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Reprogenetics Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good, but there are some serious issues."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Reprogenetics full-time

    Pros

    Productive working environment, most of my coworkers are kind and welcoming, lots of potential for personal growth (you can learn as much as you are willing to learn), the company provides you with a generous amount of resources/office supplies/snacks, you manage your own work schedule with little micromanagement from superiors. Over all, a decent place to work.

    Cons

    I've been here for almost a year and I feel that there is a lot of passive aggression in the work place. More senior employees have put in raise requests and been denied without reason. And trust me, this isn't for a lack of budget, CooperSurgical is an extremely well funded company. They bought out their direct competitor, but are unwilling to compensate employees for their hard work.There was an employee that had resigned from her position because two of her more senior team-mates had essentially pushed her out of her position by antagonizing her constantly. They had felt that because they had done x, y, z in the past that she should be subjected to the same work load, even though protocols and technology had changed since their heyday. There are teams that have to work every single weekend, while other teams do not. There are specific people that have to work every single weekend, while other people rarely do. There is one specific employee who does the bare minimum (refuses to do bench work) but is portrayed in a positive light to management. From what I understand all laboratory staff is required to do both desk and bench work. I have also personally seen this specific employee talk down to everyone in the laboratory short of the lab director, which is totally inappropriate. There are certain employees that are cut an enormous amount of slack when mistakes are made, while others are given the short end of the stick and treated horribly. Some of these issues can be attributed to blatant and obvious favoritism from management. Some of it is just a lack of care from our parent company, CooperSurgical. At the end of the day, it seems to me that people are frustrated with their own individual issues at this company and it's fueling negativity within the work place. It's not conducive to a healthy, productive working environment in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Address workplace issues with the companies and employees you acquire. Give credit where credit is due. Take care of your employees, because you wouldn't be able to run the lab without them. Stop being greedy and give these people raises. Stop playing favorites. Treat everyone fairly. Your staff is not replaceable, they are all valuable assets. Nip all these issues in the bud and I think that this company will continue to succeed.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "An embarrassing acquisition by CooperSurgical"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Livingston, NJ
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Livingston, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Reprogenetics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is now part of CooperGenomics a CooperSurgical company. Hopefully they will tighten the reins or the purchase of Reprogenetics will be a bust. This is a place of employment where you check your intelligence at the door for 8 hours, perform tasks, and leave. It is straightforward. This is not a place of research.

    Cons

    There is extreme micromanagement where it disrupts workflow. There is no trust in the associates. There is no ownership of work being performed. All issues are resolved by contacting outside vendors, in turn slowing down processes, and ignoring experienced associates knowledge. It undermines purpose and motivation.
    Hypocritical statements and actions abound in management. We are only recognized as a team when errors occur.
    There is no extra compensation working holidays or extra time. No, time and a half. You are expected to be in during weather emergencies, such as storms and blizzards. Agan, there is no extra compensation in the form of money or extra time off. Be prepared to work on Thanksgiving or Christmas, or other major holidays.
    There has been no increase in salary. There is no end of year bonus.
    Individuals are exempt from rotating weekend and holiday schedules because of personal relationships. Managers reprimand individuals who are not their direct reports.
    Archaic systems are used for reporting and recording keeping. They are slightly better than spiral bound notebooks. The lab equipment used is comparable to an underfunded academic lab in 1995. Most processes are manually intensive. Large portions of different assays require manual pipet transfers.

    Advice to Management

    Cooper should replace current "managers" in the lab from Reprogenetics with Cooper personnel. Shutdown the lab in NJ and divert work to satellite locations.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Pure torture, equivalent to being in an abusive relationship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great learning experience
    -Great benefits - PTO, vacation, insurance, 401K
    -After working here in this torturous , any job after this would be easy in comparison.

    Cons

    -A lot of bias and favoritism. Promotions are not based on merit, knowledge or experience.
    -Continuous harassment and bullying by various members of management and upper management.
    -HR does not support their employees when bringing issues up
    -No appreciation for hard workers. Management will make comments to imply that hard workers are lazy
    -No holiday bonus
    -Techs are expected to rotate shift schedules, even though there is a huge variation, one shift starts very early, another ends very late. It's difficult to adjust to the change in drastically different shifts.
    -Management is not open to difference in opinion.
    -There is a lot of bad mouthing that goes on.
    -The work schedule makes it very difficult to have a personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should set the example. Do not make comments comparing the teams involved in the lab merge. Since each manager comes from one team, it makes the other team feel very uncomfortable to hear and see bias and favoritism. Get to know the techs of the other team before making judgement. We have a completely different workflow. Yearly reviews- asking us to rate and discuss our co-workers creates bad vibes on the team. Show appreciation for the hard workers. Treat us like human beings.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "My physical and mental health has suffered"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Reprogenetics full-time

    Pros

    Gain great experience in a rapidly growing industry.
    Offer a good amount of PTO
    Health + Dental
    $30 for gym membership
    Tuition reimbursment

    Cons

    The scheduling is really terrible and does not allow for a personal life, or a healthy life for that matter. You are required to work a rotation of early and late shifts, weekends and all holidays. Very long hours with no overtime compensation. The amount of daily work should be split between two people. It's not unusual to work 6-7 days in a row followed by a single day off before entering another long work week- working 2-3 weekends in a row.

