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Certified Laboratories Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Great Improvements"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company has made a lot of great changes and the changes have made a big difference in the morale of the department. Communication has gotten better and management is listening to our suggestions. My coworkers are great, everyone is dedicated and willing to help you when needed and I'm learning a lot.

    Cons

    There is a lot of turnover because the pay is low but we now have the career ladders that enable us to earn more money as we become more proficient at our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees better and people will stay


  2. "An OK starter job. Absolutely no long term future with the company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Technician in Plainview, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on the department you start in, you will learn a few things.

    Cons

    Employees are overworked and severely underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly. Pay attention to safety. Be professional.


  3. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Co-workers
    Nice new laboratory
    Well equipped labs

    Cons

    No job growth
    Poor Management
    Unethical working environment
    Supervisors and managers lack of education and training

    Advice to Management

    Please provide training to your management and start hiring people with degrees for supervisors.


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  5. "Microbiology Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technician in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technician in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This was my first job in the field and it's a great place to start a career, there's definitely a lot to learn and most people are happy to teach you if you ask. It is high volume so there is always something to do.

    Cons

    The hours are tough and over time is nice, but you can be there really late especially during the summer which is their busy season. You also have to work every other weekend, but it's not terrible and its usually pretty quiet.


  6. "The Life of a Microbiology Lab Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Microbiology Lab Technician in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Microbiology Lab Technician in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers become as close as family.
    401K match
    Health and dental insurance

    Cons

    Too much work done by too little staff. Work comes in when shift is supposed to be over so you cant leave until its done.

    Lack of management. you have lead technicians, supervisor, and analyst doing the job of a manager while trying to handle their own jobs as well. The leads are busy with special projects and calibrating equipment that they don't have a chance to actually lead.

    No chance at promotion. Promotions are based on knowledge of the different work areas which you reach on a rotation cycle. Good luck reaching every area in under two years unless you come in on your off days after working 10-12+ hour days every day. The best chance you have of promotion is if everyone leaves (again) and you get put on a leadership track.

    Hours get old, fast. Its one thing to say hours are 2-10:30 or 3-11:30 and have to work until close, but when close is routinely 2am it is clear there is an issue. There are less then 5 times in the past year that everyone was done on time and left the building with less then 15 minutes of overtime. And those days were holidays where most clients didn't send samples in.

    No chance at a life outside of work. If I go in at 2 or 3, leave at 2, travel for a half hour each way, I have just enough time to sleep, shower, cook and come right back. When you see every other department and staff leave on time after their shift ends it is disappointing to see you drew the short straw.

    Advice to Management

    Promotions are a thing that need to be obtainable.
    If everyone in a department has 20+ hour of overtime on a paycheck, you may need to hire more staff.
    If a manager spot is vacant for more then a year, maybe consider promoting within.
    Stop accepting new clients if we can barely handle the current ones.
    Order new equipment. You have a new building yet have incubators, fridges, and machines from the 70's and 80's that are failing.

    Certified Laboratories Response

    Mar 9, 2017

    Before I address the concerns you wrote about I would first like to say thank-you for acknowledging our wonderful benefits and our family-like work environment. Now I would like to address your ... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good for People with No Experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Associate in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Lab Associate in Plainview, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you wanted overtime you could work it.

    Cons

    Forced overtime, building conditions before move were terrible, poor practices in terms of record keeping and testing, pay, revolving door of management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent flexible work schedule. Holiday party is exceptional. Good benefits. 401K match dollar for dollar.

    Cons

    Advancement takes to long, too many hoops to jump threw.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair with promotions and raises. Hold all accountable

    Certified Laboratories Response

    Aug 8, 2016

    We appreciate hearing from you and we agree; our 401K Benefit is awesome. We also believe our Career Ladders Program is awesome. Our Career Ladders Program was designed to help you gain valuable ... More


  9. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company gives you plenty of opportunity to learn, develop, and succeed. The Career Ladders and Training Goals let you know exactly what you need to do to get to the next level. Most of what you learn is on the job but the company supports formal outside training. The staff is dedicated and knowledgeable and has fun working together. This is a good place to make a career.

    Cons

    Work days can be long, especially if your department is understaffed. Pay is good but raises have been low.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the employees and make changes to improve.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Certified Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have a great Boss
    I enjoy what i do
    benefits

    Cons

    nothing to add on this


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Microbiology Tech."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technician in Buena Park, CA
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technician in Buena Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility offered.


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