Pace Analytical Reviews

Updated March 19, 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. Growth opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pace Analytical

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great company that is dedicated to its clients and treats its employees well

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    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
  3. The Best in the Challenging Environmental Testing Industry

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    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

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    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. 2 people 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.

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good starter job

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great starter job

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Analyst

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    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.

  10. First step

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    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
  11. Great as long as you're not a contract employee, then watch your back

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were great, and I was lucky to be placed at 3M. Nothing wrong with working there--flexible workday, great people, labs, constant building improvements, excellent work environment. Very high standards, it is understood but never said that everyone is (or is supposed to be) a Type A workaholic and overachiever. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just don't ever think you can coast along there.

    Because I was assigned to 3M I had an indirect experience with my Pace managers; emails about submitting timesheets on time and the like. I actually met them during the monthly meetings (which didn't seem to accomplish much in my mind) and when I was unexpectedly canned.

    Cons

    Contracters are expendable, and they (your contract company) will not hesitate to drop you with no warning at all if they think you're slacking, regardless of the circumstances. Once that happened, all Pace could do was say "well, sorry, please talk to HR on Monday and we'll see what we can do."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better backup plan for contract employees. I jumped on an opening right after getting canned and got an intervew, but they chose someone else and I'm still waiting to hear back about all the other openings I keep applying for... it would be really easy to stick someone with a few years' experience in an entry-level position until something more appropriate opens up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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