CMP Operator (Former Employee) – Mesa, AZ 85212 – February 1, 2018
The company expected the operators to wear many hats. One minute you were a Lab Technician running a titrator, spectrophotometer, accusizer, or Ph probe. The next you are a data entry or record keeping clerk recording data on paper or into computer datalog. Then you will be a hazardous materials handler transferring open acids, oxidizers, or powders with airborne particulates, into holding tanks. A forklift operator transporting and staging raw materials and finished goods. A packager/sampler filling drums and totes with finished product. Palletizing and readying them for shipment. Accessed SAP, LIMS, Excel, etc.. to generate labels and spreadsheets necessary to prep containers and provide supporting documentation for every batch. Operator to run an antiquated dispersion process that is prone to malfunction requiring close monitoring for 12 hours at a time. Industrial laborer changing banks of up to 45 filters (several seasoned operators complained of pain to wrist and elbows due to repetitive motion of this process) at a time. Chemical Compounder responsible for the proper measuring, dispensing, and blending of chemical batches of high value. with new processes, rules, and edicts, being handed down weekly.
Compensation began just slightly higher than a hamburger flipper.
Nepotism was also a problem there. Candidates with real world experience often overlooked in favor of friends/relatives of current workers without any.
Every few years an opening for advancement would arise but for the most part the operators are stuck right where they are.
The annualmore... increases do not even keep up with the rising costs of insurance premiums and living expenses, leaving the workers with less expendible income year after year.less
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – North Kingstown, RI – October 10, 2017
Constant multitasking. Supervisor not surppotive of employee’s. It’s like a good old boys club. Supervisor belittles subordinates. Not looking to promote people from with in the company. Leads tall down to people and make them feel dumb.
Doesn't have a good team culture for in numerious departments.
Technician (Former Employee) – Rhode Island – May 24, 2017
They have so many long time employee's that it doesn't allow for any change in culture. The H.R. department is under the impression that if it isn't broken don't fix it. Floor leads at both facilities are abrasive it seems like they enjoy belittling and harassing there team members. This division has management that instead of correcting negative behavior they join in. Management and H.R. look at the victims like they are the problem. I wouldn't want to work for this division again if I had to! Worst job of my professional career I would suggest continuing your job search. The only saving grace is the industry has steadly been growing and it has job security based on that alone.
Chemist (Former Employee) – Mesa, AZ – July 24, 2013
Good place to get your feet wet and start, though you will likely get bored and hit a VERY low glass ceiling (male or female) quickly. There was plenty to do and very few who volunteer to take on additional roles, so if you want to wear "different hats", you'll likely be able to do so. On the local level, everyone is extremely helpful and will bend over backwards (sometimes literally) if needed. Upper management isn't "bad" really, just a tad disconnected. They seem to get a new title every other week, which is fine and all, but it makes it hard to track who is doing what and why.
My biggest gripe with Fuji is that they will NOT hire from within. Seeing someone promoted from within is a rare occurrence at Fuji, kinda like seeing a Unicorn. Or Batman. I was asked and encouraged to apply to a few positions in different groups. They positions were either filled from someone with a similar or less-qualified background or the position was closed entirely. When it came time for a promotion within the department, I was overlooked, I asked why I wasn't considered and I was told by HR that I "applied for too many positions to be considered". I applied to a total of 3 positions (one of which I got, but the job was closed after I literally packed my desk up and was ready to move).
Aside from that, the salary is mediocre, which is odd considering the "specialized" industry and high turnover rate in the lab. Most tech's, specialists, and chemists get just enough experience there to move on - the average turnover time is around 14-16 months. Fuji did have some OK benefits (though gettingmore... expensive), vacation was average, and it was a pain-in-the-butt to get things reimbursed (tuition, health club dues, etc). less
On-site employees are great and helpful, flexible with vacation time, respectable PTO/Sick time separate from vacation time
Management changes direction often, upper management gets a new title every 6 days, lots of turnover