Meso Scale Discovery Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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  1. Meh, not a *bad* job

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Meso Scale Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is decent, the people are pretty nice, and there are opportunities to move around and grow with the company.

    Cons

    It is a very management-centric company. Everything is decided by upper management, and most employees feel like they are stuck on the hamster wheel without much or any opportunity for input.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up the structure and allow more autonomy to lower-level management and employees.


  2. Not what I thought I'd signed up for

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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 Meso Scale Discovery full-time

    Pros

    Incredible product and mid level management works very hard...too hard, actually. Good location and the pay is adequate for the area.

    Cons

    With owners that do not trust employees it's a miracle this company is still afloat. As a newer employee I was surprised that the owner(s) take a micromanagement approach to everything that goes on in the office, but they don't take the time to introduce themselves to new employees. I've worked at this company for almost 3 months and honestly, I don't see myself here too much longer.

    Advice to Management

    Bring your internal processes into the 21 century. Back off on the long, tedious work days - employees of this century are hired to do a job, not fill a seat for 50-60 hours a week just because.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Terrible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers (non managers) are pretty great and welcoming. .... There really are not any other positives unless you count your paycheck.

    Cons

    The owners are paranoid beyond belief, yet they have half of the employees doing personal errands for them. Upper management is very rude too.

    Advice to Management

    Let the employees do their jobs without micro managing.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Very different culture from my past work experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Rockville, MD
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No pressure in my job. Very interesting products & technology. Very diverse employees. Great! Lots of freedom in my job. Found opportunities and created a niche for myself. Was never reprimanded.

    Cons

    Maybe it's the company culture, but my manager does not manage in a strong and constructive manner.. Yearly "self-assessment" activity is a joke. No feedback. No opportunity to voice accomplishments and requests. High performers take pride in their work and want to show it off hopefully translating into recognition and compensation. Low performers need to hear constructive criticism to improve and become better contributors. Low performers are not given performance improvement goals and, as a result, do not improve and are kept on the job, often dragging the group productivity and morale down. Behavior I see would not be tolerated in my past company experience. Sad. Managers and supervisors do not have appropriate dollar-limit signing authority and it takes FOREVER to get something purchased. The owner has to approve simple stuff. What a waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    With the company growing, some people might have a tendency to slack off and try to get by by relying on other team members. Weed-out those low performers and continue to hire quality candidates.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Stable job, toxic work culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Meso Scale Discovery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are a recent graduate looking to get your foot in the industry door, this is a good place for you. Just don't get too comfortable. Work a few years, build up a good resume, then get out. The company is financially stable, so as long as you are passibly competent at your job, there is no risk of being laid off or fired. In some departments it may require an extra effort on your part to be fired. They find it so difficult to keep a full staff, it is easier to keep a bad employee on, then to go through the 3 month, beraucratic nightmare of trying to replace them. So there is very little pressure to perform. The people are the best. It is very easy to build good relationships with your coworkers. Great for networking.

    Cons

    This is a career dead end. You may recieve one or two promotions, but you will reach your glass ceiling much sooner than you would expect. Get ready for a company culture of doing more work for the same amount of money. You will be encouraged to work 10-12 hour days. And weekends. And holidays. You will be expected to do the work of people who are paid much better than you. It may seem fun and challenging at first, but you will burn out in the first year. Do not expect a good work/life balance. There is a terrible work culture of fixing things temporarily. This is terrible for scaling your company. If everything is held together with glue and duct tape, you will run into problems when you want the company to grow. Departments aren't given the proper resources to properly maintain/replace bad requipment or purchase any software that might streamline a job. If a 5 minute task on your mangers part could save you 2 hours of work, you will have to put in those 2 hours. Employee safety is not a significant enough reason for them to expend extra resources.

    Advice to Management

    10-12 hour work days are a sign that something isn't sustainable in your company. People will burn out. Making the process of hiring new people difficult, will ultimately make it more difficult to weed out bad employees. Departments will tolerate a lot if they are desperate to keep anyone with a pulse. Put more effort into rewarding your good employees or you will lose them, leaving only the mediocre and bad. TRAIN YOUR MANAGERS. I cannot emphasize this enough. Managers need to learn how to manage and motive their employees, or they are useless to you. Remember that people don't work for you because they like it. They don't care about your product. They work for the money you give them. If you try to cut corners with your employees, they will cut corners with your company.


  7. Helpful (7)

    It was fun at first, now not so much

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I work with are fun. THe benefits we receive are great

    Cons

    You will not make much money. Most people stick around for a couple years then leave.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Horrible Place To Work

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Meso Scale Discovery full-time

    Pros

    The compensation package seemed attractive before I started.

    Cons

    Malicious and controlling management throughout the organization exploite every possible means to reduce bonuses and delay payments. Stay away!


  9. Helpful (3)

    Unprofessional and no regard for employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Meso Scale Discovery full-time

    Pros

    Good technology and aside from upper management, a good group of hard working, caring people.

    Cons

    Senior management have no respect for employees. Employees work incredibly hard, long hours, and they really care about what they do but there's no recognition of their efforts - not even a thank you, which costs nothing but would help boost morale. The majority of the comments on this site are quite accurate but senior management dismisses them all. To prospective employees - don't dismiss what you see here.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your employees' time and contributions. Pay attention to this site. Its very accurate.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fast paced, challenging, endless learning opportunity. Impossible workload...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Meso Scale Discovery full-time

    Pros

    Company is financially stable so the chance of getting laid off is very low. Great colleagues who really cares about the company and have extremely high work ethic. Company is fast growing so there are endless opportunities.

    Cons

    The workload is almost possible...unless you put in 10-12hrs a day, and that is the expectation. The company culture is "do more for less". They frequently promise promotion, but the actual pay increase doesn't come until 6-8 months later. Bottom line is, this is not a family oriented place and there's absolutely no work life balance. Oh, and benefits are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Please start taking care of your people, stop expecting them to work like machines.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Manufacturing technician

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very good place to work with, good employes, friednfly atmosphere

    Cons

    have to handle problem indepently

    Advice to Management

    Should interact more with employes



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