Pros: benefits and three day weekend
Cons: limited break, high turnover rate, overwork, working holidays and mismanaged
Let me start by saying that Biolife is not a clinic/hospital, it is a plasma donation center. They are open six days a week and are only closed on Sunday. The only holidays you have off are Thanksgiving, Xmas and New years. The other holidays are open as schedule ... and chances are a regular full day.
The standard work day for a phlebotomist(s) is to hooked the donors to the plasmapheresis, perform venipuncture and in short, babysit the donors until they're done with their donation. You spent all day on your feet until your break time; however, breaks are very limited. Breaks are given between the first 2 hours of your shift, paid 20 minutes break, seems fair right? No, because this is your ONLY break of the day unless you're working 8 hours then you'll get an 30 minute unpaid lunch.
However, most employees at Biolife are only scheduled to work 7-7 1/2 hours a day, so imagine taking your break the first hour and going the rest of the day without a break. Need to use the bathroom? You'll have to get someone to cover for you. Seems fair again right? No, because the staff are usually shorthanded due to a high turnover rate and when it gets busy, there is no guarantee that someone will cover for you.
At Biolife, you'll work rotating weekends, however, when you're working Saturday—you won't get pay time-and-a-half—because it is your regular work hours and chances are: you are no where near the 40 hour mark to qualify for OT. Which defeats the purpose of working Saturday IMO. But management wants you to believe that Saturday is the day for hours because Monday and Saturday are – more... the only days where most employees get an 8 hour shift. Remember, this is a rotating shift which means: one week, you'll work Monday-Saturday and get one day off in that time frame... the next week you'll work Tuesday-Friday and get a three day weekend.
I personally feel from experience that management doesn't care about the employees at all. They only see you as someone to help get their numbers. As evidence as giving you occurrences for every time you are not at work—even with a legitimate excuse for being absent—their reasoning is "You are on the schedule." In short, you will never feel appreciated for your efforts there.
These are just some of my complaints that I wanted to share, if you feel that this not a deal breaker for you then, go a head and apply. With that being said, my experience there was not pleasant and I will not recommend this job to anyone. – less