Medical Laboratory Scientist (Former Employee), Hammond, IN – April 28, 2015
Pros: My former co-workers. They really are great people.
Cons: The toxic working environment.
The only reason Job Security is high is because people keep leaving in droves. This is the core lab in Hammond, not one of the hospitals. People think that they are hiring into a reference lab but, in – more... the desire to make as much money as possible, the upper management continually makes special deals with individual doctor's offices to put their work ahead of everyone else's. There are over 30 hospitals and up to 2,000 doctors' offices utilizing this lab. While most hospital systems that operate Urgent Cares keep techs on site, Alverno has moved all of the testing (STAT testing) to the core lab. So, on top of processing thousands of samples a day, we were expected to remember which doctor got special treatment and also to prioritize the STATs that came in from our Urgent Cares.
I keep in touch with my former co-workers, because they really do care about the patients, but all sound beaten down. Some have had serious health issues that many of us felt were aggravated by the treatment the staff received (literally examples: stroke, heart attacks, coming to work SAME DAY AS CHEMO TREATMENT). And when things inevitably fail because a process was pushed through too fast or the turn around time was impossible - the employees take the blame and we were told that we just didn't have a positive attitude, or, better yet: "Don't you care that the doctors and patients get their results on time?" We preferred that the results were correct.
When it comes to promotions, some people get the promotion they really deserve, buy many do not. There is also a lot of hiring of friends and family in the core lab. Even if those employees are not within the same department of each other, it puts into question as to whether they truly were the best applicant for the job. – less
laboratory (Former Employee), Michigan City – December 20, 2014
Pros: it was a job
Cons: back stabbing managers and crazy co-workers
I worked there for a short time. Management was awful, very back stabbing. Co-workers were rude and looking for reasons not to like you. If you have a choice go elsewhere! South Bend Medical Foundation is a much better place to work
Phlebotomist (Current Employee), Munster – November 5, 2014
Pros: benefits, coworkers, patients
Cons: salary/wages, short lunches, management
Does not compensate seasoned phlebotomist well. Advancement opportunities depends on who you know. Management appears nice but cares only about staffing needs & it shows. Coworkers & patients are the best part of the job. Company has great benefits.
Medical Technician (Former Employee), Hammond, IN – August 1, 2014
Pros: some coworkers were easy going and great coworkers, but not all.
Cons: bad attitudes and culture around the lab
The laboratory was an extremely negative work space. The supervisor's and other coworker's were verbally abusive. Other coworkers were unhappy and trying to find other work while at work. The supervisor never came in on time or did her part in working in the laboratory.
Histology Assistant (Current Employee), Hammond, IN – May 8, 2014
I enjoy working in histology and med-cytology. I've learned the ordering and accessioning of these types of specimens and some billing. I prefer to work in a more hands-on type roll in histology and process the specimens. I find it fulfilling to deal directly with patient care and quality management.
Lab Assistant III (Current Employee), Evanston,IL – May 1, 2013
Pros: nice co-workers
Cons: short staff
Day at work starting from 3 pm. My job is very interesting, Since you every day I have the opportunity to learn something new. My co-worker is very nice. We always work together as a team. The hardest – more... work is how we have short staff, and there is a lot of work. Then the performance is not as good, because stress is bigger and you can not work normally. Most in this work I like is that I have a lot of opportunity to learn and help others. – less
Lab Assistant III (Former Employee), Indiana – April 25, 2013
Pros: not many pros
Cons: too many to list
I worked for the organization for 2 years before they actually" promoted" me to a position in which I had a degree in. They ended up demoting me. I felt that it had to do with the fact that I went on maternity – more... leave early due to having a premature baby. My supervisor had her favorites and it was very obvious. She could be very rude at times and would talk to certain employees as if they were children. This was one thing that I did not approve of. The lab director was also a backstabber, she would smile in your face while plotting against you. There were many times in whichever certain employees were treated differently than others. They tend to show favoritism towards the employees they like. If I knew then what I know now I would have never worked for this type or organization. – less
typical courier job, pleasant work place, well managed
Courier (Former Employee), Hammond, Indiana – February 4, 2013
Pros: wonderful benefits, company holiday dinners, outdoor cook outs, etc.
Cons: the only thing that i can think of was the driving in bad weather, but that was part of the job and was able to handle the routes with no problem or accidents.
A typical day at would would be to pick up and deliver medical specimins to the lab. I had to learn different routes in order to help fill in other areas when an employee would call off or be on vacation. – more... The management was good and the dispatcher was very knowledgeable. The coworkers were pleasant and friendly. The hardest part of the job was driving in inclement weather. I enjoyed all aspects of the job. – less
Technical Assistant, Microbiology Laboratory (Former Employee), Beech Grove, IN – January 21, 2013
Pros: worked mostly day time.
Cons: the heating system in the old building was too hot.
Alverno Clinical labs at St. Francis Hospital was in Beechgrove Indiana. I worked in the Microbiology lab. I always kept busy receiving specimens or finding a old specimen for additional testing.I learned – more... how to be organized,process specimens for TB testing(AFB).All the co worker were professional and friendly. The hardest part of the job was having enough space to work. But since the lab was moved to the Indianapolis campus that problem was solved. Most enjoyable part of the job was being able to find a specimen for a doctor who needed to add on a test. Saving the patient time and additional pain. – less
Phlebotomy Technician (Former Employee), Dyer, IN – October 29, 2012
Pros: preforming a job for what i went to school for.
Cons: an unhappy supervisor
Draw and collect a variety of samples throughout the hospital. and than open the outpatient clinic.I tended to the walk-in patients, enter the ordered tests, Preform and collect a variety of samples. – more... Management I did not care for.
Co-workers for the most part worked well together.
Hardest part of this job was the parents of children that we had to do tests on.
Most enjoyable part was being confident at what I do and reassuring patients. – less