Lancaster Laboratories Employee Reviews

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SCIENTIST (Current Employee) –  Malvern, PANovember 18, 2015
Currently being contracted to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the IPL is a constant 24-hour lab being run by two scientists at a time. The work load is steady and engaging. Although the physical can be rewarding, there are a lot of office politics that take place which can make working with other departments tense at times. The management is not reassuring in the way they handle problems and when something does go wrong, it seems that they try to find a way to blame individuals rather than look critically at the problem and find a solution to fix it. Compared to other contracting positions I have learned about through my fellow contractors, the pay is not indicative of the type of work that is given to the contractor. This can also be disheartening when you are promised an annual raise, but when the time comes, the raise is quite insignificant that it is almost nonexistent. Other than these issues, the job itself and the experienced gained is well worth the headache that can come with dealing with fellow workers.
Pros
experience, using your degree
Cons
poor management, below average pay, office politics
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Culture changing with new owners
Manager (Current Employee) –  Lancaster, PAFebruary 18, 2013
Since taken over by new management recently, the culture has changed. Where once it was a place that promoted family friendly, this is no longer the experience. Management is requiring more work with much less pay. Management also has no respect for its employees...you are just a number. Unless you are part of upper management, do not expect to receive any consideration for a hard day's work. We are all replaceable. If applying for a job, you will be promised one thing, but end up with much more responsibility. Corporate culture sees nothing wrong with bait and switch.
I am a current employee and looking desperately to get out. So sad that Lancaster Labs is not the same "Best Place to Work" any longer. Working mother? Single Dad? Don't bother. My advice? Don't walk away, Run!
Pros
coworkers, medical benefits (but will be going away next year)
Cons
disrespectful to employees, low pay (unless you are in upper management), no work-life balance
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Trying to move on
Senior Environmental Administrator (Current Employee) –  Lancaster, PAOctober 3, 2012
I will do my best to sum up LLI without dragging on. With what little good there is to say about working here. Job security is pretty good, and so are the benefits. That's about it.

The negatives however, are so numerous, I could go on a rant. So again, to sum it up...The pay is awful, and without a degree; no matter how long you've been there or how good your work is, you will not advance...unless you kiss up to the higher ups. Management is a joke. Your boss has 5 bosses above them, and none of them know what they're doing, yet they are in power, and they get the good pay and perks. I've got sooooo much more to mention, but really don't want to get into detail or else I'll start getting angry the more I type. Basically it's a Do More For Less mentality, and I would not recommed working here. Go to a fast food place, you'll make more money and advance to a Manager's position alot faster.
Pros
good benefits (but not great)
Cons
pay!!! advancement, management, routine work environment...
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run, don't work here, terrible culture
Quality Technician (Current Employee) –  Tobaccoville, NCMarch 7, 2013
A typical day at work is being harrassed by management and treated like a five year old child. They will stop your raises and give you bad evaluations if they think you are making too much, even if you are a perfect employee and work your hardest. They tell lies on you and keep up drama. Management knows nothing about the job themselves, pushing their work onto everyone else and setting rules that they don't follow themselves. Discrimination is very prevalent there.
Pros
nothing
Cons
everything
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OK place to start
Chemist (Current Employee) –  LancasterDecember 19, 2013
You can get a good basic understanding of pharmaceutical industry, but it's not a place to stay. Very demanding positions, analysts are encouraged to be involved with their work. Good job security. Lots of responsibilities. And bad compensation all around.

The particular group you are in will make a big difference in your experience. The first level managers range from pretty good to petty tyrants. The pay is not good by industry standards. Since they can't bring in experienced talent from outside, promotions are used to fill the more senior level positions. This is good if you are looking for advancement. Bad, however, in that management is hide bound, since practically none of them have worked elsewhere in their careers.

