Premier Research Labs

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Premier Research Labs Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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    Very Disappointing to Work Here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Premier Research Labs full-time

    Pros

    The company has some good products and under the right management and leadership could be very successful. Its employees are dedicated and hard-working but unfortunately senior management is incapable of recognizing the value of the workforce and fails to provide appropriate incentives to promote strong performance from the employees.

    Cons

    Senior Management has created a very stressful work environment where people fear for their jobs on a daily basis. The senior management positions are filled with unqualified individuals that are chosen based on their willingness to simply abide by the mandates of the owners without question.
    The company does not offer the opportunity for professional growth and advancement.
    Salaries and benefits are not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek professional advice from qualified managers on how to make your company a success. The potential is there, the leadership and management is sadly lacking. Stop blaming people for your own mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Negatives Outweigh the Positives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Premier Research Labs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are generally great. Most are hardworking and friendly. Small company means that you'll get to know everyone. Good work location, near shopping and restaurants.

    Cons

    Upper management is akin to Big Brother. Cameras are everywhere, all phone calls are recorded and all employees are required to clock in, even salaried.

    Compensation is not fair, not normal and it causes management to hire people who are under-experienced because qualified professionals won't accept the low pay.

    The owners are the main decision-makers in the company and hold a handful of management employees under their thumbs. When seeking advice on how to handle a tough situation with one of the owners, one manager gave me a speech about "Knowing your Enemy."

    The executives do not understand cGMP and use faulty methods for testing ingredients.

    When employees are fired or quit, management literally go around the building and give false, outlandish explanations for the employee's departure. The unfortunate thing is that we all know the real reasons why (because we are all very close) and it's aggravating to be lied to by your leadership. This happened on multiple occasions before I quit, and I even heard some crazy things about myself after I was gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the sign-in system. Relinquish power to capable directors. Pay your employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Negative work environment, very mercurial owners.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Premier Research Labs

    Pros

    Highly professional, knowledgeable employees who really strive to maintain a positive attitude despite constant barriers to success. Decent benefits ( if you get the opportunity to use them)

    Cons

    People who know how to do the job they were hired for (and so much more) are stifled, berated and put down until it breaks their spirit. Micromanagement and constant change with no good reason and too many work assignments added onto unqualified, overburdened people whenever someone quits creates a stressful environment. The customers are unhappy due to bad decisions by the owners, and the employees are left to deal with the fallout. Creativity and leadership attempts are discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step down from management, let your professionals do theIr jobs. You do a great disservice to your employees and your customers when you make decisions based on your own personal beliefs of the moment.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lacking empathy, compassion, and morale

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

    I worked at Premier Research Labs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great 401k program
    Fellow co-workers and managers are some of the best
    Paid major holidays
    Building is clean
    Company itself is great and they really do produce and sell great products
    Discounts on products

    Cons

    I know people often post on here when they are disgruntled, so I want to be clear that these are not the words of a disgruntled former employee, but are sadly my realistic view of the situation. The upper management at this company is not the problem, however, the owners are. Their severe micro-managing leadership style ties the hands of the department heads and results in a trickle down effect to us, the worker bees. Both owners make promises or say things, but whether it's convenience or truly a medical issue, they frequently forget what they say/promise and lash out immediately at the employee they feel is responsible for doing something they previously approved. They seem extremely selfish and will not invest in their employees outside of their standard pay... There is no morale. The only remotely nice thing they do outside of what a normal employer would be expected to do, is provide periodic lunches (made in their own café)....however, even those must be "enjoyed" off the clock and do not involve any socializing. Instead, the owners use it as an opportunity to rip apart what is wrong with today's nutrition in a 1hr-1.5hr lecture. Frequent policy changes make it nearly impossible to know what actual policy is in place on any given day. They say their goal is not to die rich people, but they give no indication that any of their millions will ever be invested in the happiness of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the owners: You have created an amazing company with great products and great employees. It truly could be a great place to work, but I believe the only way that is possible is for you to step down. The environment you have both created is hostile, defamatory, and discriminatory and frankly it feels like you don't like running the company at all. Retire and do things you enjoy.....meet with customers and do the QRA testing that you are both so passionate about. You've helped thousands of people get their health on track, but your employees feel like you don't care about them at all. The one's who stay with the company stay because they truly believe in helping as many people as possible maximize their health. However, many leave because they do not feel appreciated and there are companies out there with much better morale boosting programs in place.

    Bottom line: You want the best employees??? You need to be the best and most competitive employer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Definite Misuse of the Word "Premier"

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

    I worked at Premier Research Labs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very kind and friendly employees, apart from senior officers. On-site raw food cafe is pricey, yet convenient. Some employee discounts are available.

    Cons

    Expect zero communication and 100% unprofessionalism. Benefits were poor to begin with and were cut further earlier this year. Compensation and commission structure is not competitive and bonuses are arbitrarily decided by overly-critical and judgmental senior officers. The staff is micromanaged and therefore cannot perform their job functions adequately. Upper management has created a very negative environment resulting in low morale and a high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relinquish some of your control and trust your employees to do their jobs. Offer competitive benefits and provide performance incentives. Follow through with what you have agreed to both verbally and in writing. Commend your staff for a job well done - they are the backbone of your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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