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Randox Laboratories Employee Reviews about "sick pay"

Updated 18 Nov 2019

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Randox Laboratories CEO Dr. Peter FitzGerald
Dr. Peter FitzGerald
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  • "No sick pay and maternity pay was a bit of a joke,(in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Not a good career move"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Crumlin, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Randox Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Always hiring, so it is possibly good for getting a years experience in the industry, to then move to another job. I met a lot of nice people

    Cons

    CLOCKING IN AND OUT one of the single biggest demotivating factors especially when overtime is a regular occurrence , no compensation for fuel used to get between company sites WHICH WAS NEEDED TO COMPLETE WORK!!, No sick pay and maternity pay was a bit of a joke, THE JOBS ARE ADVERTISED AS BEING IN BELFAST!!CRUMLIN IS NOT BELFAST!! there is no public transport to the diamond road from Belfast, You only get to... choose 7 of you holidays every year!!! the rest are set!, The company software is Dead slow especially the software used for "training", used Unrealistic goals are set, though they were pleasant to me HR were apparently very rude and invasive when "interrogating" employees after they were sick i saw more than one person leave those meetings crying, poor management of time and resources( they had people with PhDs and Masters doing the work of technicians which is a waste of money), they operate using "sigma-lean" which really seemed like an excuse to cut corners at multiple points throughout the year there would be weeks at a time where essential resources were out of stock so no work occurred, if a machine or assay is not working as expected then it is seen as your fault, training stops before it really starts it consists of the bare minimum to cover insurance, no opportunities to pick up any extra skills and very little extra training offered in case you leave, the "training "they did offer was a joke it consumed days at a time encouraged you to not actually read documentation and was often done after you had been required to do the tasks, not allowed to talk about pay meaning, the pay isnt great for anyone even the managers were only getting like 60k i believe, day in day out the work is the exact same the only thing that changes are the bodies doing it, advertised travel opportunities but didnt see anyone travelling, lunch facilities consisted of small rooms with a microwave and boiling water taps, they have a strict policy on talking about the work performed in their labs but what was and what was not confidential was NEVER MADE CLEAR i wont talk about what was done, in many of the labs scientists with biomedical degrees where expected to maintain analysers with little to no training, maintenance work was also largely performed by the scientists such as emptying bins maintaining DI water pumps and many many other required tasks that cut in to the work day all these tasks had to be done on top of whatever tests needed performed, Core hours are not good its a 40 hr week rather than 37.5 (8.40-5.20), flexi time isnt very flexible and requires forms everytime even if you are only leaving half an hour earlier.

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    Advice to Management

    Do away with clock in cards you can assess if people aren't working by the work done and it obvious when people aren't there. the high employee turnover cannot be good for the company maybe try a 4 day work week model like microsoft japan and many companies in New Zealand are doing Hire more technicians and unskilled workers to do menial pipetting/ lab maintenance and such, then assign your more qualified staff... to data analysis and managerial roles. A friend of mine had several weeks of doing no work due to the lean policy, it needs to be less strict to avoid this, those weeks cost far more than storing a slight excess of pipette tips. Make flexi-time more flexible. make the pay grades more clear and make it clear how you could progress, Provide training courses, even outsource them or encourage people to go to outside courses, maybe try and get involved with meetups or something also most of the reps sent to local events are in the HR/ business side of the company I think I saw an engineer at one once so probably get them more involved there were a lot of processes with documentation that could have been automated so maybe get a tech consultant to go around all the labs and offices to streamline everything check through the negatives i wrote most are fixable

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    Randox Laboratories2019-11-18
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Outdated policies, non existent benefits."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Crumlin, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Randox Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many. Free hot water? Some people are really nice.

    Cons

    Management styles and policies are so outdated. Incredibly strict with no flexibility. Travel policy is among the worst I've seen... You HAVE to travel on weekends and receive no flextime for during so. Bonus scheme? No. Work from home? No. Good salaries? No. Sick pay? No. Standard annual leave? No. Decent pension? No... You get the point. Honestly, it's just terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Campaign and champion change in how employees are treated and rewarded. Most of the time people feel like sub humans.

