Microbiologist I (Former Employee) – Greenville, NC – September 1, 2015
Great company to work for. small and family owned originally but they recently got bought by Mayne Pharma. Not too much changed though. Great People and Wonderful Work culture. Only reason I left is to be closer to family.
A typical day at work was reading SOPs, preparing samples, running dissolution and/or HPLC or GC, and running the particle sizer. I was able to do other routine tests including water content determination (Karl Fischer), IR, method development, transfer and validations.
I loved management there. I was able to get a promotion in 6 months and the management gave me varying responsibilities that kept the job interesting.
I also loved my coworkers. Nearly all of them were extremely competent and intelligent, let alone a joy to work with. We all worked well not only as a team, but almost like a family.
The only con of the job is that you got no overtime pay, and sometimes you had to work overtime.
The most enjoyable part of the job was coming to work. I felt like I was able to learn so much there and meet so many kind, intelligent people. I will miss working there greatly! I highly recommend working at Metrics (now Mayne Pharma)!
as for ho most entry level jobs go, metrics is ok, they hire fresh grads permanently and you become a "grown up" with paid vacation, sick time, holidays and 401 K. Not to mention the health insures that starts on day one. But the good news stops there. the pay is well below average, and you will be taken advantage of every chance they get. If you can bare it for a year or so, its something to call experience on your resume. but by all means, never stay.
Senior Analytical Chemist, Raw Materials (Current Employee) – Greenville, NC – October 30, 2013
DSM was my first job in my field after college and I spent six years learning as much as I could. I typically worked 45-50 hours a week and was relied on heavily to release urgent or last minute samples to support the production schedule.
In my time at DSM I learned a wide array of testing methods and routinely performed complete compendial testing on API's and excipients. I ran both HPLC and GC in addition to gravimetric analyses, and I was a subject matter expert, trainer, mentor, and notebook witnesser.
I was fortunate in my time at DSM to have great management teams, and a few close coworkers that I continue to stay in touch with. I truly enjoyed working with the people in my lab. The hardest part of the job was balancing work and home life. As an unmarried woman it was often assumed that I didn't have any requirements outside of work and would be asked (or not asked) to pick up extra work for coworkers that had familial obligations. My biggest complaint wasn't the work load but the lack of recognition for the sacrifice. Ultimately, this led to the acceptance of a higher position at another pharmaceutical company where they assured me that overtime was an exception rather than the rule.
My favorite part of working at DSM was the HPLC and GC work. Frequently, compendial testing methods were transfered to the Raw Materials lab without having been performed by the Analytical Development labs so I got to really feel like I was experimenting. Finding the right column, learning which adjustments to the mobile phase would produce better chromatography and similar techniques.more...
In summary I was sad to leave DSM and the team I spent 6 informative years working with but I was excited to branch out to a new company, and new challenges that included the potential to gain supervisory experience.less