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  1.  

    Good for entry level employment

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    Current Employee - Animal Husbandry in East Millstone, NJ
    Current Employee - Animal Husbandry in East Millstone, NJ

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They provide excellent technical training and they are extremely dedicated to animal welfare. Also, if you are a social person, people like to go out a lot after work. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Compensation does not appear to be comparable with other CRO's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and recognize excellence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of Many Unhappy Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huntingdon Life Sciences full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were a great group and looked out or each other as much as possible.

    Cons

    Weak upper management, and tons of cronyism within the company...those who are "in the circle" get promoted those who aren't don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't take any advice, so it's not worth it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No reward for hard work, no punishment for poor work

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    Current Employee - Study Manager in Alconbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Manager in Alconbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Certain departments are friendly and close knit. Good work life balance for most departments. Opportunities to move departments are varied.

    Cons

    Too many departments are riddled with cliques, laziness and unwillingness to do go an extra distance. Science suffers for the cause of money. Communication is poor. Equipment and practices outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people who actually work hard, chop out the tremendous amount of dead wood. Stop the knee jerk reactions every time something goes wrong. Put the science first. Communicate more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A place to gain good experience but limited opportunity for advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Small size so possible to be a big fish in a small pond. Friendly atmosphere; good work-life balance; varied work; excellent place to gain experience. Credit to senior management for keeping the ship afloat during the recession.

    Cons

    Silo culture; obsessed with process; lack of scientific leadership; antiquated facilities & processes. Overall quality of scientific output is mediocre. Some really talented people but vastly outnumbered by those on the wrong side of the bell curve. Company lacks dynamism & continues to tread water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hard work with long nights

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    Many different opportunities for learning new skills.

    Cons

    Limited growth, long hours, small labs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline more processes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Needs to Value Workers More

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huntingdon Life Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    On the whole good work collegues, good work life balance, can get immediate promotions quite quickly, access to company gym

    Cons

    Few career development opportunites in the long run, pay much lower than other places causing rapid employer turnover, business itself is in need of better stimulus as situation is not great,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay staff better so less are inclined to leave, thus stopping the cycle of majority of staff leaving by 2 years of employment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    If you can't get a proper job work here

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Huntingdon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Huntingdon, England (UK)

    I worked at Huntingdon Life Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can play on the internet as you don't have much work to do

    Cons

    Very racist company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers give rewards to their staff to make them look good, also some managers a nothing but arse lickers who send private gossip messages to their staff about managers and directors leaving the company. One manager thinks it is his right to tell other members of staff information about other employees before the employee knows themselves.
    Employing people as managers who go to university but quit after a year shows the lack of their commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Absolute nightmare

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    Good vacation (2-4 weeks for most departments)
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Extremely rude and incompetent management
    They will promote friends who often struggle the most with basic tasks
    Middle managers will talk badly about their subordinates in front of other employees
    Many employees will abuse new hires by pawning off work on them
    Actual science is very iffy, animals are not treated very nicely in this facility
    Horrible and expensive health care, poor benefits
    Often work very long hours and must work most weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management because I believe they need to clean house. Current management at HLS is toxic and will continue to promote liars and colluders above hard workers. People who exhibit intelligence are often denied training while those who struggle are trained in advanced techniques. This secures the more desirable positions for the senior employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Chaotic, stressful hell-hole. Do not work here!

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    Current Employee - Toxicology Study Director in Alconbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Toxicology Study Director in Alconbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    Pros
    The staff turnover at Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is very high (ignore the staff turnover figures quoted by HR they are fudged to make the company look good). Due to the high turnover the company are usually desperate for staff and this means they will take pretty much anyone. In a market where experience counts HLS is an easy place to get into and to gain experience before moving to a decent company.

    Cons

    The majority of departments in HLS are chronically under-resourced and overstretched. The staff work long hours because senior management have totally failed to provide adequate staff numbers, systems, process or equipment. Staff illness through stress and exhaustion is an almost routine occurrence within many areas but nobody in management either cares or can/will do anything about it.. A good example of this lack of investment is the company's analytical areas which are reliant on outdated equipment and a total lack of any data handling infrastructure. In my post as a study director I know of at least two areas that rely on the manual transcription of data from print outs into spreadsheets with a high transcription error rate. The net result of this is that the company is very in-efficient, takes a long time to conduct a study and as a result has poor profit margins. It is very clearly slowly bleeding to death.

    The vast majority of staff have no faith in the company or it's ability to deliver services to it's clients. Whilst it is hard to identify a single problem in a company with so many failings, the finger of blame must point to the poor direction of the UK operation (PCB) which has been without the leadership or vision that a modern company requires.

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Our business is overstretched. We must divest ourselves of any area that is not our core business and reinvest into those that are. We can no longer have a finger in every pie.

    2. Pay your staff better or they will leave.

    3. Your business is imploding. For goodness sake, WAKE UP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Worse company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional. Most of the staff are under qualified, so do not expect them to behave like an educated. Management do not respect employees effort and hard work (with very few exceptions). Way too under paid. No 401K matching. Highly stressful, you will have to have some super powers to be able to survive in this place. Forget about being successful there. Working there is very unhealthy physically and mentally.
    Favoritism is the biggest issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees, give them proper training. Give them enough time to learn to be able to perform efficiently. Hire enough staff. Hire qualified and experienced people into management. Most of the time, management themselves have no clue of what is right and what is wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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