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  1. Medium Sized Company that survives against large competitors

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Promega full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, Great technologies. Can do attitude in areas that we are serious about, and there is commercial potential. Great management of the production and quality assurance areas, in particular.

    Cons

    Upper management wedded to building their own fiefdoms and power base, rather than doing what makes sense for the company. Not enough oversight of upper managers who have sold the organization no some direction that cannot be accomplished. R&D program run on the basis of political considerations, rather than commercial principle.

    Advice to Management

    Start building metrics that reflect sales, rather than just following the lead of a senior manager who is persuasive and offers up the potential of lots of payoff. Better analysis of markets in which you plan to compete.


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    Farm team for Madison biotech community

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Promega full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    With an advanced degree, you have lots of opportunity to shape your career development. I was fortunate to have managers who truly did care about my development and used their own time and company resources to invest in me. In return I worked my ass off. Non-cash perks are numerous Beautiful working conditions with lots of natural sunlight

    Cons

    Pay is below average CEO is a nut who runs the place like a fiefdom. If you're in, you're in. Business decisions and strategy is dictated by who has the CEO's ear, not a sound business case Global offices ignore any direction from home office: Tail wags the dog.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some professional managers and C-suite executives. Founder has outgrown his ability to drive the company and lacks the skills to manage a large global organization.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Promega corporation review- marketing and sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Promega full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling Friendly, competant co-workers Privately held company

    Cons

    Pay is significantly less than other similar positions at other companies


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  5. Highly Entreprenurial

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Withheld for Specificity (Only Person With This Title) in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Withheld for Specificity (Only Person With This Title) in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation and work environment. Tremendous flexibility in schedule and lifestyle. Great rate of technology adoption and innovation. Situated in an excellent community in Wisconsin - finanacially stable and culturally mixed. Incredible, amazing, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Workers are on their own with regards to career advancement. Money is provided for professional development which is great, but mentoring, guidance and intervention for troubled employees is completely absent. Absolutely no provision for promotion or advancement other than to leave the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Increase support in Human Resources to encourage for Professional Development and intervention for workers who are stuck in non-productive patterns.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place for a few years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Services Scientist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Technical Services Scientist in Madison, WI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Usually a 40 hour a week work schedule Free lunches, clothes, other goodies Sit-down job

    Cons

    Can get hectic/stressful High turnover Advancement to other depts not possible unless one does outside work/education On the phones 5-6 hours a day

    Advice to Management

    Have less phone time


  7. A Job at Promega, a government-like job in a private company setting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere Perks (exercise facilities in every building, newly-built Zen Center (Turkish Bath and whirlpool))

    Cons

    Pay, you are not rewarded by your productivity, rather you are rewarded by whom you know.

    Advice to Management

    Change is too slow


  8. Interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work campus Willing to try out new technology before other corporations Open work areas

    Cons

    Limited advancement in certain areas of the company


  9. Helpful (1)

    Life at promega

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good at family friendly company. New buidings with good facilities including gyms and fitness classes run at lunchtimes (should you have time to go!).

    Cons

    Very poor communication. Lack of direction - company has good products but seems to have little idea as to what it wants to do in the future. Lot of dead wood here.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better. Make people proud to work here. Pay more. If you ask people to think outside the envolope then don't be negative towards their ideas.



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