Albany Molecular Research, Inc. Employee Reviews

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Great place to work and grow.
Master Scheduler/Planner (Former Employee) –  Albany, NYJanuary 14, 2019
Working in an environment where everyday you are a part of a team that saves lives is the most gratifying experience ever. I am honored to have grown in my career at this company.
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5.0
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Staff is pretty nice
Research Intern (Former Employee) –  Science parkJanuary 3, 2019
Most of the staff is nice, place is pretty compact and short on space. But the people there are generally nice and helpful, absolutely loved working there.
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3.0
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AMRI in a nutshell
Research Scientist I, Contractor to Eli Lilly (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, INDecember 6, 2018
Great place for those fresh out of school to gain rapid experience as an organic chemist and move on in a few years. Great stepping stone company, but not good for a career. Managers are chemists with little to no management training and appear more focus on meeting metrics and their own goals than the development of their employees. Managers have even on occasion lied about making adjustments for metric goals that were unrealistic. Promotions are given based on "whose turn it is" and not necessarily on merit. Both promotions and raises are minimal at best and barely, if at all, make up for inflation each year. Overall my experience with the company was mediocre at best. The skills gained in a short period of time are great. But the poor to mediocre pay, lack of management, and poor company politics make this company far from a good choice for a long term career.
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2.0
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Fast paced. Stressful, cutthroat.
Technician (Former Employee) –  New MexicoNovember 27, 2018
Fast paced, stressful, cutthroat and no real opportunities for career growth or advancement. Management is inexperienced, disrespectful, micromanages and has favoritism to certain employees. You will never see your family or friends working there.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
No real opportunities for career growth or advancement
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3.0
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it's a job
Production Technician (Current Employee) –  Rensselaer, NYOctober 26, 2018
It's a job in which you need to have some self confidence and the ability to work on your own and in a group, like every work place there are some down sides but overall it is a good job.
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AMRI is a difficult company to work with
Equipment Technology Manager (Current Employee) –  Burlington, MAOctober 25, 2018
Demands to much from employees,
Management doe not recognize employees
Working with fellow employees and communication with fellow employees is good
Most part of a work day for AMRI employees is ability to complete task successfully
Pros
Fellow enployees
Cons
Managment
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no fun
Safety Specialist (Current Employee) –  albany nyOctober 12, 2018
organization lacks leadership vision top heavy in senior mgt. needs more man power more direct engagement from management. Workers are very good for the most part. It is just a company out of touch with the work force
Pros
none
Cons
too many to list
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3.0
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Decent Workplace but not the right fit for me
Research Scientist 1 (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, INOctober 11, 2018
AMRI is professional work culture where the hardest working will thrive. This made the work environment competitive during my time there. The management could of handled situations including times of hardship more favorably and just be honest. Overall I learned much about how having passion is a must to want to stay where you work.
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Horrible
Quality Control Technician (Former Employee) –  Grafton, WIOctober 10, 2018
Horrible place. Bad management. Throws people under bus. Doesn't train well. No benefits. No overtime. Poor planning. Company can't expand physically. Production manager was actually a maintenance guy who thought he could run it better so the company placed him there, but made he people move desks, change lightbulbs, cut carpet, and take out trash. They were chemical operators not custodians. Then when shipping time came for products he got mad because nothing was ready to ship and blamed the workers for not working and doing custodian work. No one listens. No one. Same mistakes are made on a daily basis. Plan change immediately after a meeting making the meetings useless.
Pros
People under director level were cool in the departments. Pay was reasonabl.reasonable.
Cons
Use or lose break time, poor management, doesn't train people well, never hire temps, no advancement, poor communication, always checks cameras.
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Not an environment to thrive
QA (Former Employee) –  Albany, NYSeptember 28, 2018
Turnover is high and management is not supportive. Many improvements need to be made but the culture there doesn't want to invest in necessary improvements, thus operations are very archaic. Scheduling meetings with no notice, while trying to "escape" in order to have a lunch hour and/or peace is ridiculous. Work/life balance and opportunities for advancement are non existent. The people are nice, but they are taken advantage of without proper compensation. Don't be fooled.
Pros
Cool Coworkers
Cons
Balance
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4.0
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Accommodating
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Albany, NYAugust 21, 2018
Very friendly work atmosphere. Didn't hesitate to attempt to accommodate my school schedules. Always willing to teach and explain various techniques within the lab. An overall excellent experience.
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Its a job
Production Operator II (Current Employee) –  Rensselaer, NYAugust 6, 2018
If your looking for a career with promotions and advancement . Look else were. If you just need a job and don't mind getting past over if your not a rat. It's as good as you can make it. The bosses are looking out for themselves. And if they can blame you for something hold on. Cause it's going to happen.
Pros
Hours and days are set
Cons
No room for advancement. And lots of childish behaviour
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horrible
Instrumentation/electrical group supervisor (Former Employee) –  Rensselaer, NYJuly 9, 2018
the management team was the worst i had ever seen and that's saying a lot because this was the first job I had after retiring from the navy after 21 years.
Pros
none
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too many to list
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3.0
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Nothing special
Laboratory Assistant (Former Employee) –  Albany, NYMay 22, 2018
My duties included cleaning glassware for scientists and dumping their chemical waste. It was not great because they hired me on temp to perm and refused to give me benefits after 5 months with them. I offered them new solutions for the disposal of materials but being so low ion the totem pole your word was less than garbage.
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Jumping ship
An Employee (Current Employee) –  West Lafayette, INMay 7, 2018
This company is in death throes. Constant churning and throat-cutting of corporate management. Mass exodus of talent due to declining morale. IT is a disaster, and helpdesk management actively works against goals of other departments. Most unbelievably dysfunctional company of my career.
Pros
Cool industry
Cons
Bad management, corporate feuding, job insecurity
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4.0
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Good Questions
Level 1 Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) –  Burlington, MAApril 4, 2018
AMRI was a challenging and rewarding place to work. You will be instrumental in bring new drugs into our society that could help save thousands of lives. You will learn to be part of a fast paced team in a aseptic environment.
Pros
Good pay, good people, rewarding
Cons
Some forced overtime on occasion
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would rather not
Administrative Assistant - VP of Finance (Former Employee) –  Albany, NYApril 4, 2018
liked my immediate supervisor............

