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ACGT Reviews

Updated Sep 11, 2018

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Dr. Heron Yu
3 Ratings
  1. "Review for ACGT as a company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ACGT full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    SMall company. less room to grow

    Advice to Management

    Dont stress people out. pay overtime

    ACGT2017-09-15
  2. "Biotech company for freshers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACGT full-time

    Pros

    thinks of providing better benefits and open to suggestions (implementation may or may not happen depends upon unequal management's choice)! Friendly Culture among cool and good lower level staffs! Well equipped lab!

    Cons

    Management in luxury and absent a lot, no records of PTO in HR system. Very strict only to lab staff in this regard! Lab People prefer quit to stay only for visa status!

    Advice to Management

    close and direct monitoring and recognize hard working lab staffs (not show offs based on seniority/ management)

    ACGT2018-09-11
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Unethical and Unprofessional Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ACGT

    Pros

    Nothing great about this company except for lab personnel and marketing team who are very understanding people and would do anything to make you feel comfortable and happy. Best buddies to work with!

    Cons

    Beware! You and your opinions are respected only if you hold a PhD degree. You are a "technician" irrespective of what degree you hold (Diploma, Bachelors or Masters).There is no transparency with PTOs, Sick leave or Vacation time that management uses. These people don't even find it necessary to enter it on HR system to be fair to everyone but on other hand are very particular about keeping track of time offs used by...

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    Advice to Management

    Try to treat lab personnel in a much better way. Had they been not working day and night for you, company would have not existed. Senior management stop being a puppet of hands of managers. Every coin has two sides. Have your own opinion about every employee in addition to what your managers tell you. For that, you need to be in office everyday and talk to your people!

    ACGT2015-11-06
  4. "Only work there if you have no other options."

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    Former Employee - Molecular Biologist in Wheeling, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ACGT full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're in biotech, DNA sequencing experience looks good on a resume, but that is the only "pro" about working there. It could be a stepping stone to something better.

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance for lab staff. You will be pressured to work overtime and skip lunches without pay. They never pay overtime. They have decided to invest in infrastructure rather than employees. The building and facilities are bigger and fancier than necessary. They have a company car (completely unnecessary, in my opinion). Meanwhile, they pay their lab staff subsistence wages. It's a small company,...

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    Advice to Management

    In my opinion, the senior management and sales staffs are overpaid, while lab staff (who are the ones actually generating revenue) are severely underpaid. This is terrible for morale. They need to hire more lab staff to reduce the stress load. I would suggest that they re-examine their priorities. Perhaps downsize the building and pay their employees more. Perhaps the bottom line shouldn't be the only thing that matters.

    ACGT2014-12-07
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Good place to start not a place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Molecular Biologist in Wheeling, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACGT full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good place for people who need a working visa; good place just to get your foot in the biotech door however no room for advancement

    Cons

    management is disorganized and the company has a high turnover rate; horrible work life balance not good if you have children; employees are not appreciated

    Advice to Management

    appreciate employees, pay employees their worth, decrease turn over rate; treat employees with respect; pay them for mandatory overtime

    ACGT2014-05-14
  6. "A great place to learn about the Biotech community."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ACGT full-time

    Pros

    The company is not very large so they listen and try to implement changes to have operations run smoothly. They also are very family oriented and make sure not to overwork their employees. The people that work here are also very kind.

    Cons

    The pay is not as good as several larger lab counterparts. Their business model and logistics are quite old fashioned and outdated. Each employee takes on multiple duties to make the company run with less people.

    Advice to Management

    Overall my experience at ACGT, Inc. was very positive. I think it is a great place to work, but there is certainly room to improve the service that they provide their customers. Also some help within the corporation is needed to delegate responsibilities so management isn't constantly swamped to do simple everyday tasks.

    ACGT2013-04-15
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Okay for getting experience, You will not stay more than a couple of years"

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    Current Employee - Molecular Biologist II in Wheeling, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ACGT full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have decent vacation/sick/personal time, and the people there are great.

    Cons

    HR is non-existant and they mess up payroll a lot, expect you to stay over time all the time (not hourly pay), they hire a lot of people who need work visa sponsorship so they can have cheap labor, they do not pay at the industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Get an HR person with experience, if you want employees to invest their efforts in your company you have to pay better!

    ACGT2013-01-19
  8. "Lab Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ACGT

    Pros

    good experience for new grad from university

    Cons

    not much room to grow

    ACGT2016-09-02
  9. "Good place to lunch an entry level career in accounting"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in

    I have been working at ACGT

    Pros

    Friendly work environment which enables team work on projects go smooth.

    Cons

    Lack of staff diversity in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Promote diversity

    ACGT2010-01-26
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