QUALITY CHEMICAL LABORATORIES Employee Reviews

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Great for Entry Level applicants
Analytical Chemist (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCDecember 9, 2018
If you are straight out of school looking for a position as a chemist, then its a great opportunity. QCL will hire applicants who are just starting out with a degree in Chemistry OR related field. They are very willing to train and help you gain experience. The job to work life balance is great with really good PTO/benefits.

I would highly recommend starting out here, but if you desire more of a long term career, QCL may not be the option for you if you desire to move up quickly or expect to make decent money for the field of work.
Pros
On the job training, good PTO/benefits, laid back but professional atmosphere, overtime
Cons
Compensation is low for field of work
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Low salary, High turnover company. Get in and Get out!
Employee (Former Employee) –  Wilmington NCOctober 13, 2018
The only time I’d recommend working here is as a first job to gain experience. Almost all Analysts come as new graduates, as salary is not sufficient to draw anyone with experience. Due to well below average salaries, as well as the atmosphere, turnover is VERY high. Everyone learns fast to get some experience and then move on to better companies. They also quickly see that commitment and hard work get you nowhere out there, except taking on more with no recognition or financial advancement for doing so. Owner seems to only see company as a publicity machine instead of caring about the people that keep it running, and their families that they work their job for.
Pros
Don’t have to work overtime
Cons
Salary - which is the whole reason people work
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Great place to gain experience but not a career
Analytical Chemist (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCAugust 15, 2018
QCL is a great place for someone who has just graduated college and wants to gain experience, however, the pay is not competitive. Depending on what group you get in, you could have a manager who cares and wants you to succeed or a manager who basically sends you on your own and doesn't supervise well.
Pros
Laid back environment
Cons
Low pay for the work you do
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Poisonous atmosphere
Undefined (Former Employee) –  WilmingtonAugust 13, 2018
Uneven workload distribution - those who work hard get everything dumped on them without adequate compensation. Negative atmosphere. Low pay with no expectation of improvement. Uneven pay scale for same-level positions, and employees that have been there longer get paid less than new employees... any loyalty is not rewarded at all. QCL is just a stepping-stone company with very high turnover. CEO only cares about profit and new showplace buildings but not employees, salaries, or actual company improvements.
Pros
Won't have to work beyond 40 hours.
Cons
Too many to list.
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Amazing work environment
Chemist (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCJune 13, 2018
HR has done a tremendous job finding and keeping good talent without outsourcing.

Also, the work environment is very adult, NO micro managing. Everyone does there job well, on time and works as a team. Pretty amazing considering the rapid growth this company has been experiencing in the Pharmacuetical industry! Job well done there!!
Pros
Relaxed work enviroment
Cons
salary
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Great place to start your career
Analytical Chemist (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCMarch 3, 2018
I work 2nd shift which is a little less hectic compared to 1st shift where there are FDA and client visits and audits. Super relaxed for the most part. There are times where the work load is bigger so the amount of work to report becomes greater but the work environment and coworkers are very helpful! I love the people I work with. They practically make the job fun to go to! I would definitely recommend QCL as a place to start a career as a chemist!
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Management and HR Department need to be worked on.
Chemist (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCFebruary 1, 2018
The jobs are fine if you are willing to be underpaid. The management and HR department are very hypocritical when they do not follow the same guidelines and rules that apply to all employees.
Pros
PTO and paid holidays.
Cons
Poor management and HR department nothing is confidential, Toxic work environment with these departments.
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Great place to work and gain great experience. Relaxed, fun environment. Only drawback is the pay could be better.
Analytical Chemist (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCJanuary 18, 2018
Great place to work and gain great experience. Relaxed, fun environment. Only drawback is the pay could be better. Decent benefits and PTO. Good management.
Pros
Relaxed, fun atmosphere, great experience, good benefits and PTO.
Cons
Pay could be better.
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Fine for those learning chemistry
SENIOR ANALYTICAL CHEMIST (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCNovember 20, 2017
Not the most exciting career. No real room for advancement. If you are just starting out in the chemistry world it is a good way to get your foot in the door, but that is all it is good for. No real raise oppurtunities and do not expect the owner to take any interest in his employees. Looks for any reason to be stingy on pay.

Really look somewhere else first if this is the only position to obtain in Wilmington, NC... not worth it. Very low salary with high cost of living.
Pros
Bonus pay or Vacation time with weekend work
Cons
No room for advancement, Very Low Pay, Repeditive Work
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Good place to start
Chemist I (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCSeptember 19, 2017
Great place to start as an entry level employee out of college. Not much room for advancement within the company. Many of the higher positions are filled by employees who have been there much longer than I would intend to be. No financial gain is received for moving into a more stressful and involved work environment. The experience is nice, but the pay is below par. While individual managers can be exceptional, overall management is extremely disorganized and micromanaging happens at a high level. One week one manager is my boss when two months down the road they get reassigned to a different lab, and the old manager takes over again. No clear vision on where the company is heading. Outdated equipment and methodological recording systems, makes it feel like it is 1980 instead of 2017. This seems to be getting an upgrade, but knowing this company that may take tens of years to fully happen.
Pros
Experience
Cons
LOW pay, unorganized work environment, no room for advancement
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Great for experience, low pay, unprofessional CEO, stressful at times
Chemist I (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCFebruary 14, 2017
Wonderful place for new chemists, excellent place to gain knowledge and experience. Once experience is gained......get out!!
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stepping stone company w/low pay
Maintenance Worker (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, NCMarch 2, 2016
Nice employee's to work with. Hand full of over paid and rest under paid. Little to no chance for advancement. Micromanagement at it's best, poor management support, some employee's get special treatment & others make up for it. Always advertising/hiring due to turnover rate for employee's.
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Benefits
Cons
low pay, micromanagement
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Very low pay for industry, but a great place to start out
Analytical Chemist (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, NCJuly 23, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed working here. I was expected to work hard and had great relationships with my coworkers and boss. I ended up leaving because other analysts were slacking with their work and I was expected to make up for their slack. When I talked with my supervisor about it, nothing was done to fix the problem. There are some very hard workers here, but there are also workers who use that to their advantage and slack off.Ultimately, it came down to money.

There is not a lot of room for growth, but its a great place to start out and get the experience needed to make a career in this field.
Pros
Pay for weekend work, good structure and communication
Cons
Underpaid, no room for growth
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entry level, less than desirable retention
Chemist I (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCFebruary 24, 2015
constant flow of recent graduates, good for getting in, gaining some experience. Company is growing rapidly - suffering some growing pains. little room to grow internally.
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5.0
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Great work environment
Quality Assurance Assistant (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, NCOctober 3, 2014
I am truly bless with a wonderful work atmosphere and Boss. I love where I work and people I work with.
Pros
Best boss ever!
Cons
Pay
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2.0
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Low compensation, less than desirable culture
Lab technician (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, NCAugust 26, 2014
A small, homegrown company with homegrown management. Low compensation. Less than desirable culture, favoritism. Often less than adequate SOP's and procedures. Lack of support in all areas, as to be expected from a small company on a tight budget.
Pros
Not owned by an Equity Firm, some knowledgable employees present
Cons
Low compensation, lack of support, undesirable culture
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great stepping stone
Analytical Chemist I (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, NCNovember 15, 2013
Beautiful new lab with new instrumentation, flexible with great management
Pros
great training and quality of life
Cons
low pay
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co-workers
Facility Maintenance Person (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, NCMay 8, 2012
Overall a very fullfilling place to work daily with good co-workers.
Pros
good work environment
Cons
no benefits, difficult to become a full-time employee
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