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Promega Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Promega Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Linton
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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. 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


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fitchburg, WI
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fitchburg, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Promega (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    Pay rate could be more competitive.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Promega full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Promega does offer a creative work environment depending on the department that you work in. There are opportunities to learn different things to spread out repetitive tasks. The facilities are very nice and there are many places to work out and move around. The health insurance allows for a wide range of doctors.

    Cons

    Promega does not offer a highly competitive wage and doesn't give you many options for trying to negotiate a better salary when you already work for them. Any real wage increases come from promotions only. They generally offer the standard 3% average raise for each department so in order to get a raise higher than 3%, someone else has to get a raise lower than 3%. The politics are also incredibly strange and it is one of the only places that I've encountered in Biotech that retains its workforce for 15, 20 even 30 years. While this may seem like a good thing, it actually stifles innovation and tends to just make people cling to outdated procedures because that's the way they've always done it. Some managers are also very willing to throw their employees under the bus if it suits their purpose. It's more common than it should be, but isn't endemic to any particular department.

    Advice to Management

    Promega also offers self-insured health insurance for about 700 employees,which means that the pool of people is too small for surprise medical problems not to be a cost burden that gets rolled over into the employee's premiums next year. The self-insurance model may have sounded like a good idea, but we just don't have enough employees to make it worth-while. It's also strange that a company of Promega's size has at least 3 if not 4 business airplanes as well as an airplane hanger and so many pilots on the payroll. Having so many expenses of this sort while offering lackluster compensation packages hurts morale and makes employees feel under-appreciated.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Needs more oversight"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Promega (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of on-the-job perks. Good benefits. Care about health. Change is constant.

    Cons

    Silos. Medium sized company that still operates like a small company. No clear business goals/objectives communicated to employees.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of employees who have stagnated in their position and do not keep up with the times and/or technology. Make sure you encourage educational advancement within positions across the whole company (not just IT).

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Farm team for Madison biotech community"

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

    I worked at Promega full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    With an advanced degree, you have lots of opportunity to shape your career development. I was fortunate to have managers who truly did care about my development and used their own time and company resources to invest in me. In return I worked my ass off.
    Non-cash perks are numerous
    Beautiful working conditions with lots of natural sunlight

    Cons

    Pay is below average
    CEO is a nut who runs the place like a fiefdom. If you're in, you're in.
    Business decisions and strategy is dictated by who has the CEO's ear, not a sound business case
    Global offices ignore any direction from home office: Tail wags the dog.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some professional managers and C-suite executives. Founder has outgrown his ability to drive the company and lacks the skills to manage a large global organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Promega corporation review- marketing and sales"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Friendly, competant co-workers
    Privately held company

    Cons

    Pay is significantly less than other similar positions at other companies


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Highly Entreprenurial"

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    Former Employee - Withheld for Specificity (Only Person With This Title) in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Withheld for Specificity (Only Person With This Title) in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation and work environment. Tremendous flexibility in schedule and lifestyle. Great rate of technology adoption and innovation. Situated in an excellent community in Wisconsin - finanacially stable and culturally mixed. Incredible, amazing, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Workers are on their own with regards to career advancement. Money is provided for professional development which is great, but mentoring, guidance and intervention for troubled employees is completely absent. Absolutely no provision for promotion or advancement other than to leave the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Increase support in Human Resources to encourage for Professional Development and intervention for workers who are stuck in non-productive patterns.


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