Food Safety Net Services

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Food Safety Net Services Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good for beginners in the field

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Food Safety Net Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth within the company. Steady work. Flexible time off.

    Cons

    Low pay. Long hours when busy. Little to no overtime. Never fire incompetent staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees for the long hours worked overtime.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Down is up. Up is down. Right is wrong. Wrong is right. Like Alice in Wonderland, but without the accompanying whimsy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There were some good techs before management fired them all or drove them away.

    Cons

    Where to even begin? This company is awful in just about every way imaginable.

    Here's a short list:

    1. Terrible compensation. They'll put you on salary (<$30K) to avoid paying you overtime, which they'll expect you to work as matter of course (don't forget about holidays, which you'll also have to work). They'll also make you clock in and out to make sure you're working the ~45 hours/week they expect out of you. Management will tell you they do this so they can gauge workload in the lab and determine if they need to hire extra people or not. Don't be fooled by this. They make you punch a time clock to see how dedicated you are without actually interacting with you. In other words, they want to see how many extra hours you're putting in. More hours = better employee, in their eyes. But don't try working fewer than 40 hours a week. They'll get on your case if you do that, even though you're salaried. This is their "having their cake and eating it too" philosophy.

    2. Favoritism. They don't even try to hide it. Managers have their pets who can do no wrong. See #5

    3. Racism. It's pretty obvious why some employees can't get ahead, and it's not due to lack of education.

    4. Inappropriate behavior and comments. Lack of professionalism all around, from managers goofing off and making snide remarks about employees to whole departments laughing raucously while doing their work. If things ran smoothly and mistakes weren't constantly being made, this wouldn't be a big deal, but that clearly isn't the case.

    5. Double standards. Sloppiness is tolerated out of certain employees but not others. The last person to touch a report before is goes out to the client is expected to find and correct the mistakes of all the people who touched the report before him/her. Management makes no attempt to stop the mistakes at the source.

    6. Turning a blind eye. Five managers, five supervisors, who-knows how many "lead techs." Yet no attempts to improve the process of how reports and samples are generated and moved through the lab is ever attempted. The way things were done eight years ago is the way things were done last week. Nobody in management wants to look at how dysfunctional the process is because that would mean sticking one's neck out and admitting to someone in corporate that things aren't perfect in the lab. And who suffers from this cowardice? Technicians--who then have to navigate their way through a broken system.

    7. Weekends. A 24/7 lab that is open every day of the year. So where's management on Saturdays and Sundays? Holidays? Nights? Oh yeah, they'll say on their way out the door, "If you need anything, give us a call." Okay, then. Why don't you stay at home and never come in, then.

    8. Meetings. Endless managerial meetings. If a client calls and wants to talk to a manager, chances are he's in a meeting, which is odd because see #6.

    9. Shadiness. Let's just say things aren't done by the book. The ends always justify the means. Methods are frequently modified for customer needs without subsequent analysis of how the alteration may affect the efficacy of the method. Interpretation of results are different from client to client so as to not upset them or lose their business.

    10. Incompetence.
             a.Managers/supervisors who should understand the basic tenets of microbiology but don't acting like helicopter parents, hovering over technicians to make sure they don't make any mistakes on reports they have deemed "important," then disappearing once that report has been completed.
             b.Higher level techs who are afraid to speak to clients over the phone/email.
             c.People afraid of making mistakes pushing their responsibilities onto coworkers who shouldn't be placed in that position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get outsiders. You want to promote from within, but all the smart people don't want to move up in your nightmare of a company. But you promote anyway, and what you end up with is a bunch of yes-men who don't want to fix anything or admit that anything is broken. What you're left with is a system that chews up good, hard-working employees and spits them out. But will you listen to me? Of course not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very political and secretive

    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Food Safety Net Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company was understanding regarding illness and time off.

    Cons

    Everything is very gossipy and political. You never really know what is true and what isn't. Many things take place "under the table", which is ironic for a company who claims to value transparency.

