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.  

    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Insulting

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent Place to Start

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work!

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Unpretentious and solid foundation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (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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