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Nelson Labs Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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  • Low pay, hard to advance without scientific background (in 9 reviews)

  • Salaries are minimal for the amount of work required and the expectations of the employee (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start but really bad management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson Labs full-time

    Pros

    Has fantastic coworkers who easy my stress

    Cons

    extremely poor management in their healthcare department. Want feedback but do nothing to improve situations. Heavy workload and under pay. CEO want feedback but does not handle it well. Upper management suck. Management favor employees. Even some management are ready to quit. Company does not live up to it promises to it employees

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees time and the amount of work they do.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Obvious Glass Ceiling"

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    Current Employee - "enginn" in Taylorsville, UT
    Current Employee - "enginn" in Taylorsville, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having peers who shares dissatisfaction with poor management skills of leaders, and poor pay-task ratio. Employees rally together to stay motivated and overcome challenges.

    Cons

    Unfair EPS ratio. Promotions for hardworking employees are slim to unfair. Promoted employees are "friends" to the managers and are the ones who work the least. The key to be promoted is by being mediocre - people who tries to be the best rarely get's recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Take advice from your LEAN coaches - fire poor performing managers and hire a trainer to mentor the leaders. Don't promote inefficiency with your lack of leadership skills. Keep your future leaders by listening to their advices.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Study Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Study Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok, if you're desperate for work. Don't expect to be compensated well for hard work.

    Cons

    Nepotism and favoritism at its best. Terrible pay.

    Advice to Management

    None, good luck!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Former employee"

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

    I worked at Nelson Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free popcorn, and easy work wnvironment

    Cons

    Jeff nelson is a micro manager. Attention all managers... This is not a good company to go work for. His senior staff are "yes" men. Jeff knows no other company and so his views are limited of ways to lead. He is unwilling to bring in leaders who have more experience than he does. He rarely empowers and speaks to collaboration, but does not collaborate and create a comfortable environment. He is the only decision maker as it is his company. He views all other leaders as mere advisors to him so he can make the call.

    Advice to Management

    Go work somewhere else where you can develop and grow.


  5. "$2 per hour difference in pay for HS diploma vs 4 year degree in biology."

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in South Jordan, UT
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managemebt is accessible. Able to gain lab experience but at high personal cost. Free hot chcolqye and coffee as well as a lunch room with good food. Gym is nice and well maintained.

    Cons

    Working conditions are poor - various departments even have a point based demerit system. Will force you follow strict progression plan...As an excuse to keep you where you are. More often a broken rule abused by management than a "plan"

    Advice to Management

    If you make a rule follow your own rule. Nothing like getting in big trouble for late training tasks when the manager of your department has 3 times as many late tasks.


  6. "Undervalued Lab Staff"

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    Current Employee - Study Director
    Current Employee - Study Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson Labs full-time

    Pros

    The facility is nice and well-kept.

    Cons

    The driving force of the company is its laboratory operations, but lab personnel are undervalued. The high level of accountability/responsibility required of people in the lab is paired with low compensation and a lot of stress in many instances. The company recently merged with Sterigenics and things are worsening for lab staff as many groups are experiencing high workloads in an attempt for Nelson Labs to become more "lean." Many longstanding people are leaving the company and the CEO now seems out of touch. Cannot recommend.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your own company values and the standards you expect your employees to hold when you offer measly $40K salaries to Study Directors.


  7. "Lab Analyst I"

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

    I worked at Nelson Labs full-time

    Pros

    First month of training was very well executed.

    Cons

    Not enough work to do, overstaffed
    Wasteful with paper
    Operations could use A LOT of work on creating a better flow
    Lack of communication with fellow lab analysts
    Everyone is in competition with each other, not willing to help out newbies
    Very under paid for this type of industry
    Hours are odd
    Weird rules to advance in the company

    Advice to Management

    Realize how to be a leader rather than a boss. It was always hard tracking down a study director, supervisor or even the head of the department to ask a simple question. My short time there I always got the run around and spent more of my time trying to find a superior rather than "testing."

    Also, as a leader, make a decision depending on the companies NEEDS not on if it'll hurt people's feelings. You are in this position for a reason and sometimes you have to make the tough calls to benefit everyone in the near future.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "High pressure environment, overwhelming workload."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Overall, I work with great people. Most of my co-workers are nice, competent, smart, and quality-minded. Interactions are friendly, for the most part.

    Cons

    My workload is completely overwhelming. The company is understaffed in general, and management won't do anything about it in order to keep profits high.
    One person routinely does the work of 2+ people.
    The environment is high-pressure, and the stress level increases all the time. There is no improvement in sight.
    Work-life balance is non-existant. Management constantly demands more while providing inadequate resources. People work 8+ hours per day, then take laptop computers home in the evening to do more work. Being a workaholic is rewarded, while those who still work hard, but also try to have a life outside work are not valued and their contributions are not recognized.
    Employees are treated like property/equipment rather than human beings. You are just a resource to be used up, and you are replaceable.
    Very little PTO given, no sick leave provided. Employees come to work sick because of their workload and the lack of PTO, and the illness spreads throughout the company.
    Rampant nepotism and favoritism.
    The compensation is not adequate for the stress and workload; the benefits package is bad and gets worse every year.
    Management pays lip service to appreciating and caring about employees, but their actions and the general work environment are not consistent with this claim.
    Too many meetings to attend, too much micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people to meet the demands of the workload.
    Prove that you actually care about employees by addressing problems with work-life balance and improving the compensation/benefits.
    Promote based upon qualifications rather than family or other connections.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to start a career, good training.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Workload is unmanageable at times, but little is done to alleviate this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck


  10. Helpful (3)

    "You can be easily replaced"

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    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and push for work/family balance. They will pay tuition up to $5000,

    Cons

    If you aren't management it is made known that you are replaceable, they pay very low for the field but say that they compensate by how great the culture is, unfortunately, the culture does not pay the bills. Raises are usually just cost of living raises and are very low. Bonuses for tier 5 employees are so very low compared to the rest of the company. Most departments have mandatory overtime because they are not hiring effectively. The company as a whole is great but there are so many issues interdepartmentally.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the employees that are doing all the grunt work. They are being overlooked on so many levels.


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