Pace Analytical

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Pace Analytical Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
65 Reviews
2.8
65 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge hard work of staff.

  3.  

    The Best in the Challenging Environmental Testing Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Inorganic laboratory manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pace Analytical

    Pros

    Good work experience as a stepping stone.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good starter job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Offers good experience if you've recently graduated in a science field and aren't sure what you'd like to do. They'll hire candidates with little to no experience and they offer part time or temp employment with good pay to people still in school.

    Cons

    Culture is stagnant and crabby. Most of the employees have been there forever, are unhappy in their roles and it shows in overall team morale. Leadership is fine but unhelpful if you're motivated to advance your career. They'd rather you stay where you are because then they won't have to replace you. When push comes to shove, your superiors will throw you under the bus to save their own reputations. Sales is the only area of this company that gets treated well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start investing more time, money and energy into your employees and their development. A happier workplace will make for a much more productive workplace and a happier client. And pay for overtime. No one should have to work 60 hours a week on a $40,000 salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great starter job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    Pros

    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. With plenty to learn and the tools needed to learn them. The projects you work on truly impact the people and environment around you.

    Cons

    Impossible to climb the ladder and advancement is almost non-existent. You see more people struggling to grab a lateral move to improve their pay than being promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good employees are not easy to come by. Instead of having a philosophy of always being able to find new employees how about doing what is necessary to keep the good ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Analyst

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

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    Pros

    Overtime houra and nice environment and people.

    Cons

    A lot of work and people walking around like chickens with their heads cut off.

  9.  

    First step

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Okay company for those just out of college - a decent first step into the environmental industry

    Cons

    Very poorly managed and structured. Low paying, low employee morale, not a "retire here" type place.
    Most of the employees who have longevity here are the types of employees who are happy with mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't listen - no need to waste time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to get your foot in the door, that's about it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Decent entry level position, feed you at meetings

    Cons

    Low salary, benefits not great, not a lot of room for growth within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good place to gain experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst I
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst I

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain quality experience in the environmental science field.
    Easy to move up in the company if you show interest and work hard.

    Cons

    Low pay and small raises.
    Numerous equipment problems which causes mandatory overtime.
    Not much upward mobility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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