Neogen

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Neogen Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
34 Reviews
2.3
34 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    But what do I know anyways?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist

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

    Pros

    The employees are great people to work with. There is also a good potential for upward mobility and opportunities for different jobs within the company.

    Cons

    Tons of work and responsibility for little compensation. General lack of communication and organization. High rate of turnover means that few people have a very comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people more so they will stick with the company and not leave as soon as they have experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Neogen

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    Current Employee - Sales in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Sales in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with

    Cons

    Advancing a career within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Low pay but good work/life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Decent benefits
    Good place to gain experience

    Cons

    Treated like children, especially women.
    Low pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent company for entry level sales and starting your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with a bad leader

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible pay, good work environment

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    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Lansing, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

    See above

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

    Good people bad place

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Lansing, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to gain experience, but not a career destination.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Great people, fair work/life balance, good place to gain entry level experience.

    Cons

    Very low pay, mediocre benefits, poor culture and at times a negative work environment, and little recognition from senior management. Not focused on employee development, exceptionally high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to develop a positive company culture (respect, integrity, accountability) and make it the center of everything they do. Upper management should model these values constantly and expect and require the same values in their employees. There are a lot of good people at Neogen, but there are several who get away with deplorable behavior routinely. They ruin the experience of working at an otherwise good company for those who refuse to act in such an unprofessional manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start but no true potential for growth. Corporate does not care about the employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people that I work with here are good people who deserve better. If you stay here long enough you will get promoted just for having seniority.

    Cons

    Pay and compensation is very low when compared to the rest of the industry. Corporate does not care about its employees. The investors are the only ones who matter to corpoarte, not the people who make the company successful by traveling and leaving their families behind for low compensation. VERY high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees for their hard work and dedication to their job. A happy work enviroment and worker will get your more production and sales.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very low pay but good entry level experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Neogen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. Enjoyed my day. Team work ethic. Not micromanaged. Learned a lot about microbiology.

    Cons

    Poor pay for the level of education and experience most employees have.
    CEO continually has meetings about how well the company is doing, growing, investing and acquiring new companies, but the company does not reward its employees for this or increase wages as they should.
    Poor health care benefits with consistent increased cost to employees.
    Not much incentive to work there long term because they do not compete with the pay and benefits of other companies. Great minds leave all the time and most of the people that work there are always looking for other job opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more. Reward employees. Happiness on the job makes people stay and company would advance more if all the great minds stayed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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