Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – August 5, 2017
Do not work here. Multiple OSHA violations at any given moment, the nastiest managers, the saddest workers, the messiest, hottest, grossest lab I've ever seen. All for 60+ hours a week. These people should be ashamed.
Great start to those fresh out of college or looking to begin their Micro career.
Technician III (Former Employee) – Gainesville, FL – December 23, 2016
Great place to start. Hands on work with experienced and wonderful mentors. Small staff (4-6) but great work environment. When the work is finished, go home. Flexible scheduling and challenging projects. I was employed for 4 years and wanted to move up the company ladder but corporate didn't have the ability to promote. After 3.5 years and starting from nothing to basically managing, I only received $1 raise. I loved my job and never had a day I didn't want to come to work, I just wanted more.
Great managers, good hours, perfect for science geeks.
Lab Tech II (Former Employee) – bethlehem, pa – March 26, 2015
The ONLY good thing I can say about this place is, they offer 100% paid benefits. Everything else is horrible. Management is a joke, they handle absolutely nothing, they do not like confrontation so it is usually up to the employees to hash it out. Management has no idea what goes on in the lab, and are usually off in their office shopping online. Raises? HAHA! That's a good one, no semi-annual, or annual reviews. Maybe, if you get on the good side you might get fifteen cents. There is no room for advancement. The lab itself if pretty dirty, there is mold growing all over the lab. Instead of dealing with the issue, they just "don't count" certain colonies on customers plates, because they call them contamination. Very bad work environment!!! It is a push everything under the rug kind of place.
Microbiology Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – October 12, 2013
Functioned as part of a team in a food laboratory environment, performing microbiological testing including set-up and evaluation of aerobic plate count, E-coli, coliform, Salmonella, Listeria, Lactobacillus, Staphylococcus, yeast and mold, spores, probiotics, and other microbes in accordance with FDA, USDA, AOAC and ISO regulations. Familiar with a variety of methodologies which include VIDAS, PCR and ELISA technologies. Provide customer service by completing requests for testing, answering questions and providing results. Trained new hires in all methodologies employed in the laboratory.
Microbiology Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Lincolnwood, IL – May 9, 2012
Nepotism and cronyism abound in this lab. If you're friends with the owner, you'll go far. If not, seek other employment. Nearly every employee in the lab (which is old and pretty gross) is constantly seeking other employment. Job requires a degree in the sciences, but it's not necessary to perform the work. Management is unfair with division of labor, e.g. girls and friends get the easy work, guys get the grunt work, that sort of thing. Absolutely no room for advancement or pay increase. No annual review or anything of the sort. Your starting salary is what you get. Co-workers are mostly fun and youthful. Lots of goofing around and jokes. But everyone is pretty miserable concerning the company. HR for the whole company is one lady. Oh, and she's also a manager. I learned to always tour the lab first and talk to other workers before accepting an offer. Hardest part of the job was taking the unfair and underhanded treatment received by the management/company. e.g. They have varying days to end the work week and thus avoid paying overtime. They will ask you to hide test results from clients and are under constant scrutiny from the FDA for failing audits. They are very lax with scheduling, so if you need a day off you can usually get it.
Microbiology Lab Technician (Current Employee) – Bethlehem, PA – April 10, 2012
They don't pay you. I am currently working at 30% BELOW the median for the job field. There is no opportunity for advancement. The company treats you like you don't even have a high school diploma. Management is completely untrained and inexperienced. It feels like working with a bunch of children. There are a few good coworkers, thats about the only good aspect of the job. This job is ok for a recent college grad with no experience, but look to leave after a year.
unpaid breaks, long hours on weekends, no raises what so ever, senority means nothing to management.