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AMRI Reviews

Updated November 30, 2018
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  • "Too busy; less work-life balance" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Low pay and occasional frozen raise" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible Turnaround"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Incredible investments in the site and new management who are driven to see the site and the company succeed. Great workforce who always try to figure out how to do the right thing. Longtime clients are shocked at the turnaround in the site's culture and output. Senior leadership recognizing needs for operational excellence and putting resources towards making AMIR a high-functioning business.

    Cons

    Can be long work hours and difficult to fit in all the work being requested. Services not well-integrated with other AMRI sites, but this is being addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in great people and promote a highly ethical and positive work culture.


  2. "Small Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Innovative environment. Small company. Decent benifits. Lots of planned outings/ activities.

    Cons

    Poor communication between middle management and directors. Environmental encourages independent thought and free work flow but lacks accountability.

  3. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Met some lifelong friends there

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities; they pass you over and go to the street


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Microbiologist"

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    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High pay. Positions full time regular.

    Cons

    Health care benefits expensive group plan and high copays. 2 year required to match 401k. Production focused company not quality or worklife balance employee focus company. Expect lots of mandatory OT due to bad management.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Look elsewhere"

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

    I worked at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Would be interesting work if executive management knew how to run a business. Employees are mainly good, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Company has no idea what they are doing. Mass exodus occurred this year (and continues to occur) including at the management level, and there has been no effort to replace key positions. Instead, current employees are forced to take on additional responsibilities with NO additional pay. Or are led to false belief that the additional pay will come "someday." (Good luck with that). Great/easy way to reduce overhead and achieve their desired EBITDA, I guess.

    Lower/middle tier employees are overworked with inadequate pay. When site management promises raises, promotions, or new job openings, corporate will freeze funds or "defer" them indefinitely.

    Only senior management and the employees that they "like" deserve fair pay, bonuses, or raises apparently. Unprofessional, disruptive, and dictatorial managers are tolerated solely because they hit revenue targets.

    Very little transparency between senior management and employees who actually perform the work. Company cares only about revenue revenue revenue, but puts no thought into a plan to do so. Or rather, their plan is to work their employees to the ground until they can't take the abuse any more.

    Advice to Management

    AMRI has destroyed any positive industry reputation their individual sites have earned prior to their acquisition. Company is too far gone to be fixed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "AMRI"

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    Former Employee - Compounding Technician in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Compounding Technician in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefit package is decent , average for large companies

    Cons

    Work Environment, Salary or pay scale

    Advice to Management

    Acquire more intelligent managers


  7. "Sr. Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Lafayette, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Salary was commensurate with experience level and somewhat competitive with similar workplaces.

    Cons

    Leadership was weak, ineffective, or conspicuously absent, always traveling to try to drum up business for the site. Equipment was antiquated, and run off of a legacy LIMS system. Leadership claimed to want change, but what they were seeking was conformity and compliance. Opinions of junior personnel were immediately devalued by leadership. Projects were woefully underfunded, and given the legacy equipment on site, they were nearly impossible to complete on time, and under budget. For a small site, there was bureaucracy present comparable to that in the largest companies. Any projects requiring upgrades to systems (there were many) appeared to take years to complete. There was little opportunity for advancement or career growth, as the senior positions were filled. There was poor work/life balance. Extra hours were not rewarded with anything except more work, so junior employee morale and motivation was very low.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Offer feedback. Get involved in the day to day operations of the business. Take a vested interest in opinions of newer employees. Upgrade your old equipment and systems. Modernize or risk perishing.

  8. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    non-management employees work well together and provide support

    Cons

    Very high turn over. Not a forward thinking company, not open to process improvements, not supportive of work life balance, not supportive of flexible work schedules. poor pay with not reward systems in place. As recognition employees are given a candy bar.

    Advice to Management

    work life balance and appreciating your employees goes a long way.


  9. "Good pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of downtime.

    Cons

    Most of the time you feel like just a number.


  10. "Basic Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    SSCI site: stable / secure job, good colleagues at SSCI site, small company culture. Decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Specific to SSCI site: extremely slow career growth. Lots of work if you are hardworking but lack of good rewards, recognition/ compensation.