MPI Research Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Great learning opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at MPI Research

    Pros

    People, people, people, people, people

    Cons

    Upper management continues to flounder with constant flavor of the month org changes that amount to nothing while the hard decisions are continuously avoided.

    Advice to Management

    Either get completely involved or get out of the way for someone willing to put the time and effort in to making the place what it once was.


  3. Helpful (3)

    After 6 years, there little room for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Report Coordinator in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Report Coordinator in Mattawan, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    MPI offers great fringe benefits (great medical benefits, lots of vacation time, flexible hours) which is a huge selling point for the company. There is a very friendly atmosphere amongst the staff. There are plenty of positions available that allow for a work/home balance.

    Cons

    After struggling through the recession, staff salaries are still very low. There's no link to any merit increase to individual performance (all staff get the same 2% increase) so there's little incentive to do "great" work and no consequence to doing poor work. The company is very silo'd so few departments see the big picture of the work. There's no feel of having a boss who backs you up or fights for you, the computer systems are ever-changing and never working. The training program is extremely lacking

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff the tools and resources they need to do their jobs right. Then get out of the way and let your staff do their jobs. Trust them to do it. Reward the employees who are thriving and discipline the staff who act as dead weight.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    It's a great starting point, but management is not always qualified and lacks leadership.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Mattawan, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The "working class" is full of great people and the benefits are great. laboratory positions are not very flexible for work/life balance but other areas are.

    Cons

    Most of nanagement was placed due to timing and not necessarily because they were qualified. The company and a lot of departments lacks leadership. The senior/upper management is not engaged and therefor miss out on a lot of opportunities within their staff. Pay is low and usually promotions are based on who you've made friends with. Middle management staff are constantly recycled.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A Great Place To Start

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

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

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    All the negative reviews don't lie.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MPI Research full-time

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

    Pros

    Other than upper management, the people that work there are friendly. No other pros to report. This review requires a minimum of 20 words for the "Pros" section. Way too many words to fill for this category for this company.

    Cons

    1. Upper management belittles their employees. 2. Little to no chance of career advancement. 3. Salaries are well below industry averages... Reference ACS C&E news publication on industry salaries. 4. Company has been on a steady decline since 2009... Many annual December layoffs. 5. Upper management turnover rate is high and the quality of them has progressively gotten worse. There's been at least 4 different directors of one department in the last 8 years. 6. Little to no job security. 7. Only 2 (maybe 3) merit increases since 2008.

    Advice to Management

    Replace some of the upper management or have them retrained on how to treat people in a professional manner and show compassion.


  8. Solid company that cares about its employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Mattawan, MI

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    I believe that at the top, there is a genuine understanding that employees are the lifeblood of the company; productivity is a derivative of your people, efficiency... people, quality... people. That anything gets done at all... people. At the top, they honestly get that. I believe they try to be fair in compensation. If you want to get paid more than you are worth, go somewhere else (the "other" place will soon go bankrupt). But if you want a place that respects hard work and rewards it. This is the place. Lastly... who doesn't like to win? MPI had a slump during the recession, but we're back! MPI is building a solid foundation, and is a force to reckon with in the pre-clinical CRO space.

    Cons

    So no place is perfect. You may have noticed I kept saying at the top they get the importance of people. I mean the very top. The owner gets it. There are a couple of those in the ranks below him that don't get that, and are more than a little hard to get along with. Pins and needles. Everyone knows it, yet it is ignored, I think, because they are performers. They get stuff done. A great deal gets tolerated because they are otherwise valuable. Lucky for most, they are so far up the food chain most typically don't have to deal with it. But enough about that. MPI had some rough times through the recession and some of the frills had to go with it. But I was here in the days when MPI was on a rocket trajectory, and that owner I mentioned takes care of his people... when they are delivering. But, when they aren't delivering? Let's just say we're still in that "tight ship" mode, and we have to run pretty lean. You aren't going to get a ton of "perks" here right now.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management? First, there may be some "adjustments" to be made near the top. I don't live up there, so I can't really say, but it feels like that may be the case from down here. Stay focused on your people. Everything you want to get done, depends on your people. Its simple logic. Don't ignore the fact that the one single thing, that can have the greatest impact towards productivity, quality, and efficiency, is your people. Don't just give it lip service. Preach, train, and practice from the top of the management chain down, that learning how to take care of and motivate people in a positive way is a manager's #1 job. Solid foundation; there are foundational improvements yet to be made. Sometimes there are pieces of the foundation so convoluted, and bent out of shape, you just have to start over. Don't be shy to re-write some processes, to re-think some things. But I really don't mean to be negative. Overall, I'm happy with management. I feel that most have the best interest of the company and their people in mind. Keep it up.


  9. One of the best companies I have worked for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Mattawan, MI

    I have been working at MPI Research

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

    Pros

    Decent upward mobility if you use your mind and follow the career pathways. Good insurance and benefits. Great coworkers. Good hours and usually the opportunity for overtime.

    Cons

    Sometimes the overtime is intrusive and unwanted. Upper management doesn't seem to understand the concerns of the lower level workers. Recently the wages are not up to standard.

    Advice to Management

    Speak with and listen to your lowest level people. They can give you some insight. Please work hard to improve public opinion to increase the level of awareness and caring in our company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Stay away. Worst company in the industry.

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

    I have been working at MPI Research

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

    Pros

    The only pro I have to offer here is my time here is almost done. 6 years of hard work and sacrifice for nothing. While MPI continues to make between 100 and 500 million per year! Greed has gripped the CEO and there is a sale in the future. Trying to make the company look as good as possible to get the best price. Was that a pro? They do not exist at this company.

    Cons

    every employee that has been their since 2008 has been lied to and promised the moon while the top 1% fill their pockets. No promotions, no raises . no future at this joke of a CRO.

    Advice to Management

    Just come out with the truth. You don't care about your employees. You don't care about the life's you have ruined while theses same people work their fingers to the bone. You keep your most important people in poverty while you live like s king. Give what you kept promising for 6 years. Whatever happened to profit sharing? You come up with all these lies to tell your employees just to keep them here in hopes you follow through. Well, the damn of empty promises is about to break. The exitous is about to cripple you and I want a front row seat. Shame on you Bill Parfet.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Do not care about their employees

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

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good amount of training opportunities, lots of cross-training. Co-workers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Do not appreciate their employees; very difficult to get/give promotions or raises. Upper management does not communicate well. Occasionally, highly unprofessional decisions are made that affect both staff and Sponsors with little to no explanation.

    Advice to Management

    Address rumors/questions up front. Don't claim to hold communication as an important factor when that is clearly not the case. Be more transparent about decisions that impact employees and Sponsors.



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