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MA Laboratories Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different Dept. has different situation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MA Laboratories

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. Nice people in there and time passes fast.

    Cons

    money low, management low, speed low. everything slow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as bad as the reviews say, good place to set your foot in your choice of career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MA Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Fixed hours, 8:45a-5:30p. No need to bring work home. Co-workers are nice to work with. I would say it is a good place to start if you are a fresh grad or making a career change.

    Cons

    Very little PTO. Not enough diversity within the company, I would say probably 90% of the company are of Chinese origin (Mandarin speaking, Cantonese Speaking). Pay is also on the lower side in comparison to similar position in other companies. Turnover rate is fairly high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote diversity within the company, create better structure for each department, and increase pay/better benefit for employees. Employees is a company's best asset. The more diversity there is, the wider the pool of candidate you can choose from, which means greater chance of getting A++ employees. In order to keep the employees, offer better pay/benefits. Result of the changes will help the company to build a better reputation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not as terrible as the other reviewers say

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MA Laboratories

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, coworkers are very friendly, great way to earn experience for fresh college grads

    Cons

    Clock in/out time card system, rigid company schedule policy, benefits are not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better total package and environment

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No diversity in the company! Great for people fluent in Chinese and having prior zero experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at MA Laboratories full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    No micromanagement (no one trains you, encourages you, manages you and helps you)

    Cons

    - Everybody inside of the company speaks Chinese ONLY (including managers who suppose to give an example to other employees and encourage communication in a language which everyone understands, especially since the company is located in the USA and speaking Chinese is not listed as mandatory). Unless you speak Chinese you will feel yourself as an "Indian in Paris" as you will be constantly surrounded by people who speak Chinese all day long
    - No promotion (working there met many people who worked in a company for year and were successful in their first years of work for the company but have been never promoted financially, the only promotion was an increase in your monthly quota
    - Extremely small commission (they try to get you to work for them explaining their low base salary due to commission). There is almost NO commission you are going to see even if you have high sales.
    - Poor management (their management lacks any knowledge regarding how to manage people, not only they will not encourage you and motivate you, they will steal your customers from you). It is so sad, it almost feels that it is a "joke".
    - Low wages (unbelievable low salary considering their commission and spiffs are extremely low which make you wanna cry)
    - If you want to learn anything about the industry, forget about it. They will never give you any useful information to educate you about the products and the industry. The trainings they have from the vendors every morning is a waste of time. Met many people who were working in the company for years and have a very basic knowledge of what they do which you can get on your own within a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please study some management! If you cannot afford an MBA, at least read some useful articles about management online. Stop speaking Chinese around other employees, who cannot understand your language and learn how to be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager/Inside Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager/Inside Sales in San Jose, CA

    I worked at MA Laboratories full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's easy to get in. Might be a good opportunity for new grads. If you're into computers and building them, you'll learn a little something here. You can view working here as a good opportunity to learn about sales. It's brutal, and you'll learn to grow a thicker skin because of this.

    Cons

    High turnover. Employees are used and then disregarded. No much incentive to do well. Just fly under the radar and do just enough for your quota to not get red flagged. That's how you succeed. Do too well and you're just digging yourself a deeper grave because more will be expected of you, and trust me, you won't be able to deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees an incentive to do better. Don't manage by fear. Invest in opportunities for employees and maybe they'll work harder for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It is a good company to start with however the pay is very low .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at MA Laboratories full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    people help you, not bad to start with the company and get some experience

    Cons

    you can be stuck with the same position for years unless you bring in very big numbers, and those accounts are already taken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unless you just got out of college and need your feet wet, don't bother

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at MA Laboratories full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -People (the ones who speak English fluently) are very friendly
    -Work/Life balance is just fine...this really is an 8-5 gig and nothing more
    -No one is keeping tabs on your schedule or breaks

    Cons

    -For a salesperson, it was extremely odd not having a formal CRM or at least something better than an Excel spreadsheet to track sales activity
    -Not very much help received in training
    -Lack of contact with management, approachability is almost non-existent or at least feels like it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Be proactive with your young sales stars
    -Listen for feedback from the bottom line workers BEFORE they leave (I was asked a lot when I left)
    -Implement a sales process and tools that aren't based on 20+ year old methods, any salesperson without significant contacts will not do well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A cohesive yet extremely appearance based company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at MA Laboratories

    Pros

    It's very easily to establish connections with people and create a professional appearance.

    Cons

    Generally Asian based company with a strong emphasis on attractiveness and fashion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a right place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at MA Laboratories full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good for internship, after that waste your time

    Cons

    poor management. They don't know how to operate a company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nice to people who work for you

  11.  

    Maintaining good people relationship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Purchasing Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at MA Laboratories full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    learn more about people relationship
    fix schedule, good for moms

    Cons

    less promotion
    below market salary and bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees better will always reward business

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