MPI Research Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  • Decent benefits and PTO, no experience needed to get hired (in 6 reviews)

  • Great vacation and decent health benefits (in 4 reviews)

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  • Upper management does not have any idea what they are asking employees to do (in 6 reviews)

  • No opportunity for career development (in 3 reviews)

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  1. MPI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ok pay. Great benefits. Smaller company

    Cons

    No upward movement. Mismanagement. Fire often

    Advice to Management

    Employ managers that know how to manage not just know the subject manner


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great Entry-level Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, PTO, with lots of learning opportunities. Tuition reimbursement as well as bonuses for certifications. Great place if you're just starting out in this industry. They have a great enrichment program for the animals and they are obviously well taken care of.

    Cons

    Pay freezes are common. Impossible to get promoted within department in a reasonable amount of time. Better off switching departments or leaving altogether. Very little incentive for learning more skills. Complete disconnect between upper management and employees. Technicians have crazy schedules, but that is to be expected with this type of work. Technicians are clearly looked down upon by the rest of the company, despite having the most important role in running studies.

    Advice to Management

    The 18 month policy for staying in a department is not going to help you retain talent. It is an unfair rule for employees who are not entry-level hires. You are literally forcing your staff into a corner. How is that incentive to stay at MPI? Saving money to pay off debt is important, yes, but at what cost? Placing extra work on your technical staff without any compensation increase is lowering employee morale significantly. Quality is suffering because of these ridiculous shortcuts to save a few bucks. I implore you to reinstate the Animal Services department. If more focus is not placed on resources for technical staff to do their jobs properly, MPI is not going to make it. Your technicians deserve respect in the form of proper PPE, competitive compensation, and fair consideration for promotions. Having a kiddy carnival one week out of the year is not going to make your technicians excited to work for your company.


  3. Helpful (2)

    So when are you leaving?

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    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule is awesome. Most people enjoy the daily tasks.

    Cons

    Pay, raises, working environment. They do not take care of their employees. Company seems to keep things from employees.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of things need to change before people would consider staying here. I hear it almost every day that someone what's out or is looking for new work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Wages are bad

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    Current Employee - In Life Technician in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - In Life Technician in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are great!!!

    Cons

    Pay scale is way below the industry standard. Nothing is done to correct it either. Last raises were 25 cents or less for nearly every technician. Cost of living increases, but pay doesn't match up with it or even come close.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate the workers who are really doing the hard work day in and day out. Get with the industry standards or you will lose even more workers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Extremely Low Morale Plagues Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working with the people I work with, but not many of us like our job.

    Cons

    The company tries to squeeze every penny out of everyone. Pay is lower than industry standard-- all offers are low ball. The benefits are average I'd say. The CEO is just collecting a paycheck, I don't think he really could care less about what's actually going on here.

    Advice to Management

    Raises to those that actually do the work the company is dependent on would go a long way earning trust. Middle-management seems to be liked by most, but upper management is widely disliked and not trusted.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Research Associate - MPI Research

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good responsibility and exposure to pre-clinical research.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, long hours, little recognition from management. Poor communication from senior level executives. Unrealistic expectations for workload and demands. Poor base pay. Little to no room for advancement or promotion, especially with college education.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees, and keep talented staff.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Project Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paw Paw, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paw Paw, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great starting company for those right out of college or not planning on going to college. If you work hard you can move up a small amount and get a decent living wage. People are friendly for the most part. offers flexible hours if you can get out of the lab areas. Reimburses for college (but for some reason almost no one takes them up on it) Looks good on a resume to go elsewhere when you are ready to leave.

    Cons

    Salary is below average for its industry. Frequent layoffs and small sized group cuts, and pay freezes. low level work is difficult and soul wrenching (experimenting on animals) despite being federally required for drug safety. Upper management specializes in cronyism, nepotism, and poor decision making. Company is going to face a huge change in the next 3-6 years as the owner is close to 70 and wants to quit/retire and not in the greatest of health. The business will most likely be sold with massive impact on the staff. company is burdened with a massive debt to a finance group that actually steers the reins on all real decision making. It's causes layoffs, short sighted decisions, and bad long term plan as they try to get some sort of short term gain out of their investment. senior leadership team has a tendency to run out the good leaders as they are scared to make the changes that are needed to fix the company. The good ones get fed up and leave. Company is stuck in a negative loop of poor quality: senior techs are apathetic to their job so train new hires sloppily, this causes mistakes that lose customers, which lowers profit which means less raises/promotions which causes more apathy, and so on. They uses to have very high quality ratings but has been getting severe dings lately federal inspections that they never would of had years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and have the owner step down with out selling off the company. Get out from under the finance group that is running the show. Really listen to staff on which managers are effective and keep them. Clean out the rest. Come up with an actual incentive to boost quality. Most efforts have been a joke which the low level staff don't care about at all.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great learning opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are okay and the hours are great. You learn a lot and knowledge is good Its a great place to start, get in, work your hardest and then move on. They generally have fun stuff for their employees to do

