Neogen Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Get your experience and leave

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Neogen

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Everyone gets along well and they tend to go out together

    Cons

    Bad management, poor communication, and low pay are just some of the things that are wrong with this place. Managers favor employees. The company is expanding but only laterally; there are very little opportunities to move up in a career path and even then the pay is still mind boggling low.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Nothing but a number

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Their stock does decent but that is simply because they only care about their investors and not their employees. The benefits pretty good. Stock options after 6 months if your hire date matches the enrollment period.

    Cons

    VERY high turnover rate throughout all departments. Low compensation compared to any other company in a similar field. They don't have job postings because they are expanding, its because people get hired and 90% run when they get the chance. They treat you only as a number. Management can get away with person attacks against their employees. Fist fights have happened in the warehouse and no one was fired, they were just separated. Disgusting curse words yelled from one female to another and before it was over, the one yelling the most disgusting things ended promoted. BUT they will allow you to be fired without giving you cause because KY is an "at will" state. If a manager doesn't like you, they will find a way to get rid of you. Management cares nothing about their employees, they only care about setting the goals at a % that will get them their bonuses and make them look good to corporate. If you stay there long enough, you will get promoted without actually earning it. Good examples of that are in Lexingtons Nandino location.

    Advice to Management

    Don't say you're a leading and sit in the position if you have a mindset that the employees making you money are nothing but slaves to your cause.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place. Bad pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Receiving in Nicholasville, KY
    Current Employee - Receiving in Nicholasville, KY

    I have been working at Neogen (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are nice and understand that family is a priority for employees. Has the potential to be a great company.

    Cons

    The pay is not at all what we are worth as workers. They always say how much money we are making but when it comes to raises once a year they like to only give the standard price of living raises.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Terrible. Bad pay, bad communication, bad science.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Chemist in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Production Chemist in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None. A decent benefits package that eats more of your dismal paycheck than you can afford. Choose between 401(k) and a stock option, you can't afford both.

    Cons

    Nepotism abounds. QC has no idea how to run the kits it tests, R&D has no idea how manufacturing makes kits, manufacturing isn't listened to when informing previous departments of problems or solutions. Out of date equipment, bad practices, no communication. Questions go unanswered for the entire time employees work at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more. That solves 75% of the issues. Restructure all of QC/QA. Make QC a tiered position to be promoted into. Treat employees with respect. So many more. Maybe read those employee surveys?


  6. Helpful (4)

    Bad company atmosphere and attitudes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Writer in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Corporate Writer in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Neogen full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual Fridays and the free parking are a plus. In the summer, there are several company lunches (the company birthday, the CEOs birthday) and a health fair that are provided that are a nice escape from the office.

    Cons

    Lack of effort to solve any problems that employees bring to them, lack of worker voice, lack of innovation, lack of knowledge of benefits prior to being employed, slow to implement new technologies, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    When employees come to you with a multitude of issues or questions about their position, do not brush them off as being "lesser" simply because they have been at the company for less time than you have. A new employee can give fresh perspective on a situation. It should also be considered that a new employee is just that -- a new employee. It does not give a sense of community or belonging when the new hire is constantly told how great the old employee was, how much management loves and misses them and how you have disappointed them by not being exactly like the predecessor. Please also do not bring old employees in and take them (and most of the office) out for lunch, leaving the new employee you hired in their place behind. It's no wonder there is high turnover when you show a lack of respect and tact.


  7. Helpful (4)

    You've been Warned

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neogen

    Pros

    Great coworkers, secure employment, growth

    Cons

    Insulting pay! Some employees have been with the company for over 8 years and still make only $2 - $3 above minimum wage. Every employee below management level is underpaid. They will refuse to pay what you deserve regardless of the fact that you will be overworked because they want to save money by keeping hiring to a minimum. They will ignore your bonus if you don't ask for it. You're working to feed big investors with zero return and they will rub it in your face every quarter to tell you the company makes millions more and you only see about a 20 cent raise out of it after making $11/hour for 3 years with a Bachelors Degree. You will live in your parent's basement forever if you don't die first from the asbestos is all the old buildings the company is located in. The work environment is filled with frustrated employees. All who depend on each other to make a day at work endurable. Very high turnover. Everyone quits, no one gets fired. You will start looking for another job in 2 weeks. Unprofessional environment. Very laid back, employees get away with anything such as coming to work late, watching YouTube and sports on the computers while there is work to be done, treating customers poorly, terrible attitude towards work, vanishing for hours at a time with no explanation, taking extended lunch hours, and the list goes on. Usually these are the odd ones out who disrupt teamwork and nothing is done to rectify the situation even with multiple complaints. Do not work here if you are interested in a career. It's not even like a real job. Lack of recognition. Lack of appreciation. A complete morale killer. On the bright side they will buy you a half a sub from the crappiest sub shop in Michigan once in a while. Lots of false advertising. No reference to the fact that every employee is only there for a steady paycheck at 30 - 60 % les than what they will make elsewhere. Listen to the majority of reviews here. I would challenge neogen to interview each employee outside of management and publish the reviews. DON'T DO IT.

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense. Listen to your subordinates and work to keep them as they are the ones who grow the company. Fire bad employees especially when everyone complains about them. They only make your job harder but that goes back to common sense.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Get your experience and get out!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Neogen in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Neogen in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Neogen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and a great place to gain experience.

    Cons

    Compensation is insulting, the company cares more about shareholders than employees. The pay is not competitive in the industry, even when compared to other local companies. Bonuses and pay raises are also low, if you get them at all. The company has a very high turnover rate. Most of the talented employees leave because of wages, because there is little room for advancement and because employees are not held to equal standards. Many employees get away with showing up late or leaving early while others get pushed to be at work on time, work overtime and to meet strict deadlines. Very few products come out of R&D, the company profits from buying other companies and inheriting new product lines.

    Advice to Management

    The company is going to continue to lose it's best employees unless you start paying people what they are actually worth. I met some good quality, hard workers at this company, it's sad to see that they all leave for the same reason.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Terrible place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ayr, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ayr, Scotland (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    They seem to take anyone

    Cons

    Unfriendly Staff, no central heating, lousy pay, almost no holidays at all, they make you work through Christmas time, when any decent place is shut anyway, management is useless

    Advice to Management

    make it worth peoples while to work for you and they might stay longer than a few months


  10. Helpful (1)

    This is not where you want to try for a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are good people who work for neogen, all of them being normal workers not management or supervisors. The managers are all petty and pass things through qc that should not have.

    Cons

    The supervisors let the managers use biases and hatred to manipulate employees, and both supervisors and managers lie to workers.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage


  11. Helpful (2)

    DON'T BOTHER EVEN APPLYING UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMEONE!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - r in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - r in Lansing, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gain experience. They reuse old buildings. It's a paycheck...

    Cons

    HORRIBLE PAY
    Management is a joke.
    Managers micro manage, while treating employees like garbage. They let go of hard working individuals because management does not like them. Supervisors are overworked and under payed the same goes with lower employees. Raises are an insult. Benefits are way too expensive for what you get. They have meetings to tell the employees how much money they make but the employees are stuck making $8-11 an hour. There are employees who have been there for 10+ years and still don't see $10 an hour.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the majority of the manufacturing managers and start over. They are worthless.



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