Up until November of 2016, the union had worked with the company to establish a very fair wage and benefits for employees. The continuous shift work schedule is rough on the body, soul, and family, but the pay made the job worthwhile. Unfortunately, the company, in an effort to cut costs, is refusing to maintain the standards of pay and benefits while aiming to reduce overtime.
There was little to no management in my lab and the lab always ran very smoothly because of the experienced, quality leaders and team members there.
Work is a lot like being a short order cook. Samples some in with a specific test or tests to be run and they are completed based on priority. Eight hours passes quickly as you are usually on your feet, moving from station to station, and running multiple assays simultaneously.