Promega Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
29 Reviews
3.5
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good team environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I worked at Promega full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    All of the people I worked with at Promega were interested in strong relationships and getting a good product out to customers. Technical Support is considered VERY important and this leads to happier customers. Most groups within the organization see career path as a key component to keeping their folks happy.

    Cons

    Promega isn't always the highest paying company in biotech. There is variability in the strength of work-life balance between different areas of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Helped confirm my desire to become a scientist

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Promega as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful work environment. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and they are accepting of college students who are thriving to learn. Not only a great place to work, but a great place to learn.

    Cons

    Very hard to get hired in R&D unless you have a Master's or PhD. Many of the interns and project employees are found through company connections, making it hard for anyone not connected to get in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. You do an excellent job at motivating employees and creating a place where you can work and feel respected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Family atmosphere is more like a small town environment.

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    Former Employee - Production Scientist  in  Fitchburg, WI
    Former Employee - Production Scientist in Fitchburg, WI

    I worked at Promega full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learned alot about production and performing independentaly. People can be nice and are generally professional ! Nice facilities, good curb appeal and some of the perks are nice, but realize its a PR stunt. The CEO knows marketing and it shows especially with the media.

    Cons

    Croonizism is high, and seniority seems to win out. Don't correct people when they are wrong because they will make your life hard. High number of older workers who happen to be insecure with their positions and are often forgetfull about directions or what they said or didn't say. Not much accountability for certain individuals and integrity is questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, because I know most of the management will retire shortly and are only going to do enough to get by and aren't able to or just don't want to change.
    Advice to possible buyers of the company...has good marketing, a decent product line, good R&D, but needs alot of cGMP work and guidance. Their QA is a joke!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Farm team for Madison biotech community

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Madison, WI

    I worked at Promega full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could use a litte more direction and organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Promega full-time

    Pros

    Good People, Fairly relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Little direction given, Little training, Asked to complete tasks by figuring out on your own how.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company with great products

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    Former Employee - Fas  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Fas in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Promega full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent products and training programs

    Cons

    Too much Cronyism among upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the folks in the field

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It is fun to work at Promega

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Sales in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    A lot of good dedicated and hard working folks. Try to help as much as possible. They do beleive in the team concept.

    Cons

    From a sales point of view, they me be a little too slow to in adjusting to the changing needs of the customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be a bit more clear in describing the goals of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Promega corporation review- marketing and sales

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Promega full-time for 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience. Healthy, up-beat, bottom-line attitude.

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    Former Employee - QA Manager  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Madison, WI

    I worked at Promega

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful healthcare facility. Management is eager to be successful, and it trickles down to employees. Good support for technical teams.

    Cons

    Too darn cold and snowy in winters! Sometimes, when things get too exciting, management tries to take shortcuts - which lead to mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't immediately shift to outside consulting to fix things. In-house staff is very smart and dedicated, and should be a part of the process for improvements.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Promega is a leading edge company in life sciences with a wonderful campus and environment to work.

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    Former Employee - Administrative  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Administrative in Madison, WI

    I worked at Promega

    Pros

    This company has plenty of great and interesting people from a broad spectrum - scientists to home beer brewers. Many midwesterners with a good sprinkling of people from around the world. Their flagship headquarters building is unique and the company cafeteria was far better than many restaurants I've experienced.

    Cons

    In a competitive world and crowded job market, you'll need to be amongst the very best and well educated. There is good training, but as with many larger organizations, you should be pretty self sufficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a contract worker, I received a good initial welcome and guidance to fit in. However, that faded over time. At the point in which my time was up, my departure was pretty anticlimactic with almost no recognition that I was leaving. I didn't expect any grand send-off. However, even HR seemed to just go through the minimal requirements to send me on my way, with barely a "good luck".

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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