Microbac Laboratories, Inc.

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Microbac Laboratories, Inc. Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
35 Reviews
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J. Trevor Boyce
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  1.  

    Opportunities are there if you look for them

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to grow in. Not pegged into one specific "model" if you will, which gives you the opportunity to explore different routes to personal/professional growth. In this company you have to take the initiative to voice and proactively pursue areas of interest but employees are supported. Top level leaders continue to explore ways to improve the business from all angles (i.e.; sales, staff, facilities, equipment, resources, ect.). Renewed focus on quality, safety and upgrading existing facilities and equipment is refreshing. And expect to work in a fast paced, busy environment if you sign on.

    Cons

    Overall communication seems to be a challenge in terms of getting relevant information out to all employees but the powers that be are working on improving that. Might find this anywhere but some employees would rather complain than work for solutions. Gets old. Climate/environment can change dramatically from location to location from what I can see. Not all welcome change or even want to explore it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage all levels of management to solicit and use feedback from employees. Very glad to see the new direction the company is going. Lots of changes taking place but most are heard about through the grapevine as opposed to announced to the employees. Give more information more often. Just be careful not to try to push too many changes at once.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sorry to watch this company quit caring about employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    At one time this was a great company to work for. Years ago they cared about their employees with good benefits, a work/life balance motto, and focus on the customers. It is a good place to get some good training in a testing laboratory.

    Cons

    The company made changes over the past couple of years with insurance, getting rid of holidays, loss of sick days at the end of the year, and trying to make the labs look better but freezing salaries and downsizing to do it. The company does not have enough money to do the things the owner wants to do, so he is getting the money by taking it from the people at the labs. It is a lot different that it was when I started working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be time to rethink who is getting paid a lot at the corporate level. Labs can only do what they have people and money to do. Find less critical places to cut...like jet travel, people who don't know what is happening in the labs but make decisions for them, and the image changes that the company can't afford without cutting people. Corporate management needs to get in touch with the labs and quit listening to outside experts who don't even know what influences profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Company was decent 7 years ago, it progresivley gets worse each year.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Many
    Former Employee - Many

    I worked at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, most coworkers are good people.

    Cons

    Where to even start?
    -promote people of very little knowledge to high ranking positions
    -terrible pay
    -terrible benefits
    -just hired a new higher up who "resigned" from his previous position due to a porn scandal
    -higher ups seem to have lost touch with reality
    -one higher up seems to have progressively been getting more and more incoherent when talking to and visiting labs
    -do not care for employees
    -seem to make decisions that hurt the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP! You won't survive in this economy or at all with the actions you are making. Remember that your employees are important and at one point did take pride in their work. I know I quit caring when it was obvious that the owner and his minions made it obvious that they do not care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Soul sucking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Warrendale, PA

    I worked at Microbac Laboratories, Inc.

    Pros

    When you get away from Microbac you learn to appreciate a decent job when you find one.

    Cons

    -Zero appreciation for employees. Employees are overworked and underpaid. Extra responsibilities piled on already overworked staff that are often working 12+ hours a day. While Directors walk out at 5.
    -Ridiculously high turnover. For those that don't quit, they are generally terminated with no explanation or warning.
    -Unaffordable healthcare plan
    -Arrogant and condescending Corporate demanding unrealistic expectations.
    -Outdated equipment pretty much held together by rubber bands and duct tape
    -Job positions restructured to avoid promised pay increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell. You are in danger of closing multiple labs for a reason. Thanks Trevor Boyce for always flaunting your wealth while providing us pay that barely provides the essentials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do as much work for us as you possibly can, and you might get a couple extra cents an hour.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nature of work is interesting (if you're into this type of work), networking, care about data quality & integrity

    Cons

    Do not follow through on incentives (odds of actually getting a bonus / raise / promotion are slim), Regulated overtime despite heavy workloads, lots of money at the top (private plane & pilot...), high-deductible HSA style benefits are costly, particularly for a family, focus on company expansion takes away from work quality, silly emails about "cost cutting measures" sent out to entire company with an "if you don't, no bonus" tacked onto the end. Generally depressing work environment...no one enjoyed being at their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your employee turn around rates. People will not stay in a position where they are not being treated well, especially when they have degrees that will allow them to go elsewhere. Yes, everyone is expendable...but that doesn't make your company look too great if everyone is always leaving. Spend some time at your recently acquired facilities and see how they truly operate - perhaps your corporate policies should not be applied universally, but rather on a facility-by-facility basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working hard as commercial laboratory analyst to gain experience and develop commercial testing career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Merrillville, IN
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Merrillville, IN

    I worked at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can have the opportunity to learn and develop new skills if you have the initiative to learn them and the protocol is needed in the Division you are employed at.

    Cons

    There is a big divide between management and workers. Upper management promotes high turnover at entry level employment to keep costs down. Officially company policy is that quality takes top priority, however, in practice time/cost constraints take precedence to maintain profitability. If QA rushed managers are happy, but if data is bad analyst gets blamed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage training and pay increases at entry level to reduce turnover, and give employees the time to properly perform all quality assurance and quality control functions as required by State or Federal laboratory certifications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lead microbiologist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microbac Laboratories, Inc.

    Pros

    Different kind product to test

    Cons

    different tese/product to check from different clients

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    In need of leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Company articulates commitment to goals and holding individuals accountable.

    Cons

    Executive committee has a sense of entitlement and appears to be immune from losing positions (perhaps because of entanglement with asset ownership?). Strategic direction seems to be to sharply focus on the following 23 items....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick strategic targets that are meaningful to rank and file but keep the list very short. Company values should not be a list of every positive adjective you can conceive.
    Define who you are as a company and live it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great development opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist III in Wilson, NC
    Former Employee - Chemist III in Wilson, NC

    I worked at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family like environment with a variety of opportunities for development.

    Cons

    Benefits are not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A stepping stone for the bigger job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Start

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

    I have been working at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience, flexible schedule, nice people, good president and executive committee

    Cons

    Bad pay, Disorganized, Company not growing rapidly, bad ceo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve structure, get a ceo that didn't just inherit the company and has no business experience whatsoever, ceo is very unprofessional and flaunts his wealth

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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