Pros: monthly birthday sweets, monthly town hall meetings that provide entertainment, workout room, free coffee and tea, nice building
Cons: management, 30 min lunches, serious favoritism from upper management, benefits, lack of training and variety
What to expect:
They sell you a dream. They promote growth, advancement, and variety. You get none of the above. Histotechs do nothing but cut all day. Everything is centered on productivity. There is no variety, no embedding, no special stains. You simply cut all day. Managers show favoritism. They micro manage certain individuals if when they are – more... trying to run them off. The company is currently in a cost savings mode, therefore they are cheap about everything, including benefits (the benefits were good before miraca took over. this place was formerly caris life sciences). They'll suck you dry, and kick you to the curb when they are done with you. The rules change with the wind. No consistency. Expect odd hours (3pm-11pm, 4-1230am, 2-10 pm, etc). 30 min lunch.
The main thing that I have learned from working at Miraca, is to trust no one (especially those in leadership). Words mean nothing, and action is everything. This place is centered on false promises with no action to back it up (policy, training, advancement...talk of ideas 24/7 with no execution).
Co-workers are great. We have a lot of fun. Everyone is pretty friendly with one another.
Hardest part of the job: Lack of variety. Miraca is like a tissue factory. Cut, cut, cut, or embed, embed, embed. That's it. No variety whatsoever.
Most enjoyable part of the job is the unity between the coworkers, the environment is fun.
If you are a veteran and you're looking to only do one thing, (whether it's cutting or embedding) and you are not looking to do all of the duties that a tech generally does (gross, special stains, immunos, etc) then this is the place for you. If you are looking for a place that will provide growth, mental stimulation (zero mental stimulation. no exaggeration), and variety, then Miraca is not a place for you to be. It will be frustrating in the long run. This is not an ideal place to learn and grow as a tech. (I would not recommend this place to new techs). This is my honest review. – less