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AMRI Rensselaer Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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Pros
  • You work with great people who care about you (in 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • They own your soul, no work life balance (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. "production Technician"

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    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Complete disgrace of a company"

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    Former Employee - Sampler in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Sampler in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are good hard workin folks

    Cons

    man o man, where do I even begin. Most of the other reviews have touched upon the main issue. Horrible pay and treatment of the employees with a toxic company culture that leaves the vets headed for the exits in droves. Regeneron is pretty much bending AMRI over and pounding away. Pay is a joke, Training for new hire is a joke, work/life balance is a joke and grounds maintenance is a joke. I worked in an area that was supposed to be sterile because we would conduct sampling on ingredients that were going to be used in live production. The floor was chipping away and the "sterile" room was filthy. Told management about it many times and their response was we cant stop production because of this chipping, QA looked at it and gave us the green light". If i was any company that did business with AMRI i would pull away now before their reputation goes down the tubes because of something AMRI did.

    Advice to Management

    its time to abandon ship

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Wage Slave"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience gained in bench science, instrumentation, GMP, et cetera. High turnover therefore they will generally accept anyone to work for them.

    Cons

    There are multiple sites in Albany which can get confusing when applying. You could apply to the research flagship in Albany & then get stuck in Rensselaer where you will be a slave. Too much work which is not distributed among analysts fairly. High turnover because employees are constantly unhappy. It is a job that gives you a paycheck & offers health insurance but nothing else, no chance of publication, no team building, no company culture. People seem to come here to work so they can move on to work at Regeneron up the road. If AMRI is one company treatment of employees should be the same across the company rather than employees at certain sites having access to better benefits than employees at another site.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't take the advice of anyone. Seeing as there are tons of exit interviews they have to conduct and nothing seemed to change.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Safety and quality take a back seat"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rensselaer, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    You will get a lot of experience quickly, very casual environment.

    Cons

    AMRI excels at one thing, pushing product out the door. They meet deadlines despite aged equipment, terrible organization and a sink-or-swim environment. If you address issues of safety, quality or ethics you will be ignored at best, or in my case, reprimanded. Pay is about 20% below market and HR is awful.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good 1st job, laid back, learn a lot about various departments (QA, production),but the compensation isn't great."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good 1st job, laid back, learn a lot about various departments (QA, production),

    Cons

    But the compensation isn't great.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Treats analytical scientists with disdain and contempt"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist III in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist III in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to instrumentation, exposure to production support.

    Cons

    Apalling training program, blatant disregard/disinterest in scientific advancement, rife violations of employment discrimination laws, disproportionately low wages,

    Advice to Management

    Leave.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMRI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Too few to mention. If you want to learn how not to manage, apply today.

    Cons

    Never stop looking over your shoulder. You are expendable and don't expect your length of service or performance will save you once you fall from grace. If you're already there, don't tell them where your going once you escape. HR will call your prospective employer and bad mouth your reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Sell and start a prison.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible work environment. Horrible mismanagement of people and other resources."

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    Former Employee - QA Person in Rensselaer, NY
    Former Employee - QA Person in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was close to where I lived? Nothing much else to say, really. 20 word minimum is required in the review. The Rensselaer plant, itself, will likely stick around for a while via being bought by another company. Otherwise, AMRI's stock is what, $3 as of writing this, and is still dropping.

    Cons

    Management unresponsive to problems.
    Many employees report non-responsiveness to issues between co-workers.
    Many co-workers jump ship early and often after finding a better gig.
    Too much inter-office/lab drama.
    Low pay. Correction: VERY low pay. Regeneron and GE pay more.
    No work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Retain talent. So far, you have utterly failed at that.


  9. "Something is wrong!"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Rensselaer, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work with a great Tech Team in Organic Based Pharmaceutical Synthesis.

    Cons

    Work Force cut to the bone. All your time is spent in keeping head above water. Very little time to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Identify why we are loosing our brightest employees to the compatition, fix it. HR department has a reputation of being against the employee. Right or wrong, that is the fact, Fix it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "AMRI not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The most positive reason to work at AMRI is that the products made at AMRI positively affect lives. You can feel good about the impact of your work.

    Cons

    Management is terrible at AMRI. They do not care about the morale of the employees. They do not reward employees for good work.

    Advice to Management

    They know what they are doing. The strategy seems to be to create a difficult work environment for the employees.


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