Pace Analytical

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Pace Analytical Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
52 Reviews
2.4
52 Reviews
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Steve A Vanderboom
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows motivated, driven employees drive their own career path which is rare for large companies (in 2 reviews)

  • There is some flexibility with the hours, scheduling vacation time, and even allowing you to make up hours on occasion (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is usually clueless, very little training at entry level, high stress low pay (in 6 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great organization for entering regulatory affairs

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional organization with quality people. Supervisors and managers were very supportive and personable. Offers training and resources to its employees which provides a competitive advantage for its employees onsite at client companies as contractors. Benefits of health insurance and 401K plan. Many positions available. Provided an opportunity to gain experience starting out in career. Employees at client's site provide a maximum of 8 hours of service per day.

    Cons

    Salary was less than what employees of other contract firms earned, but only due to having better benefits. Some people end up in the same contract position for long periods of time depending on the client group they work in. Limited ability to climb within the company due to size of organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of unhappy employees!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ormond Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ormond Beach, FL

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with all suffering together LOVED working for the previous company, ELAB!! When Pace came, all ethics took a nosedive!

    Cons

    lack of training, lack of respect for workers, no consequences for bad workers, managment bullying!! corporate does not care about whistleblowing either. CEO acts like he cares in his annual visits and make you think you really want to work for him, but the rest of management is AWFUL!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work; can crate other opportunities

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits, paid time off

    Cons

    Mediocre pay, contract employment with little chance of being hired on full time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is great experience, learn more about environment.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Lab Technician I
    Former Employee - Environmental Lab Technician I

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have good experience in lab. technician, work in all type of role and new position, very short time , familiarize quick take charge.

    Cons

    All challenging job completed and no complain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In management , i share idea for improvement in process,economies .

  6.  

    Good place to get your foot in the laboratory world

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    Current Employee - Lab Supervisor  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and great hard-working people

    Cons

    No real room for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Low-balled from the start

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    Former Employee - Project Manager I  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager I in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Its a job out of college
    -Good experience

    Cons

    -Ridiculously low pay
    -Terrible Benefits, especially 401K
    -A slave to whatever employer your sent to
    - they take the clients word above yours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place to get experience but don't get stuck here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, flexibility with time off and start times. Days go extremely fast because you are often running around like a crazy person to even realize what time it is.

    Cons

    Everyone does what they want with no consquences. There are MANY people (in and out of the lab) who should not have jobs there due to lack of skills, failing at the job time after time, and even harassing other employees. However, they are so desperate for employees due to extreme turn over that management refuses to fire anyone. Apparently people who mess up constantly, making the few analysts who do their job correctly having to fix the mistakes time and time again, are better than noone. Not true. If you are going to pride yourself on integrity and correct results, actually produce this. It is very hard to hire someone who knows what they are doing due to lack of pay and long hours. Therefore, most of the employees are straight out of school lacking the knowledge and work ethic necessary for a lab to run smoothly.
    The hours are unbearable and you quickly become married to your job, even as a recent graduate just starting your career. The pay is laughable for what you are required to get done in a day and the chemicals you are exposed to.
    Local managment is too worried about everyone liking them and being friends with the people in their department (20+ years younger) to actually be a BOSS and reprimand when necessary and instead makes other analysts do their dirty work.
    There is not one person (minus upper management) in the building who actually likes their job and doesn't want to work somewhere else. Even the people who are in management positions are comfortable but hate their job. However, there is no free time to job search.
    This is solely a job for the desperate, to build your resume. Put a few years in and GET THE HELL OUT before you get stuck here like so many others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Taste of the real world.

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    Current Employee - Lab Analyst I  in  Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst I in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are nice, coworkers are friendly

    Cons

    Upper management is usually clueless, very little training at entry level, high stress low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more encouraging and provide more training.

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

    Hard work does not amount to much. Overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II  in  Green Bay, WI
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Green Bay, WI

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people you work with tend to be helpful and friendly. If you work with a group of hard worker it makes it a lot easier. There are benefits, vacation, floating holidays, and sick time. Hours are flexible as long as the work gets done on time.

    Cons

    It's hard to move upwards requiring a lot of work and time. Even then they low ball you, giving you the bare minimum of pay with stupid excuses as to why. The equipment is older than most of the people that work there requiring constant maintenance and a lot of down time. When asking for new it has to be within the budget and even then it's used equipment that barely works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There isn't incentive to do better if you don't treat your employees with the integrity you say you do. Pay your honest hard workers what they deserve so you don't lose them to inexperience people that don't care if the work gets done right. Your raise scale for your production team is atrocious and you should be ashamed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great lab, great people, horrible leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pace Analytical

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management does not have a clue how to keep customers happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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