    Cons

    A direct quote from upper management at one of their many "quality" meetings " We do not fire employees for doing a bad job, just for drugs or behavior" and so the quality of the science is in a steady decline because they fire people for speaking out, trying to change processes that clearly don't work, or trying to get upper management to get crap together. If you decide to work here you better just shut up and do your job, but you don't have to do it well. Pretty consistent changes in upper management with little scientific experience. So as you can imagine, the science doesn't go well if you don't know anything about science. Communication leaves a lot to be desired, study's suffer and the techs suffer more. Upper management will tell you to do something and it ends up being wrong, the technicians are the ones who get chastised. There is no accountability for actions, or the wrong people are held accountable. If you have been with the company for more then 6 years that means you dont actually have to do any work. Most of the senior techs are grumpy, crotchety and incredible lazy. They neglect their duties as a senior tech to train, set a good example and lack the drive to do quality work. Of course you have a few who do an outstanding job, they are a beacon of light.

    Advice to Management

    You should care about your in-life technicians more. They are the ones who do most of the work, with little or no reward. You should also reprimand those who dont do quality work. Its costing you lots of money and lots of studies. If you find any good talent that hasnt left or been fired you should try your best to keep them Raises should be given to those who show talent, promise and who work for hard and stay faithful to the company. As of now you just walk all over those few people and i think you also take parts of their souls as trophy's. Everyone loves the fun activities you guys through for the techs. But frequent cake makes you fat, and it wont fuel cars or keep the heat on. classes in basic scientific principle and processes should be something you require everyone in leadership position to take. this includes the finance department who bids on studies. It would increase understanding, respect and give people some prospective as to what needs to be ordered, done and priced properly. I bet you would stop losing so much money. As with any large company, people are going to be unhappy. The difference is other company's care enough to try and make the changes necessary to keep moral high. People wont do quality work if they feel they are not appreciated and are constantly belittled by those above them. Its an okay company with okay standards and okay science. However, it has the potential to be so, so much more! MPI could be great, all you need is the capacity to care about more then your wallet.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A Great Place To Start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall the company is a great place to start your career or gain experience. The people are friendly and helpful, and willing to share their knowledge. It is also fairly easy to transfer within the company to find a position that suits you, if your initial position isn’t the right fit. The various jobs can be quite demanding with long hours, but your co-workers can make the time pass quickly. There is also a lot of potential for advancement within each department, and various incentives to further your education.

    Cons

    Promotions are not always based on experience or qualifications. Management has a "I know best" attitude, which can lead to problems when trying to fix issues before they become problems. Also, the company as a whole tends to be more reactive than preventive when it comes to problems: meaning they would rather wait till something becomes a problem than fix it before it does. Management is not concerned with retention of its employees, nor do they value their experienced staff like they should. Along those lines, it also seems (and this is just my opinion) that management no longer genuinely cares about their employees, as they once did, and now only fains caring for the sake of a good corporate image for its sponsors. The rate of pay varies greatly between departments and is not always reflective of the work being done. The long hours can take their toll on your social/family life, especially if you have children.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Keeping experience within the company is good for the company. Examine the departments with high turn-over and figure out ways to fix it rather than just accepting it as a fact. Also, focus on promoting from within the company rather than bringing in new people who have to be brought up to speed on how things work.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Far from perfect, better than nothing.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of training opportunities. Usually if you hate your job after a year you can transfer to a new department. PTO is okay. Generally the people are very nice.

    Cons

    Don't expect to be rewarded for doing well or taking on more responsibility. Promotions and raises are rare. Leadership is constantly changing at all levels. Turnover due to lack of career advancement is hurting the company.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from the past and reward people for good work.



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