Pay is terrible for a life sciences degree, but valuable skills to learn.
Manufacturing Reagent Support Chemist (Current Employee) – Lansing, MI – April 4, 2016
A typical day entails clocking in (salaried, but treated like hourly) and reporting to a work station where work orders are issued and I manufacture reagents based on ISO approved documentation. Any deviation from this cause a large amount of correctional paperwork. I've learned valuable skills such as HPLC, ELISA, sample validation, and protein purification/conjugation. Management, from my perspective, are up tight about the rules, with very little tolerance. Nothing can be excused as human error; one would think only a robot would satisfy them. I don't fancy the way I am treated at this corporation. My co-workers are the best part of the job, they are great people ready to help one another and laugh. I can see making life-long friends in this environment. The hardest part of the job can be keeping up with demand, or satisfying managements rules and restrictions.
The people, Skills to learn
Pay is low. Employees treated poorly.