Neogen

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Neogen Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
34 Reviews
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    Good company with a bad leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Lansing, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Lansing, MI (US)

    I have been working at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Good starter job. Can definitely get some good experience

    Cons

    Upper management is a complete joke. Everything needs 20 signatures and the board has absolutely no say. Any type of promotion is offered as an unachievable "goal". Bonuses and commission are included in your "salary". Ultimately all the decisions go through the CEO, who is stuck in his ways. VP's and board members are just seat fillers. Even what makes most business sense may not be how he thinks and he'll suffer for his pride.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start operating as a public company, not one man's pet

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible pay, good work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Lansing, MI (US)
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Lansing, MI (US)

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, job security

    Cons

    Compensation, at least for people with science degrees, is so far below average it's a surprise anyone stays more than a couple years. They have quite a few people at the bottom, the technician level, which means that if lots of the talented ones leave for a better paying job there will always be someone else to fill their shoes. It seems that it would be a better idea to identify potential talent and reward those with a compensation equivalent to what other biotech companies pay. Even if you do get a raise and/or promotion, the pay will still be far below what you could make elsewhere simply because you'll start at a very low rate. If after 2-3 years they bump you up to 40k (you'd be incredibly lucky), it may seem like a big raise but just take a look at what other companies in this sector will pay an R&D scientist with a few years of experience and you'll be ready to do what almost everyone else does, and leave.
    For anyone unlucky enough to be in QC or the "chemist" positions in manufacturing, you truly have no hope at all. I have heard those jobs start around 26-28k and there honestly is nowhere to go except R&D, where, after a few years in manufacturing, you'll still start at the technician level and make somewhere near 30k. It really is an absolute joke and I don't understand how people can do that...unless you have a spouse making a real salary.
    Anyone with any talent at all will leave here quickly. The few talented people who have stayed, and worked their way into leadership roles, have only stayed because of family commitments, and even they will tell you to run for the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people bad place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Lansing, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Lansing, MI (US)

    I have been working at Neogen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Secure for employment.

    Cons

    Not a place to work if you have a family. Horrible pay. Low increase in pay on a yearly bases (15 cents a year Is average)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your workers and they will take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to gain experience, but not a career destination.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lansing, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lansing, MI (US)

    I worked at Neogen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fair work/life balance, good place to gain entry level experience.

    Cons

    Very low pay, mediocre benefits, poor culture and at times a negative work environment, and little recognition from senior management. Not focused on employee development, exceptionally high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to develop a positive company culture (respect, integrity, accountability) and make it the center of everything they do. Upper management should model these values constantly and expect and require the same values in their employees. There are a lot of good people at Neogen, but there are several who get away with deplorable behavior routinely. They ruin the experience of working at an otherwise good company for those who refuse to act in such an unprofessional manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very low pay but good entry level experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Lansing, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Lansing, MI (US)

    I worked at Neogen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. Enjoyed my day. Team work ethic. Not micromanaged. Learned a lot about microbiology.

    Cons

    Poor pay for the level of education and experience most employees have.
    CEO continually has meetings about how well the company is doing, growing, investing and acquiring new companies, but the company does not reward its employees for this or increase wages as they should.
    Poor health care benefits with consistent increased cost to employees.
    Not much incentive to work there long term because they do not compete with the pay and benefits of other companies. Great minds leave all the time and most of the people that work there are always looking for other job opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more. Reward employees. Happiness on the job makes people stay and company would advance more if all the great minds stayed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start but no true potential for growth. Corporate does not care about the employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)

    I have been working at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people that I work with here are good people who deserve better. If you stay here long enough you will get promoted just for having seniority.

    Cons

    Pay and compensation is very low when compared to the rest of the industry. Corporate does not care about its employees. The investors are the only ones who matter to corpoarte, not the people who make the company successful by traveling and leaving their families behind for low compensation. VERY high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees for their hard work and dedication to their job. A happy work enviroment and worker will get your more production and sales.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent Place to Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Service in Lansing, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Tech Service in Lansing, MI (US)

    I have been working at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    -The coworkers are, for the most part, all very genuine people.
    -It's an entry level opportunity to develop your skills so that you can move on at a later time.

    Cons

    -Compensation and benefits are poor.
    -Focus is on investor value, not employee development.
    -Very hard to move up, or around within the company.
    -Many individuals on sales team are inept.
    -Management does very little to motivate employees, no incentives for good performance.
    -Many labs are understaffed, but the company would rather do more with less than hire a few more people, thus helping their bottom line.
    -Nothing ever changes, implementation takes too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some great people at your company, show them you actually care about them. Focus on employee development/more competitive compensation packages, and your bottom line will improve even more.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fair Pay for a 40 hr wk. But as management you are consistently expected to run understaffed and have no home life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lansing, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lansing, MI (US)

    I have been working at Neogen

    Pros

    Interesting people to work with, lots of opportunities to increase your knowledge base, skill set and experience if you are willing/ able to put in tons of extra hours, senior management is reasonable and respectful of employees and really have a genuine desire to have a stable, debt free company that will not lay off employees. Senior Management, the Board of Directors and Officers of the company make considerably less money than they would at other companies of the similar size. Neogen also spends a good chuck of change every year on a very nice Christmas party, summer picnic and other events for employees and their families.

    Cons

    Senior management, while reasonable most of the time has a hardline stance on requiring departments to run understaffed in order to save money. A large number of employees company wide have a challenging time working so many hours and covering vacations, etc. When you look at the total compensation pkg vs. hours you work I think it comes in pretty low. They also do not allow comp time for salaried employees and there is no allowance for flex time for any employee. It is common for un or underqualified people to obtain positions because they are friends or neighbors of the senior management team, but I suppose that occurs in most work places. Neogen has a higher turnover than other companies of it's size and the primary reason is salary and work life balance. It is a great place to expand your skills, learn and grow and then move on to a better opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of your best and brightest leave because they feel unappreciated and undervalued in total compensation vs. hours worked. Please consider revising flex/comp/pto plans and salary structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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