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Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Decent benefits at a relatively stable company (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, new ownership is making moves to improve communication from the bottom up (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of interference from upper management which complicates the task at hand (in 21 reviews)

  • As others have said, work/life balance can be hard to achieve in some departments (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Aweful"

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    Former Employee - Colony Management in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Colony Management in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This job was my dream job. I got to work with animals every day. I looked forward to going into work daily. I shoveled all the poop with a smile. Never complained about being tired. Offered to help wherever I could.

    Cons

    It’s High school. Survival of the fittest. Study directors and management are two faced snakes who only look out for themselves. Your coworkers are just as greasy. They will throw you under the bus in a heart beat just so they can look good. Everybody is out to get the weakest and smallest person they can. And if your not buddy buddy with everybody then kiss your job goodbye. The ones who don’t talk and keep to themselves are weeded out.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs serious help. Get your heads out of the clouds and actually Be managers and not part of a High school clique.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "In a Better Place Now"

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    Former Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - it's a job
    - learn a very particular set of skills
    - potential for advancement after leaving

    Cons

    - dirty, smelly, work
    - lots of unpleasant jobs for low pay
    - takes an emotional toll seeing the physical effects of test articles on test subjects
    - unresponsive, immature, managers
    - "look the other way" culture

    Advice to Management

    Do better than the ones that left their "skeletons" in the MPI closet.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Never look back"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of experience to be gained, good practical skill building

    Cons

    Entrenched management, unclean, no room for promotion, low pay, cliquey,


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benifits are ok. Nice cafeteria. Nice walking paths around campus. Give opportunities to fresh grads. Can learn a lot of things about GLP and documentation.

    Cons

    No life basically. Managers throw you under the bust all the time. Bioanalytical department is just a vicious place to work for. Horrible managers including the VP.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value people.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Management needs some work"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Mattawan, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have met a lot of great workers who are now some of my best friends

    Cons

    The management needs some serious work


  6. Helpful (5)

    "You're Replaceable"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quite honestly, the people with whom you work will make or break your time here. I moved here for this job and met some of my best friends through MPI. For that, I am thankful.
    Also, the cafeteria is pretty great.

    Cons

    You're replaceable. And everyone knows that. And you're treated like it. Being a Research Technician is not a glamorous job by any means - you'll get sweaty, pooped and/or peed on by animals, and work so much overtime and holidays that you won't remember what having a social life that isn't centered around when you don't work weekends is like. Promotions are far and few. Favoritism is rampant. If you mess up, you'll more than likely be placed on probation or fired-again, that depends on how much they like you. The benefits are just okay. Same with the pay. Project leaders can be completely incompetent, and you'll wonder why the company pays to keep them on for knowing nothing about their studies and/or misleading technicians. (Some are great - don't get me wrong.)

    Advice to Management

    It's not hard to take a crappy job and make it respectable. All you have to do is be more selective about who you hire and increase pay. Factories do it. MPI is essentially a research factory. Take the Research Technician role and make it respectable. People will stay longer and you won't have such a massive turnover rate. People will actually try harder and not mess up as much. But, continue the way you have, and you'll just keep hiring, hiring, hiring.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Reproductive Toxicology"

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

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Immediate managers try to help out employees.

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about the needs of their employees (went to cheaper PPE even though it was less effective).

    Poor compensation.

    Frequent 70+ hour work weeks.

    Very few opportunities for advancement.

    High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Meet the needs of the employees you manage

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible"

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    Current Employee - Michigan in Portage, MI
    Current Employee - Michigan in Portage, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cafeteria has good food. A lot of the people that work here have great work ethics. Opportunities to move departments.

    Cons

    They don't care about employees. Awful performance reviews. They do not give performance raises and have unclear goals. Promotions given to friends not based on skill

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on skill. Reward your employees with recognition. Allow for advancement. Pay based on skills. Know your employees better


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Associate"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits.

    Cons

    The companies culture is deplorable. This leaves 0 room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of your employees skills-not your employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    ""nice" is different than good"

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

    Pros

    I was happy with my salary. There are some very smart and capable study directors. The variety of research occurring is interesting.

    Cons

    One of the negatives is somewhat simply a hazard of the industry- many priorities shift rapidly day to day. E.g. getting input from a sponsor late Friday afternoon that they want a bunch of samples analyzed ASAP. In a perfect world, this would be ameliorated by a team atmosphere built on trust and sharing information efficiently. MPI is not in that world. Instead, managers provide very little information to their teams, leading to a profoundly alienating loss of autonomy. You are a cog in a data factory, and asking questions is severely penalized.

    The atmosphere at MPI has been described as "tribal" by the interm CEO from the investment group that just bought them out (Charlie Harwood), and that is a fair critique.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear guidance to managers on basic standards for what constitutes minimal communication with their teams. Provide thoughtful input that goes beyond "don't tell jokes" so managers can learn how to handle professional communication in a diverse world (employees should not be subjected to "jokes" about how uncomfortable managers are when Middle Eastern people visit their church).
    Much of training that is provided appears focused on providing the minimum dry information required to cover legal liabilities, and it does so in a way that is pretty inhumane and mechanical. You can't each true professional ethics, but you can provide an environment where the emphasis isn't on keeping up appearances above all else and fear of anyone different.


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