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Updated February 17, 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. "research scientist"

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

    I worked at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    good coworker, different projects all the time

    Cons

    bad managers, out-dated instruments that you need to keep fixing them all the time, long work time

    Advice to Management

    be nice!


  2. "Good for a start but not for long term career"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Singapore, great country to live. Safe working atmosphere in the lab.

    Cons

    Scarce growth opportunities, hierarchical, low salary, uncertain visa situations for nationals of other countries


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you have ambition to make a difference."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

    Pros

    Company growth brings quick advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Leadership needs improvement. Global company needs global leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Do better at integrating people in a global setting. Don't wait until it creates a problem.


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

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    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.


  6. "There's lots of opportunity if you put in the work and hang in there."

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

    I worked at AMRI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very fast paced work environment with a lot of opportunities if you are willing to put in the work. Chances to do different jobs than you were hired in for.

    Cons

    The industry ca be challenging and there can be ups and downs that can have an impact on morale. Need to be flexible in order to survive.


  7. "IT Intern Review"

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    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging but rewarding work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, but you need to advocate for yourself. Managers won't hand out raises - you need to display success and make sure you ask for raises when appropriate.

    The environment is relatively laid back, but expectations are high across the business. You will be asked to do quite a bit but will gain a huge amount of experience in the process. Great place to work for a few years on the way to somewhere else.

    Cons

    Managers are often good employees but not exceptional managers. You need to look out for yourself. Not the friendliest environment.


  9. "Clueless Exec Management"

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

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

    Pros

    None, was great before AMRI purchased the company and have since started running it into the ground ... not intentionally, they just don't have a clue !

    Cons

    With the CEO, CFO and most of the rest of the management its the "old pals" network, if you didn't work for Teva you aint getting in ... all moved from Teva and continue to implement the same failing process into this business ... which clearly isn't working.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who know better, or go and do something more inline with your skill set ...... like selling ice cream from a truck (but they would prob screw that up as well) !! ........ stop preaching about reaching $22 per share .... never happening !


  10. "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


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Left a sinking ship"

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    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.



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