Cons: unfair hours, management's lack of care, specimen handling from hospital is horrendous, not knowing when you're going home, difficult standards to meet
I applied for a 9PM to 5:30AM shift for this position. I was told to come in at 8:30PM (8:00PM now).
Regardless of the application being 5:30AM being the time you clock out, you have to stay until every specimen has been processed. This means mandatory overtime, EVERY. DAY. We usually finish at 9AM to 11:30AM being the latest I've ever worked. So, not only are you forced to come in early, you are forced to stay late. We don't know what time we're going home. We are done when we are done, which is mentally exhausting to deal with every night.
Management here is a complete miss. A lot of the corporate higher ups are not around the lab long enough to know what's going on. A lot of their "solutions" to the overtime issue is to "hire more people" or "work earlier" when it never works. They don't want to listen to other people's perspective on the matter.
This position is all about making numbers and meeting your (amazingly difficult) quotas. In fact, these quotas are arbitrary and inaccurate, as a lot of workers are actually not really producing those numbers. The numbers only make management happy/angry, not the workers here who work on average about 12 or more hours a day.
Specimen received are mostly against us workers, as, an example, urine bottles get spilled in the bags, staples that are not completely stapled down, so your gloves get shredded/hand gets scratched which is QUITE dangerous, considering you're working with patients testing for things like HIV or HPV. We have addressed this issue before. It was never fixed and we're still risking injuring ourselves. A lot of – more... times, tests ordered, especially handwritten ones, are almost completely illegible or incomplete, so you run the risk of ordering the wrong tests.
Co-workers here seem to be one of the very small amount of pros working here. We all have to go through this every night, so we become close. They're like another family since you have to work exhaustively unfair hours.
But hey, you get a lot of overtime hours, so you'll be sure to get paid. – less