Food Safety Net Services

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Food Safety Net Services Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. lab tech

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in San Antonio, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    gain a lot of experience, employee are nice and will help out if you need it.

    Cons

    management not too good, hours varies, and some days are busy, some days are not.


  2. Helpful (1)

    company review

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    Former Employee - Pathogen Laboratory Technician in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Pathogen Laboratory Technician in Grand Prairie, TX

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place for entry level position, great for learning all microbiological skills, awesome coworkers

    Cons

    low pay, not so good benefits, long hours

    Advice to Management

    every aspect of management needs overhaul


  3. Helpful (3)

    Get your experience and get the heck out!

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    Former Employee - Lab
    Former Employee - Lab

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Like others have said, you meet some interesting and dedicated co-workers. You can learn a lot of techniques and equipment related to food testing industry. When you put in quality work, you can actually feel like you are protecting America's food supply! If you are single or haven't started a family, you can travel with this company - multiple locations

    Cons

    *take these pearls of wisdom - I left this company in good standing - and I am still angry about it, even with the small positives I almost wish I had taken a different path in life - if you work here and survive you will likely emerge stronger with survivalist tendencies for your next job Management: don't ignore previous reviews from others who worked here - ineptitude, "cover up" mentality, back stabbing and very reactive - not proactive. The single worst thing about this place is them. It doesn't have to be this way, but cronyism and nepotism... the results are predictable. Hard work and technical knowledge are not rewarded and "suck-up" is promoted. People are viewed as entry level even after progressing through the ranks (surprise? When all the qualified people leave you), and a mentality of "we are competing with the big boys" while still running things like a small biz is laughable. Everyone puts on blinders of apathathy - long working hours are only made easier during periods of mgmt absence, let's work actually get done. No Marxisim concepts intended but this company does not really care for you!!! People either a) leave for better opportunities, b) quit out of frustration or sadly be fired because they don't tote the line c) sadly the most common choice "lifers" who stay...not because they are the best but because they may have psychological or monetary problems and have "no choice" - I am truly sorry for you *pro tip - do not become a lifer for this company, you will always be under payed for your skill set - even with San Antonio being a low end $ science pay market! There are other side effects but listing them will make it all sound crazy, and besides no one will believe you. Everything else has pretty much been said by others - no surprise! This likely has not, nor will change ever Long hours, try not to become salaried (abused), micromanaging mgmt (the kind that actually doesn't know the details your job entails - Shouldn't every assistant lab manager know what is a graduated cylinder is? pay pay pay... This place, if your stout enough to be a gladiator here is a STEPPING STONE! Please do not make the foolish mistake of the lifer

    Advice to Management

    Why even try - middle mgmt will hide/cover up problems to make sure "everything's just fine" continues - even when the top finds out - the corrective action is a slap on the wrist... And sometimes even a promotion!!!! Lastly the customer is USUALLY right, but don't bend over backwards for them every time even when they are wrong! Clients lose respect for you and will question your "independent" unbiased testing of their products and take advantage of your employees with "undo pressures" - we can actually pump out impressive lab testing feats but you have to have your employees back not immediately the customers when issues arise - aka they ordered the wrong testing yet explicitly blame the lab


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  5. Good place to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Food Safety Net Services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a nice job and has competaive pay

    Cons

    The hours can be a little challenging


  6. Helpful (2)

    Unappreciated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Prairie, TX

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for experience this is the place to learn. You will meet some of the best co- workers and develop a sense of direction in your career because this place is your best stepping stone.

    Cons

    There is no room to grow if management does not like you. Schedules suck! Corporate micromanages everything. Employees are under appreciated. They take advantage of your goodwill, steal your ideas and pass it as their own. High turnover rate because management lack communication and interpersonal skills. They are great at blaming you when they get in trouble with the clients. Clients are uneducated of the company's protocols and demand outrageous tests that are not approved therefore the company is risking their accreditations. Lack of training also puts employees at risk overall with regard to safety and stability in the company. They also fail a lot of safety inspections and former employees have called OSHA on them several times.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and treat your employees right. Communication and transparency will help you retain more valuable employees no matter how much your schedule sucks. Strong training background will give them the confidence to face the company's challenges and outrageously demanding clientele.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Main Lab Tech I

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hard working coworkers , mostly of undergraduate ages.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible. Management is horrible, they will slave you away, and you will never move up there. Huge turn around rate. It's more of a stepping stone job. Looks good on a resume but extremely hard work. Management is horrible. Poor management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings, with respect. No reason to treat your employees badly, you need them .


  8. Too much turnover

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Grand Prairie, TX

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in the microbiology field it is a good place to learn qc work. It is a big company so you can transfer to various branches across the US if you had to move or are looking to move. Depending on your department you can have varying work experiences. If you work hard they give you very slight raises every now and then. Promotions happen relatively fast if management likes you and your work. Overtime is relatively easy to get due to the workload and staffing issues.

    Cons

    Too much turnover from low salaries and scheduling conflicts means it is constantly understaffed. Schedules change constantly without notice. Most shifts are afternoon to evening.

    Advice to Management

    Ask employees about schedule changes before applying them. That is the number one complaint from everybody that leaves the lab.


  9. Helpful (5)

    This place sucks. DO NOT WORK HERE

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

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great learning experience - Learn as much as you can and keep those training documents because you'll need it later

    Cons

    - Horrible attitudes from coworkers - Company is not concerned with your well-being and wants to work you like a slave - Quality of testing is questionable. Lots of mistakes are swept under the rug to meet turnover time - Coworkers/management will side-eye you when taking your 15 minute breaks and when you leave on time - Manager doesn't want to be in the lab whatsoever and has no direction or know what is going on

    Advice to Management

    - There is nothing I can say to make this job any better. Corporate sucks period.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Going Forward...

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician II/Microbiologist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician II/Microbiologist in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Fantastic experience in microbiology for someone with no experience out of college -Fast Paced, there is always something to do -Great networking, opportunity to meet a lot of different people in the food industry -Dynamic, my location put a lot of emphasis on cross-training. This gives you a lot of variety in your day to day activities and keeps the job interesting. -Benefits, FSNS offers health, vision, dental, and life insurance in addition to 401 and PTO for full time employees.

    Cons

    -Compensation, the pay at FSNS is poor. The pay increases at higher positions are no where near proportional to the added responsibility. -Hours, the shifts worked can be a little rough, particularly during busy seasons. Schedules are built around client needs, often resulting in long hours for salary employees. You are always expected to work until the job is done, regardless of what time. But there is rarely the added benefit of leaving a few minutes early if you complete your work early, unless you're hourly and every other department didn't manage to get behind. -Speed/Quality balance, You will be very busy here, very frequently and after a certain period of time, you will be expected to be very quick at your job. However, you are also expected an impeccable quality of work. This balance is very hard to maintain for even the most seasoned employees.

    Advice to Management

    -Trying to fit 24 hour turn around times into 8 hours is a problem. Schedule a 12-9 in path lab Monday-Friday. -Favoratism is a problem, especially with disciplinary action. -Increase expectations of main lab and log in


  11. Lack of Creativity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Food Safety Net Services

    Pros

    The people you work with are wonderful.

    Cons

    Management needed to be better.



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