Sample Receiving (Current Employee) – Grand Prairie, TX – September 11, 2017
I understand catering to client's but this place takes it to a new level. You are expected to let your world revolve around this job and drop everything in your life to make sure that things get done. There is no room for advancement and oftentimes you leave feeling overworked, under compensated and underappreciated.
Chemist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 9, 2017
HR explicitly said they expect 20-30% turnover annually. That tells you everything you need to know. Firings are routine. Most people are either stuck or looking for other work. Blame moves downstream. Managers are both incompetent and unsupportive.
This is a good company to work for. The management team is good. You must love to travel a lot though. Better for people coming on as a contractor with retirement in the future. It is hard to balance if you are young and trying to start a family.
The people, the experiences, knowledge gained, money
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) – Tulare, CA – May 17, 2017
The supervisors don't care about the employees just want the job to get done. The pay is absolutely miserable and the management blames it on the company. People come and go like a revolving door except the ones who get comfortable and complacent. If the management wanted to keep any sort of staff they would go to bat for their employees and get them compensated better. Impossible to live on the income they offer. No work life balance you work every weekend no if ands or buts.
Microbiology Technician (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – January 22, 2017
It is a decent job for a recent graduate, but go to another company after a year to two years of working there. You are basically married to your job and never get time off unless you ask at least one to two months in advance for one day off. If you are ok with having no control over the hours you work and never getting to work in other departments for cross training then this is the job for you. This job was a job in which I respected the people that I worked with. The company needs to respect its employees in order to reduce the high employee turn over rate. The turn over rate is talked about on glass door. My review is similar to at least 10 other reviews.
30 minute lunch break, two holidays off per year, 2 weeks of potential PTO when you can use it
bad and basic health care, no work life balance, company does not cover othodics for foot pain after standing for hours, depressing break room, never get to use PTO for time off
If it wasn't for some of my coworkers i would've left sooner
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) – Tulare, CA – November 21, 2016
If you weren't one of the boss's favorites, you weren't going anywhere in the company. I worked for them for almost 6 years, and it was miserable. Dealing with people coming back from lunch drunk or stoned, and watch them advance in the company because they were the favorites. At one point i was threatened by a lab tech with physical harm and then he was backed up by management. I was fired a week later for being an attendance problem. I was fired in November and haven't missed a day since august when I had a family emergency.
Lab Technician II (Current Employee) – Gainesville, FL – November 11, 2016
The job itself is great, however; it has poor management and corrupt. Managers have obvious favorites or employees they allow to have special treatment. Don't bother filing an HR report, because they will find you in the wrong rather than the harasser.
Sr. Sample Receiving Technician (Current Employee) – Salida, CA 95368 – August 29, 2016
Overall it is a great place to work. It is a very fast paced environment which makes you feel like the day goes by in the blink of an eye. Everyone there is very friendly and it is easy to make friends with people from various departments.
As a Senior Sample Receiving Technician I learned a lot about multi tasking, time management, and prioritization. Problems and issues pop up on a daily basis aside from the normal work that needs to get done. I learned how to look at the bigger picture and assess what the most important tasks at hand were and to tackle those first and when necessary ask for help from my superiors or delegate less complex tasks to other employees to ensure they get done in a timely manner.
The hardest part was learning new and complex sample handling techniques required by various clients with little to no training provided.
The most enjoyable part was definitely the positive work environment. Despite always being extremely busy, work was always fun.
Sample Receiving Technician (Current Employee) – Madison, WI – August 13, 2016
This company is not managed very well on the corporate level. Unreasonable expectations and work load for the pay and benefits. Work flow is either too much or too little, very little balance. Staff turnover is very high here. Little praise for above and beyond work.
Decent paid time off
Too long or short days, low pay, terrible insurance, no advancement
Microbiologist (Former Employee) – Grand Prairie, TX – July 29, 2016
Depending on what lab you worked in, your hours ranged from 8-12hrs a day (at least). Yes, you are paid overtime, but I though my sanity was worth more than the money I received from overtime. Some people were catty, but it may be different at other labs. There is gossip all around, easy to make friends because everyone hates their job unless they are a supervisor or higher up.
Some time they do things and you get free lunch
short breaks at some labs, the hours are ridiculous for the amount you get paid.
Arrive at work at either 8:30am or 9:30am (my start times varied between weekdays and saturdays). Start by checking emails from clients regarding incoming sample shipments, schedule pick ups required by clients, clean off work stations and restock supplies for our department. If there was time in the morning we would also pre-log (entering data into the system) any paperwork that was emailed to us in advance, to help facilitate a smoother day.
Once FedEx and UPS had arrived, we would begin unpacking and cataloging the samples, making sure the following things were correct for each sample analysis request form (SARF) sent with the samples: That the information matched between the SARF and the physical sample, that the testing was properly, if at all, marked. That there was enough sample to proceed with all the testing they asked of us. This process is repeated for every package and set of samples we received all day.
If there was any mistakes or other issues we would need to contact the client to clarify requirements and discuss possible alternatives if needed.
After that was the data entry portion.
At the end of the day we would package up and ship any samples that needed to be sent to other labs in our network.
This Job taught me data entry skills, as well as general office skills, and helped refine my already learned customer service skills. We were taught to use critical thinking to solve problems and to investigate any mistakes that were made, to find and stop the root causes of mistakes.
Management was probablymore... the hardest thing about the job, they had unreasonable expectations for us as a department, and made us all aware of not only our own progress (or lack there of) towards the expectations but made us well aware of everyone else's success and failure rates.less
Great co-workers, wonderful benefits and pay, interesting client interaction, working to keep food safe.
Unreasonable expectations for everyone, Very hard to get time off with out being made to feel guilty.