    Randox Laboratories2019-11-08
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Could be a lot better"

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

    I worked at Randox Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary, good colleagues, some opportunity to travel, some interesting projects from time to time

    Cons

    No sick pay or healthcare benefit (despite having a division dedicated to health and wellbeing) Pension is just the legal requirement, nothing more No other benefits of any note Most staff are forced to take 2 weeks of their mediocre leave in August No canteen facilities apart from tables/chairs and a few vending machines Clocking in/out for all staff, even if salaried/support Flexitime needs manager... approval every time Cramped noisy office environments, mostly in old farm buildings in rural Crumlin All sites plagued with midges/flies during most of the year Culture of blame and suspicion throughout Management training solely focussed on protecting Randox, nothing to do with developing and supporting your staff New staff told they would recieve a free Randox Health test after 1 year of service then later told they had to pay for it Science Park: Still very much an old army barracks and feels like working in one You drive in every morning past wreaths and memorials to soldiers gunned down by terrorists No attempt to integrate or promote the company into Antrim town - still has full MoD security fence and gates. You wouldnt know it was there. No consideration given to car parking as part of refurb works. Staff end up parking in rough/muddy ground just to get a space No central canteen/gym or any attempt to improve staff socialisation/morale Staff are scattered over various old buildings which have been cheaply refurbished rather than creating something new and modern Owners son uses the park as his playground and roams the place with airsoft guns (park littered with bb pellets) and actual attack dogs.

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    Advice to Management

    The Science Park should be a gem in NI science community, not a re-hashed army base. Stop piecemeal refurb works and build something great!

    Randox Laboratories2019-07-31
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Diabolical"

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

    I have been working at Randox Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Some nice coworkers, but not many. Good to get experience after university but as other reviews say if you can get experience go elsewhere.

    Cons

    Pretty much what every other review says on here. "training" is shocking, they blatantly do not care that you learn anything but yet throw tantrums when mistakes are made due to said poor training. It very much feels like a burden to them to give any new employee any form of training or support. The management is also a disgrace, when simple mistakes are made it is a blame game because people are scared of the... managers reaction, which 9 times out of 10 involves storming out into the lab and yelling at you in front of your other colleagues. This discourages people from helping and supporting one another because they do not want to be at the receiving end of this abuse. Simple things like ordering new stock are made into over complicated tasks where mistakes can be very easily made. The holidays aren't great, you have clock in and out of your shifts and breaks and there is no sick pay (seriously did not expect this from a health care company). You only get 40 mins overall throughout the day to take for your break, which for the amount of stress you have to put with throughout the day is not enough! I read the reviews before and thought I would be able to handle it, yet here I am writing this. Know your own worth and do not do it for the sake of your own mental health.

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    Advice to Management

    None, it will only fall on deaf ears like everything else brought up to them.

    Randox Laboratories2019-07-21
  5. Helpful (12)

    "A ten stretch in the Maze would be better"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Crumlin, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Randox Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Has electricity...and running water. Looking forward to getting 3G reception...due 2025. Can’t wait to move to the science park- management have told us that there will be 3G and maybe even WiFi. I enjoy the perks of flying at 6am. I’m an insomniac so getting up at 4am is fine. Also, getting home after midnight most evenings is good because you miss the traffic :) The expenses policy is good when travelling, I... can claim back my £3 meal deal everyday when I’m travelling which is a bonus. It’s a good thing I only eat one meal a day otherwise the £5 budget would be difficult to work with.

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    Cons

    Not many, and I don’t want to bore anyone- but off the top of my head... Worst paid job ever No sick pay Clocking in and out of the toilet Laptops which don’t work The cheapest travel imaginable No windows No canteen Toxic atmosphere Under qualified managers Being told to lie to clients Being forced to work in the factory because factory staff are sick No work from home days Terrible forced holiday... dates Managers with zero experience

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    Advice to Management

    Slide in my DMs.

    Randox Laboratories2019-07-13
  6. Helpful (5)

    "A genuine contempt for employees"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Randox Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Above being paid for doing work, Randox doesn't actually have any perks. I did gain a lot of experience and developed skills, but beyond essential training most of my development was self-directed. Flexi maybe? But ironically this requires managerial approval, so if you have a tyrannical manger it isn't flexible.

    Cons

    The genuine contempt for employees. The company is structured to disentivise leaving, but not by creating an attractive working environment (they won't give you a reference and they'll try and sue if you work for a competitor). You'll be at work an additional 40mins a day and the majority of your holidays will be fixed to an expensive holiday time of the year. The company is poorly stratified and isn't rapidly... expanding, so there is little room to peruse greater responsibility or promotion. It's a healthcare company that doesn't have sick pay (there's a wonderfully ironic page on their website where they talk about how their product can prevent clients employees from coming into work sick and spreading infections). Appraisals are a formality, at one site only one employee has ever been described as "skilled" on the five level grading system (everyone else is competent). This reluctance to acknowledge employees skills is likely so they can justify not paying you more. You may be called to help pack boxes in the manufacturing department. As a STEM graduate working in R&D this is frustrating.

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    Advice to Management

    How much is recruitment costing? Being one of the few life science employers in NI doesn't justify being a terrible company to work for.

    Randox Laboratories2019-06-26
  7. Helpful (10)

    "AVOID at all costs!"

