Microbac Laboratories, Inc.

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Microbac Laboratories, Inc. Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
33 Reviews
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    Opportunities are there if you look for them

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

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

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

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    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
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    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

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    In need of leadership

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    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Start

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    • 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
  8.  

    Great development opportunities.

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dead End Company with Outdated Business Management

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    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Erie, PA
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Erie, PA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, if you have nothing to lose or need a startup job after college.

    Cons

    Company does not have clear vision and business goals, poor internal communication, dirty competition between divisions, and old Mamas & Papas business mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company until it worth something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, full benefits, focused on quality and family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Maryville, TN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Maryville, TN

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

    Pros

    I have worked for other companies, but most are not as focused on quality and creating a family friendly environment like Microbac. Pay is reasonable for the industry and there are full benefits offered. There is a lot to learn, and the training is fairly extensive.

    Cons

    This is a hard business to work in. If you are not open to last minute projects and sometimes working over, this is not for you. That is not only at Microbac but all commercial labs. My "cons" are more with regard to the laboratory business in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For corporate management, be understanding of what the people at the labs are up against. At least in the lab where I am we are working hard to put out good quality work while meeting the client deadlines. Sometimes we feel like that is not understood by the corporate office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corporate has unclear goals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marietta, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marietta, OH

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

    Pros

    Experience, Benefits and Company events.

    Cons

    Corporate structure is weak, Incentive plan effects all labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan for the future in a more professional strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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