Pace Analytical Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people to work with all suffering together LOVED working for the previous company, ELAB (in 3 reviews)

  • My schedule is good and the pay is decent (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is usually clueless, very little training at entry level, high stress low pay (in 7 reviews)

  • Orientation is nothing but eye wash to make upper management feel good (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of hours, lots of experience to be gained
    Ability to work in a number of fields
    Great starter job for post college

    Cons

    Offsite work hours can be long
    Staffing for offsite has to work within hours set by company working for

    Advice to Management

    Offer less rotating shifts to people with families, or a higher compensation for those doing rotating shifts

  2. Great Fellow Employees. Low Pay. No Advancement Opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Ormond Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Ormond Beach, FL

    I have been working at Pace Analytical (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Easy work. Okay starter job or resume builder. Cook-outs. Nice people (mostly).

    Cons

    Low pay, $13.50/hour starting for Lab Tech/Lab Analyst. Limited to no career advancement opportunities, unless you're the janitor. High turn-over rate (6-18 months). HR is very inexperienced and quite the unprofessional gossiper who doesn't keep employee relations or complaints to herself, rather blabs it all around. Don't stay too long.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is a really nice guy, but the philosophy seems to be hire recent college grads or people with limited experience, pay them low and just re-hire new employees when they quit after 6 months.

  3. Disorganized/Disconnected

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    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Pace Analytical 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

    Name recognition, it is the biggest name in the midwest in analytical testing.

    Cons

    Disconnected management, especially upper management
    No room for advancement
    Unwillingness to listen to new ideas
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Treat them better. Happier employees lead to less turnover and more money and time saved.

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  5. Growth opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pace is the only environmental laboratory with sustainable annual growth. This growth provides multiple opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    Relatively weak upper management in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the internal systems (email, etc...) are inefficient. Utilize current systems and hardware to make employees more efficient.

  6. Laboratory technician

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Schenectady, NY

    I worked at Pace Analytical 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

    It is a good introduction to laboratory technique at the most basic levels as well as EPA methods. It is could be used as a resume builder but that is about it. This is because there is little to no room for advancement for people hired as temps(all new hires unless you know personally know a hiring manager/upper management)

    Cons

    What concerns me most about having worked this job is the exposure to many cancerous solvents and various unknown compounds. There is little thought put into even the most basic of protective measures; chemical spills, noxious fumes, open faced acid baths, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should heed advice from middle management. Middle management- dont let people blow themselves or others up!

  7. Great company that is dedicated to its clients and treats its employees well

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -You get to work for a company that genuinely cares for its employees and treats them fairly. I never got the impression that the company was attempting to get more from employees (unpaid hours, benefit cost hikes, etc.) in order to benefit the bottom line
    -You are afforded the ability to work with very knowledgeable and helpful people who will be there for you when you need assistance or extra training.
    -You work for experienced management that is dedicated to success; the company's, your's, and their own.
    -You get to work for a leader in the market, both in terms of quality and service.
    -The company is growing rapidly; constantly creating new opportunities for career growth.
    -Compensation and benefits are fair, especially their healthcare benefits.
    -You meet a lot of great people and learn interesting new things on a weekly basis.

    Cons

    -Matters outside of your control can interfere with your work and project success at times.

    Advice to Management

    Put together a detailed, informative monthly newsletter in order to keep employees up to speed on the rapid growth and changes, including new employee opportunities, occurring at Pace.

  8. Get out before you are to exhausted to find another job

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not much to delight in at Pace - some nice coworkers. Decent equipment - lab recently redesigned - some areas better set up than others. Software does a nice job of tracking from sample receiving to customer - but is cunbersome and slow.

    Cons

    Management picks favorites - seems out of touch with their workers - barks orders but doesn't lift a finger to help out. There is absolutely no attempt to make sure that they run an ethical lab - quality was poor - long term employees even have a word for data validation that is pretty much just send it through. Upper levlel and corporate management are just dishonest, make promises they don't keep and decisions they dont support or even deny. A few coworkers say terrible things about others - managers just look the other way - so the drama goes on. Short staffed so people don't always have time to do it right, long long hours - expect OT forever and no outside life. Some benefits OK but not medical or 401K (well below national avg company match). Terrible Safety. An amazing number of employees never take vacation time - accruing 2 or more years worth thinking it will get better. Communication very poor - can't ever get a straight answer - managers indecisive. Doesn't really seem to care that clients are getting the service they expect, and then don't seem to understand why they lose them. Data systems in serious need of upgrade - but are controlled by corporate so lab is stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Get in there and really learn what your employees are doing and make sure the workload is shared around. There is no teamwork - try to foster that along with more training so employees are expected to help each other out. Gossip and backstabbing are signs of low morale - and part of the only way to get ahead attitude. Treat employees fairly.

  9. The Best in the Challenging Environmental Testing Industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a professional looking for a scientific career and interested in working for a company whose mission is to help clean up the environment and positively effect human health, then Pace is the laboratory for you. Pace focuses on customer service and comprehensive capabilities to differentiate themselves from their competitors. The company is privately held and makes short and long term decisions with Pace's core values in mind and based on what is best for company as opposed to shareholders. Continuous improvement is embraced and innovations and changes with merit are encouraged to be developed. This is a rapidly growing company with the systems/ services in place and leadership to grow organically and fiscally sound to also grow via acquisition in what is a very competitive market segment.

    Cons

    The environmental testing industry is very competitive so, the opportunity to work hard often what is needed to succeed at any job type or laboratory. The testing is regulatory in nature and accountability, integrity, and ethics are must haves for anyone in or outside of the lab. Seasonality, especially in the northern half of the country, causes work volume to fluctuate considerably over the course of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify where possible, acquire intelligently, and be the best in the industry in the integration of new labs and services

  10. Helpful (2)

    Started straight out of college, and have worked there for 5+ years.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Plenty of overtime available.

    Cons

    Failure of management to recognize hard work of employees. Low pay, not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge hard work of staff.

  11. Inorganic laboratory manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pace Analytical

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good work experience as a stepping stone.

    Cons

    Work you to death and all about $ and not about the science.

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