Neogen Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
27 Reviews
2.5
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place is a nightmare.

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager  in  Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Lexington, KY

    I worked at Neogen

    Pros

    Good products, attend great trade shows.

    Cons

    Management is a joke. All that goes on in that company is everyone trying to blame everyone else for work that hasn't been done. Pay is horrible unless you are from Marion County.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to communicate better. There is no communication in that building. Also, check out your managers and try to figure out what they are actually doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair Pay for a 40 hr wk. But as management you are consistently expected to run understaffed and have no home life.

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Neogen

    Pros

    Interesting people to work with, lots of opportunities to increase your knowledge base, skill set and experience if you are willing/ able to put in tons of extra hours, senior management is reasonable and respectful of employees and really have a genuine desire to have a stable, debt free company that will not lay off employees. Senior Management, the Board of Directors and Officers of the company make considerably less money than they would at other companies of the similar size. Neogen also spends a good chuck of change every year on a very nice Christmas party, summer picnic and other events for employees and their families.

    Cons

    Senior management, while reasonable most of the time has a hardline stance on requiring departments to run understaffed in order to save money. A large number of employees company wide have a challenging time working so many hours and covering vacations, etc. When you look at the total compensation pkg vs. hours you work I think it comes in pretty low. They also do not allow comp time for salaried employees and there is no allowance for flex time for any employee. It is common for un or underqualified people to obtain positions because they are friends or neighbors of the senior management team, but I suppose that occurs in most work places. Neogen has a higher turnover than other companies of it's size and the primary reason is salary and work life balance. It is a great place to expand your skills, learn and grow and then move on to a better opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of your best and brightest leave because they feel unappreciated and undervalued in total compensation vs. hours worked. Please consider revising flex/comp/pto plans and salary structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, bad pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neogen

    Pros

    Nice people and location isnt terrible

    Cons

    bad pay, not much room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neogen

    Pros

    Most of the employees are nice and easy to get along with
    Company makes solid revenue
    Can easily get in and promoted if you know upper management

    Cons

    No flexible time
    4 separate buildings scattered over the city
    Slow to make any decisions
    Upper management is a joke and treats employees like children
    Pay is downright horrible and disrespectful
    Everyone is crammed into extremely disorganized cubes
    Only thing they care about is the shareholders and not the employees
    The current IT the company uses is beyond outdated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Chemist  in  Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Chemist in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Neogen

    Pros

    it's a job
    they pay you on time (most of the time)
    they use old abandoned school buildings thereby adding to lansing's recycling efforts

    Cons

    Bad pay
    employees do not get raises
    bad benefits
    no flex time
    no respect from upper management
    treated like a hamster
    not given a yearly bonus/reward/stock option/anything
    takes forever for anything to happen (request to upper management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    yes. please recognize your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entry level company, not a career destination

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    Former Employee - Chemist  in  Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Chemist in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Neogen

    Pros

    This is a good entry level place to get into quickly and punch out one year of GMP/ISO manufacturing if you're straight out of school.

    Cons

    Little room for job advancement, very little actual innovation going on as opposed to expanding the applications of existing technologies, and the salaries are absolutely dismal. Normally industry is supposed to be less interesting but higher paying than academia, but in this case quite a few Michigan State graduate students probably get a higher stipend than their industry counterparts. The scientific literacy of most employees is questionable at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about turnover. Despite the intimidating descriptions and lingo, the job tasks are easy enough for most community college students to do, so just accept that you can have a steady stream of people grabbing their entry level experience and stop acting mystified by the high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent Place to Start

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    Current Employee - Tech Service  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Tech Service in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    -The coworkers are, for the most part, all very genuine people.
    -It's an entry level opportunity to develop your skills so that you can move on at a later time.

    Cons

    -Compensation and benefits are poor.
    -Focus is on investor value, not employee development.
    -Very hard to move up, or around within the company.
    -Many individuals on sales team are inept.
    -Management does very little to motivate employees, no incentives for good performance.
    -Many labs are understaffed, but the company would rather do more with less than hire a few more people, thus helping their bottom line.
    -Nothing ever changes, implementation takes too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some great people at your company, show them you actually care about them. Focus on employee development/more competitive compensation packages, and your bottom line will improve even more.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    no comment

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Belgrade (Serbia)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Belgrade (Serbia)

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

    Pros

    ok salary, great colleagues, good benefits

    Cons

    unstable, always changing, decision making is too centralized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Excellent company for entry level sales and starting your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neogen

    Pros

    Neogen is a strong company with continued annual growth. This environment provides job stability and opportunities for sales and technical training.

    Cons

    Salaries are meager across the board. Imperative you negotiate up front as all future negotiations are based on your initial compensation benchmark. Salary does not grow at same rate of budget expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and implement Intel provided by your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unpretentious and solid foundation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neogen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Low overhead, no lay-offs, good benefits and great people

    Cons

    Salaries are not what they should be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those who aren't performing and financially reward those who are with better salaries and annual raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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