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Advanced Testing Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Low pay compared to similar positions at other companies (in 14 reviews)

  • There is little to no room to move up within the company and employees are often under appreciated (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "ATL"

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

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work for client sites and contribute to the field, great jobs for recent graduates.

    Cons

    Terrible vacation/sick leave and very little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better incintives for people to stay


  2. "Technician"

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

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    They pay you on time

    Cons

    No career advancement, low pay and just another number.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Low Pay & Low Employee Appreciation"

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    Current Employee - Lab in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Lab in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours are a pro

    Cons

    Extremely low pay (even after years of service), no employee appreciation, the benefits are minimal. There are no work place incentives (not even good coffee), no performance based bonuses (no bonuses or pay increases at all), the cubicles are a third of the size of your normal cubical. No sick days, no office phone, no communication really at all with other people during the work day.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees. We have been saying this for years, a decade even.


  4. "Good Job, alright pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Simple Machining, Pretty quick to pick up the flow of things.

    Cons

    Not much room for a machinist to move around.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Seriously think twice before accepting a position with ATL"

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

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    ATL hires many new graduates, so that may be a good way to gain some work experience. If you do decide to go to work for ATL, use the time wisely.

    Cons

    1. This organization can be focused on form over function.
    2. Not all employees have flexible hours or a good work-life balance because that can be position dependent.
    3. The pay is low and the benefits are expensive.
    4. The turnover rate is high, so you may not be able to depend upon ATL for job security for long.
    5. ATL can be disorganized from the highest levels down which can cause employees to be treated as disposable and results in subjective decision-making which can be highly error prone.
    6. Job position bait and switch is a reality within this organization. It is fairly common that new employees are given a very different position from the one that they were told about during the interview process. This is likely due to a high level of executive management indecision.
    7. Downward communication from upper management is almost non-existent. Upward communication is frequently ignored or rejected.
    8. Too many decisions need to be made or approved by upper management which can result in inefficient processes and extensive delays.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and actively work towards making genuine improvements. Pick a few things to work on at a time and follow through on your promises to your employees. Work towards being more proactive. Have realistic expectations and make decisions based on factual data. Provide more guidance and feedback for new employees. Create an objective employee evaluation process and reward accordingly so that you can improve retention and productivity. Invest in your employees, systems, and facility so that overall performance will increase which will benefit your clients and ultimately the bottom line.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The Absolute Worst Company I have ever seen"

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Martinsburg, WV
    Former Employee - Chemist in Martinsburg, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely Nothing
    Worst Benefits
    Hostile Working Environment

    Cons

    Pay is horrible
    Hostile Working Environment
    Discriminatory
    Experienced Harassment while there
    Company told me a had a permanent job and when I got to the site I was contracted to I was told that was not true.
    Please avoid this company at all cost

    Advice to Management

    Learn your jobs and listen to your people and quit lying. You might consider what your saying is professional but its just a bold face lie.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, low pay, classic contractor"

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    Current Employee - Dissolution Chemist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Dissolution Chemist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid opportunities to work with some impressive companies, such as P&G and Patheon Pharmaceuticals. fast and easy hiring process, provides smooth transition into client company environment.

    Cons

    In no way viable as a long term employer; hope that the company you work directly for hires you on. The ratio of pay to work is decidedly not in your favor. Not the best at communicating with client companies, conflicting holidays being the example that comes to mind most readily.

    Advice to Management

    Better synergy with client companies, more accessibility for employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid this place"

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    Former Employee - Chemist (On Base)
    Former Employee - Chemist (On Base)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *Great foot in the door
    *They will hire anybody as long as they have a science degree
    *Very flexible hours (come in between 6 am - 9 am)
    *Required to total at least 40 hours a week
    *Can leave early one day and work late another day (just reach 40 hours)
    *Cell phones permitted
    *Coworkers are awesome and friendly
    *Awesome environment
    *Managers are understanding of mistakes
    *Managers are friendly
    *Managers are really nice
    *You gain a broad range of experience
    *You will learn a lot
    *Great springboard company that can spring you on to a better job
    *Friendly environment
    *Drama free environment

    Cons

    *PAY, PAY, PAY, AND PAY!
    *Pay sucks
    *No room for growth
    *There are multiple on base chemists that live paycheck to paycheck off their very low hourly
    *Working with very old instruments
    *Extremely high turnover only because of PAY SUCKING
    *Work is not evenly distributed between the chemists
    *Some are expected to do more

    Advice to Management

    My advice is not to managment. My advice is to the owner (Greg Neal). YOU NEED TO PAY PEOPLE MORE! Everybody talks behind your back about how you don't give a crap about your employees and how greedy you are. There are a multitude of employees that live paycheck to paycheck. You pay people an opportunity to pay rent. Nothing else. I've heard that you make over $30,000,000 a year.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Only Work Here for other Job Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Blue Ash, OH
    Current Employee - Chemist in Blue Ash, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, lots of team effort when someone is struggling

    Cons

    Poor pay, poor management, heavy workload, lack of funding from higher ups to replace old/broken equipment

    Advice to Management

    Get a liaison to communicate between you and the analysts to understand workload limits and equipment needs


  10. "Good Career Starting Point"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work hours. I enjoyed the office environment - you will feel like part of a team. There are opportunities to learn, depending on your position, if you are willing to take them.

    Cons

    Low pay. There's an opportunity to receive a raise every year with your review, but raises are small. It's better than nothing, but can get frustrating after working there for a couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees' concerns and needs and adjust accordingly. A lot of roles are outside of the headquarters and it is still important for those employees to feel as though they are being heard.


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