POLARIS Laboratories Reviews

Updated 7 Feb 2020

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2.6
34%
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43 Ratings
Pros
  • "Opportunity for growth, Great Culture, Decent Pay, Great Work Environment, Manager Cares(in 6 reviews)

  • "building with workout facility and free soda & fruit(in 4 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. "Small company with pros and cons"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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  2. "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.

  3. "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.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible and Demanding Work for the Driven Employee"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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  5. 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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  6. "Good Company Culture but many problems"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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.

  7. 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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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Customer Service"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    There are no highlights about this department.

    Cons

    This department for Minorities or anyone that is African American is the worst. The Management will hire you to set you up to fail. The system in this department is very much disturbing and very distasteful. They will sit all the African Americans on one side of the room grouped together and on the other side of the room all the Caucasian employees are seated and grouped on the other. These seats are all assigned seating and to think that this is ok is more then crazy. And to disguise there system they sat one of each opposite race on each side to try and remain not obvious. You will also never advance they will keep you at a level 1 and barley make you a level 2. They will advance only the white employees after a few months to a year. You will never get any raises or bonuses due to your level not advancing. There are employees there now for seven years that still wont be advanced over someone white. You will do the same or more in your work and will be treated less or as if you are not ready or able. Your training will come from your peers and not so management as it should be in your first 3 months of employment. You will not be directed or trainined properly if you are African American they will almost never try and schedule time for you. They want you to be more social and friendly then they are about there work ethics and making sure you know what it is you need to advance. They will call out the highlights and the great things done by all the white employees but rarley ever give recognition and acknowledgment to any of the African American employees that are doing the same or have done better. It is very again distasteful and unprofessional to hire and conduct a department in that way. Especially when the system they have set up is to see you to fail and they seat you in groups accordingly. I would not recommend anyone to work here due to this department alone. You have a better chance with a bigger and better corporation then being treated and kept in the same place for years. The pay is not good its barley making it and they never advance African Americans to have any chance to make more. Its very rare and its alot that are not even a level 3 after over 5 years of being a employee there. Its just really sad and its alot of people that deserve a great job were they dont feel left out from the great opportunities promised to everyone else. No matter your race or back ground everyone deserves to be treated fairly and the same but you will not get that at this company. So I dont refer this company to anyone there are so many other better paying companies and better opportunities out there.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome company to work for!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule. My manager is the best manager I have ever had. He works just as hard as everyone on the team. When I first started everyone went out of there way to make me feel welcome and answer my questions. All of my coworker are awesome people who are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    It is a big learning curve when you don’t know anything about oil analysis. There are office politics like at most companies. They could do a better job of trying to avoid that.

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  10. "Great Company Fun Products"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at POLARIS Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Company with great products

    Cons

    Need to get better at reducing recalls

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