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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Northwood, OH
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Northwood, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NAMSA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not so long ago this was a small family business, it has grow and has some of the benefits of a family business but is large enough to have opportunity for employees to grow

    Cons

    You have to be comfortable with the work of the company

    Advice to Management

    You are on track, keep moving foward


  2. "Company cares about its employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary with low cost of living
    Reasonable work-life balance
    Good employee relations

    Cons

    Limited equipment at times
    Monotonous work at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - continue to invest in capital improvements for the future


  3. Helpful (6)

    "SENIOR LAB TECHNOLOGIST"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technologist in Northwood, OH
    Current Employee - Lab Technologist in Northwood, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team you work with will be the only thing keeping you motivated.

    Cons

    The supervisors are a joke. They don't even do they job they are paid to do. They take many days off whenever they want but demand the job to be done even if it means over time. They sit in numerous "meetings" or "conference calls" and are never available to actually help. The guy who does most of the work isn't "qualified" for the position but he's doing all the supervisors work with no respect.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and not what the supervisors say. They will admit to not knowing the job anymore.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Over 5 years of laboratory work"

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

    I have been working at NAMSA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The team you work with will become lifelong friends and will feel like your family. I say that because you will no longer have friends and family outside of work once hired. The teams within each department are very close knit and hardworking.

    Cons

    Extraordinary amount of overtime, no work-social life balance at all, minimal pay, no chance of career growth unless you're married to/related to/best friends with someone high up. Weekend work and holiday work isn't awful. There is some effort to keep it light on those occasions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They're not stupid. They're speaking from the heart. They want to do better and be better if only they weren't constantly beaten down by being overworked and underappreciated.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good for experience then move on"

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

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers, low level management does all they can and are supportive of employees. Good career growth in the right departments. Decent pay at mid to upper levels.

    Cons

    Poor pay at entry level, poor treatment by mid and upper management. Little concern for quality by many mid managers. Terrible career opportunities for entry level. Entry level employees are really treated as disposable, I know one that was actually told she was "replaceable." No support of low level supervisors by mid and upper management. As other have mentioned, very family oriented in that if you belong to the right family, opportunities are endless. Almost all management is promoted from within and the few hired from the outside are quickly driven out because they aren't "one of us" and *gasp* have suggestions for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Support the technicians doing the work with more staff, resources, and support. It's hard to get good data from over worked, burned out, bitter employees. When making changes, come up with novel ideas (or hire people who can). All I see is the same two ideas to fix problems rotated every year or two, trying to fix long standing issues (that are mostly due to lack of staff).


  7. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at NAMSA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented, great values, growing field with lots of opportunities, really care about clients

    Cons

    Always plenty of work, too many priorities


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Run far, far away."

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

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

    Pros

    Many of the people who work at this company are overworked but you forge friendships that will last. Best advice is to stay out of the drama.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity. All "lower" level workers work their butts off everyday for a company who holds getting the yearly bonus over their heads. The upper management and owners of the company turn a blind eye to what goes on at the lower work levels and hire more managers instead of hiring people into departments that really need the workers. There is absolutely no work life balance at this company.They promote a feeling of family since it is a family owned business, however,it feels like they are more slave drivers. All money making departments have workers that put in so much overtime they get resentful of having to go to work. Because of all the unacknowledged hard work that goes on in the labs, there are poor attitudes that just drag everyone around them down. Nepotism runs high at this company, and in order to move up you have to prove that you are willing to be a puppet for higher management otherwise you will be led by intimidation. Your only way of success is to be part of the Nepotism or marry into it. Politics plays a large role in who gets a promotion, it seems that if you are a hard worker then you will be looked over for your boss's best friend. Management has no idea how many people at this company are currently looking for better jobs and will be surprised when they lose their good workers.

    Advice to Management

    Change the management. Upper management and the owners need to understand that in order to grow a business they need to help alleviate some of the stress that the workers feel by hiring more help when necessary. This is a money driven company with no regard for who they step on during the process. Use this company as a stepping stone for a first job then get out !!!


  9. "Study Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Study Director I in Northwood, OH
    Current Employee - Study Director I in Northwood, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NAMSA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For Toledo area, it is the best science related company to work for. Big enough to move the ranks, small enough to feel known.

    Cons

    Toledo area is limiting. The company has a small bonus plan seemingly. Technician positions don't pay that well which leads to decent turn over in the labs.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better input into keeping the departments fully staffed. Seasons of feeling over worked come and go, but more emphasis on retaining employees could be worked on.


  10. "It is a well managed company and treats there employees with respect"

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

    I have been working at NAMSA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well managed, lets the individual do their job without interference..It is competitive with salary and benefits. Maintains a good work atmosphere. It puts employees in situation where they can grow.

    Cons

    Possibly improve on computer systems

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. "Employees are Disposable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Somewhwere In the Middle in Northwood, OH
    Former Employee - Somewhwere In the Middle in Northwood, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and so are the benefits. Scientifically, they do good work and the experience gained at this company is first rate and very valuable.

    Cons

    It's a sweatshop. Burnout is planned and turnover is high. Take your experience and plan to move on within two to three years. There are some nice people, but some very, VERY bad ones too (with influence). Be very careful who you trust.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management is dumped on and tries hard. Upper management and staff lead by intimidation and indifference. Executive level are mostly owners and are money driven.


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