Lab Technician (Current Employee) – Des Moines, IA – July 15, 2017
Great place, needs some improvement, management in Elemental department is great, other departments I have not heard good things about. Coworkers make it hard to work there, they are lazy and take nothing seriously.
Research Scientist - GPCR Lead (Current Employee) – Saint Charles, MO – January 25, 2016
The company does a decent job in providing services from an outside perspective. Within the confines of the company, however, there is so much work to be done, with very few people to do it. When people leave for other employment, they are rarely replaced. This leads to a skeleton crew attempting to do the jobs of two or three people at a time, while still maintaining to uphold the quality of work and products offered. Large scale projects that are developed by upper management often have no project manager to see them through, and this leads to vague timelines, poor budgeting, and prolonged (or unfinished) projects. In fact, projects often take a "build the plane while it's in the air" approach, where no decisions are made until the project is being executed.
Senior Chemist (Current Employee) – Leola, PA – August 29, 2015
The company has a fantastic work environment that is highly productive and motivated. It runs like a well-oiled machine that promotes strong work ethic and rewards employees for their performance. I simply need a better location for the sake of my relationship.
Current Employee (Current Employee) – Des Moines, IA – March 28, 2015
Co-workers are amazing. Management in Des Moines is great as well. But globally, the company is so focused on acquisition of other laboratories that very little revenue is reinvested into current employees. There is no real career ladder. Regardless of whether your goals are achieved, increased compensation is extremely hard to come by, and is far below industry average. It's a great place for a job for one or two years, but this isn't a career.
Shipping Receiving Clerk / Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Petaluma, CA – December 13, 2014
A typical day of work would consist of several boxes arriving in a small area filled with various vitamin and or mineral samples. Needing to be identified and then information to be entered into the system on the samples as well as testing instructions to laboratory staff. Samples ranged in number day to day.
Jules, the Business Unit Manager is really down to earth.
Always busy with an unexpected amount of duties on a day to day basis.
I learned how to work independently and I had to memorize a lot of methods. Working for this company has made me a more confident person. My co-workers are like family. The hardest part of my job is the physical labor, but even that isn't that hard. It definitely doesn't keep me behind, I get everything done on time. The most enjoyable part of my job is the people I work with and the smell of chocolate and cinnamon.
Grain Inpector (Former Employee) – Lafayette, IN – January 8, 2014
I had to open the office up turn on all the equipment and get the office ready for the day. The management was good and the co-workers was great to work with too. The hardest part of the job was at harvest time to adjust to the hours. All the new people that I met.
A Contract Company where Advancement is Impossible
Senior Technician (former employee) (Former Employee) – Lancaster, PA – March 25, 2013
The relationships with co-workers were the only positive thing with Lancaster. The job expectations were unrealistic. Staffing was not at acceptable levels. Management was not scientifically competant.
This company is a good one for training and getting experience. There is no room for advancement. This company is a stepping stone to the job you really want. The founder of Lancaster would be horrified at how people are treated at this company.
job security but excessive workload, ok benefits
no work/life balance, incompetant management, weekend work
Lab Technician (Current Employee) – Blair, NE – March 11, 2013
A typical day at work would start by entering a very pleasant and friendly lab. When you first arrive you jump right to work and at my lab; I have various duties. Eurofins Scientific in Blair, NE is a corn grading laboratory. The trucks bring in loads of corn that the staff will grade based on weight, moisture, damage and foreign material in each load.
Another part of the grading process and testing the corn for Aflatoxin, a toxic mold that has been a pest in this years crop of corn. It is a carcinogenic mold and at about 80 parts per billion (ppb) can kill a person. To test for that we grind a small sample of the trucks corn and place it under a black light to see if it glows a bright fluorescent green; which just happens to be an indicator of Aflatoxin. If the sample has the fluorescent glow it will then be tested further. A 50 gram sample is mixed with 100 ml of methanol (70/30) and then mixed. A smaller sample of 50 Ul is mixed with 100 Ul of a buffer and then set aside for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes it is put into a reader and the Aflatoxin measurement is presented on the screen.
fun fast paced environment. always work to be done.
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Iowa – March 11, 2013
The company is very anti-intellectual and will not support you if you would like to go to school or learn new skills. No career development or advancement opportunities. Extremely high turnover. Management lacks training. "The Walmart of Labs"
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Des Moines, IA – January 27, 2013
Eurofins does food testing for chemicals and microorganisms. The focus is on high throughput and low cost. Long hours and weekends may be required. Management is having a power struggle between the old guard and the new hot shots.