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MPI Research Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Robert H. DeWit, PhD
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Pros
  • The company has lots of room for advancement and is a great place to learn new skills, due to their exceptional training programs (in 10 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, easily accessible upper management, nice facility, room to grow if you are motivated and work hard (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Work life balance can get extremely skewed toward the work side (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "You're Replaceable"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time

    Pros

    I have worked at MPI Research for 11 years. The main thing I like about this company is that if you have ambition and drive you will have opportunity to build and advance your career. Also, communication has dramatically improved throughout the company over the last year and the company is growing at a great rate. It is a pleasure to work here with all of the companies great employees.

    Cons

    Employees should take more advantage of the onsite classes that are offered.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build upon the open communication throughout the company.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ok place mostly a stepping stone."

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. PTO was good. You can learn a lot. Most people are friendly. Nice cafeteria. Good place for people trying to get their foot in the door.

    Cons

    Low pay. Very bad managers. Low motivation among people. No one appreciate good work and blame for mistakes always. Fire people left and right if you are not manager's pet..


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  5. "Company culture improving dramatically"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mattawan, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Executive management has made it a point to provide transparency in business decisions to the employees. The new CEO is friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    Some departments are still holding to the antiquated ideas of the previous owner and treating employees like objects and not humans.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the communication up-it's great to hear from you!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good for initial experience I guess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MPI Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overtime is available (sometimes too much), but it does help increase your pay. MPI is a good way to get experience for future jobs but most people don't stay there long. The coworkers are generally fun people since they skew very young.

    Cons

    Very low pay in general, and a VERY large discrepancy between similar employees. They will try to hire at the lowest possible salary which causes friction when employees find out what others at the same level are making. Lots of interference from upper management which complicates the task at hand. Unrealistic deadlines are typical. To sum up: we called it "The Science Factory" because you feel like an uneducated blue collar worker while you're there. Except for the pay, factory workers make more money.

    Advice to Management

    If you're not here to ogle 20-somethings like a creep I'd suggest getting out of the dumpster fire while you can.


  7. "Improvements ongoing"

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

    I worked at MPI Research full-time

    Pros

    Under new leadership so things may be headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    Lots of change occurs without input from those affected.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to be an active participant in the change that affects them.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "New hires have it decent, dedicated employees are forgotten"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time

    Pros

    Not that many. You will get your hours in.

    Cons

    New hires starting pay is decent. The long term dedicated employees are forgotten. Example a new hire with a degree after 6 months can be making a little less than a dollar than an employee that has been there for 9 years.

    Advice to Management

    Need to recognize the dedicated employees and get their pay to the full market value or they will start leaving.


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Over worked Under paid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MPI Research full-time

    Pros

    Bonuses, Overtime pay, paid holidays

    Cons

    Low salary, long hours, difficulty moving up.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "MPI research is like a prison"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Make lots of money, because you get tons of forced overtime.

    Cons

    Forced overtime ruins evenings, weekends and hollidays.


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