BioReliance Reviews

Updated 29 Jun 2020

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2.9
49%
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68%
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Archie Cullen
31 Ratings
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  • "low pay and limited upward mobility(in 6 reviews)

  • "The message gets lost or more likely ignored at middle management who continuously push deadlines for tasks on to their department(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Okay cro"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BioReliance full-time

    Pros

    Good free lunch but very unhealthy

    Cons

    Clients are too demanding And management over commit

  2. "It depends on your supervisor and lab"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AS II in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioReliance full-time

    Pros

    Work was interesting at first, but the science was overshadowed by internal lab group tensions. Co-workers outside of the same lab group were mostly nice.

    Cons

    HR does basically nothing about bullying. Massive egos on some staff who have been at the company for a long time. Pay is on the lower end of average for the industry and area.

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  3. "Gain experience"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Scientist 

    I worked at BioReliance full-time

    Pros

    gain experience working in GMP environment Good colleagues

    Cons

    Poor management Blind money saving ideas (no you can't remove one PCR primer to cut cost...)

  4. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - As III 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioReliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work environment with plenty of opportunities to grow. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive as other companies in the industry

  5. "Lead Lab Technician"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist II in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BioReliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overtime pay, rapid initial growth opportunity

    Cons

    Overtime gets excessive weekend and holiday work are somewhat regular, growth stagnates after a certain period of time

  6. "Meh"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist I in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BioReliance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Work schedule and work/life balace -Pay is decent -Company events

    Cons

    -You are treated like pawns by higher ups, with no care for your personal well being -They pretend that employee opinions matter and encourage retention programs but screw you over anyway

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  7. "Would avoid"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioReliance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good company perks like free Xmas nights out, hampers etc Will take on people new from uni so good for experience

    Cons

    Completely over work staff. Overtime is 'not compulsory' but you are guilt tripped by management if you don't as someone has to stay until all the work is complete. Not enough time in the day to take breaks and complete work, then huge blame when mistakes are made due to rushing. Poor salary. Blame culture. Promotion of unworthy staff if they are well liked by middle management. Some departments aren't as bad as others, but would avoid altogether if you can help it.

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  8. "Good/Great Company"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioReliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good company. Management creates a space for collaboration and improvement. Clear and defined corporate structure, with clear levels of your job and advancement.

    Cons

    Hard to say. Mid sized company, so you get to know people.

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  9. "Moving in the right direction"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioReliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Big focus on staff development Upper managers in UK genuinely want to address issues Lots of opportunities to progress Wider Merck holds even more opportunities

    Cons

    Need to balance day to day client workload with special projects Salaries at some levels need to be revisited to attract new, and keep existing staff

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "AVOID! AVOID! AVOID! Virology"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BioReliance full-time

    Pros

    Lab staff are good at helping each other. Can get some lab experience for CV

    Cons

    The glasgow site virology is the most horrendous place to work. It has an extremely bad impact on both your physical and mental health. The stress levels of lab staff are through the roof due to them being given a work load that is far from manageable or achievable to get through. Most people have to go without breaks just to try and get finished at a relatively decent time. Or if you are really lucky maybe you will get 20 mins and a chance to go to the toilet. On top of this the amount of overtime necessary is ridiculous. To top it off it this overtime is often not optional but rather expected. It is not a hidden fact that there is bullying from the middle management and certain supervisors. Trying to get holidays off were a nightmare and often refused. There was a rather large finger pointing culture wherby any issues that occured were automatically blamed on the lab staff. When trying to highlight any issues it seemed that management were not in the slight bit intrested but instead would get there back up and do their best to shut down the opinions of the staff. The expectations of the management and supervisors are never going to be met as they didn’t actually seem to realise the time or effort most tasks actually took. The overturn of staff is unbelievable with very few actually managing to make it past a couple of years, when I left nearly all members of the lab were actively seeking new roles and that included the newer members who hadn’t even been there for 6 months. Wages are also below what other companies are offering for similar posts. This along with my mental sanity was the biggest reason for me leaving. When I left my collegues actually congratulated me on “ getting out of the hell hole”.

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