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Neogen Reviews

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

  • Decent entry level pay, good benefits (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Very low pay in most, but not all, positions; far below industry standard (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Undervalued employees"

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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.


  2. "Customer Service"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "sales rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    travel all over the world for free

    Cons

    salary was very low for the job


  4. Helpful (16)

    "Sweat Shop"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Okay for a few years..."

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    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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Worked at GeneSeek, part of Neogen Corp."

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician I
    Former Employee - Lab Technician I
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You do learn a lot about animal genomics and the overall field from working here.

    Cons

    -Lots of overtime (not forced, but essentially forced through peer pressure
    -Horrible low wages--barely above what a Walmart worker makes for people with degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, etc.
    -Poor management
    -Felt like you did not matter to the company, therefore turnover was extremely high.

    Advice to Management

    Neogen has ridiculously high hiring standards for lab technicians, when they are asked to do menial labor tasks. I worked with 15 or so other DNA extraction technicians who all had high GPAS in very difficult bachelor's degrees, yet we were all spending hours scanning barcodes and punching out chunks of cow hair. Those tasks could have been done by people without college degrees and more intellectually stimulating tasks could have been done by those who did have strong science backgrounds. Use your employees (including their advice) better according to their skills or you will forever have horrific turnover.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, pto, co workers, 401k plan

    Cons

    Sexist environment, good old boys club, women don't advance here, don't get paid as much as men do

    Advice to Management

    Pay women treat them as equal give them opportunities

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful Co-workers, Feel Good Mission"

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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.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Stay Away"

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    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.


  10. "Customer Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, laid back, benefits, good experience.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, the pay is not competitive, no real room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees shouldn't feel like they're settling.


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