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PolyScience Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "I would work here again."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Customer Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PolyGarbage"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "People company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "It is a laid back company but does not pay very well either."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Niles, IL

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment but not structure

    Cons

    Very narrow minded and they do not pay competitive salary.

    Advice to Management

    Except new ideas and concepts.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a lot of structure, not a lot of supervision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    I have never had such freedom to do my job the way I think it should be done. Management of salaried employees is great for those of us who know what we're doing and can act like grown ups in the workplace.

    Cons

    If they paid me any less, I'd have to go on food stamps. I won't be there for long.

    Advice to Management

    Try paying people what their worth. Try paying people the local average, at least.


  10. "Never boring."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people, knowledgeable, a community. World Class - Lean Manufacturing. Innovative and interesting product development. Has a good history in the market place.

    Cons

    Never ending work load, although it is better to be busy than slow. A larger facility is needed. Could offer more basic training on product operation - would improve manufacturing ability - quality.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on training employees and involvement with development of product (team) - why and how product works - assembly practices, you may be pleasantly surprised at the knowledge of and ideas from all employees. Solicit feedback and listen.


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