I worked at New England Peptide full-time (More than a year)
- Great first job out of college, to see a lab outside of an academic setting.
- Coworkers are very friendly.
- Management is very understanding when you need to shift around a few hours to different days due to things happening outside of work (example, getting your car fixed or a child's school function).
- If you put in the work, you will receive good raises. In two years, my salary increased by more than 20%.
- In the last year, the company seems to be trying to improve on many of the negative things mentioned in reviews, such as the poor management and organization. Until this year they did not have an HR person, and I think some new perspectives in management have helped.
- The benefits are fine, they offer health insurance, dental, vision, 401k, the usual.
- NEP gives you many, many chances before they will actually fire you. Often if you are not performing well in one department, they will train you in another to see if that is a better fit before ending your employment.
- Christmas bonuses are very generous.
- The owners care about their employees.
- As the other reviews have said, the starting pay is not competitive.
- They do expect a lot from their employees. If the company is busy there is an expectation for all employees to stay late or come in on the weekends, but you are compensated for these extra hours.
- All of the upper management has worked for the company for many years, and they are fairly set in their ways.
- Some upper management can be condescending and terse when giving feedback.
- There is pretty high turnover of employees. Many employees leave voluntarily, presumably for better pay. However, many are also fired, due to incompetence.
- Sometimes they give incompetent employees too many chances, and it disrupts the workflow of the lab.
- Because he company is relatively small, once you've advanced to being the Lead Technician in a particular area, there isn't much further to grow within the company.
Advice to Management
- Think before you speak to your employees. When a mistake is made, making your employee feel badly or embarrassed does not help the situation.
- Showing appreciation to your employees regularly would improve morale.
Interviewing process was good, timely, and professional. They asked about prior work experience or employment, courses, strengths, weaknesses. Explained exactly the roles of the technician and opened up the floor to any further questions. A very positive interviewing environment in the conference room of a small biotech company. They ask you where you see yourself in the future. One of the major benefits on the interview was getting a tour of the laboratory environment. It is key on an interview to see exactly where you will be working and with who.
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