Pros: given lots of responsibility, position advancement, worked in an overall friendly environment
Cons: sometimes felt not taken seriously due to job title
My time at Bio-Rad was invaluable. Aside to learning many skills on the job, learning to be a better communicator to the multitude of different personalities and mindsets is what stuck out most.
My typical day at work would start with answering emails - following up with different departments regarding shipments (incoming or outgoing), giving progress reports regarding any projects I was personally involved with, etc. I would stock the break rooms with coffee and supplies, act as the front desk receptionist as needed and assist my supervisor or other chemists and scientists in the lab. I would connect (point of contact) with various suppliers and vendors and overall, would always think of new ways to better streamline things that I did (or saw), so I could be more efficient. A highlight to my job is that I rewrote the shipping/receiving SOP (standard operating procedure), which over time, was seen to more efficient, for both the receiving end and people who were delivering. I consciously showed initiative to learn as much about my position, but more importantly, the company as possible. In turn, my supervisor gave me a lot of responsibility. My mindset was, 'How can I be the best me and make the most out of my job?' What I did as a whole, far transcended the normal duties of an Administrative Assistant (my supervisor's words).
The hardest part to my job at times was multi-tasking 5+ things / projects at once. As some things were more time-sensitive than others, I learned how to better delegate my time and communicate with people in a way which made them understand and accept – more... my stance with time and project management.
The most enjoyable part to my job was working with the many different personalities and mindsets of people. From marketing people, to tech support, to other admins and scientists - each thought differently and I made it a point to learn their language (terminology) so I could effectively communicate these variances in information to others in a way which could be understood. This job showed me and allowed me to be a more effective communicator and has given me an invaluable skill which I can utilize for the rest of my life. – less