DTS Food Laboratories Reviews

Updated 31 Jul 2020

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  1. "Not a bad workplace to start out"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in North Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at DTS Food Laboratories part-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly colleagues, easy work and very flexible workplace.

    Cons

    Low pay, non challenging work

  2. "Poor management will drive this company into the ground"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemistry Analyst in North Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DTS Food Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is a decent place to start your analytical career. The day to day work is fairly mundane and easy and your peers are some of the most supportive and understanding people you will meet.

    Cons

    There are so many to list, but a few include: - Ever since BV has sunken its claws into DTS, work morale is at an all time low. There is a strong distrust with all management, even including HR. - Management do not consult analysts when overhauling a system. They just do as they please without regard for the opinion of those using said systems. The only thing they consider is how pretty something looks, not it’s efficiency. - For a lab that is considered the leader in food testing, quality is at an all time low. Management only care about high throughput and will force you to cut corners to make the deadlines due to severe pressures from upper management. - Management DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT listen to their staff at all. I have never heard of a company that has disregarded the voice of their employees to this extent. It is appalling to see management act like this. - Constant restructures resulting in more redundancies, that are either backfilled with new,lower-paid staff or none at all. - Minimum wage for all staff no matter their experience creating lack of motivation to strive for better. All of this and many more will become apparent if you work for this company (now known as BVAQ). I cannot stress how much the entire workforce at this company wants management to change, but at the rate they are going everyone will be leaving. All experienced staff have slowly left this company due to management and I only see this trend continuing. There are many middle managers that are unsuited for their roles as they lack the experience/knowledge and it shows in their leadership. I also cannot stress how much this place has declined in quality.

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  3. "DTS"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DTS Food Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast paced, professional, friendly staffs

    Cons

    Low payment and high competition

  4. "Good"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DTS Food Laboratories

    Pros

    Good people, environment and well taught and structured

    Cons

    Some heavy overtime and stress

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  5. "Chemistry team leader"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at DTS Food Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance Like-minded colleagues Young team- good for new graduates looking for their foot in the door

    Cons

    Analysts unable to troubleshoot more complex issues as many of the experienced, technical specialists have left the company leaving quite a large gap Lack of Career progression Salary compared to other labs fairly low

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  6. "Stay well away."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Microbiology Laboratory Analyst in Docklands
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DTS Food Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The location is the only remotely positive benefit. Unless you are a recent immigrant or desperately looking for some laboratory experience, my advice is to stay well away.

    Cons

    This company has one of the highest staff turn over rates in Australia which is not at all surprising. There is no variation in the work; you spend every minute of every day doing microbiological testing aside from cleaning of laboratory areas at the end of the working day. There is no feeling of a healthy working culture or a cohesive team environment, nor opportunities for personal growth and development. The worst aspect of working at DTS is by far the management within the microbiology department who are all incompetent and have zero compassion or sympathy if you are ill or sick. The measurable KPI's set by management is also often unattainable due to the automated machine used to label and dispense the various plates is often broken due to inadequate funding to repair the machine to a continuously working standard. You are also expected to stand all day long aside from break times, and to stand on a hard concrete floor. There is also a severe lack of safety within the workplace, with trolleys crammed in the media storage fridges so you are forced to navigate around narrow areas in order to reach consumables.

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