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POLARIS Laboratories Reviews

Updated Oct 26, 2018

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2.5
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Bryan Debshaw
43 Ratings
Pros
  • "Friendly work environment, closeness of staff, and good safety regulations(in 6 reviews)

  • "good for entry level people or people who are not familiar with a laboratory(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management will fabricate causes to fire people that disagree or they feel threatened by(in 7 reviews)

  • "It's difficult to have a work life balance(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible and Demanding Work for the Driven Employee"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    POLARIS Laboratories is a very fast-paced work environment, so if you aren't prepared to work hard and learn quickly, this place is most likely not for you. This is a great aspect if you like to be granted quite a bit of responsibility and freedom to make decisions at all levels. I really enjoyed the challenges each day provided and every single day was different. Every review for company will say the best part about...

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    Cons

    The workload at times is demanding. Overtime does occur fairly often, especially for certain departments. Pay is pretty middle of the road, but I do think that the raise and promotion schedules still need some serious reworking. The highest percentage merit raise I ever received was 3%, so I would highly recommend either working towards promotion raises or finding different new jobs internally to improve your wage. I...

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    Advice to Management

    Management is and always will be the greatest determining factor to the production employee's well being. When I started, my management team was horrible. I really did want to quit nearly every single day for the first 2 years at POLARIS Laboratories. But then my management changed at nearly every single level, and then days became a lot more enjoyable. Even though my workload was considerably high the entire time I was...

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    POLARIS Laboratories2018-10-19
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible management at the Salt Lake City location"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime and decent starting salary.

    Cons

    The company itself has no training process. When it comes to the Salt Lake City location in specific they have you read the instruction manual for your particular station once. They show you the process which involves a lot of details and handling of highly dangerous chemicals also once and then you're on your own. Any mistake gets you out the door or potentially hurt. They're not interested in retaining employees and...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop using people like working mules, equip employees with tools and information to be successful instead of simply letting them know that they made mistakes after the fact. Learn how to train and be respectful and hosnest with your employees. For the Salt Lake City location in specific, just resign. You are terrible.

    POLARIS Laboratories2018-10-26
  3. "Good Company Culture but many problems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, closeness of staff, and good safety regulations.

    Cons

    Seems to be a disconnect in the quality division and the lab floor. Management can play favorites and turn a blind eye to laziness.

    POLARIS Laboratories2018-09-11
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, Great Culture, Decent Pay, Great Work Environment, Manager Cares!

    Cons

    Biggest con at POLARIS is the benefits which are extremely expensive!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! Over the past year the environment in the lab has changed drastically. Current Management has made major changes, which have had a direct impact on the lab. Morale is better than ever, people are being held accountable, levels program is being utilized the way it was intended, work life balance is much better (NO MORE MANDATORY WEEKEND WORK) Manager, Supervisors, & Leads work hard to make...

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    POLARIS Laboratories2018-04-30
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Customer Service"

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

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    There are no highlights about this department.

    Cons

    This department for Minorities or anyone that is African American is the worst. The Management will hire you to set you up to fail. The system in this department is very much disturbing and very distasteful. They will sit all the African Americans on one side of the room grouped together and on the other side of the room all the Caucasian employees are seated and grouped on the other. These seats are all assigned seating...

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    Advice to Management

    Nothing im just beyond disgusted with the management staff they have and the way they conduct business.

    POLARIS Laboratories2018-03-08
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule. My manager is the best manager I have ever had. He works just as hard as everyone on the team. When I first started everyone went out of there way to make me feel welcome and answer my questions. All of my coworker are awesome people who are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    It is a big learning curve when you don’t know anything about oil analysis. There are office politics like at most companies. They could do a better job of trying to avoid that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on open communication and sticking to lean. Also put more of an emphasis on cross training so that when there is turnover we are not in a whole.

    POLARIS Laboratories2017-11-21
  7. "Great Company Fun Products"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Company with great products

    Cons

    Need to get better at reducing recalls

    POLARIS Laboratories2017-11-02
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Management"

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

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Gym, other employees, free snacks and drinks, open offices

    Cons

    HR doesn't seem to really care, management can be vindictive and nonsupporting, if they also give no accountability when it is clearly hurting moral of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Most of your supervisors need a class in work ethics.

    POLARIS Laboratories2017-10-25
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked for POLARIS Laboratories for over two years and was sad to leave. The culture and flexibility are unmatched. The "work hard, play hard" cliche really applies here. It is a casual atmosphere and jeans are acceptable. The company has numerous events for their employees year round including holiday parties, game lunches, cookouts, pancake breakfasts, cooking competitions, and more. My experience at POLARIS has been...

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    Cons

    It is a smaller organization so while there are many chances to advance in the organization at headquarters if you are willing to move, there is only so much upward movement available at the remote locations. The company has, however, relocated many employees from the remote locations to headquarters for advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the population and drive for improvement and change. Do that and the organization will continue to thrive, and retention rate will continue on an upward trend. I truly enjoyed my time with POLARIS. It certainly helped to improve and advance my career.

    POLARIS Laboratories2017-08-31
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of work. Many opportunities for OT. Easy to make friends with the work force.

    Cons

    Management can be a bit fickle. Work efforts are not often recognized. Opportunities to move upward are pretty limited.

    Advice to Management

    More voaability in the lab. Get to know the people for more than just your "hired hands".

    POLARIS Laboratories2017-07-09
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