Eurofins Air Toxics Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
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  1. Getting Better - A long way to go

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Eurofins Air Toxics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people in the lab care about the quality of their work, and take pride in what they do.
    Air Toxics was purchased by Eurofins, and Linda Freeman has stepped down - making the environment much less hostile and more stable. Much of the fear of losing your job has diminished. Management is making an obvious effort to improve the morale and work environment.

    Cons

    The Eurofins corporate people that have come in seem to be focused on numbers and dollars, and have paid little to no attention to the staff in the lab. The end of month push to make money is still happening and stressful. The people in the lab making important decisions all have a chemist background and not business background, and it appears they do not know how to improve the bottom line without asking people to take on more work. The lab is understaffed, and quality does suffer from it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people in the lab should come first - they are expensive to train, and are hard to replace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Only work here for a year if you need experience and you just graduated or have little experience.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Eurofins Air Toxics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot about a production laboratory. You will learn quality assurance, sample integrity, chain of custodies, audits, data review and data reporting. In one year, you will learn everything you need to know to make yourself a strong competitor as a chemist.

    Cons

    Once you get your one year experience, get out! It’s not worth the stress and dealing with the incompetent management to stay longer. As a former employee, I have seen a lot. I suffered through a couple of years with them and seen the company go from being a decent place to a place from HELL. The employee turnover is very high. Management turnover is also pretty high. They fired all the good people that made the place worth working at. Unless you are buddies with the right upper management personnel, your job is not safe and there is a risk of losing your job. Management works their employees hard. Pay is not fair. Management is more interested in meeting their monthly revenue than anything else. They will put pressure on even entry level analysts to get as much work done as soon as possible to get the monthly revenue amount. Management is also willing to compromise data quality (i.e. write a narrative down justifying the crappy QC results) if it means that they will be able to report the data to the client on time. If you report on time, they get paid the full amount. Late data = less pay for the company. Getting a promotion is rare and the pay isn't fair to the extra work you will be given. If management makes an error, they will figure out a way to blame you, the analyst, when in reality its managements' fault that mismanaged or made a bad decision on something. Stand up for yourself, and they will work you really hard until you screw up which may give them a good enough reason to fire you. They use this tactic because they have been sued in the recent past for firing people without just cause. So now they do what it takes to allow them to fire people legally so they have a solid case. Again, don’t stay longer than you have to!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! You can't treat people like this! You need to work on the floor once in a while to understand what is going on. You are very much out of touch and don't understand the real impact you are doing to the lab and your employees. OH! And how about not accepting samples from clients without considering the impact that it will do to certain sections/instruments. Money is not the only thing that matters. Understand the limitations the lab has and not promise the clients the sun and the moon. The analysts are the ones that clean up your mistakes so that we meet the clients requirements, no matter how stupid it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Do NOT work here!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eurofins Air Toxics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    None; they have a good benefits package but it's not worth working here! Upper management just cares about numbers and doesn't care about their employees.

    Cons

    Too many hours with little pay. Upper management is clueless on how to make things better. They talk about work/life balance but they don't mean it. They want to make their numbers and run you into the ground. Avoid this place like the plague! I'm finding something else!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve morale! Don't work your employees into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    If you enjoy worrying about your job security, this is the place for you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eurofins Air Toxics

    Pros

    Rank and file employees are generally friendly and helpful. Everyone seems to band together in the face of adversity, aka upper management

    Cons

    Some members of the management team (although in fairness, not all) are completely incompetent. They have no idea of teamwork, people skills, time management, or mentoring. Verbal and emotional abuse reign supreme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Soft skills are just as important as hard skills, especially for management. Anyone who has worked for even a decently run company and then come to work at Air Toxics will immediately see that this is not a place you want to be for any considerable amount of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. I worked as a Laboratory Analyst for Air Toxics

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Eurofins Air Toxics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is a good place to get some experience on a short term basis. I was happy with my wage. I liked mostly everyone there.

    Cons

    Stress takes on a whole different meaning when working here. There is no pat on the back or thank you from management for accomplishing what seemed impossible. There is an unequal division of work. Management has lost touch with how much time it takes to follow standard operating procedures and they have no regard for the balance of work and family/ home life. The stress was not worth what it did to my health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch by working in the lab. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Stop using fear to manage your employees. Care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Poorly run company

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Eurofins Air Toxics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good rank and file employees

    Cons

    poorly run company, no idea how to be more profitable except to make people work harder. not open to modifying the way things are done to become more efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Agree with other reviewers here.

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    Former Employee - Can't Disclose in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Can't Disclose in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Eurofins Air Toxics

    Pros

    Always something to learn no matter where you work.
    Some additional skills to add to the resume.
    You'll know what it's like to work in a poorly functioning environment here and know what to look out for next time.

    Cons

    It's going to sound repetitive after reading the other reviews but the poor management and decision making by the CEO and Sales Manager have cost many people their jobs.
    It once was a well functioning company with steady growth.
    Expected to work long hours with no compensation for overtime and weekends (exempt) on a meager salary. It doesn't add up.
    Very understaffed lab and overstaffed management.
    It is a noisy and dirty lab that gets a "quick cleaning" when an audit is about to happen.
    Rapid and constant turnover in personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management won't listen to advice or feedback. One person (CEO) in the entire company makes all the (uninformed) decisions and they all go through that route.

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

    Relieved....to be out of there!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Eurofins Air Toxics

    Pros

    Just enough experience using the instrumentation to find another lab to hire me.

    Cons

    Over worked, under payed. Basically a sweat shop.
    It really feels like management does not have a plan and shoots from the hip every day.
    The place is noisy, dusty and dirty and feels very uncomfortable. It's very chaotic.
    No one smiles!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner (CEO) needs to go get some up-to-date present time experience in the real world of running a company. It's not 1985 anymore! Treating your employees like they are chldren instead of professionals make for a very unhappy workplace.
    I'm acutally trying to be nice here.....

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    A place to work if you're desperate for gas money

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Eurofins Air Toxics

    Pros

    Hard working lab employees. A good place to get a year of experience working with laboratory instrumentation out of school.

    Cons

    Owner and senior management are out of touch with reality. Don't count on any raises or promised bonuses even though the company makes profit. They will lie to your face. I'm not a disgruntled employee. Just stating the facts. If you are considering relocating to work here, I would highly recommend against it. The employee turnover here is amazing for such a small company. That speaks volumes and it all starts with the owner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to employees. They see right through the BS but are afraid they will lose their jobs so they won't be honest with you about their feelings...unless they are on their way out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Management not trustworthy, dysfunctional business practices!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Eurofins Air Toxics

    Pros

    The actual chemists themselves (only half the company maybe) generally have a high work ethic and don't compromise their data. Benefits are good enough to make you think they might care about their employees at first.

    Cons

    Those ethical chemists I mentioned? That is in comparison to how willing management and customer service managers are to blow smoke up clients' {whatever}s. Ask about employee turnover. Unhappy employees don't stick around. They have gone through a few hundred employees in the last several years. Lots of management problems for a company with about 75 employees. Management is not ethical in their practices with clients or their own employees so they continually lose hard-working, ethical people or fire them right before they quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be some honesty with yourselves and with the employees about what is happening. When you have feedback from employees who are concerned with the way things are handled by the upper management, swallow your pride and be willing to make some changes just as you would ask of your employees. Just because some of them insist the Leadership needs mental evaluation, you don't need to go that far but at least address their concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend

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