I worked as a laboratory Technician for nearly 3 years. Management is usually non-responsive and distant, and very rarely tries to help solve problems in the lab and between colleagues. Internal advancement opportunities are rare, and even if you do get it, you're still just a cog in the machine; there's really no room for growth, just conformity.
The social landscape of ARUP is similar to High School. I heard gossip all day every day, and I would hear how people would get mad at each other for the stupidest reasons and would be at each others throats. On that note, HR was never really responsive to complains, I never honestly heard of someone who got any sort of conflict resolution form HR.
Benefits were the only thing keeping me around at the end, you get a quarterly bonus if the company does well (up to 750$ per when I was there) plus excellent quarterly profit sharing on top of a 5% pension plan. Since ARUP is technically owned by the state of utah, they were grandfathered into an old rule that exempts it's employees from income tax. However, on top of all of this, the pay is dismal. I left a company I had been with for nearly 3 years, and once I left to a different company doing less stressful work (albeit more rewarding) for TWICE the pay.
My overall advice, this is a great place to start in the lab field, but don't expect any recognition for your efforts, or praise for your actions.
Wonderful benefits, pension, profit sharing
Horrible pay, high school society, apathetic and overbearing management