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NSF International Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
NSF International – Ann Arbor – “Exterior”

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2.9 28 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

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Kevan P Lawlor

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to work & make a difference

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunities for growth; it has a promote-from-within culture. Friendly, fun environment. IT department is working with cutting-edge technology and is taking steps to improve processes and ensure quality. Good work-life balance, fair pay, jeans on Friday and free soda!

    ConsCan be extremely fast-paced. Deadlines are sometimes unreasonable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that the IT department is a very significant contributor to the overall success of this company, because it is so reliant on its proprietary systems; provide enough budget to properly staff to ensure quality.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful people, menial day tasks

    Associate Technician (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsEasy to stay busy.
    Easy goingatmosphere, good benefits - Free soda!
    Management is approachable and very eager to help at all times
    Smiling faces everywhere
    Internal promotions
    Good hours

    ConsLean management is taking over and people have been very cautious because everyone is uncertain of how it will affect their daily tasks.
    Always could use more pay, but its very fair

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Steer clear of this place at all costs

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsFree coffee and soda machine

    ConsZero training, poorly skilled middle management, antiquated and strewed together LIMS, zero communication between groups, innovation and free thinking is not encouraged, rampant nepotism, razor slim profit margins, tight deadlines, unattainable goals are the norm,, lots of lab equipment is either broken or insufficient to preform the tasks required, management belittling and bullying staff is commonplace, zero job security, company used scare tactics to promote services, misleading HR department., low pay, small cubicles, poor moral is commonplace, high worker turnover by either voluntary or involuntary means.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop lining your pocketbooks and start caring about the staff that run your company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company with good benefits and flexibility. Communication and training are areas that can use some improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsGood work environment. It has inhouse Gym, which helps if you want to maintain your health.

    ConsTraining could be improved. It looks like supervisors and management do not have time to answer your questions. They expect you to learn a lot on your own.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more opportunity to motivate your employees. It seems like lot of employees are stuck in their current position. HR should consult with employees to let them know what opportunities exist for future growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Food Safety Representative

    Food Safety Representative (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsDuring training you meet lots of new people.

    Cons*****If you're thinking about working here, DON'T!!***** you can probably do much better than grunt work for pennies a day***** A major insult on your intelligence!! Unrealistic expectations for entry level position. Very low salary for the kind of filth you're in day after day. If a client does not like you, it is highly likely that you'll get fired because of it. You'll get fired anyway during training if you don't learn everything about the job within a month of hiring, they'll make up some bullcrap story about how you're not the right employee for the job because you didn't learn EVERYTHING, including the little nuisances there is to learn about the job in a matter of weeks! There is absolutely no communication between you and your direct supervisor whatsoever, until you're being fired! Obviously they are not able to keep positions filled due to a very high attrition rate in this particular position. Time spent driving to these trash dumps that happen to serve greasy hamburgers is NOT factored into your day at all! DO NOT ACCEPT the job offer if you have a life and want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and wish to have a realistic work life balance. If you have a family do not accept this job offer, you'll hardly get to see them if you work here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider talking directly to your employee rather than listening to an opinionated uneducated client that has the intelligence of an inbred farmer before you make a decision to terminate. There are two sides to every story. Learn how to speak eloquently if there is an issue that needs to be addressed rather than sending tons of emails. Sure emails are quick but some situations require an
    ACTUAL phone call! Spend A little less time talking to
    Your dogs and cats and a little more time talking with your employees. I learned more from my peers about the ins and out of my position than I did from my actual manager! There is MORE than ONE way to accomplish a task! If it feels like a waste of time then obviously it IS a waste of time!

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    Don't be fooled by the image

    Former Employee (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsWell maintained building and laboratories

    Room to move around in the company if your boss lets you (which he/she can block if they want)

    ConsCompany tends to stray too far from core business into unknown and unproven business ventures

    An above average amount of people get fired due to "under performance", to which employees are given no notice or remediation opportunity

    CEO (and VP's) makes an obscene about of money ($1.2M) for a "non profit" organization

    Some employees are under worked (7 hour days) and some over worked (overtime with no pay)

    Many managers have a profit first, employees second attitude

    Employees are pushed to meet revenue goals, with little regard to project feasibility and preparation

    Goals and due dates are set to unattainable and unsustainable levels

    Employee family members and friends get preferential hiring treatment and are placed above more qualified external candidates

    Many people are fired for not meeting goals or just because their managers do not like them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So many opportunities!

    Recruiting Specialist (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsOpportunities to learn and grow your skills and scope of responsibility.
    Innovative culture driven to achieve results and increase efficiencies.
    Open lines of communication at all levels of the organization.

    ConsAt times it is difficult to ensure communication is extended out to all employees.
    Global integration is slow, but getting better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish internal communication protocol and procedures to help unite the organization and employees globally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Better than some - not as good as others

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsTheir hr department has a few very good persons who go above and beyond to help you out.

    Consif you complain to hr about your manager you get fired

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate a panel of peers so that employees have a place to take complaints when they are against managers.

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    Place for researchers to be!

    Semiconductor Device Engineer (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsYou get to work on Cutting edge technology, Flexible work hours as long as you complete your work on time, Managers are nice and knowledgeable to work with..

    ConsSenior management is not transparent, employees are informed after decision is taken!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe are considered naive for them!

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    Decent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsPeople that you worth with

    ConsNo advancement, very lean organization

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