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Nelson Labs Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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Pros
  • An awesome company to work for with a great culture and a decent set of benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules, good benefits, competitive PTO and other benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much opportunity for growth and low pay for a lot of work and stress (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor pay for the amount of work (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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    • Senior Management
    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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    • Senior Management
    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!


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (3)

    "You can be easily replaced"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A good starting point (as long as your in the right section), but not a great long term option"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Study Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Study Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    My co-workers were great to work with. Nelson Labs is very accommodating and flexible when it comes to work schedules. It was also rewarding to help meet the needs of our clients by ensuring their products were safe for human use.

    Cons

    A feeling of disconnection company wide. Misunderstandings and a lack of appreciation from upper management (Lab Directors and Corporate team in particular). A major lack in compensation for job related stress and responsibilities (this varied largely from section to section; some sections were much simpler and lower stress while others were much more complicated and demanding, but the pay for your position was the same--this is just plain unfair and wrong). The bonus system is also quite flawed. The shared profits earnings should be distributed evenly across the company because every employee plays an equally important part in generating revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust compensation from section to section according to demands and stress level. Be open minded and listen to your employees and be willing to accommodate and work with them even if they seem to be complaining or have what you might refer to as a "attitude problem." Appreciate and generously reward your employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Entry Level Employeer, Have a plan to move on as this is not a career company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Nelson in a mid-level management position for nearly 8 years. Now that I have moved on in the industry I see things much more clearly.

    Pros: One can receive a good introduction to the market and laboratory business and have some good hands on learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Hours are not always fixed and fall under the needs of the studies being performed. Management comes from a small business atmosphere growing into big business. There is somewhat of a totalitarian atmosphere from the executive leadership and an almost fear like attitude from staff as they never know what to expect as a reaction to any given situation. Pay is generally low. When time for a new expansion or end of year budget report comes the first thing to go are benefits. Friends are promoted, if you make waves by asking questions you are punished. Big promises are made to clients and the staff are expected to fulfill them at all costs. Planning is generally up to one or two individuals or the sales team, scientists don't have much say in the schedule. This type of pressure can lead to mistakes, errors and sometimes shortcuts which are never a good idea. There is a "list" kept by the CEO of who he sees as needing of his intervention. Inside word is to keep off that list at all costs! As long as the company name looks good in the papers, shhh we don't talk about behind closed doors.

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark from larger international companies. Just telilng your people they are important isn't enough. Focus on LEAN but there is also a human side to the business. Bring management to the shop floor level and get your hands dirty. Invest in better controls, automation, resources, time mangement tools and earn some respect.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Lab Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Got to work with my degree, some of my coworkers became good friends, ethical company

    Cons

    Not scientific work most of the time, high stress environment, low pay. Understaffed, many sections consistently required mandatory overtime. I was unhappy while I worked there, and many other analysts I spoke to acrossed multiple sections were also very unhappy with their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for employees who have degrees if you want to keep them, provide incentives for accomplishments, care about your employees. Be flexible. You're hiring millenials, learn what makes them happy if you want to keep quality workers.


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