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Neogen Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great People and a good work environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits, somewhat relaxed environment, staff is friendly and easy to get along with (in 7 reviews)

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

  • Upper management is a terrible group (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to start...not to stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Administrative in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company mindset in a large corportion, excellent people to work with, incredible diversity of people, responsibilities, abilities, and positions, and a corporate willingness for internal moves, very good benefits.

    Cons

    Small company mindset in a large corporation...this can often manifest as "mom and pop" procedures. Very poor infrastructure and supply chain management, an upper management focus on "ringing the cash register," often at the expense of procedure, safety, and ethics. Very low pay in most, but not all, positions; far below industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    A company that is supposed to be dedicated to "Food and Animal Safety" should probably be more concerned with its ethical reputation.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Undervalued employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned protein purification and chromatography techniques. It was decent experience for a first job out of college, but I know my degree fetches a much higher price. Do some research to determine how much your degree is worth before applying here.

    Cons

    They treat their employees as expendables. The threshold for getting fired is quite low. They undervalue their employees and pay half of what they should be making. At my salary, I couldn't afford a car payment and student loans and was losing money.

    Advice to Management

    Management is resistant to change and consists of brown-nosers to the next tier up. The management I experienced always asked their superiors instead of making a decision for themselves. On top of that, they are not malleable with rules or schedules in the slightest, and no matter what, the rules apply, and strictly.


  3. "Customer Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Lansing, MI

    Pros

    Work with a great group of people, very supportive and everyone works together as a team. Good pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    The company is growing so fast that there is a need to hire a lot of new employees to accommodate the growth.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to recognize and thank the employees who work hard every day to go above and beyond to take care of the customers.


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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Sweat Shop"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Supervisor in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Lab Supervisor in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Made friends, like you would in prison. Can listen to music, for now. Can fratrenize and get away with it.
    Made my resume look amazing so I could escape this interment camp and get treated like a human being.

    Cons

    Upper management is a terrible group. Misogynistic comments, fraterinization, condescending, lackluster educations, "too busy" to help or listen, doesn't even interview you before hired but will yell at you later for not living up to their outrageous expectations.
    If you are good, you get every project. If you don't care, you get promoted over those who have been there for years. If you disrespect authority, they treat you better and give you special treatment. If you're female, they'll only like you if you're cute.
    You work 12 hours and get asked why this or that wasn't done.
    Someone works terribly slow next to you and gets paid more.
    You know the science behind things? Doesn't matter, you are a robot and you aren't good enough.
    Appreciation isn't in their vocabulary. False, fake, liar, hypocrite, however, are their key words for life.

    Advice to Management

    Admit mistakes. Promote the correct people. Listen. Think outside the box.
    ...actually take advice from every exit interview.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Okay for a few years..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Delta Center, MI
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Delta Center, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's good experience for food safety fields. There is possibility to advance quickly to Territory manager when hired as inside sales.

    Cons

    Pay is highly variable and unfair amongst coworkers of the same position. 'Old school' way of doing things. Expanding fast but trying to keep up I guess


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful Co-workers, Feel Good Mission"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people work at Neogen - friendly, hardworking and fun. A mission & products you can feel good about (food & animal safety). Company is growing fast. Numerous female managers.

    Cons

    Lower compensation than average for some entry level positions but opportunities to move up & great benefit package.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more flexible work arrangements, employee profit sharing and additional PTO to make Neogen an even better place to work.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers, you will quickly bond and become friends with most because you will realize that you're all stuck in it together and going through the same stuff. Some of the managers/supervisors have your best interest and well being in mind, but this is limited to a few and you will quickly learn which ones they are. Chance to gain some quick experience and leave for a better job.

    Cons

    Almost too many to name. Pay is absurdly low for what they expect from you and what you should be payed. Upper management is delusional about what's going on around them. Turnover rate is so high you won't know some of your coworkers for more than a couple months. No communication or clear direction from management, you'll just be left feeling confused and frustrated. If you perform well at your job, you'll just be overworked and under appreciated/compensated. No room for advancement, most of the position changes are given to favorites. Complaints about work problems and issues within the company just fall on deaf ears as management just doesn't want to take suggestions or advice to help fix things.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and listen to your employees instead of assuming you're always right. Appreciate the people below you instead of treating them like another piece of equipment.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales Directors are dead weight\old. Holding company back. Not forward thinking..not all but most."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Neogen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Making great acquisitions in food safety industry. Great people but hire young with no experience and do not mentor them properly. Need to develop people but pay is poor so get people who are still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. They end up leaving or company fails sales goals because they don't know how to develop people.

    Cons

    Slow to keep up with all their markets. Want direct vs distribution??? Why..who does this today in biz world when you are a manufacturer? Foreign mkts yes but U.S. no??? Why?

    Advice to Management

    Trust your tenured sales force. Become a sales organization not a marketing organization.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Treated like your ignorant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Packaging in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Benefits, 401k, stock, pto (although they could dish more), company events like picnics, family events and promotional events like the sparrow health days and Red Cross blood donations

    Cons

    Management is terrible and you get treated like you don't know anything, they don't train anyone properly, the pay sucks, not enough promotion or pay upgrades available...it's like a family plan they only push the people they like into promotions and they have wayyyy to much overtime and not enough time with family

    Advice to Management

    Take a management class and treat everyone how you deserve to be treated


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Neogen to build a resume not for a salary."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Stable company to work for.
    Job opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    Low salaries.
    Lack of communication in between managers and employees.

    Advice to Management

    More communication in between managers and employees. Specially in operations.


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