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Advanced Testing Laboratory Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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  • Low pay compared to similar positions at other companies (in 14 reviews)

  • Minimal pay, no room for advancement (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Not so good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Biologist
    Former Employee - Biologist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with big CROs. On the job training, CRO colleagues are inspiring and supportive. If you're looking for a foot in the door to apply to a bigger CRO, ATL provides this opportunity. Also work life balance is the best attribute of this company. They are flexible but offer only 10 days of PTO the first 5 years. Taking unpaid days is frowned upon and employees will be reprimanded if they use unpaid time off for absences.

    Cons

    No career development, management does not care about it's employees, management does not follow through on promises. No recognition for achievements, no promotions. Onsite HR Is limited to the Cincinnati site only. HR does not appear to have the ability to look at employee issues objectively. Employees are expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees to reduce turnover. Pay more, follow through on promises, create a path for promotions with clear objectives, recruit intelligent, compassionate supervisors that do more than approve time sheets. Offer more comprehensive benefits, don't take advantage of recent grads and out of work folks in the science indsutry. Be transparent in the interview process so candidates know what to expect.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good for a first job, but don't stay long"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to gain experience (and a good place to get your foot in the door with bigger, client companies), decent benefits, and flexible hours.

    Cons

    The pay is absolutely pitiful and management is very stingy when it comes to raises. Someone coming out of college and desperate for some experience would find this job beneficial; however, ATL knows this and takes full advantage of it by paying their employees peanuts. Also, since you are a contractor, you are 100% expendable and easily replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on your employees. You're trying to grow as a company, yet the turnover rate is still incredibly high. If you want to grow, pay your employees a more competitive salary and give them a reason to stay.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "ATL"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to get entry level experience in a number of analytical techniques (physical and/or life sciences).

    Cons

    Low pay, little advancement opportunity, not a lot of time off.

    Advice to Management

    The yearly review process needs serious optimization. It seems as if the company is hesitant to give pay raises after a year of hard work and dedication.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Great Entry-Level Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Gain valuable instrumentation experience
    -Networking with Fortune 500 companies
    -Getting your "foot in the door" to start your career

    Cons

    -Very low pay that is WAY below industry standards. You'll get $15/hour and ATL will be getting paid $30/hour for your work.
    -Benefits are average
    -Absolutely no promotion potential. You'll be doing the same job for 6 months or 6 years if you want
    -Management is invisible
    -Contractors are often seen as second-class citizens in various businesses they place you at

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees better and make them feel more valued.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stepping Stone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start when you have little obligations after school

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, under appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stagnant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemistry Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Chemistry Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ATL's biggest client is worth working with. Depending on the assignment, the employee will be able to develop good skills and experience.

    Cons

    ATL does not offer competitive pay or packages, and there is essentially no way to move up in the company. This is not a place to stay longer than a year or two.

    Advice to Management

    An overwhelming percentage of your employees are unhappy with their pay, and your internal surveys have clearly shown this. Either raise pay rates, or find a way to restructure the company so that employees at least have opportunities to grow within the company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Small company with big clients"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed depending on your client.
    Flexible schedule and able to make up hours missed
    Lots of experience
    They do offer benefits
    Can be hired eventually by the client

    Cons

    While they do offer insurance, it horrible because the company is small
    Only PTO. No sick days, personal days etc. If something occurs you must either make up the hours or use PTO. Unpaid time off must be approved
    NO room to advance within the company

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Do not have employees fill out pointless surveys and requests their opinions if nothing will be done about it.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great experience contracting at a Fortune 500 company

    Cons

    Pay was beyond dismal and it appeared that upper management didn't really care about employees. There was no cohesion between groups and company pride was nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    Either advertise yourself as a springboard company where people come to get great experience for a few years and then launch themselves to something else or show genuine interest in your good employees through compensation/benefits.


  9. "Chemist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Chemist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Testing Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    They provide health and life insurance. You start accumulating and able to use pto as soon as you begin working. Gives you good experience at very good companies.

    Cons

    Really hard and far between to get promotions and raises. You do not get the benefits that the people around you are getting who work for the actual company to whom you are contracted.

    Advice to Management

    Management, at least at my location, is great. The problem is in the nature of the company. Being a contract company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A Decent First Step Into Science"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Biologist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Biologist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great groups to work within that can provide help when needed.
    Networking with worksite company to have a better chance at being hired there.
    Somewhat flexible hours, you can come in earlier or later.

    Cons

    Terrible starting pay, it's been the same starting pay for at least 5 years now.
    Terrible benefits, for my first 6 months I received 0 benefits. Excluding some PTO that I had to use when the worksite was closed.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, almost all of your employees start looking for other jobs within their first month. Yes... it's a starting job, but most of your employees live paycheck to paycheck.


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