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Pace Analytical Reviews

Updated February 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great entry level position to get your foot in the door with a lab and gain work experience (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, great variety of work (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Incredibly low pay, especially for contract workers (in 20 reviews)

  • No room for growth within the company (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Employees come last"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced job with great coworkers

    Cons

    High turnover rates because employees came last, management had no problem making high promises to clients with no regard to how it affected their employees.


  2. "Good company to work for overall"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pace has good communication and management, through my own experience, was easy to talk to, get a hold of, and would recognize and react to concerns.

    Cons

    You have to accrue vacation. They are lenient when you are first hired if you already have vacations planned, so that's nice. But accrual is slow. Pay was competitive but nothing particularly spectacular.


  3. "pace review made under duress"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Greensburg, PA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Greensburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good strong ethical company with good people

    Cons

    Health care is a challenge, but since this is the only place I have worked since Obama care it is probably the same everywhere

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into your people


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  5. "LabOps Division - Good People, Mediocre Pay and Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Worker in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering Worker in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pace has a highly talented group of employees and management, many fresh from college and ready to adapt to the latest industry practices. There is a lot of talent at this company, I just with the company knew it.

    Cons

    Very poor salary. Pace is a business which always seems to be expanding. I feel that senior management has put far too much emphasis on acquisitions and growth and "competing in the industry" as opposed to investing in the people and employees that actually enable them to compete and grow. On my team, turnover was high enough that I became the most senior member within 2 years. Pace pays so far below the market rate for so many positions, that almost any movement out of the company meant a significantly higher paycheck. This means that Pace sees substantial loss of talent and experience to a problem that has a seemingly simple solution.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about your employees that have stuck with the small paychecks for 1yr+. Find out what they actually do every day and then do some research and see what they're actually worth. You'll be surprised. I am doing very similar work now for a different company and my salary more than doubled when I left Pace. Pace places a large focus on consistency and high levels of customer service; It only makes sense that should invest in the employees that make those goal attainable. Appreciate your people and they will appreciate your company back with higher productivity and quality.


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    "Great Place to Start, but not much growth and low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Pace Analytical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pace is a great place to start off your career with an undergrad in Chemistry. You can learn hands on analytical work and get into the nuts and bolts of lots of very expensive instrumentation.

    Cons

    Pace is now owned by an equity group and the goals of the company are now aligned with top line revenue growth, no matter the cost to individuals or bottom lines. It leaves the operational staff feeling less valued and in turn, like a job not a career.

    Advice to Management

    Performance Based Promotions. Career Development, and less office politics.


  7. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fabulous company with tremendous opportunity if ambitious.

    Cons

    Worst I could say is long hours are sometimes required.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the opportunities you provide. You can start as an analyst and be promoted to Sr Mgmt if willing to dedicate time and learn.


  8. "Okay, could be better"

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good company, support their workers if they are unhappy with a client or work they are doing. Find new contracts after current one is finished instead of making you do it yourself

    Cons

    Terrible pay, don't give a chance to negotiate salary during annual review process. Can be frustrating to be bounced between entry level positions


  9. "If you're not in Minnesota, keep looking"

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

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time

    Pros

    Professional development opportunities. A sense of contributing to society

    Cons

    Pay scales are very low compared to averages. No real room for growth. Benefits for employees outside of the headquarters are significantly reduced.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your internal processes, and engage employees more.


  10. "Sales-Account Executive"

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

    I have been working at Pace Analytical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoy my clients. They are decent people to work with.

    Cons

    Managers are clueless, lazy and arrogant. Don't train much. You have to learn on the fly. High turnover ratio.

    Advice to Management

    Promote managers who actually care and lead by example.


  11. "Not a great place to work long-term."

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst I in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst I in Green Bay, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed Atmosphere
    Most people were fun to work with.
    Good to gain a year or two of experience, then move on.

    Cons

    Management does not care for retraining, if you don't understand something and make a mistake, you get sacked and replaced, just like that

    Advice to Management

    Give CLEAR warnings as to what consequences of write ups are.



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