A typical day at work consisted of draining soil samples from the previous day and, depending on what test code had to be performed on that sample, shipping them to other people in other labs within the same building. The equipment used to drain the samples had to be throroughly cleaned each day as well as the lab itself. The end of the day consisted of setting up for the next day.
I learned how there are many processes that must take place to determine what exactly is in each soil sample. Information must be very accurate as well, and every single detail is recorded in the lab in case something goes wrong. In this way, a person can fall back of that information to resolve the problem.
Management was fairly good and very nice. I found it hard at times to rely on them when expecting materials for my lab to come in. At times, I was delayed from my duties because I didn't have the necessary materials with which to work with.
My co-workers were not really reliable, and for this, I left my job. I did not feel as if I was properly trained for this job by a fellow co-worker who had been at this corporation for a few years. I did not like the way in which both my supervisor and other employees handled the situation.
The hardest part of the job was getting the samples done in time. On some days, more than twenty samples would come in at at time, and as a result of coordination and limited equipment, some of these samples couldn't be done until the next day.
The most enjoyable part of the job was my supervisor who was very considerate of people taking time off to take care of personal issues or errands as long as the job got done in time. I was also able to leave early on some days because my work was done, and I had finished helping out in other labs.