Neogen

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Entry level company, not a career destination

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Former Employee - Chemist  in  Lansing, MI
Former Employee - Chemist in Lansing, MI

Pros

This is a good entry level place to get into quickly and punch out one year of GMP/ISO manufacturing if you're straight out of school.

Cons

Little room for job advancement, very little actual innovation going on as opposed to expanding the applications of existing technologies, and the salaries are absolutely dismal. Normally industry is supposed to be less interesting but higher paying than academia, but in this case quite a few Michigan State graduate students probably get a higher stipend than their industry counterparts. The scientific literacy of most employees is questionable at best.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop worrying about turnover. Despite the intimidating descriptions and lingo, the job tasks are easy enough for most community college students to do, so just accept that you can have a steady stream of people grabbing their entry level experience and stop acting mystified by the high turnover.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for Neogen

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't bother

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Chemist  in  Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Chemist in Lansing, MI

    Pros

    it's a job
    they pay you on time (most of the time)
    they use old abandoned school buildings thereby adding to lansing's recycling efforts

    Cons

    Bad pay
    employees do not get raises
    bad benefits
    no flex time
    no respect from upper management
    treated like a hamster
    not given a yearly bonus/reward/stock option/anything
    takes forever for anything to happen (request to upper management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    yes. please recognize your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair Pay for a 40 hr wk. But as management you are consistently expected to run understaffed and have no home life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lansing, MI

    Pros

    Interesting people to work with, lots of opportunities to increase your knowledge base, skill set and experience if you are willing/ able to put in tons of extra hours, senior management is reasonable and respectful of employees and really have a genuine desire to have a stable, debt free company that will not lay off employees. Senior Management, the Board of Directors and Officers of the company make considerably less money than they would at other companies of the similar size. Neogen also spends a good chuck of change every year on a very nice Christmas party, summer picnic and other events for employees and their families.

    Cons

    Senior management, while reasonable most of the time has a hardline stance on requiring departments to run understaffed in order to save money. A large number of employees company wide have a challenging time working so many hours and covering vacations, etc. When you look at the total compensation pkg vs. hours you work I think it comes in pretty low. They also do not allow comp time for salaried employees and there is no allowance for flex time for any employee. It is common for un or underqualified people to obtain positions because they are friends or neighbors of the senior management team, but I suppose that occurs in most work places. Neogen has a higher turnover than other companies of it's size and the primary reason is salary and work life balance. It is a great place to expand your skills, learn and grow and then move on to a better opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of your best and brightest leave because they feel unappreciated and undervalued in total compensation vs. hours worked. Please consider revising flex/comp/pto plans and salary structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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