the odd system for growth opportunities at MPI. Also while an employee may transfer to other areas the downside is that each area has its own requirements for promotion. Even though all areas require the same basic skill set the level of technical expertise required for promotion can be vastly different in each area. One area may promote an employee, with a degree, to Research Associate 3 within three years of employment while another are may wait seven to ten years to promote an employee to the same level. Management seems to be less inhibited with promotions and managers quickly ascend the corporate ladder. Favoritism is also a factor where employees make the same errors in different departments with extreme variations in repercussions. One employees may be terminated for a study error while another making the same error may not even receive a written reprimand lest it harm that employee's growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, communication, communication. If an employee is terminated for poor performance leave them terminated. There are 600 former employees, that were laid off, to choose from before hiring one that was terminated. If MPI has to bring back an employee that was terminated make sure that the employees that have been average to above average, and haven't been terminated, go to the front of the promotion line. Streamline the promotion requirements, it makes no sense to have employees with college degrees, the employees that MPI has been focused on recruiting, wait years to achieve what high school grauduates with minimal skills achieve in half the time. Expertise comes with experience, stop terminating 40% of the technical staff annually. One mistake does not a career make. MPI doesn't get it that while you may tell a customer that the employee/s responsible for the error on their project has/have been fired the replacement will make a similar error through inexperience and the process begins again. A self-perpetuating system for short-term success and long-term failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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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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