Neogen Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Terrible. Bad pay, bad communication, bad science.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 Out of date equipment, bad practices, no communication.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?

  2. Helpful (3)

    Bad company atmosphere and attitudes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. 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.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Get your experience and get out!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Terrible place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  7. Helpful (1)

    This is not where you want to try for a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Don't Drink the Punch

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

    I worked at Neogen full-time

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

    Pros

    It's a steady paycheck and they have a company picnic once per year. It's in a park and you are encouraged to bring your own food. In addition to the picnic, many of the employees are great people.

    Cons

    - Pay is embarrassingly low
    - New ideas are not considered
    - Extremely high turnover rate
    - Low company Moral
    - Facilities are not fit for manufacturing
    - Company does not compensate for a reasonable standard of living
    - Raises are nonexistent
    - Upper management does not recognize lower employees
    - Forced to work long hours when a large sale is made and not compensated for your extra efforts
    - Former manager worked Saturdays for 3 months in order to maintain manufacturing demands. Neogen rewarded my former manager with a $50 gift-card for 96 hours of weekend-work.

    Advice to Management

    You're not doing a good job.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Insulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    People are a pro, they make the job bearable. A good place to glean experience before moving into something meaningful.

    Cons

    -Pay is dismal
    -Minimal Recognition
    -No Advancement Opportunity
    -Placation of concerns by Management
    -No reward for Experience
    -No reward for Education
    -No reward for Hard work

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people. When 5 year gross pay equals 12x less than Jim Herbert's 2012 bonus pay, this is unacceptable. Build a culture where individuals wish to build a career, not where people cannot wait to leave. Reward initiative. Reward innovation. When your highly trained and experienced technical staff makes 15-35x less than upper management, 2-3x less than sales and marketing, there is something horribly wrong with the company. Get rid of the inept buffoons that saturate the company and divvy up their salaries among those who actually work.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Do NOT bother coming to this company unless your goal is to stay at a horrible salary with no room for advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Service Representative, Diagnostics in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Technical Service Representative, Diagnostics in Lexington, KY

    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

    No pros - I am warning everyone to STAY AWAY, worst job experience I have ever experienced.

    Cons

    To managers, we are disposable, so they could care less if we stayed or not. Down right worse pay in industry. Zero room for advancement, so expect to stay in the same entry level spot for years. Favortism runs rampid - managers have their favorites and if you are not one of them your life will be hell. Worst manager I have EVER had - extremely fake and backstabbing. My job tasks have not ever compared to the amount I get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Start to care about all of your employees - not just the ones who are deemed your 'favorite'. Please start to pay people more, the pay is an insult. Please look into all personnel who hold management positions - some people do not deserve to be managers even though they have been here 15 years as they treat their employees like scum on the bottom of their shoe. PLEASE start to care more about your employees. So far 4 people out of a department of 6 have put in their notice in less than 1 month - if you don't start caring you will always loose valuable talent and in turn the company will suffer.

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