Pros: pay, vacation days, benefits
Cons: advancement is difficult and slow
Okay, I know that title makes me sound like an HR guy just trying to boost it up but nope! This is a great company, seriously. Out of the 50+ jobs I had applied for, LabCorp is one of only 3 interviews I scored and the only offer I got. I gladly accepted; I had been trying to get into an entry level position in a laboratory for some time. I have no collegiate degrees, only a HS diploma but I close to my degree. My only relevant experience is none. All jobs before this were fast food...
So it is a nice change. As a specimen accessioner, the job is extremely repetitive. Be prepared for that..it's literally the very same thing 8 hours a day: set up station (with name/date stamps, pens, box cutter, scanner, printer, aliquot tray, etc). Receive bin of 47 urine specimens. Cut open bag, sign/stamp/date the form, scan the barcodes, put new barcode stickers on urine bottles and test tube, pour urine from primary bottle into test tube, put tube in aliquot tray, put the bottles in a box and repeat. Until you process roughly 400-500 specimens per day. It wears on your back pretty quick when you first start, your neck too (sitting at station looking at computer), and popping the little tabs to open the bottles tears up your thumb pretty quick. Once you get past that it;s EXTREMELY mindless and easy; just go through the motions and do the work while listening to your music.
I learned a lot of laboratory procedures and about stuff like ergonomics, GC-MS, OSHA, EHS, GLP, GMP, etc.
Management was fine. The supervisor was strict but fair. Team leaders were exceptionally awesome..even helped – more... me out with gas money until my first check since they knew I had just moved there for the job.
Co-workers were varied GREATLY. There were about 25 of us accessioners in the lab. Had super religious christians who were more like big innocent children, had people who had lived in the HOOD and dealt with a lot of nonsense from the city, had gays and lesbians, devout Muslims, an orthodox Jew, plenty of nerds, and plenty of bar hoppers/club goers.
There is no hardest part of this job. It is exceedingly easy.
Most enjoyable is simply being able to sit back enjoy my music and do the work. I see the work pile up next to me and know what I have to do to get done for the day; I can see my pile of work grow smaller and smaller, and this is enjoyable forme (relatively speaking)
Also, time off is easy. It's all online. You accrue 2.77 hours of Paid Leave per week (it adds up quickly) and request your time off through LabCorp's intranet. A few paid holidays, including 4th of july, new years day and labor day. – less