Silliker
2.4 of 5 54 reviews
www.silliker.com Chicago, IL 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Laboratory Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSilliker is an excellent place to work - fantastic people and fast-paced environment. Highly respected organization in the food industry. Excellent leadership training. Ability to learn and grow within the organization. The culture is one where people work with the highest level of integrity.

    ConsIt's a service provider, so hours can be long and the work can be demanding. The labs run everyday to meet customers needs, but vacation time supplements.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to improve the rewards and recognition programs as well as OMD activities.

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

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    Enjoyed getting some experience, but HORRIBLE MANAGEMENT.

    Analytical Chemist (Former Employee)
    Crete, IL

    ProsGot experience of working in a lab.
    Enjoyed meeting other chemists, some will be life long friendships.

    ConsNot a family oriented business, they want to get as much done as possible and say they want it done ethically but some of management's philosophies are if you can "make" the numbers work it is okay.
    Management does not care about employees, just how much work can get done in the least amount of time.
    Do not even provide coffee, but expect extreme hours (we did not get coffee because they said employees were too messy) Really?!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to talk to your employees, they deserve your respect and to be spoken to as you would expect to be spoken to. Learn how to ask not just tell, it goes a long ways.
    If you say you are going to promote from within, do it.

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

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    fun experience - good for introduction into food safety industry.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat place to work, fun, and good advancement opportunities.

    Conslong hours, below average pay.

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    Client Services Technician (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsThe amount of paid time off is great. The people you work with are great and the benefits are comparable to other companies.

    ConsYou never get to take time off. If you do you feel bad because you pushed all your work on your co-workers. There is no work life balance. If you last over a year you pretty much deserve a medal. The managers left to go to lunch everyday and were oblivious to the things going on around them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to what people are telling you.

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

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    An Absolutely Miserable Job, Please Save Your Sanity and Work Elsewhere

    Microbiologist (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsLOTS of Overtime (if you like that)
    Start accruing Paid Time Off from day one

    ConsImmature management, Drama, Rumors, Back-stabbing behavior. You can not trust or depend on any of your supervisors or co-workers. Everything is all about being part of the management click, and if you don't make the cut, you will be miserable. They will either make you hate your job until you finally quit, or they will send you out the door after writing you up for "incidences" that include rumors and lies you never were a part of...PLEASE do not work here

    Advice to Senior ManagementGROW UP!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hope you like Overtime

    Sample Receiving Technician (Current Employee)
    Minnetonka, MN

    ProsNever have to worry about getting hours cut
    Varied workday
    Never boring
    You learn a lot
    Lots of OT
    The pay was a big upgrade for me. I started at several dollars more per hour than what I was making previously.
    Benefits and PTO. I see someone else said they didn't get these for their first year, however I did.

    ConsThe lab is caught in a hiring cycle. By the time they finally find someone to hire, another person has quit. Constantly being understaffed means the employees end up being worked to the bone, which in turn leads to more people quitting/looking for other jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some part-time positions to take the stress off of full timers and allow for us to have lives outside of the lab. We're exhausted.

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    Physically and Mentally Draining!!!

    Microbiologist 14 (Former Employee)

    ProsOK starting lab job if you need experience (like others have said, last resort!!!!!!), Great young group of people to work with (which you will get to know very well due to the extreme hours), not to strict on laboratory setting (get to listen to music and say whatever you want, although sometimes conversations can get very unprofessional and out of hand), sometimes there are company events that are fun (very few though), high chance of learning new laboratory techniques (which is great for resumes, if management is on top of things of course)

    ConsWork-life balance is not balanced (your life would be your work only!), can work very long hours day after day (over time is nice for the pay but you are going to get SUPER over time, I'm sorry but a few extra lousy bucks don't make up for the amount of your LIFE you gave to this company), pay is not equal to work load being done (especially if you are trained in multiple areas), hard work is not always rewarded (except with more work), work load is not fairly divided (stronger workers always end up doing more work and cleaning up after others, but gets no compensation for it), advancement is not always fair (management doesn't really know who are good workers and bad workers, and makes judgement from their own bias opinions)

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen and work with employees to better understand who they are as a worker, treat your workers better because they are the ones making the money!, separate personal bias from professional settings (no more favoritism!!!), inform ALL employees of current events/situations that affects the company (not just managers and supervisors, and fyi it's understandable that you have meetings weekly but you don't need to be having hours upon hours of meetings each day that takes up most of your day especially if nothing good comes from them, get up and help your team!), be more organized with your own work, and stop being so complacent!, also be more professional and nice please!

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

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    Quite demanding, yet can get you the experience needed to advance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Crete, IL

    ProsChallenging job, always changing dynamic, industry standard and good at developing the tools needed to succeed.

    ConsClient demands can be unreasonable and we never say no, difficult to maintain employees and constantly working long hours to meet client demand, corporate changed market salaries and did not budget for all employees to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees to learn multiple things and not keep them static.

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

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    The company was a great starter job but due to low salary and amount of work it is not the best.

    Senior Microbiologist (Former Employee)
    Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros- Management was easy to work with
    - Executives were accessible and easy to talk to
    - Work was interesting

    Cons- One of the lowest paying jobs for a college graduate
    - Opportunities for advancement limited
    - Required to work until the job is finished everyday (ranges from 6 hours to 16)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This should be your last resort

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOK place to get some experience, build your resume. You work with some really great people so the immediate environment is tolerable. They are always short on employees so you can take on more responsibility (and they are willing to let you take on larger roles) and this will look good on your resume when you decide to move on somewhere else.

    ConsThe pay is absolutely horrible. You start of at $12-$13 after you just got a degree from college. It doesn't get much better. If you start at the tech level, it takes about 3-4 years for your pay to be decent. Meanwhile, you work really long hours so the overtime helps pay wise. The equipment is always breaking down but somehow fixing it or replacing it takes MONTHS and is not a priority for the management. You always hear "its not in the budget" or "its too expensive." But somehow you are expected to do your job with un-operational machines. Benefits are so-so. Nothing to rave about. They don't really hand out any bonuses and don't do much for their employees. They throw an annual holiday dinner and every once in a while there are free lab lunches but thats about it. Their average employee stay is about 1 year. It seems that they almost DONT want to retain their employees so that they can pay them really low. Their strategy seems to keep a low "overhead" by paying their employees a minimal amount.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake employee retention a priority.
    Increase pay to prevent high turnovers.
    Start investing in the employees you care about.
    Please fix your equipment - we don't expect you to do your job with broken phones and computers so why are the employees expected to perform their tests with broken machines?
    Stop making managerial decisions while being so removed from the lab. A lot of these decisions are made haphazardly and hinder productivity. Take into account the lab environment while actively observing before you make decisions.

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

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