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TestAmerica Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
122 Reviews
2.0
122 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule allows for family time (in 22 reviews)

  • Great co-workers if you make the best of the situation (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • During my last few years at the company, there were no raises (in 18 reviews)

  • Low pay and 1 raise after 5 year freeze with no mention of any more (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Production based radiochemistry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Richland, WA

    I have been working at TestAmerica full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great local management, ability to gain hands on lab experience without already having worked in a lab, very flexible schedule (don't care too much when you come in or leave +/- 30 minutes as long as the work gets done), ability for overtime if work load is heavy. Decent amount of vacation that can be earned in the first year (~15 days).

    Cons

    Base pay isn't that great when considering the amount of detail needed to do the job well (get tests reported on time and limit the need to rerun a test) and the potentially hazardous chemicals we handle every day. Benefits could be a little cheaper (~$130/month for medical, dental, vision). HORRIBLE company match on the 401k (20% match with a vesting period of 1 year). Could add the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday and maybe one personal floating holiday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase base pay to $14 or $15/hr. Increase company match on 401k to 100% for first 1% or 2%, ideally with no vesting period, I suspect employee adoption rate would be much higher. Lower employee cost for health care, $30 to $40 a pay period, not $60+.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent people, difficult environment

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

    I have been working at TestAmerica full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people. Excellent PTO and benefits.

    Cons

    Disconnect between off-site management and actual testing location. The company is owned by private equity who does not want to invest in the company. Difficult working conditions: understaffed, old equipment, unachievable timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have confidence in opportunity for growth. Invest in the company so that it can properly deliver on promises made to customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    In need of management changes

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are really good and affordable.

    Cons

    Management looks at employees as dispensable and with no gratitude.
    Room for growth is dependent on managements view of your abilities and long time co-workers opinion of you.
    Ideas by employees are not accepted.
    Bonus's and raises are partially non-existent (we did receive our first raise in 5 years 2%).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor long term outlook

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

    I have been working at TestAmerica full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have a flexible schedule which allows me to run my kids around when needed. The people are great.

    Cons

    The pay is low for the qualifications and skills needed. Little opportunity for advancement. Senior management is clueless about daily opperations. Layoffs and reduced hours are common in winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate QA always assumes that everyone is out to cheat or do something wrong instead of building up the lab through positive reinforcement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    You don't want to work here

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

    I have been working at TestAmerica

    Pros

    good co-workers, good place to get experience, pay checks haven't bounced yet not much else good to say

    Cons

    long hours, poor communication, low pay, terrible benefits, management is incompetent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your workers better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to get your foot in the door.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Tech II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Tech II in Houston, TX

    I worked at TestAmerica full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. Great work/life balance. Flexibility in schedule. Most co-workers are excellent people to work with.

    Cons

    Awful incentive to keep you. Salaries won't keep up with inflation and what little bonus they gave before has been taken away. Great place to start your career, but keep on looking out for better opportunities, there's no such thing as career-development in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need to give them any advice, everything I have to say, they've already heard. It's up to them to act on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work, work, work...

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

    I worked at TestAmerica full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really nice coworkers. Relatively not dirty. They have very nice I had to type 20 words and there isn't enough pros to do that

    Cons

    They make you feel like you HAVE to work 50 + hours a week and if you don't, they do whatever it takes to make your life miserable. The management is made up of people that wish they were doing something else and take it out on their underlings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the people that actually make your company money and try to find your souls and put them back in your bodies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sounds like much hasn't changed since I left.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at TestAmerica full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers in the lab were nice enough with whom to work. Pay and pay increases were ridiculously low.

    Cons

    Relations with front office project managers were particularly strained with the lab folks who were treated like second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    best employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TestAmerica

    Pros

    good benefits, growth opportunists, ethics

    Cons

    life work balance, management opportunities

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management

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

    I have been working at TestAmerica

    Pros

    Gained experience on how not to treat employees

    Cons

    Management knows all the answers to all the problems and blames everyone else when their solutions fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My days was during the J. H. Period. I hope their new leadership is having a positive impact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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