SNBL USA Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    only if like stress

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

    I worked at SNBL USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of potential, could be a great place to work.

    Cons

    Noone takes responsibility, super stressfully, too many resposibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, show gratitude, give positive feedback.


  2. People have literally been driven to nervous breakdowns here

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

    I have been working at SNBL USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Some of the people I have worked with here are great, super competent.
    * It doesn't seem like it sometimes, but the company has been on a decidedly upward trajectory the past few years.

    Cons

    * Everything is a non-stop crisis. Incredibly stressful, essentially mandatory overtime.
    * Total disconnect between the parts of the company that interact with clients and the people performing the work. Someone with a six figure salary promises impossible nonsense, and it becomes the problem of the technicians to find a way to make it happen.
    * Infrastructure is ridiculously outdated.
    * Management changes their mind on a seemingly weekly basis on what sort of research they should pursue contracts for, leaving inadequate time to train and prepare for the ones that they win.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not a fungible commodity.


  3. Starter company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SNBL USA full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    OK place to get your feet wet. Decent opportunity to work various positions and departments but only if you've got a 4-year degree.

    Cons

    The longer a person remains here, the more they seem to get taken advantage of as well as being increasingly taken for granted.

    Advice to Management

    Put much more emphasis on employee retention. There's plenty of focus for creating new Director positions but the rank and file seem to be taken for granted.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Run Away As Fast As You Can

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    Current Employee - Technician in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Technician in Everett, WA

    I have been working at SNBL USA (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people working with the animals are kind and hard working. No other positives can I think of. You do get a paycheck. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    No raises or 401K match for four years. Technicians are over worked, to much overtime, no work life balance, departments don't communicate, disorganized, high turn over rate. HR will not take action to against managers that bully their reports.

    Advice to Management

    Hire GOOD managers. Stop listening to Japan and run the company with American culture.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

    I worked at SNBL USA full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The area is in the beautiful Northwest

    Cons

    When people are hired with extensive experience management chooses to ignore their input. Training is super slow. Took me a year to be signed off on tasks that I should have been a trainer on due to my experience. Management breaks the rules yet not reprimanded.

    Advice to Management

    Get all new management or listen to the people that know what they are talking about.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Most unorganized management ever

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Everett, WA

    I worked at SNBL USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The research associates were very kind and always treated the animals well.

    Cons

    This was the most unorganized job I've ever had. Management wouldn't look ahead on the schedule to see middle of the night blood draws and would just tell someone, after they've worked 10 hours, you have to come back at midnight for a blood draw.


  8. oracle DBA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SNBL USA

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Not very nice environment for the IT staff.

    Advice to Management

    update ther server hardware and Oracle database version.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Avoid if at all possible

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at SNBL USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    health insurance is free and decent for full time employees
    reasonably generous amount of vacation time

    Cons

    Working 'downstairs' with the animals is exhausting and any chance for it to be rewarding is cancelled out by all of the mandatory overtime at all hours of the night. Management doesn't seem to think it's unreasonable that they're demanding employees work a 12 hour shift, come back for more from 10-midnight, then sleep a couple hours and be back at work by 6 AM.

    Most Research Associates are very unhappy and desperately seeking new jobs. Very high turnover and not enough time to train new hires in a difficult, hazardous job.

    Management creates a toxic culture of tattling and backstabbing among the staff, instead of encouraging people to treat each other like adults. Felt like I was back in middle school.


  10. Research Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Everett, WA

    I have been working at SNBL USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fast pace, can learn a lot, lots of time off and holidays, good work life balance

    Cons

    peopel dont get hirefast enough, tooo busy at times

    Advice to Management

    hire more people, promote with in


  11. Helpful (3)

    Poor experience with a collapsing company

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    Current Employee - Research Support Associate I in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Research Support Associate I in Everett, WA

    I have been working at SNBL USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers, but anyone in husbandry hates their job.

    Cons

    If you are contacted for a temp to hire position from a staffing agency as an RSA, just don't take it. They will wave the potential to move into other departments like a carrot on a stick. Of the three RSAs that I met who had a 4 year degree, one hadn't moved up in over a year, and the other had been there for over 6 months. Most RSAs are actively looking for a better job somewhere else. One of the RSAs received a "raise" but then the base pay scale was raised two months later, which essentially nullified his "raise". The NHP environment is extremely hazardous. The cage washing areas are confined and the cages have tons of sharp edges. If you get even a small cut from one of these edges you will have to go to US Healthworks to get blood drawn due to Monkey B Virus exposure. After that, they will put you on a heavy dosage of Valtrex (3 pills/day) for 2 weeks. It will make you sick. The RSA employee turnover is something like 80% with most people quitting within 3 weeks. The staffing agencies know that the job is a hard sell but you can't blame them for trying to do their job. I might recommend the position to someone right out of high school, but only if you like cleaning monkey poop all day.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times! Everything is still on paper, it's like the lab is stuck in the 1990s. There are a million way to enhance efficiency but instead they dump money into building a gym that no one is going to use.



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