AMRI Reviews

Updated 5 April, 2015
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William S. Marth
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Pros
  • There are some really good people here, but they get overshadowed by company culture as a whole (in 5 reviews)

  • My work environment specifically is great but almost everywhere else in the company seems to be pretty bad (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, lower pay (by about 20%) than other companies (in 9 reviews)

  • Lots of politics in compensation and job rating (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great people, management not so good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist

    I worked at AMRI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I liked the people that I worked with. The salaries were good for the location (upstate NY).

    Cons

    Locations are not the greatest for quality of life. Management did not keep promises on hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Better benefits (e.g., vacation time) would be welcome. Individuals without US citizenship or permanent residency find themselves in a bind really soon because management drags its feet on filing for green cards as promised.

  2. It was a worthwhile experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMRI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional Development, Get to move through departments.

    Cons

    Benchtop research can become very tedious.

  3. A good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at AMRI full-time

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

    Pros

    R&D is challenging and requires sharp analytical mind. However, there will be something new to learn everyday.

    Cons

    The benchwork generally is physically and mentally demanding. Expectations from managers are high. Personal growth and career progression are limited. Work-life balance can be achieved if one plans his experiments well.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if management can stand in the shoes of chemists and biologists working in laboratory. Meeting would be useful to help understanding how things go in laboratory.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good 1st job, laid back, learn a lot about various departments (QA, production),but the compensation isn't great.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good 1st job, laid back, learn a lot about various departments (QA, production),

    Cons

    But the compensation isn't great.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Quality is optional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMRI

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

    Pros

    Location was good. Benefits were decent.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor, understaffed. Not enough emphasis on Quality, more of a push product out of door mindset.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on developing your employees and less time on pushing product out of the door.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Stressful

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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 (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Got to work on pet projects in my free time but there was little of that.

    Cons

    Worked long hours.
    In constant fear of being fired.
    Abusive managers forcing people to tears.
    All the smart people left.

    Advice to Management

    Stress and good science don't mix.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Good and generous benefit from day one

    Cons

    some manager where not fair...

  9. Helpful (3)

    Seemed good at first....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist

    I worked at AMRI

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

    Pros

    - Health benefits are still better than most but changes are coming.
    - Initial starting salary was good but you can only expect 2%-3% increases year over year.

    Cons

    New CEO came on board January 2014 with a vision of becoming a billion dollar organization. Sounds good enough until you realize that AMRI doesn't have the technology to support the vision.

    - Most scientific equipment is old and outdated with no strategy in place to modernize facilities.
    - Discovery work in non existent because AMRI prices itself too high as compared to competitors.
    - Employees across the board are asked to save money and cut expenses but the company saw fit to open new executive offices in Mass. so the new management team doesn't have to commute from their Mass. homes to Albany, NY.
    - Organization is extremely top heavy as they bring on more and more VP's and associated admin assistants to service their needs. This goes on while many lower level managers/employees are tasked with doing the jobs of two to three people as a cost cutting measure.
    - Performance evaluation system and merit increase system do not promote or value high performers. If you are lucky enough to get an "Exceeds" in a particular year, you may get 1% more over somebody who simply "Meets Expectations".
    - The only long term strategy seems to be to acquire other companies to build up assets with no regard to actually integrating them. This coupled with moving from a CRO to CMO, and a lack of investment in infrastructure all smell of a future sale of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Does it matter? They know exactly what they are doing.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Good stepping stone

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

    I worked at AMRI full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience after school in order to be competitive in the industry

    Cons

    Put in your time and get out. Company is going downhill fast.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Time off cut In half

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Validations in Albuquerque, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Validations in Albuquerque, NM (US)

    I have been working at AMRI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Poor moral, long hours. Not appreciated. Lots of turn over. AMRI bought OsoBio in July 2104. Now we are loosing 3 weeks of vacation per year.

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