POLARIS Laboratories Reviews

Updated 14 Jan 2021

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2.6
38%
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44 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great opportunity to learn laboratory testing(in 8 reviews)

  • "Opportunity for growth, Great Culture, Decent Pay, Great Work Environment, Manager Cares(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management will fabricate causes to fire people that disagree or they feel threatened by(in 7 reviews)

  • "High turnover in specific positions(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Application Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture with good compensation.

    Cons

    Shift timings are bad where people were asked to come late in the night.

  2. "Fast paced interview process and good place so far"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician I in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, relaxed atmosphere, lab job

    Cons

    Pay needs to be 16 to 17 per hour

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  3. "Good"

    2.0
    Former Employee - VicePreseident 

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories part-time

    Pros

    Good culture and environment overall. Good people

    Cons

    Bad salary and raise and bonus

  4. "Well organized but repetitive"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The lab floor has a good community and is pretty safe.

    Cons

    The work was very repetitive and boring. Loading and running samples all day is very tedious.

  5. "Small company with pros and cons"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    It's a small company so it's easy to get to know your peers and upper management has an open door policy when they are in the building. Good perks like monthly employee appreciation meals, free soda, various events and contests. There is a lot of room for advancement in Indianapolis and the company loves to promote from within.

    Cons

    High turnover in specific positions. Lean methodology is promoted throughout the company, but not practiced well. There is little accountability. Missed metrics, late deadlines, etc. are often brushed under the rug, which is preventing the company from truly excelling. As it is a small company, it can sometimes feel like high school with gossip and cliques at all levels of the organization. Be careful who you trust. Some employees are bulletproof and disagreeing with them will not be favorable for you. The company is very ambitious, but takes on too many major projects with accellerated timelines and lack of staff.

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  6. "Lab Technician"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with and very relaxed environment

    Cons

    A ton of overtime, you work more 10 hour shifts then normal ones. Low pay.

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Flexible and Demanding Work for the Driven Employee"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    POLARIS Laboratories is a very fast-paced work environment, so if you aren't prepared to work hard and learn quickly, this place is most likely not for you. This is a great aspect if you like to be granted quite a bit of responsibility and freedom to make decisions at all levels. I really enjoyed the challenges each day provided and every single day was different. Every review for company will say the best part about working here is the people and I couldn't agree more with that statement. Over the years I've made many friends with my coworkers and it was due to the many extracurricular activities that included basketball after work, board game days at lunch, and the company soft ball team (currently not in commission, but available to anyone to put together). You are guaranteed to meet some of the best people ever at POLARIS Laboratories. Another positive point that was incredibly important to me was the flexibility my management had with my Air National Guard career. Every step of the way, they always supported my goals to support the Air Force and would facilitate in any way possible when I was called up for duty or training. It is very difficult to find employers with the amount of patience and understanding as POLARIS Laboratories with the military, but it make sense that they would be accommodating since the CEO is member of the Air National Guard as well. Finally, I really enjoyed the hours I was assigned. My management worked with me to determine what schedule would best fit my needs which in turn helped improved my performance. I am not a morning person, so a 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM shift was perfect. Being part of both the morning and night crews was great! Overall, I really grew up a lot while working a POLARIS Laboratories. I am grateful for all the lessons and experiences that I gained along the way. I don't think I would have been able to finish my bachelor's degree, commission into the Air Force as an officer, and develop my problem-solving skills to the level I did anywhere else. This is really a great place to work!

    Cons

    The workload at times is demanding. Overtime does occur fairly often, especially for certain departments. Pay is pretty middle of the road, but I do think that the raise and promotion schedules still need some serious reworking. The highest percentage merit raise I ever received was 3%, so I would highly recommend either working towards promotion raises or finding different new jobs internally to improve your wage. I regret not being as aggressive with my career there, but there are really great stories of employees taking on every opportunity they could get their hands on and rising to amazing levels of leadership in a very short period of time. Ultimately, it is very likely you will have to move on to another company if you have desires to

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible management at the Salt Lake City location"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime and decent starting salary.

    Cons

    The company itself has no training process. When it comes to the Salt Lake City location in specific they have you read the instruction manual for your particular station once. They show you the process which involves a lot of details and handling of highly dangerous chemicals also once and then you're on your own. Any mistake gets you out the door or potentially hurt. They're not interested in retaining employees and are worse with temps in regards to keeping them in the dark when it comes to letting them know what it takes to be a successful employee. The supervisors have too many things in their hands and are incapable of training and actually supervising the work being done. There is no positive reinforcement whatsoever. Some employees have preferences over others like being able to work sitting down and blasting terrible music at full volume that everyone else has to just deal with. Also, the senior employees don't tell you a lot of things that are important. They don't communicate at all and I think it's on purpose in order to make the new ones look bad and themselves look good. Terrible culture. Nobody talks to you if you're new. A little bit of a high school "you can't seat with us" vibe.

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  9. "Good Company Culture but many problems"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, closeness of staff, and good safety regulations.

    Cons

    Seems to be a disconnect in the quality division and the lab floor. Management can play favorites and turn a blind eye to laziness.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, Great Culture, Decent Pay, Great Work Environment, Manager Cares!

    Cons

    Biggest con at POLARIS is the benefits which are extremely expensive!!

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