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AMRI Albany Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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Pros
  • I have a great boss; I have learned a lot from the individual (in 7 reviews)

  • Good people in the plant and labs (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • They own your soul, no work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • long hours are expected, but not very many people aren't salaried (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "IT Intern Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AMRI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was a fantastic team, I loved the atmosphere of the IT sector at AMRI.

    Cons

    I was the only IT intern at the time, so sometimes things got a little lonely.

    Advice to Management

    I think management did a great job with their interns and work people.


  2. "Only if you're desperate or fresh out of school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot. I've worked at places where really you just push a button and you get results, here you BETTER be a little more proactive. Things.will.go.wrong so you will get awesome knowledge in troubleshooting. There are a ton of knowledgeable people so the resources for knowledge are there. Some people are nice, some (they're a little tense in there). If you want to wear different hats you'll probably be able to, because people leave all the time but still the opportunity is there. If you're fresh out of school this is extremely important because other companies will not give you the chance to learn from different departments. Meaning you may get stuck in QC forever if you don't have other experience, so this is where AMRI shines. Think of AMRI as prep school (I'm sure many in there see it that way) you'll learn a lot and most likely move on.

    Cons

    They let a ton of people go and have higher ups come down and say they don't know how that happened, followed by a lot of finger pointing, then hiring a ton of new people to fill the positions (with limited people even being able to train new hires). People are scared they might lose their job and don't recover well with the amount of layoffs they've  seen, morale is low. AMRI complains that Regeneron poaches their people and wonder why. The turnover rate, dear god I've lost count how many people left in my department, it almost stops being shocking when we hear someone is leaving. You're not gonna get paid, not literally but if you're looking for a decent salary you're going the wrong way other companies pay higher for less work and better benefits. You should only be coming here if you're a. Masochist b. Don't know your worth c. You need experience d. You have nowhere else to go.

    Advice to Management

    Use resources to really actually boost morale, picnics and donuts don't fix it. That way you can't complain that people leave all the time

     Train your managers, please stop pulling random people up and just hope it works out. There are awesome ones in there, it's easy to see cause people flock to them, get all of them formal training. How they perform with their people and how they affect morale will determine how well analysts perform. I've literally heard a manager tell his new-hires that he will try to answer questions but he's really too busy so they should try and get questions answered elsewhere. Or a manager publicly humiliate them, instead of using his office to reprimand people. Leadership training asap.


  3. "production Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very calm work atmosphere. There is Low stress in manufacturing. There are layoffs that occur. The company is trying to grow and tap into biopharma.

    Cons

    Lack of lateral mobility if you do not have a bachelors degree. Some sectors of the company are unionized and that in itself has pro's and cons.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Left a sinking ship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMRI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked with really great people throughout the organization.
    The cafeteria had good food at decent prices.
    Job opportunities are plentiful because quality employees are leaving.

    Cons

    There was a Senior management change a few years ago. The current CEO brought on his cronies and friends to take advantage of a cash cow situation. The majority of the senior management team has never had a management role other than in a large division of a much larger company.
    Really great people, especially managers, have been leaving.
    I was in a meeting where the CFO had to have GAAP rules explained to her.
    I was in several meetings where the CIO talked down to and denigrated his direct reports to the point where a person who reported to the CFO threatened to go and file a report with HR if he continued to speak to the woman in such an unprofessional manner.
    Company is heavily in debt as a result of acquisitions. Research the company financials and pay attention to executive compensation.
    Other places pay and treat you better.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees keep a close eye on certain members of Senior management who do not treat their direct reports well and encourage their reports to act the same way.
    Stop the bullying.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "RS1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMRI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good stepping stone job in a lot of ways, and the low level management is personable and approachable.

    Cons

    Work-life balance isn't very good, i.e. long hours are expected, but not very many people aren't salaried.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing -"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative LEad in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Creative LEad in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good people - hard workers

    Cons

    1. poor leadership - they do not retain - they do not know how to maintain
    2. no marketing leader - their leader is a technical writer who knows nothing about marketing - the team is suffering because of it - it is ruining the company and team
    3. no rewards - no bonuses - no real salary increases

    Advice to Management

    hire a new management team - you do not care about your current employees


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good First Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMRI (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn on the job
    Nice coworkers

    Cons

    No benefits
    No bonus
    Lack of transparency between employees and management
    Lack of resources to complete projects
    No job security

    Advice to Management

    Transparency of business decisions
    Scientific company that needs to invest in science


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lacking in support for employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMRI (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience
    Coworkers generally dedicated, well beyond how well they are valued.

    Cons

    Bids written with no sense of the actual work we do. Instrumentation is required to do the work which doesn't exist. Infrastructure is aging, no service contracts for HPLCs, antiquated labs and equipment. Hard work is not rewarded or recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Spend 1 week in lab and see how we make do with what little we have.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "gasping for air and going under quickly!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Stephentown, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Stephentown, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMRI (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some truly amazing people that even though I have moved on from AMRI, I am happy to still be friends with them.

    Cons

    The company does not care about their employees. Minimal to no raises, bonuses, stock options... not even a thank you or good job occasionally. Management is a joke. The guy in the corner office was scared of HR and upper management, he just depended on the yes people who were so busy sucking up that they never learned their job. Quality and Safety are flexible. I am still surprised to this day that they have not killed someone or blown up the place.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend you are actually on the floor on a regular basis and find out the real problems in an aging plant and with a burned out staff. Appreciate your employees, they want to do a good job. Build up your employees and the whole company will change. If you're not interested in change and the work involved to let AMRI be a successful company then go scoop ice cream at Stewarts.


  11. "Nice place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a nice place to work because you will get a lot of training.

    Cons

    They salary is too small compared to the amount of work



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