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Promega Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  • A lot of turnover in upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • low salary and not a lot of room to grow (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Company that truly values the employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fitchburg, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fitchburg, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I joined Promega a little over a year ago and am continuously amazed with all of the amazing things the company has to offer. The culture is one of a kind and we are lucky to have such an amazing campus. (Walking trails, cafeterias or cafes in most buildings (with an awesome culinary team who creates amazing food), wellness center, Zen Zone (saunas, whirl pools, steam room, relaxation room, yoga studio), workout facility in most of the buildings, and a lot of open work spaces). The CEO truly values each and every employee and it shows in the way he runs the business. It’s a company where you can feel comfortable to be yourself and know that the work you’re doing is appreciated. It's also an environment where work life balance is a real thing and not something that is used as a recruiting ploy that never comes to fruition.

    Cons

    It is a pretty flat organization. There are a lot of opportunities to move around and get more experience/take on new responsibilities, but it's not a company where you are going to climb a corporate latter and move up quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fitchburg, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fitchburg, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Promega full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am so fortunate to work at a company like this. Promega is truly a place that cares about their people! The environment is wonderful, the work is challenging and fun and the people are so passionate about the company! An extremely positive company to work in and for! I couldn't be happier!

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of anything.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing in caring and recognizing your people!


  3. "Feeling Grateful!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Promega is really making an effort to ensure we are the best we can be as people, professionals, community members, etc. The programs and focus around ESI (emotional and social intelligence) has been life changing for me and many others in the organization.

    Cons

    Walking between buildings on the Madison campus in the winter can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Take all of the opportunities you can to get to know the people you work with and who for you. They are our greatest asset!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Low salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Services in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Technical Services in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Parties and perks, Small town

    Cons

    Low salary, Bad manager, Average benifots

    Advice to Management

    Dont run technical services like and army. extreme micro management of time


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful Work Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Scientist in Fitchburg, WI
    Former Employee - Production Scientist in Fitchburg, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Campus is beautiful and the buildings are elegantly designed
    -Gyms in every building with free fitness classes offered to all employees, even yoga studios
    -Cafeterias serving fresh high quality meals
    -Great employees, very intelligent and friendly
    -Amazing work/life balance
    -Training was comprehensive and allowed for a smooth transition into the company without stress

    Cons

    There are not many, the salaries are a little lower than at other companies, however the benefits definitely out way this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, you have made Promega a great place to work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A company with a long term plan to stay in business"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Scientist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Production Scientist in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The corporate culture values employees. Life work balance, plenty of opportunities to grow and develop in areas you like, although this doesn't always mean you will climb the promotion ladder.

    Cons

    Upper level management is isolated with respect to the rest of the company, they seem to have a disconnect with what really grows Promega, consistent, high quality, products.

    Advice to Management

    Stay engaged


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Warm and Wonderful"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + People are extremely welcoming, positive atmosphere
    + Very flexible work schedule
    + Interesting work for those who like the sciences
    + The *best* perks/benefits
    + Room for professional growth
    + Not a "one and done" interview process
    + The Promega "way" is very positive/development-focused
    + Campus-type feel
    + Gorgeous property, if that's your thing

    Cons

    - Interview process can be lengthy, but worth it in my opinion
    - Pay could be better
    - Expensive neighborhood if you plan on living close

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. I have not met a company that offers so much to their employees, and I hope that they keep listening to their employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent sales commission potential, good solid products with many new products being introduced regularly. Training on products was very intense, but comprehensive, with continued updates and re-trainings. Great cohesive group of people in the field sales team. Good work family balance and flexibility

    Cons

    Change in upper management resulted in reorganization and elimination of many positions. If my position had not been eliminated, I definitely would have stayed on and would return to work for Promega, if the right opportunity arose again.

    Advice to Management

    Keep introducing new products and encouraging team building among your employees


  9. "Communications"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mills, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mills, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Promega (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours and good work-life balance

    Cons

    hiring process is daunting and irregular


  10. Helpful (5)

    "As R&D continues to marginalize good people, the program will decline"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many friendly people. Good facilities. Good work life balance. Great cafeteria.

    Cons

    Management (particularly in R&D) is selected and promoted on the basis of reinforcing their management's (frequently ill considered) biases and desires. Many managers and directors in R&D show little regard for the science, or the scientists who try to speak up for it. Scientists who think and operate independently are being weeded out by the R&D program. People most knowledgeable about the science are stuck in a permanent 'underclass'. Many of the managers in R&D are maintaining their position through fear and intimidation of the promising scientists that they encounter. Too many of the best scientists in the department refuse to offer their ideas to help, since they can never benefit from doing so. Too many good scientists have left, or were pushed out by this management. Look up 'mushroom management' to get a sense. Difficulties in recruitment stem from applicants reading online reviews. I have tried to recruit friends (who were great scientists) to the company, and they declined on the basis of our reputation.

    Advice to Management

    There are deep problems within the R&D program. The VP of R&D is aware of them, as is HR. There is no advice I can give better than this: Start taking the HR/management situation in R&D seriously. Imagine that the performance of the department might stem from how people are treated. Identify the managers who have maintained their positions through fear, intimidation, and retaliation against their critics. Consider applying Code of Conduct to these individuals.


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