Promega Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Love the place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Promega

    Pros

    Work culture, opportunties to grow, good benefits

    Cons

    Mid-size company with big competitors, untapped potential

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Medium Sized Company that survives against large competitors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Constraining

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Promega full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Physical environment and surrounding property is very attractive and well kept; there are on-site cafeterias and workout facilities; the company contributes to the community

    Cons

    Quite a bit of turnover in upper management; management in general does not have authority to make decisions; there is an undertone of fear and second guessing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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 (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
  6. Helped confirm my desire to become a scientist

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

    I have been working at Promega as an intern (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 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
  10. 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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