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

    Terrible company covington site

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Covington, GA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Covington, GA

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Gained experience and train on different techniques

    Cons

    The whole company. Long terrible hours. Poor management . Unorganized . A night mare place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so insecure and rude for no reason. Everyone can gain something if people were team players and that starts with management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much work for too little pay

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician

    I have been working at Food Safety Net Services full-time

    Pros

    You get to learn a lot of new things

    Cons

    No fixed schedule
    No overnight pay compensation
    Very low base pay
    Always Short-staffed so you need to work extra

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the base pay so people wont quit so often. Overnight shift should be compensated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wouldn't recommend staying here for long...

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good for first time laboratory work experience in microbiology
    -Get to learn/sharpen up on pipetting, plating, and dilution techniques as well as learn LIMS system
    -flexible hours, paid holidays off

    Cons

    -Low pay (around $11/hr)
    -some co-workers can be jerks
    -Not much incentive to work your way up through different departments as they get paid similar wages
    -"Employee Awards" are a joke! (employee of the month is given a $25 target gift card and treated to lunch plus convenient parking spot. After 5 years of service get a plaque and $1,000 net; 10 years and get a plaque and $2,000 net! are you kidding me?)
    -Overtime is normal in main lab, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective
    -Company has a high turn-over rate of employees, which is never a good sign!
    -Main lab is almost always understaffed, increasing the workload for those there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Give better rewards for hard work, thereby creating more effective incentives for your employees
    -Increase the wage, even a few dollars more per hour would make employees care about their job more
    -Hire more techs

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's the McDonalds of the science industry

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician I in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Technician I in Grand Prairie, TX

    I have been working at Food Safety Net Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You gain some laboratory and microbiology experience

    Cons

    Absolutely everything. From scheduling errors, to forced overtime, to a laughable salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.

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

    Management rude, disrespectful, and incompetent, and liars

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    Current Employee - Tech II in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Tech II in Grand Prairie, TX

    I have been working at Food Safety Net Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great for starting off out of college.

    Cons

    Over worked, under paid, shows favoritism to employees they like. Owners never check on employees. Huge turnover due to unhappy employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees are complaining about the same supervisor or manager, do more than brush it off. Check things out. People are not going to keep saying the same thing without their being some truth to it. The owners need to individually talk to employees sometimes because management will lie to cover their mistakes!!! Listen sometimes and maybe your turnover won't be so high!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, pay not commensurate with experience, Corporate is incompetent.

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech III
    Former Employee - Lab Tech III

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good starter job to gain experience before going to work for a real company.
    The other lab techs are great, always need someone to share your misery.
    Good PTO packages when you can use them.

    Cons

    Long hours--cut hourly hours and work the salaried employees to death, 50+ hours is the norm.
    Work around the clock to customer expectations means no real set hours, just schedule on the go.
    No backup plans when systems fail or worker shortage, just suck it up and work longer.
    Getting a write-up after working a 16hr day because paperwork wasn't completed.
    Company promises a performance review and expectations are that a raise might follow--NOPE, your reward for a year's hard work is an Employee Christmas dinner and then another year of slave labor.
    Bonus's for Tech III or higher--laughable bonuses and they get smaller every year, if you get one at all.
    Corporate can't decide how to manage--one year a big HR department is hired for growth, the next year HR is gutted because no growth occurred.
    Corporate spends money on parties, but neglects the important items like benefits and employee raises.
    Benefits--great if you're single, spouse or family--forget it, cost is outrageous.
    FSNS claims to be a family friendly company--maybe they meant part of their family, I never saw mine.
    Corporate can't keep their good employees because they never listen! The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results--they don't get it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The list is too long and they wouldn't listen anyway!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place for a first job.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician I in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician I in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Managers in the Chemistry Lab were very accommodating to changes in my schedule.
    Decent starting pay ($12/hr for Lab Tech I)

    Cons

    You often are switched between the labs and are not offered any options as to the new work schedule
    Overtime was often needed every week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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