EMSL Analytical Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2020

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2.1
27%
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26%
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EMSL Analytical President Dr. Peter Frasca  (no image)
Dr. Peter Frasca
170 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible schedule (PTO requests usually approved)(in 29 reviews)

  • "Very Flexible hours, a time off request or personal day has never been denied regardless of lab staffing(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management is the reason this place is failing(in 38 reviews)

  • "Benefits are pretty wack and everyone complains about the health insurance(in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cinnaminson, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMSL Analytical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great entry level position, family like environment Nice events throughout the year Flexibility/Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Pay and benefits can be improved

  2. "Ok....if your starting out"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Cinnaminson, NJ

    I have been working at EMSL Analytical full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a lot

    Cons

    Pay and benefits aren't that great

  3. COVID-19

    "Trash Company- A few good co-workers if you're lucky"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cinnaminson, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMSL Analytical full-time

    Pros

    - Good co-workers (if you're lucky) - Fair amount of PTO

    Cons

    If you're looking to work in unsanitary conditions for less than $15/hour and work for people who don't value your health and safety or your well being, then this is the place for you. EMSL cares only about making a profit - they furloughed over half of their employees during COVID because they were too worried they wouldn't be able to bring in >$100 million this year (god forbid). Meanwhile, they gave absolutely no care or consideration to those who still had to come in every day. For weeks, masks and temperature checks were optional or not even required. People on salary were working twice as long as they should've been, and hourly employees were cut back (because it saved the company money). They also have "State of Emergency" days built into their system, which would allow employees a day or two off (maybe a good time for them to create a COVID plan), which is complete BS because they didn't even utilize them during an actual state of emergency..... The culture is also extremely unfriendly (unless you luck out and get a handful of nice co-workers). No one acknowledges each other in the hall, everyone sits alone at lunch with their head in their phone, and very few people are even willing to share a word or two when you see them. There is absolutely no room for growth, and if you even think about asking about it, be ready to be laughed at or disregarded. 6 month and yearly reviews are constantly postponed and pushed off, delaying your chances of a bonus or any feedback/growth. Also, I already mentioned that pay sucks, but what's even better is when you take an extra few minutes at lunch or accidentally loose track of time, and your pay gets cut for that hour :) So, if you want to work at one of the worst places in the country (and Canada), contribute a percentage of your pay to the CEO's grandchildren's college fund (cause we all know that's where our extra $$ is going), then you should definitely apply for a job here!!!

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  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Like a sweat shop"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cinnaminson, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMSL Analytical part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    flexible hours is about it

    Cons

    They treated us non related people like cattle during the covid pandemic. All the family hasn’t been in the building for two months & now that they are thinking about coming back they are going to start taking employee temperatures. If us non relatives get each other sick that’d be ok but we cant take a chance of getting the related upper management sick.

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  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Started ok, got worse suddenly"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMSL Analytical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At one time, a supportive environment with interesting people. Now I cannot think of a reason to work there.

    Cons

    It’s a hole of a place: creatives treated like factory workers, and a toxic culture. More than willing to risk employees health and safety for greed. more than willing to cut corners for greed. Furloughed employees when there was no call (an essential business still able to fully function during pandemic). Did I mention a toxic culture? Yeah, it had always been mildly toxic, but starting with the hiring of a management consultant in 2018, this place doubled down on toxicity. Owner cornered a room full of people to lecture them on politics, blame game all around and childish antics by management to “teach a lesson” to people who spoke up against bad ideas. Oh and a cult of personality around the owner. In an HR benefits meeting as we were being told that benefits were getting even worse (their benefit package is laughable) it was stressed repeatedly about how “<owner>’s very generous” and “thanks to <owner’s> very generous offer.”

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "This a miserable place to work at. Zero chance to move up quoting the branch lab manager. Do not recommend"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMSL Analytical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's inside and in the air conditioning.

    Cons

    Slow to give you a pay raise. Expect you to do everything even if you are not trained to do it. Want you to fix broken things to save the company money. Managers are horrible professionals . Dispose of you in an instant.

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  7. "Good place to start off"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Microscopist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMSL Analytical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good working experience for beginners

    Cons

    Hard to move up after a while

  8. Helpful (8)

    "A Crumbling Tower"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMSL Analytical full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers were usually very cool

    Cons

    Pay is actually marginally better with major competitors. So is the training. There is a moderate dilution of knowledge here because of the high turnover rate so accuracy may vary by lab. I didn't figure this out until I changed labs. The health insurance is also extremely high compared to competitors. Crappy too. Upper management is very corrupt. They've been known to yell at decent employees asking for basic necessities in front of other employees. They've got no idea what happens in their labs, nor do they care. I watched a local manager bully and gaslight a female employee who experienced some very... strange harassment from her male colleague for months. HR sent out a mass "cover" email, but the local crew knew what really happened. Very shady. Employees are expected to fix broken equipment with little to no instructions. SOPs are vague and ill written. Some of the managers don't actually do anything so the workload is lopsided, and it's frankly embarrassing for the bottom analysts to know more than their superiors who are promoted based on likeability. So nepotism. They recently let a couple folks go, so that's a red flag. Let's tally this up. Corruption+ unorganization + nepotism÷ dilution of knowledge= a crumbling infrastructure. Do not work here.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Don't waste your time"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst 

    I worked at EMSL Analytical full-time

    Pros

    Nothing, the title is what three people told me on my first day, take their advice

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations, low pay for what you do in comparison to other positions.

  10. Helpful (6)

    "Don't even think about it !"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Cinnaminson, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMSL Analytical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Zero! Zero! Zero! Zero! Zero!

    Cons

    Everything you will read in the other reviews!!!

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