Upper management views anyone there for less than 5 years as easily replaceable. Anyone there over 5 years? Well, obviously, they aren't going anywhere. So no motivation to try to make anyone happy. They are still riding on the laurels of having won a "Great Place to Work" award back in the early 90's. Don't anticipate them ever winning another of these.
Pros
Job security, you will learn a lot
Cons
Compensation and inconsistent management.
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worst place to work
quality technician (Current Employee) –  Tobaccoville, NCMarch 5, 2013
Management will disgrace you and stop your raises and give you bad reviews. 3rd shift is the worst. You will be micromanaged and stressed out every night. No clear direction from management who doesn't even know the job themselves. No where to move up. Treated and talked to very disgraceful and rude.
Pros
a day off from this madness
Cons
pay, benefits, management terrible, no advancement opportunities
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.This company made a typical work day stressful
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  PennsylvaniaNovember 27, 2012
LLI was not a very good place to work. The workload was excessive and staffing was insufficient. The management was motivated to make money for the company at the expense of the employees. Many times the ridiculous rules were similar to being in kindergarten. For the most part, the management was incompetant and was not willling to listen to feedback to improve the company. Micromanagement was the typical way of treating employees.
Pros
its a job
Cons
the cons are too many to list. i would not recommend working for this company
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All around great place to work
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Lancaster, PANovember 4, 2013
As a former employee of Lancaster Laboratories, I would like to say this is an excellent work place. Not only are the employees friendly, but management is so flexible when it comes to their employees needs. They are willing to bend backwards to make sure the employees are satisfied with their job. The pay is awesome, as well as the holiday pay, off on weekends, and EVERY holiday..including BLACK FRIDAY! Who wouldn't want to not have to get up after a big Thanksgiving meal the night before?
Pros
awesome pay, cafe, employees.
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Premier Laboratory, solving problems and serving the ever developing needs of our nation and world
Senior Environment Chemist (Former Employee) –  Lancaster, PAJanuary 16, 2012
The labortory was very intergral in meeting the ever changing needs and demands of the general public, private business, and govt entities such as the EPA. Many projects, such as the BP oil spill, were completed with much success. Overall, LLI is a purposeful and culturally beneficail business, and fulfilling place of employment.
Pros
job security
Cons
relatively low pay
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Worst place I've worked at
Specialist (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, INDecember 19, 2014
This company is a joke. The team leads and managers only care about themselves. Anyone below them is dirt. Very much don't care what u have to say. Nothing but a clique environment and Favortism goes on a lot here as well.the only thing good about Lancaster is the flexible schedule
Pros
Flexible schedule
Cons
Management and team leaders are awful and are not trustworthy
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Great entry level job
Biologist (Current Employee) –  West Point, PANovember 7, 2015
Provided a good foot in the door at major pharma companies. Great experience right out of college, but does not provide much room for growth.
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Excellent place to work!
Senior Administrator (Former Employee) –  Lancaster, PAOctober 28, 2013
I loved this job! The Management team was great, I would still be there but my husbands position cause us to relocate. I would definitely return if I lived closer.
Pros
Cross trained in different areas, and it was a full-time position.
Cons
No cons!
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Good people, strong management, work load heavy
Principal Scientist Cell Bank Manufacturing (Former Employee) –  New Holland, PANovember 8, 2012
Good group of people to work with, great job security, work load per employee is very high
Pros
job security
Cons
high work load
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High Turnover Rate
Chemist (Former Employee) –  Lancaster, PAJuly 24, 2015
There's clear reason why he average employee is twenty six years old. They do not care about their employees.Maybe it has improved since I've been there but do not look to do science here,
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Contract where customer is always right.
Analytical Chemist (Former Employee) –  Eli Lilly IndianapolisApril 12, 2013
The usual contract position, the company is always right and worker is wrong. Will not stick up for workers, direct managers are great, corporate managers are terrible.
Pros
flexible schedule
Cons
will not stick up for worker
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Flexible Job / Challenging Opportunities.
Senior Cell Banking Biologist (Current Employee) –  Lancaster, PAJuly 31, 2014
This job is flexible, and has many projects throughout each year that can be taken on a learning opportunities.
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Productive work environment where I can grow and learn
Biologist (Current Employee) –  West Point, PAJune 5, 2012
Typical work day for myself is spent working in a laboratory.
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