R&D Systems
2.4 of 5 22 reviews
www.rndsystems.com Minneapolis, MN 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 16, 2014

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Charles Kummeth

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good job with a lot of scope to learn new stuff.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Scope to learn and implement new stuff

    Cons- Growth appears to be stagnant.

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    It was a good first job fresh out of college

    Research Associate II (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsStable job, stress-free, good teams.

    ConsNot a lot of room to grow, not much training involve. Work is not stimulating.

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    Run away

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNone since the new management came in.

    ConsIt was a great place to work where people would really enjoy going to work each day. There was a lot of company loyalty but the new CEO has made the environment toxic. Where there was an open door policy before, employees are afraid to make suggestions or speak up for fear of retaliation. The only thing he's concerned with is making the numbers so he gets HIS bonus. Moral is horrible, benefits have been taken away and raises were next to nothing last year and the rumor mill says that there will be no raises this year. But the CEO and Executive management have gotten huge compensations ($2.2 million for CEO) while those of us that are working OT and weekends got nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop thinking of yourself and remember that without the rest of us, the company wouldn't run. Start treating all employees with respect and start listening. The round tables won't work if you don't listen or yell at employees when they ask a question you don't want to hear. Loosen up so moral is better, start paying all employees fair market instead of overcompensating a few. The happier your employees are the more productive they are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The company that time forgot

    Scientist I (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsIt's a professional level job in Minneapolis.

    ConsThings were allowed to slide for a long time here - the new CEO thinks he has all the answers but doesn't understand the business, doesn't listen, doesn't inspire, and rewards a $s kissers. More trouble to come.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourselves but first get some people that understand customer service, marketing and the commercialization of science.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just in Time Change

    Group Manager (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsLarge midwest biotech in a great city
    Constant change
    New CEO brings great promise but possibly not for long term employees
    Company has a long history of growth

    ConsCulture very backwards, 1970's style
    Past reorganizations have not been well handled
    Sense of entitlement amongst long term employees
    Growth has been stagnant in recent times but appears to be starting again

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep modernizing while respecting the past

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsUsed to be a good Company.
    CEO used to be a manager with integrity!

    ConsNew management with no morals and integrity.
    Trying to still employees from other companies out of frustration.
    On a verge of a sharp slope down.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring new CEO and retain the Integrity and dignity R&D Systems used to have.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good starting point for a career in the biotechnology industry if you live in the midwest.

    Research Associate (Current Employee)

    Pros- R&D is a financially strong company, and provides a good opportunity for recent graduates to enter the industry and get experience developing and analyzing life science products.
    - Large product inventory and high quality standards.
    - Strong sales and initiative to develop new products.
    - Good health and dental benefits.
    - Good work/life balance.

    Cons- Career paths are poorly defined and advancement is unlikely without a PhD.
    - High turn over rate, many workers leave after 1-2 years to pursue better opportunities or graduate degrees in health sciences.
    - Company does not invest in new technology or implement technologies that would make work more efficient.
    - No employee incentive benefits (e.g. 401K match, discounted stock purchase plans, performance bonuses)

    Advice to Senior Management- Employ managers that actually have business and management experience or training. Good scientists aren't necessarily good managers or executives. I have yet to encounter anyone at this company with an MBA.
    - Develop your employees, if you want to recruit and retain talent create more clearly defined career paths for individuals that want to advance within the company. Create training programs that will allow employees to advance within their department or between departments. Create PhD vs. non-PhD career paths.
    - Without improving employee development or providing better employee benefits such as 401K match, discounted stock purchase plans, or performance bonuses, this company will remain a revolving door and a stepping stone rather than a career path for people entering the biotech/med device industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Find a better place for yourself

    Scientist (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsIn the past, job security, superior health care and an amiable CEO are three main points people staying in this company despite lack of upward moving opportunity. But, this is all changed now. Through several round of senseless reorganization, a lot of good scientists left or are currently considering leaving. This company is falling behind its competitors in recent years because failure of implementing new technologies to improve its product lines.

    ConsNew CEO only cares about the stock price. There is a potential lawsuit on going to take back what he has been over compensated. While he himself enjoyed stock option and bonus, regular workers got no profit sharing this year despite a year of slaving for the company. When he was first hired, he promised to match employees' 401K, but that turns out to be all talk but no cigar. Also, be careful about signing noncompete agreement before or when you are on board. They sue scientists leaving the company for just trying to find better work environment and better place for their family. The current "leadership team" doesn't care about destroying people's life and career. In the past, the previous CEO would encourage leaving scientists to come back. Some scientist did come back because of him. Now, I doubt people has incentive to come back except his sycophants.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the current CEO with a person who is scientist him/herself and has a clear vision how to run a biotech company. Fire those managers specialize only in kissing up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No longer an employee oriented company

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsOffers good health benefit (although no longer free to employees)

    ConsThe new reorganization plan implemented by the new CEO does not promote productivity or good morale. The new upper management team lacks or has no experience. People who worked in the company for long time and are knowledgable about their area are not promoted!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease provide training to the new management team!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to get product development experience

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsR&D Systems is a good company to start out in--they offer solid research and development positions for people straight out of college. The vast majority of people who work there seem very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

    ConsThe company is not the best place for someone to look for advancement without a terminal degree. It also does not invest in cutting-edge equipment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIndividuals who I have come into contact with are friendly and supportive, but more positive feedback is encouraged when people go above and beyond their normal duties.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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