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PolyScience Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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  1. "It was okay but then not so much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PolyScience full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A company has a lot of potential and cool products. Some managment changes in last few years have changed the moral and environment. Not sure of the future.

    Cons

    Changes in management. General manager left. A lot of managers now. No one is knows the long term . used to be better communication to employees.

    Advice to Management

    What is the direction?


  2. "Below Poverty Line"

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    Former Employee - Chiller Assembler in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Chiller Assembler in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complex products that are fun to build

    Cons

    Time clock is used as a way to reduce bonus payout to hardworking deserving employees. Even something as petty as petty as punching out (not an in-punch but an out -punch, meaning your lunch break is within the 30 min limit but not exactly at scheduled time) for lunch a couple minutes past twelve, is used to keep all the company profits at the office, sales, marketing and general white collar type positions. When they take on a new product they get a line up and running with minimal thought into safety or ergonomics for assembly workers. The small chiller units were an example of this, sliding heavy units on chewed up plywood benches to the next station with awkward positioning of employees in relation to product being worked on; EVER HEARD OF ROLLERS or AIR POWERED SLIDING TABLES.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and reward the people on the shop floor who are doing the REAL work. At holiday party it was painful to watch the CEO gush about how instrumental, brave, and wonderful his secretaries and other assorted cast of water cooler hanger outer types were to the success of the company. He did acknowledge some low level floor supervisor types but that was mainly because they were cheap, would stay late, come in early and not once ask any questions or ask for a raise, exactly the type of employee he loves. Take a good hard look at production floor and put yourself in those employees shoes to Ask yourself "Would i want to work like this for Below Poverty Line Pay.?"

  3. "I would work here again."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoyed working for this company. Since it is a small size company (150) you definitely get the family environment and get to understand your role and others pretty well. Opportunity to move up is there for the go getters. The technology portion of the product is pretty awesome. The production floor is kept very clean and everyone is super friendly to approach. Lastly, there are plenty of party events throughout the year!

    Cons

    They do their best to get an attractive benefits package. Although the 401k isn't ideal the company makes it up with salary. Because their is a lot of work I was not able to get more training under my belt.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up to date with system technologies for employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting product! Good production and product training. Good computer system -software!

    Cons

    Lack of structure and low morale. Nepotism!. Higher customer service standards desired. Lack of equal treatment to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real- professional & experienced management leaders-Supervisors.


  5. "Not Healthy Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of great people to work with.

    Cons

    Bad Management - System Failures Continuously - Upper Management does not know how to lead people and their examples of leadership have much to be desired. No pension plan - they give you a $200 buy in and that is it. Bonus structure is based on who brown noses the most. Very hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and let someone who knows how to run it, run it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "PolyGarbage"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PolyScience full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some Good Lunch places nearby

    Cons

    The kitchen equipment they make is designed and manufactured as cheaply as possible. They have product made offshore then bring it back to the Chicago factory and 25% of the product made offshore fails right off the bat in Chicago. They try to fix the stuff and sell it as refurbished equipment at discount to the unknowing public.
    Kitchen equipment made offshore is made with critical components not specified but cheaper critical components that have caused safety concerns. Once again, when discovered they sell the product at a discount price as refurbished.
    There is a hostile cancerous work culture at the company where if an employee tries to bring out the truth about faulty product, upper management bullies and blackballs this person to try to get them to quit.
    There is a very sick, non professional culture here that has gone on for decades.

    Advice to Management

    Grow Up. Seriously consider years and years of intense therapy for upper management, HR and for the Engineering Manager.


  7. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Management in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Niles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PolyScience full-time

    Pros

    Good times are ahead at PolyScience; changes in leadership are allowing new ideas to surface - lots of exciting changes coming up! A small company; tons of opportunity to learn more and take on responsibility if you know how to think outside of the box. Super talented employees; very knowledgeable; most are eager to help and educate others.

    Cons

    A small company, so it's hard to identify opportunities sometimes. Culture and values are in evolving; it will be interesting to see how things change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an open mind - lots of talented employees that deserve a shot and a chance to contribute more.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Still family owned, needs more young energetic people with education."

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots to do
    Lots to explores, albeit limited training and tools

    Cons

    Ownership
    Management
    Human resources enjoy letting workers go


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good People to Work With but that is not enough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, help each other.

    Cons

    All rules don't apply to all and some don't follow rules at all that are instilled for everyone else. Upper management is demeaning to all upper management and tiers.

    Advice to Management

    Hold ALL people accountable not just a select few.


  10. "People company."

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good environment, nice neighborhood, good work,

    Cons

    small size, limited opportunities, close to Chicago.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


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