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Updated November 6, 2017
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Promega Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Linton
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Pros
  • There is also a very good work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great benefits, including workout centers, on-site nurse, etc (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Some managers do not adhere to company mission (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Don't go here for long term upper management positions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At mid to lower level positions, lots of opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    Very fickle CEO. Many VPs only lasted a couple of years or less.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a low profile. Don't get promoted to a CEO direct report position.


  2. "Promega"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Promega full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, good vacation package. Good science

    Cons

    Too much politics, lot of favoratism

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Low salary"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "All that glitters...."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deep pockets, Lots of resources, generally good people and a very personal view of the way the company should move forward.Outside of California facilities, beautiful buildings

    Cons

    Capricious management, narrow viewpoints, shallow experience in non-core areas

    Advice to Management

    People are the greatest resource. Hire some with real experience in the areas where you want to move and listen to them.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Better in the past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Promega full-time

    Pros

    Campus, flexibility. Benefits. Ability to work remotely. Finally getting new technology for salesteam with 2 in 1 devices, SAP, CRM...way overdue.

    Cons

    Too much fear of CEO...the right changes don't happen because of this. Board of Directors change not good for employees, needs external people to balance internal ideas. too many Hidden agendas and manipulation. Toxic people seem to be protected as they aren't let go..instead they poison the well and the good people choose to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hidden agendas. Be transperant and listen to your teams...people have ideas to grow even if they aren't your top dog. Stop the favorites and "pets". Improve compensation.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Review"

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

    Pros

    People are generally friendly. Business is growing quickly. Benefits include free gyms in most buildings and company-sponsored events. New products are launched frequently.

    Cons

    I agree with many of the other reviews on this site. There definitely is a "Promega way" which shows itself negatively in company politics and who gets promoted. Management supports and advances those who do not question the Promega way. Those who think like management get preferential treatment. People who think differently than management have limited options for advancement or long-term careers. There is rampant "group-think" and "decision-by-committee think" which result in people not being able to make decisions on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to "non-Promega" ways of doing things. Empower people to make decisions. Develop a system for people to advance in their careers. Do not just focus your efforts on employees who think the way management thinks.


  7. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Madison, WI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really innovative products. The R&D group is continuously innovating new products.

    Cons

    Privately held company, not much specialization among employees, and not much process around HR decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Implement more effective processes.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "All depends on your boss"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, fantastic wellness center, informal culture. Opportunities for growth and projects depend on your role and your boss. Decent benefits, pay is low in many areas. Some managers are truly the most fantastic people you will ever know.

    Cons

    Company is lacking vision and direction. Promega wants to be in every space, so there is a lot of investment in many different areas to gather a fraction of the market. This means huge numbers of projects. Some areas of the company are grossly understaffed.

    Company values airplanes over employees and functioning equipment.

    Some managers are autocratic, which has resulted in loss of good talent. The attitude is that everyone can be replaced. HR is powerless.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach about valuing and growing employees. Top down, power and control managers are destructive. You are losing, and will continue to lose, good people.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Progressive company with some persistent issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Promega full-time

    Pros

    Day-to-day perks, like cafeterias with very good food, fitness centers, on-site wellness center, Zen Zone with sauna and steam room, company subsidized massage and acupuncture, social events with lots of food and beer. Beautiful facilities, especially Feynman Center and Agora Building. Access to Woods Hollow Children's Center, if you want to drop a ton of money on having your kids close by during the day. Good place to be non-management. You can have a long and happy and very secure career if your ambitions are modest.

    Cons

    Promega has a difficult time getting rid of people in leadership who are toxic or ineffective. I'm aware of two who were the primary reason at least 10 really high performing people left the company and there were several more that were on the verge. That's unacceptable. The first was finally let go after much too long a process, despite constant and consistent feedback from his direct reports. The second is still there, and is easily the most toxic person I ever worked with. People universally talk about her with this sense of disbelief that someone so awful could still have a job. It's a problem, and it's amazing the company doesn't address it more promptly. The self-funded medical insurance is crazy expensive and doesn't cover as much as previous insurance did. Compensation is pretty lackluster, opportunities to move up are scarce, and the closer you get to working with Bill, the more you are at the mercy of his current opinions, which seem to change pretty frequently and often lead to people being let go. There's little sense that he trusts his leadership team, and he still operates in the details of entrepreneur mode rather than the vision of CEO mode. This whole thing with the Usona Institute is also fairly baffling that he allows there to be any obvious connection between Promega and a place that's exploring hallucinogenic drugs. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the company when he finally retires.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people in the trenches and if they're consistently telling you someone is horrible, take aggressive steps to resolve it or get rid of the person, because you're losing good people. Stop buying planes and start paying people better - the work/life perks are nice, but they're just getting to be status quo in companies of your size and they don't pay people's bills.


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