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Updated 10 January 2017
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Pros
  • Great People and a good work environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Positive people, no need to take work home with you, good work / life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lansing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Relaxed atmosphere. Nice coworkers. The company events are fun as well.

    Cons

    Pay is ridiculously low. Salary inequalities are common. Employees who have been working for many years may be getting paid about the same or most of the time even less than brand new hires with less experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking at pay scale. Hire more people. Work to retain long-time employees by giving them full possible raises.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Undervalued employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Neogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned protein purification and chromatography techniques. It was decent experience for a first job out of college, but I know my degree fetches a much higher price. Do some research to determine how much your degree is worth before applying here.

    Cons

    They treat their employees as expendables. The threshold for getting fired is quite low. They undervalue their employees and pay half of what they should be making. At my salary, I couldn't afford a car payment and student loans and was losing money.

    Advice to Management

    Management is resistant to change and consists of brown-nosers to the next tier up. The management I experienced always asked their superiors instead of making a decision for themselves. On top of that, they are not malleable with rules or schedules in the slightest, and no matter what, the rules apply, and strictly.


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Sweat Shop"

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    Former Employee - Lab Supervisor in Lincoln, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Lab Supervisor in Lincoln, NE (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Made friends, like you would in prison. Can listen to music, for now. Can fratrenize and get away with it.
    Made my resume look amazing so I could escape this interment camp and get treated like a human being.

    Cons

    Upper management is a terrible group. Misogynistic comments, fraterinization, condescending, lackluster educations, "too busy" to help or listen, doesn't even interview you before hired but will yell at you later for not living up to their outrageous expectations.
    If you are good, you get every project. If you don't care, you get promoted over those who have been there for years. If you disrespect authority, they treat you better and give you special treatment. If you're female, they'll only like you if you're cute.
    You work 12 hours and get asked why this or that wasn't done.
    Someone works terribly slow next to you and gets paid more.
    You know the science behind things? Doesn't matter, you are a robot and you aren't good enough.
    Appreciation isn't in their vocabulary. False, fake, liar, hypocrite, however, are their key words for life.

    Advice to Management

    Admit mistakes. Promote the correct people. Listen. Think outside the box.
    ...actually take advice from every exit interview.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Okay for a few years..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Delta Center, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Delta Center, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's good experience for food safety fields. There is possibility to advance quickly to Territory manager when hired as inside sales.

    Cons

    Pay is highly variable and unfair amongst coworkers of the same position. 'Old school' way of doing things. Expanding fast but trying to keep up I guess


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, pto, co workers, 401k plan

    Cons

    Sexist environment, good old boys club, women don't advance here, don't get paid as much as men do

    Advice to Management

    Pay women treat them as equal give them opportunities


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sales Directors are dead weight\old. Holding company back. Not forward thinking..not all but most."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Lansing, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Lansing, MI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making great acquisitions in food safety industry. Great people but hire young with no experience and do not mentor them properly. Need to develop people but pay is poor so get people who are still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. They end up leaving or company fails sales goals because they don't know how to develop people.

    Cons

    Slow to keep up with all their markets. Want direct vs distribution??? Why..who does this today in biz world when you are a manufacturer? Foreign mkts yes but U.S. no??? Why?

    Advice to Management

    Trust your tenured sales force. Become a sales organization not a marketing organization.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Springboard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Only good for resume building. A good first job straight out of college but it's a springboard..
    .no one stays longer than 2 years.
    Good people

    Cons

    Pay is much lower than industry average
    Everyone argues that the benefits aren't that great, no sick time only pto.
    Had a chemical spill that was poorly handeled.
    Poor managers-they're scientists, not managers and have no training.

    Advice to Management

    Train the people you put into management team positions. When employees are so pissed off at their boss that their work suffers you have a problem.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Plays Favorites"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Neogen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are a managers "favorite" you will get lots of opportunities. Great People! Coworkers are amazing.

    Cons

    Pay. No respect. Ideas are never heard and when they are, they are usually stolen and passed off as your managers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Lab Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neogen full-time

    Pros

    Good place to go after school to gain enough experience to get a new job somewhere else. Flexible schedule, you don't have to be there at a specific time.

    Cons

    Pay is below average. You can go from having nothing to do to not having enough people and being extremely busy. Lab techs are not guaranteed holidays and have to come in a lot of holidays to cover. Management does not care about how their employees feel about situations or address problems.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Former employee"

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

    Pros

    Generous paid holidays. Food safety technology is a noble cause.

    Cons

    Middle management seems to be filled with people that get rewarded for being sycophants and finding a subordinate to scapegoat. This company is a cash-cow for company officers and investors. Employees are just "meat for the grinder". Hard work and extra effort will not result in a meaningful pay increase, you just end up being a sycophant for one of those managers that will happily throw you under the bus to avoid responsibility for a bad "top-down" decision not working and costing the company money.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than cutting payroll for the people that make the company work and produce a product, cut your own pay, or forget the investors and focus on the company mission. I think it was about developing and marketing food safety technology, not fattening the wallets of old ghoulish investors.



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