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Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great People and a good work environment (in 12 reviews)

  • Position allows for work life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for advancement, most of the position changes are given to favorites (in 6 reviews)

  • Many employees are frustratingly under-trained due to the high turnover (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Neogen"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Easy, repetitive work. Wasn't hard to pick up on.

    Cons

    high turn over, very young management.


  2. "Decent job"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lincoln, NE
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people and environment are amazing.

    Cons

    The pay could be better.

  3. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck
    Position allows for work life balance

    Cons

    Low wages
    Management not held responsible for anything
    Zero accountability
    Drama just like high school
    Good work not noticed just whose rear you kiss

    Advice to Management

    Holding out hope the new CEO will make major improvements. I will hold out until new fiscal year but I could make a ton elsewhere. Unfortunately, until Herbert is 100% gone nothing will change.


  4. "Unappreciative Management, VERY low wages, extreme workloads."

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Neogen is to get experience.
    Benefits aren’t bad, especially dental. 401k with 3% matching.
    Paid holidays. Paid PTO.
    Lots of opportunity for overtime.
    Your coworkers are usually great people.
    Many catered events, discounts on local sports tickets. Volunteer Time Off.
    Company raises money for charities through events like 5k races and employee raffles.

    Cons

    There’s a public Neogen, and the real Neogen. It’s an intensely stressful work environment.

    Only PTO, no sick days. If you take Volunteer Time Off, you do not get paid extra for overtime worked in the same week unless you make up the 8 hours. PTO requests are very limited for the entire month of May (end of the fiscal year.)

    Management is extremely disorganized. Constantly pushing to manufacture and release products that are subpar, because everything is on backorder. Trouble prioritizing because every manager feels their product is the most important. Incredible lack of communication between all employees/management, causing confusion, errors, panic. Everyone complains about the lack of communication but no one takes steps to improve it.

    Lies to public by launching product lines on the market that are incomplete, haven’t passed pilot testing. Inconsistency/failed reproducibility within product lines, with blame falling on employees instead of processes. Management grasps at straws to find problems and demand ridiculous solutions. Manufacture new products using unapproved subcomponents. Management takes turns throwing each other under the bus. Most take credit for employees’ hard work.

    Works employees to the bone, many working 12+ hours shifts, others working 6 or 7 days a week with no appreciation, and leads to a breakdown of work/life balance. They call this “mandatory overtime.”

    Easy for some to move up, due to the outrageous employee turnover. Loyal employees passed over for promotions because of employee/management relationships and favoritism. Inappropriate amount of fraternization in multiple departments. Other employees are privately and sometimes publicly scolded. Some managers reprimand employees for having mental health issues, while the managers can act out. Many things done without employee knowledge or understanding.

    Usually understaffed. Many employees are frustratingly under-trained due to the high turnover. It’s a sink or swim environment, and the lack of proper training leads to mistakes in the manufacturing process.

    Upper management beats down the ladder until the workers are the ones getting all of the stress. Management does not absorb that stress, causing very low moral. Management pushing up deadlines to appease others, even when they know it is chronologically impossible. Blames worker for unmet deadlines.

    HR tries to buy your love with Neogen “swag” and cheap sports tickets that are “first come, first serve” only to employees with email. They also screw up paychecks for an unknown number of employees and do not investigate unless there is a complaint. Even then, they put up a fight.

    Improper disposal of methanol in most laboratories. Neogen creates a shameful amount of waste, only recycles cardboard.

    Company makes half a billion per year, pays alarmingly below job market averages. Tiny 1% raises on an annual basis. Still expects employees to bend over backward and stay within fake, arbitrary budgets.

    There’s more, but if you’re still reading, it’s NOT worth it. Many have accepted their fate and end up not caring about exceeding expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul your attitudes and create real solutions. Do not release subpar product, no matter to whom you’re selling it. Respect your employees and thank them with words, not coffee cups. They are the reason you still have a job and you burn them out. Stop shrugging your shoulders and take some responsibility. Some of you have no real integrity. Don’t make fake promises. Don’t delegate your stress to employees. When everything is a priority backorder, nothing becomes a true priority. This company has all the potential in the world, but will always be handicapped due to the unhappy employees and the subpar products. No one seems genuinely concerned about the real reasons for the high turnover.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Last resort employment"

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    Current Employee - Shipping Clerk Team Lead in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Shipping Clerk Team Lead in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only reason to work here is if you can't find work else where.
    The best thing about Neogen is that you will notice how good you had it at your last job. Neogen will make you're new job feel like a blessing. Thanks Neogen.

    Cons

    I've given NEOGEN five years with a start pay of 9.50 and when I left I was making 12.55.
    Neogen's theme song is 'Another one bites the dust'. Neogen is a revolving door that can't keep employees because of low pay. In the five years I put in I've seen more then 40 people come and go in the shipping department.
    This is high school all over again. Promotions based on who you kiss up to.
    Hard work doesn't ever go noticed and often times deadlines are short and the workload is over bearing.
    Department meetings are only held when something bad happens. It feels like only bad things get noticed.
    Morale is very low. Management expects miracle for next to nothing.
    Upper management doesn't care about employees, even those that bend over backwards and give it their all.
    Random drug test are only preformed when they are attempting to fire you.
    Sexual harassment is not uncommon.
    Don't expect to retire here.
    Don't expect hr or management to have your back.

    Advice to Management

    Before criticizing any employee understand the burden of the work. Stop expecting miracles to happen when all employees are already giving you 100% of their ability.
    Focus on the core of the company because that's where the rotting is growing.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "You can do better"

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Chemist in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Don't need to pay for parking. Working at Neogen will motivate you to re-evaluate your career / life.

    Cons

    Hard to describe how negative this work experience was. My work colleagues were great people, but it was easy to feel a general sense of "I have come to terms with how horrible this place is - and have no interest in advancing my career" from those who had been with Neogen for more than 6 months.

    It's a sad / almost depressing place to work. Take some time to explore other options. You can do better.

    Advice to Management

    I have no faith management will take action on this feedback.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Run away"

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, you learn a lot mostly on your own and end up very independent. Once you are done here you can take on any job.
    Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Working for Neogen is like an unhealthy relationship in which you bring 110% of your commitment and effort and the other side doesn't acknowledged it nor appreciate it.
    Use it only as a stepping stone and then run as fast and far as you can.

    Advice to Management

    They just don't care. The underdog works hard and cares about customers. Managers only care about numbers and not the people behind them.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Miserable experience."

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

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Decent entry level pay, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work environment and working with people who were content to be silent and miserable the whole work day. Mandatory overtime, and the hourly wage is not enough to get anyone who doesn't absolutely need that particular job to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they deserve and try to encourage better attitudes from your employees through bonuses or something. Everyone seemed so depressed.


  9. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and good company outlook

    Cons

    Low pay makesit hard to stay


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Lab Technician I"

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

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are good. Occasional free food is good.

    Cons

    Pay is very low for the work that is done. High stress job. Management avoids promoting people,but will give you extra responsibilities to get work done at a lower cost.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new manager.


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