I am not corporate material or a "state" worker

I need to be PRODUCTIVE, not just busy!!

that's about it
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Good if you have few options or fresh grads
Compounding Technician (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMMarch 20, 2018
The Compounding Department in ABQ is a hilarious mixture of complete dorks , a few fresh grad nerds with little to no real world experience and a couple of good people with both exp and knowledge.The job itself is somewhat interesting for about a month. Extremely slow paced , the inefficiency magnifies this exponentially.However, the constant hold ups leave plenty of time for mopping walls and floors with various chemical solutions! Intense document control due to FDA. A vast majority of low level to mid level managers have little job experience other than AMRI , brought through ranks and feel fortunate to make the little they get paid and have a title, especially considering many are not intelligent .The salary/ hrly pay is weak however the benefits are good. If you have recently graduated and really need some work experience or you just need a paycheck for awhile this might be a good company.
Pros
Good benefits, schedule (days)
Cons
Job tasks / duration, management, salary/pay
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2.0
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Great job for experience right out of school but little else.
Research Scientist (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, INMarch 4, 2018
If you are right out of school with a BS or MS this is a great place to get 3-5 quick years of experience. After this GET OUT! Management picks and chooses only a select few for advancement. After 5 years a TREMENDOUS impact I and several others have never seen a promotion while less experienced and knowledgeable chemists did. AMRI likes to cultivate a competitive non-collaborative culture in Indianapolis. Also, the HR support is horrible and employees are often left to figure it out on their own. There is no advancement here, management simply doesn’t care and the company ensures high yearly attrition rates so they can higher fresh cheap labor!
Pros
Benefits were ok, challenging science
Cons
Almost everything
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4.0
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Microbiologist II
Microbiologist II (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMFebruary 28, 2018
Overall it is a good place to build experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing business, there is potential to grow. Im glad I started out with this company.
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