    No coverage if you are sick or have an emergency; feel guilty taking days off since other staff will be overwhelmed. The stress level is high. The company provides little perks for employees despite the amount of time they spend in the office/labs.

    Taking a break is not discouraged but it's practically taboo.

    Upper management pulls employees by strings with false promises of growth and opportunities.

    Management does not communicate with each other.
    Lab staff has titles that do not describe the work they actually do.
    Favoritism is at play despite quality or reliance of work.
    Low to average salaries despite the unbalanced life to work ratio and stress factor.
    Little support.
    Drama.

    The social atmosphere is political and immature. It's a nasty and scandalous environment- with some employees who have jobs based on who they know or their interactions with them.

    The company does not offer a "end of the year" or "holiday" bonus despite the fact that the lab stays open 365 days a year.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with statements made during interviews while you are trying to entice new and qualified individuals with the promise of growth within the company and be upfront about your inability to schedule employees appropriately. Leave your personal conflicts and immature antics at home. Give lab employees titles that actually describes the role they play in your department. Learn to be professionals despite your disagreements because you are all creating a negative environment. It's a burden on the people who are actually here to learn and work hard. Don't make your employees tip toe around your personal conflicts with each other.

    Upper Management you should learn to communicate with your employees and understand what you are expecting from them every single day.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible company with terrible human beings"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Reprogenetics full-time

    Pros

    - lab folk are really professional and cool
    - you don't have to scrub toilets in this line of work

    Cons

    - administrative management can ruin your day just by being in their presence. absolute lack of propriety as professionals and as people.
    - certain individuals in management have managed to con their way into positions of importance. these individuals incidentally gave jobs to to relatives and familial relations with no regard to qualifications or proper hiring channels (i.e. you get the job, there will be no posting, we will make a title for you out of thin air)... wanton nepotism as bad as I've ever seen... entire departments more than half comprised of family members and family members who get equal pay as actual qualified employees for sitting around on Facebook all day
    - initiative and ingenuity are completely overlooked and quashed as only those select individuals who brown nose their way to the top have the means to cause change. because of the ridiculous politics at play, the same people who can bring about changes are extremely unqualified to make said changes. any boon you bring to the company is completely neglected but you will be held accountable for each and every mistake, many of which have nothing to do with you but are charged to you at the discretion of the nutjobs at the top

    overall, working here has definitely taught me a lot. I never knew people could be so lacking in decency and basic human etiquette until working here. essentially, this place manages to perfectly encapsulate everything that sucks about corporate America, the human condition, and New Jersey

    Advice to Management

    creating jobs and promotions for your family members doesn't help company morale and is a fair labor investigation waiting to happen. a piece of paper filed to the right agency is all that stands between you and the loss of your job and reputation


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Negative Culture, Worse Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Reprogenetics full-time

    Pros

    Great health benefits through CooperSurgical, fair amount of vacation, Tuition Reimbursement, Reimbursement for completing health-related goals

    Cons

    Management does not discuss merger changes that affect departments directly, Management speaks poorly of employees and has complete disregard to respect and professionalism in the workplace, Negative culture (departments do not work well together, blame each other for mistakes, tangible tension), not interested in promoting employees or compensating fairly for work and skills, poor work-life balance (reaches out to employees on vacations), gives employees a hard time about sick time or taking vacations, gives special treatment to select employees (allows them to work from home more than others, take more time off than allowed)

    Advice to Management

    Give transparency to employees about changes that occur, live up to employee expectations that you created in interview (flexibility in schedule, willing to work with you, work remote was offered), Be Professional and Courteous to employees and the work they do. Coach employees, don't tear them down and give direction.


  7. "Intern molecular technologist"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Reprogenetics as an intern

    Pros

    Team work was solid. Family like environment.

    Cons

    Poor training technique. Never enough time in the day; constant samples.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Reprogenetics (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will get the opportunity to learn a lot of techniques, and use some start of the art equipment, which you wouldn't generally get access to in an entry level job. These skills will be very helpful in getting you your next job, which you will want pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Almost zero support or development, despite promises made at interview.

    The level of responsibility you will have is far beyond that of a 'technician' but you only be paid for that, you will be grossly underpaid. For the work that is done, the skill set, responsibility, and the cost of living in Oxford, the salaries should be £10k a year higher.

    It's an extremely stressful job, with very unpredictable working hours. You will often be required to work late, but you WON'T GET PAID OVERTIME. You will be 'on call' for weekends, but may not know until late in the Saturday/Sunday morning if you are required to be in. If the clinic then says the case isn't going ahead, you won't go in, but you won't get any days off in lieu, even though you haven't been able to make any plans for your weekend because you're on call. There is no unsociable hours allowance in your salary.

    It has very poor work-life balance; while not officially required, you will be continuing to check your work emails in the evenings and at weekends, even when you're not on call. You may even find yourself answering emails/calls while you're on holiday. It's very difficult to ever truly switch off.

    There is horrendous office politics.

    Almost every employee has quit in the last 3 years, and half of those began looking for work elsewhere within 6 months of joining.

    Advice to Management

    Support you employees, don't treat them like slaves. Genuinely develop them, provide career options, and pay them properly for the work they do; their market value for the skills you require and the hours you demand demand is far higher than what you offer.