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Company striving to improve, but has a long way to go
Technician (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIFebruary 11, 2015
Pros: pay
Cons: work environment, hours
Overall I really enjoyed the work I performed and was proud of my accomplishments. Many co-workers were great and easy to work with. The culture and management require a lot of improvement though. The culture reminded me of high school. Numerous groups of people who would push away others, overall unwillingness for change, low acceptance of new employees, and failure of management to create a friendly and productive workplace. There are definitely great people working here, but I would frequently leave work exhausted and thinking of how negative and hostile the work environment was.
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Research Associate - Test Material Control (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIJanuary 8, 2015
It is a good place to work. Your peers are excellent and your direct supervisors are great. Upper management is a bust but you don't work with them. Fast pace with numerous procedures to follow to the T. Overall not too bad.
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Poor management and poor place to work at
Research associate (Former Employee), Mattawan, MINovember 12, 2014
Pros: cafeteria food
Cons: poor management, high turnover rate, etc, etc.
I do not recommend MPI as a place to work at. Do your research first before accepting a job here or anywhere you go to. You deserve to know!
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No job security, poor morale and worthless management
Research Associate (Former Employee), Mattawan MIOctober 13, 2014
Pros: good food in the cafeteria although expensive
Cons: no job security, poor management, high turnover rate
MPI Research is an average company to get your foot in the door but you need to move on after a year or so. If not, they will get rid of you. It does not matter the talent you have or the skills. If the numbers don't add up and they need to have cuts, they don't care about firing up employees no matter your dedicated hard work. Management is simply a joke, placed in positions with no proper training which will lead to the trickle-down effect of poor morale and poor performance among workers. Throughout the company you come across many non-educated/non-experienced managers with only a few good workers doing the actual work. Most employees are overworked with very low salaries. MPI Research actually offers the lowest pay in the area. The morale among workers is extremely poor. Low pay, overworked, regular rumors about layoffs, managers with no clue about managing and who work very little, no respect for employees whatsoever. Most of the staff lack proper training so the highly-skilled workers are almost non-existent throughout the company. Why hiring talented people when they can pay pennies to someone who recently graduated from high school? They will tell you how much they care about you and your family and 'the best will come next year' but that is just one of many lies you hear from the owner of the company and even your manager. It looks good in paper and that is what really matters. If you have a college degree and experience, I would not consider this company unless there is nothing else out there. And even then, I would think twice about working there.
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Extensive on the job training
Research Associate - Pharmacokinetics (Current Employee), Mattawan, MISeptember 30, 2014
This is a fast growing pre-clinical research organization that promotes from within based on performance.
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Great People...Not so great place to work
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee), Mattawan, MISeptember 25, 2014
Pros: friendly co-workers
Cons: horrible work hours
The best way to describe this place is MPI High. they say that there is lots of room for advancement, but only if you put the time in first. The best part of the place is the people that work there. Also don't expect to have anything you tell one person getting around by the end of the day. In order to get a decent paycheck you have to put in 60+hours but even then you don't get paid enough.
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Inexperienced management, empty promises for advancement and promotions.
Research Associate (Former Employee), Mattawan, MISeptember 24, 2014
Pros: benefits, i.e. insurance, pto, 401k
Cons: poor compensation, top heavy corporation, lack of employee recognition
MPI Research has put in place a program centered around "Career Pathways," yet has a difficult time following through on promises made to it's employees regarding advancement. It seems that as long as something looks good on paper, that's all that really matters. Overall, MPI would be a great company to work for if they got rid of alot of the worthless management positions and used that money to compensate it's employees appropriately.
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Filthy environment with no growth
Small Animal Research Technician - Gen Tox (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIAugust 20, 2014
Pros: two breaks a day, other technicians are nice
Cons: monotonous, tedious, no advancement
MPI is overall considered the scourge of the animal testing industry, with low pay, constant overtime, and many weekend hours. Advancement is a joke; you get a tiny little raise and a million more responsibilities. Managers are useless.

Apparently you need a bachelor's degree to learn how to fill food containers for two hours. If you like brainlessness and monotony, then this is the job for you. You get to transfer departments after a year, and it seems like nobody wants to stay in the small animal gen tox department, because of the long hours and every third weekend schedule. Even if you transfer, it's to another department that's got their own share of problems.

