If you haven't the skills to get a better job at a better company, ALS is for you!
Scientist (Former Employee) – Kelso, WA – September 23, 2014
If you enjoy 60+ hour weeks in the summer and forced furloughs in the winter, then you will like ALS! If you like people quoting SOP's that fly in the face of science you know is correct, you will get that at ALS. Are you so obsessed with safety that you think it a good idea to remove all First-Aid kits from the lab so as to force employees to ask a "First-Aider" for a band-aid so that even the most minor incidents are reported? If so then you will love ALS! Yes, at ALS you will be lied to about opportunities, worked like a rented mule all Summer, pay more each year for mediocre benefits, be forced to sign data you know is flawed, and be expected to put up with managers who don't know much about your particular job then yell at you for "not doing it right". Fortunately, you won't have to wait another 2 years for their HR dept to put together the employee handbook, because they finally finished it in early 2014 (after having bought CAS in 2012). You should, however, VERY CAREFULLY read the pre-employment agreement. Therein you will be required to not use any of the vendors they use (such as Fisher, VWR, Thermo, Waters, Agilent, etc.) for two years after leaving employment with ALS, thus making it impossible for any scientist to work anywhere else and not violate their inane pre-employment agreement. You will also be required to surrender your right to a jury trial in any dispute with the company and to file any complaints in Houston, not in the city you actually work in (unless its Houston, of course). There are several such gems to be found in said agreement, as you will discovermore... for yourself if you read it, which I strongly recommend you do during your interview. Pay is ok if you negotiate high pay up-front because raises are small and far between. The ranks of management are filled with long-time employees, which leads to a very stale company culture. Don't expect to get promoted to any sort of management position if you have been there less than ~10 years. There are some nice people who work there, but there are also back-stabbers who will gleefully report you for anything they think might gain them some benefit, so choose your friends there very carefully.less
standard (but expensive) benefit package, ok pay if you negotiate it pre-hire
incometent management top to bottom, terrible work-life balance