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

    I worked at Randox Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    - There's a free car park

    Cons

    - Staff overturn in IT department is appalling (revolving door of graduates) - Senior management in IT are completely out of sync with how the department should be run. Do not know how to communicate with their staff and so behind the times! - Blame culture; always someone else's fault - management not willing to stand up for their staff. - Lack of trust in staff. They are constantly monitoring your pc (check... your search history and Skype conversations) - Low salaries compared to other IT companies - No bonuses or incentives - No sick pay - Poor work culture & continuous office politics - A broken flexi system (frowned upon to ask for it) - No working from home - HR are Incompetent, rude and unhelpful *** Do not believe what any recruitment agency tells you. They will feed you lies to get you in and then several months down the line they are very happy to help you get out. The company will advertise its state of the art premises, but beneath the surface the place is crumbling.

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    Advice to Management

    - Working from home - Core hours - Equipement e.g. laptops, tablets - Social events - Better pay / bonuses - Promotions - Trust your staff!! - Modernise the work/technologies - Cut out all the drama and strive towards ensuring it's a healthy environment to bring graduates into Most IT companies in Northern Ireland already offer this and so much more - if you cant, then simply out source!

    Randox Laboratories2019-06-14
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible treatment of employees. Staff turnover speaks for itself"

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

    I worked at Randox Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with a great group of people Good career experience for CV

    Cons

    No pay rise after a "promotion" You're just a number on the system Won't pay for any extra training material or courses HR department would remind you of a certain German National Socialist party from the early 1900s 0840 start time and 17:20 finish time so they don't have to pay you for your 40 minute lunch No sick pay Holidays are chosen for you Expected to "Give back to the company" when the company does... absolutely nothing for its employees.

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    Advice to Management

    You don't even have the stones to write type up a real response, and actually address the reviews on this site. Pathetic.

    Randox Laboratories2019-05-01
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Not Worth the Stress to Make Someone Else Richer"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Antrim, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Randox Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Being able to work on the biochip food tests is interesting - Free parking

    Cons

    - Blame culture is widespread within the company. If it's not one departments fault it's the other's. Instead of working productively together each department acts as an island. This is apparent when a simple mistake happens and you get an unexpected result, the mistake is blamed on either another departments or someone who has left, nobody owns up and takes it on the chin. Mistakes happen, get on with it. -... R&D staff are left to make and pack kits, an activity that should be passed to manufacturing but they're too busy. This affects timelines for research projects and is a drain on resources. - Projects are not managed properly. There are massive inefficiencies in the project lifecycle. Managers make last minute changes to projects currently in progress which leads to delays and time lost due to the need to repeat certain experiments needlessly. - Lack of communication between managers and scientists is a big problem, the changes mentioned above may be talked about by managers weeks or months in advance, but is sprung upon scientists last minute. - The clock in system and need to get flexi-time signed off makes it feel as if the managers don't trust their staff. Have one or the other, not both. Better still, get rid of both and start trusting your staff. - Annual leave is non-existent. There is a mandatory 2-week period in August when you have to take annual leave. For those starting that leaves 7 days holiday to use for the rest of the year. - Having meetings to chastise scientists for chatting is rather petty. When working on automated machines and supervising runs people will talk to one another. You can also still work and talk, especially if you're packing bottles into kit boxes or folding bits of paper. - No defined role for team leaders. The role of team leaders varies depending on who you talk to. Some TLs are hands-on with their team whilst others aren't. Some TLs don't even have teams... - The facilities look ok, but they're not up to scratch. Heavy rain causes leaks in the roof which leads dampness in the walls which leads to mould growing on the walls. There was mould along the whole length of a corridor for two months until it was sorted. Diesel fumes also leaked into the lab from a nearby generator a couple of times. - Lack of windows. This sounds like a silly point but there are days in winter that you won't see sunlight. Good if you're a vampire, not so good if you need vitamin D. - No sick pay. If you get sick then you have to use your annual leave. Of which you only have 7 days. - No other benefits.

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    Advice to Management

    Train managers to use proper project management tools. Use the LEAN approach to undertake projects. Treat employees with respect and trust them to do the work. Would you tolerate these cons to make your boss richer?

    Randox Laboratories2019-03-15
  10. Helpful (17)

    "Never ever again"

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Crumlin, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Randox Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay was ok....... and that was it.

    Cons

    Benifits are few and far between, minimal leave, no sick pay, no healthcare (from a health care company). General distrust of staff and backstabbing mentality. One of the most poisonous environments I have ever worked in.

    Advice to Management

    If you spent more time improving conditions for employees instead of writing fake reviews to up your score, you might be able to attract and retain the kind of talent you need to grow the business. In the mean time your just playing at running a company....badly.

    Randox Laboratories2018-05-25
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