Neogen Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Terrible. Bad pay, bad communication, bad science.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Chemist in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Production Chemist in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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 Out of date equipment, bad practices, no communication.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 (2)

    Great company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Lexington Manor, KY
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Lexington Manor, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's such a laid back company. This has been my all time favorite job. Good benefits. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    The salary needs to be higher. Neogen likes to keep putting more responsibities on your plate without giving you a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equal.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Bad company atmosphere and attitudes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Writer in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Corporate Writer in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Complete waste of so much talent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like most of my coworkers. I like working in a lab as opposed to having to deal with customers face-to-face, so I guess there's that. Really though, the only reason I'm giving this place anything above one star is because my coworkers are all pretty great.

    Cons

    As everyone else has stated, the pay is abhorrently low for your qualifications. They claim that R&D is supposed to be "little R, big D" but that makes absolutely no sense. How are you supposed to develop something that you hardly even researched? There is way too much focus placed on the bottom line and virtually none placed on putting out a quality product. I had an optimistic view coming in to the company, but that only lasted a couple months before my attitude got dragged down like everyone else's. The office culture is indeed very unprofessional, but I don't know what else you would expect with pay the way it is. People feel that since the company doesn't respect their needs, they don't need to respect the company's needs. Like someone else said, people do come in late, leave early, disappear for hours, and in general just waste company time pretty frequently. But I can understand the reasoning, if you're only paying your employees 60% of what they should reasonably be making for their skills, then perhaps they feel that you're only entitled to 60% of their time. Additionally, because of the high turnover rate, very few people have sufficient immersion in the projects they're put on to really push these projects along.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more freaking money so they do the work they're supposed to, stick around, and get your products out on time! Stop trying to blame your inefficiency as a company on everything other than paying your workers like crap.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good people but falling behind

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Employees try hard with limited resources available. Really some good people and products and okay benefits using old buildings in the city.

    Cons

    company is struggling with what they really want to be, losing the vision. Outdated management styles and out of touch expectations


  7. Helpful (1)

    QC Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great experience

    Cons

    Pay far below national average

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more fairly


  8. Helpful (4)

    Good company with a bad leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Good starter job. Can definitely get some good experience

    Cons

    Upper management is a complete joke. Everything needs 20 signatures and the board has absolutely no say. Any type of promotion is offered as an unachievable "goal". Bonuses and commission are included in your "salary". Ultimately all the decisions go through the CEO, who is stuck in his ways. VP's and board members are just seat fillers. Even what makes most business sense may not be how he thinks and he'll suffer for his pride.

    Advice to Management

    Start operating as a public company, not one man's pet


  9. Helpful (2)

    Terrible pay, good work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, job security

    Cons

    Compensation, at least for people with science degrees, is so far below average it's a surprise anyone stays more than a couple years. They have quite a few people at the bottom, the technician level, which means that if lots of the talented ones leave for a better paying job there will always be someone else to fill their shoes. It seems that it would be a better idea to identify potential talent and reward those with a compensation equivalent to what other biotech companies pay. Even if you do get a raise and/or promotion, the pay will still be far below what you could make elsewhere simply because you'll start at a very low rate. If after 2-3 years they bump you up to 40k (you'd be incredibly lucky), it may seem like a big raise but just take a look at what other companies in this sector will pay an R&D scientist with a few years of experience and you'll be ready to do what almost everyone else does, and leave. For anyone unlucky enough to be in QC or the "chemist" positions in manufacturing, you truly have no hope at all. I have heard those jobs start around 26-28k and there honestly is nowhere to go except R&D, where, after a few years in manufacturing, you'll still start at the technician level and make somewhere near 30k. It really is an absolute joke and I don't understand how people can do that...unless you have a spouse making a real salary. Anyone with any talent at all will leave here quickly. The few talented people who have stayed, and worked their way into leadership roles, have only stayed because of family commitments, and even they will tell you to run for the door.

    Advice to Management

    See above


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great folks, low pay and little increases

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very friendly staff, fascinating work

    Cons

    High expectations, low reward unless in sales

    Advice to Management

    Pay based on market value of skills asked and possessed by employees, merit increases rather than tiny cost of living raises


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good people bad place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Secure for employment.

    Cons

    Not a place to work if you have a family. Horrible pay. Low increase in pay on a yearly bases (15 cents a year Is average)

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your workers and they will take care of you.



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