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TestAmerica Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  • Low pay, poor fume hoods, and potential for chemical exposure (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management does not always consider its employees its most important asset (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Top Professionals"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TestAmerica full-time

    Pros

    Top professionals in the industry.
    Collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of support from ownership.


  2. "Ok to work for"

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

    I worked at TestAmerica (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have great benefits and lots of opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Large network but each location competing against each other.
    Lots of gossiping internal backstabbing


  3. "A fair job posing as a good one"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TestAmerica full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of challenges, some technical some financial

    Cons

    Tremendous focus on budget - IT purchase restrictions

    Advice to Management

    The staff represent your future - try to appreciate them more and stop treating IT as a cost center and more like an opportunity for new business/innovation.


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  5. "Low pay but a good place to build job experience"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Analyst I in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Analyst I in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TestAmerica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers, always work to do, a good place to build job experience in the industry

    Cons

    Low pay, terrible management, labs are unkempt and outdated, low morale

    Advice to Management

    Find better ways to build morale in order to increase employee retention


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Management Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at TestAmerica full-time

    Pros

    Some laughs and good times with the fellow employees. These people work hard and play hard.

    Cons

    Low pay and high technicality of work. There was constantly fires to put out and it's a high stress job.


  7. "Horrible Experience"

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Fife, WA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Fife, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to relocate as there are labs all over the US

    Cons

    Poor Management and salaries, HR was the worst I had ever experienced, no culture


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Taking Degree Where It Will Be Appreciated."

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

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

    Pros

    There are good people here and ultimately they depart for better paying jobs because of low wages. They used to have good Christmas parties. 401k

    Cons

    Low pay, poor fume hoods, and potential for chemical exposure. Constantly training the summer staff only to loose them in the fall. Acounting need to put the 401k money in on a timelyt basis.

    Advice to Management

    When scientific staff make business decisons every body looses. Get some MBA's. Management continullay cuts prices to get the job, so wages will never be high nor will instrumentation be new. If you want quality data and less turnover, then pay your staff better and quit cutting your own throats.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Analyst 1 (worst year of my life)"

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    Current Employee - Analyst I in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst I in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -You get paid. Barely. But atleast it's something and consistant.
    -The team work is pretty good when your working those 10+ hour days 6 days a week.

    Cons

    -Upper management signs contracts that are unrealistic for analyst to perform which puts stress on us. It's almost like they don't even read the contract. They just see money and sign.
    -Management complains about us working too much overtime and then ask us to work a 12 hour day the next day. (It would be nice if we were notified before the day of working a 12 hour shift.
    -A regular day is a 10 hour day where I am unable to take by 15 min breaks and have to eat lunch at my desk in order to finish all work in a reasonable time
    -If I get trained and consistently work in 3 different departments, that should show in my pay
    -Someone with a degree in science should not be getting paid the same as someone who works at a fast food restaurant.

    Advice to Management

    Read contracts before you sign them. Once and analyst starts working in multiple department to benefit the company, the pay should go up as well. When working 12 hour days, 6 days a week we should really have a counselor on site.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overlooked, under appreciated and horrible pay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The absolute best thing about TestAmerica is the flexible hours. Flexible scheduling is the sole reason I have remained at this job.

    Cons

    EXTREMELY POOR PAY!! No raises, no bonuses, and no incentive to increase performance. Although the demand for more never stops. Management is a joke unless hired from the outside. Cross communication is non existent, and forces people to work twice as hard. Folks are only promoted if they are legacy STL or male gender (or preferably both). Once locked into a position, you will stay there until you quit.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the folks actually doing the work. Invest in people and give them the opportunity to grow the TestAmerica brand. Promote within the organization, and cross train to provide a seamless brand.


  11. "Analyst I"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst I in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Analyst I in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like the people I work with, they hire a lot of young people.
    LOTS of good experience, working with instrument, reviewing scientific data

    Cons

    Upper management on the operations side, leave you hanging out to dry.
    The pay is way too low for the amount of work

    Advice to Management

    help out your employees and give them a living wage!



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