AMRI Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
63 Reviews

2.6
63 Reviews
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William S. Marth
2 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are some really good people here, but they get overshadowed by company culture as a whole (in 5 reviews)

  • He is a sound businessman, unlike his predecessor who was a mere hard working scientist at best (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary and long hours causes a high turnaround for this organization (in 7 reviews)

  • No concept of work/life balance, your life needs to revolve around your job (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Review of AMRI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Albany, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Albany, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    This is a place for people who want to be busy. You will learn to multi-task and become efficient and deal with pressure. Most people are pretty nice to work with. There appears to be more companies using outsourcing agencies like AMRI instead of directly hiring, so there could be more job security working here if that trend continues).

    Cons

    Long hours, lower pay (by about 20%) than other companies. There is also high turnover, especially by lower level employees who are over-worked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't increase the pay, at least give out bonuses to people who deserve them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Global Interaction

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

    I have been working at AMRI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Co-workers are well aware of their duties and team work is always there. The benefits are great, it covers the essential health, dental, etc.

    Cons

    Personal growth, fast-pace environment,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It Is a Job in a Dysfunctional Organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Albany, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Albany, NY (US)

    I have been working at AMRI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fortunate people get to learn the business and possibly develop connections for other positions in the industry.

    Cons

    Salary structure has not improved, expenses are rising with health care and other benefits. Company values have eroded significantly during the 2007-2011 recession; the management style now is fear of job loss. Management does not listen to employees and clients. Dead weight stays entrenched to continue destruction of company. Constant drive to reduce corporate costs with overseas acquisitions, while downsizing in US.

    Departing middle managers always have opportunity to get a good severance package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to be replaced or reorganized, under the direction of strong leader and operations officer. There is another domestic CRO in mid-Atlantic region, with smaller personnel size, that is doing well. AMRI should talk to them for improvements.

    Company values have eroded to the point of no return. Need to improve benefits and employee career development. Just because the economy has been bad is not a good excuse for no change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worth It..Very supportive people.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMRI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good work ethics,proactive people and well cultured

    Cons

    Just a lot of calls and hectic due to being offshore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Provides a living.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good co-workers. Fun environment if you work with the right group of guys.

    Cons

    standard 2% raise per year, very weak yearly bonus if any at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay could be better for the hazardous work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    You will never materially advance nor be rewarded for having the company's back. It's just not that kind of company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dedicated Soldier  in  Albany, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Dedicated Soldier in Albany, NY (US)

    I have been working at AMRI full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great technical experience. Lots of great equipment. Great river views from the second floor. Exceptionally nice colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    Meaningless performance evaluations; Complete waste of everyone's time. Hard work/ownership not valued/rewarded. Poor work not punished. Laziness condoned. PhD's hired to do mundane Associates Degree work. Embarrassingly lame mid-level management. They and the level above have no tools to motivate people. Fear of loss of job is all they have. Everyone is treated exactly the same, regardless of talent or industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's obvious that a calculation was made to NOT take an active role to manage/optimize the most expensive aspect of your operations. It's managed by attrition. It appears to be fairly effective unfortunately. I'm surprised that it's worked so well, but the awful Obama economy makes it possible. Fortunately, I'm able to motivate myself and the balance sheet still works for me personally. It's heartbreaking to have witnessed the exodus of so many insanely talented, effective people over the last few years. They made the company strong. You're less so now, but like I said, that's the course you've decided upon. I think if things grow as you hope, a case can be made that experienced lab folks would be a HUGE asset. Please dispense with the performance evaluation process every year. It will benefit your group leaders/supervisors. They have no time for it. It should be like a flat tax return, one page or even pass/fail. Pretty hopeless, which is quite discouraging, but most weeks I can rise above all this and know that sometimes doing the right thing is its own reward. Finally, it doesn't take a great deal of money to keep people's head in the game. If it were my company, I'd want people to be willing to take a bullet for me (figuratively, of course). That'll never happen here due to the approach you've taken. Not only does it not cost a great deal of money to motivate people, you don't even have to mean it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMRI

    Pros

    Really great people to work with.

    Cons

    Not a competitive salary...many people are looking for other opportunities

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    New management but still terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I

    I have been working at AMRI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Effective Jan 1, 2014, William Marth is now CEO. He is a sound businessman, unlike his predecessor who was a mere hard working scientist at best.

    Cons

    Effective March 1, 2014 AMRI is now asking employees to pay more for health insurance. AMRI is immune to healthcare policy changes because they're self-insured. Ultimately AMRI is cutting employee benefits when salary is still abysmal.
    Pretty much all employee support system is in dismay (HR, IT, Maintenance, Janitorial, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has a lot to benefit from actually having a short conversation with the people who actually do the work. While this is a prevalent problem in many companies, AMRI management just couldn't care less.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks good on the surface...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot
    Like my co-workers

    Cons

    Over-worked, Under-appreciated, Under-paid

    I was told there would be room for growth...when opportunities were available, I was over-looked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth
    A little goodwill goes a long way
    Appreciate every employee you have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learn a lot; did a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA (US)

    I worked at AMRI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good place to learn for new people like myself. Get exposed to different things, you wear different hats.

    Cons

    Very low pay but demands long hours. If you dont work 50-60 plus hours, you are slacker. There is no chance of advancement until and unless you are buddy buddy with somebody or they need to fill some spot (even if you are not fit for that spot). Very bad culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To demand so much from your employees, please see what you are offering to them. Please know that you have to treat your employees well to get back what you want. It is not like there is only one company to work for. Please be open and respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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