You're better off anywhere but here.
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Bottom-line company
Surgical Research Technician (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIAugust 9, 2014
Pros: good benefits, room to advance
Cons: lack of security
Fast-paced environment with many departments, allowing for growth/advancement. However, company is focused on profit margin and willing to sacrifice employees for that goal when times get tough.
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Get the experience you need but don't stick around
Research Associate (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIJune 18, 2014
Pros: decent benefits at first
Cons: poor management, no room for advancement, always highly dispendable
If you want to go back to high school, then MPI is the place for you. MPI is not the same company it was 10 years ago, the management is horrible though it has never been a strong point it has just completely deteriorated over the years. They always say that there is room for advancement but there isn't you will just get stuck and no matter how hard you work you are almost guaranteed to never get a promotion or a raise, and if you do get a raise don't expect one for another few years. They will judge you more on your personality and who you know then your actual work ethic and if things start getting a little rough which has basically been MPI since 2008 they will start finding reasons to fire people in which they wouldn't have typically done before, no warning, without consideration of your work history. You can't trust anyone, since the lack of job security will cause nearly everyone to save themselves no matter if it's the truth or not and you will be thrown to the wolves. Most of the staff lacks proper training, they will place completely new technicians under a brand new manager and hope they find their way. The atmosphere is highly stressful and expect nothing less than perfection. High turn around rate, they don't value you as an employee and you are easily replaceable to them which is why the amount of well versed experienced employees are dwindling. I have learned a lot over my years at MPI and will always be grateful for the knowledge and friendships forged however that is the only pro.
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Good for entry level.
Research Associate II (Current Employee), Mattawan, MIApril 23, 2014
This is a great company to work for to get your foot in the door, however it is difficult to advance and management is terrible. You will gain some really good experience and work with some wonderful people, but unless you are in good with the higher ups, don't expect to advance very far. Benefits are really good for full time employees, and they will usually pay for any job related certifications or educational courses/conferences. Salary leaves something to be desired.
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Very high pressure environment with no respect for employees.
Formulations Analysis Manager (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIApril 21, 2014
MPI Research is a CRO that conducts pre-clinical toxicology studies. The organization is void of any business or scientific principles. The individuals that work for MPI are treated only slightly better than the animals that are consumed during the toxicological studies. The managing, even at the highest levels, has no consideration or respect for employees regardless of years of service, capability or talent.
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I gained many valuable skills from my experience at MPI.
Research Associate II/Telemetry Technician (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIJanuary 16, 2014
Pros: some of the most intense and rewarding training i've ever received.
Cons: many of my managers had no scientific training.
The pursuit of knowledge through scientific inquiry is, by far, one of the most noble pursuits a person can dedicate themselves to. The lessons I learned from my experiences at MPI will help me succeed anywhere in the world.
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Great to gain experience.
Research Associate III (Former Employee), Mattawan, MINovember 7, 2013
Great place to get some knowledge so you can move on. Management lacks in managing skills. Communications within the ranks is less than desirable.
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Just work and no personal life.
Former Employee (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIOctober 5, 2013
Company focuses on weaknesses more than strength. If you are not friends with management you have no future. All you would hear is criticism.
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Good Benefits
Research Associate I (Current Employee), Mattawan, MISeptember 20, 2013
Benefits are good and pay is good. Lack of communication from upper management down.
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Saving the lives of others
Research Technician (Current Employee), Mattawan, MIAugust 14, 2013
Working in a research setting has its up's and down's, and can be stressful! But at the end of the day, it is nice to know that the work I am doing is going towards the bettering of human and animal lives.
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Get experience and move on
Research Technician (Current Employee), Mattawan, MIMay 30, 2013
Pros: good co workers, great for animal lovers
Cons: management is ridiculous. they literally do not have any idea of how to manage people
Not a great place to work. They always tell you that you can advance and get raises, but then you do everything to get them and they say "sorry, not enough money this year, maybe next year". There are always rumors of lay offs so you never know if your job is secure. A lot of great people work here and I have made a lot of friends, I also love working with the animals. But it's not worth it! You have to work tons of overtime, always at the last minute. Work lots of weekends and holidays. Sometimes you have to put in 60-70 hour work weeks (I've done some 80+ hour weeks when you include the weekend hours) and you better hope you don't have any appointments or things you need to leave early for, because it probably wont happen.
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Get Some Experience, Then Get Out!
Research Technician (Current Employee), Mattawan, MIMay 14, 2013
Pros: good benefits, pto, good experience
Cons: unpaid lunches, little pay, loooong hours, terrible co-workers, work weekend/holidays
The job isn't difficult, but the people that work there are truly miserable people and will make your life hell. The pay sucks. It is one of the lowest paying companies, for the work it does, in the country. There is about no room for advancement unless you've been there more then 10 years, or you sleep with the boss. Management is terrible. The communication between project leaders/ group leaders/ and technicians is some of the worst I have ever seen. Also, there is constant talk about lay offs as you frequently get the "We're doing great! (But we need to start doing better....)" speech from the head honcho. They say they appreciate the work you do every single day, but as long as it gets done no one really cares who the person is that does the work. In other words, you are replaceable. Also, don't even attempt to have a life while working there. You are forced to work until work is done (which could be 3pm or 7pm) and frequent weekend which are short staffed. It's good work experience to get, and then go somewhere else that pays better and values their employees. Get in, get some experience, then get out!
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Great foot in the door
Quality Assurance Research Auditor (Former Employee), Mattawan, MIApril 23, 2013
Pros: good experience, they let you work on a lot of things
Cons: pay, treatment, work/life balance, room for advancement.
MPI was a great foot in the door to the pharma world for someone fresh out of college. The pay was terrible, the work was terrible, and if you show initiative, you will be worked like crazy.

About MPI Research

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MPI Research Salaries

Research Associate
$35,000 per year
Research Technician
$14.00 per hour