Microbiology Technician (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – February 5, 2019
This lab was a good place to gain some experience in the field, but did not pay adequately enough for the area the lab was located in. However, the managers and supervisors were very helpful and friendly.
Microbiology Technician (Former Employee) – Crete, IL – March 21, 2019
I literally hated every minute of working here! I worked 52-60 hrs every week! This is not a job for people with families! This is a horrible company to work for ! Stay away unless you need a short term job opportunity !
Learned alot of new transferable things in a short span of time!
long hours (10 +) and short breaks, No work life balance!
Chemistry Technician (Former Employee) – Crete, IL – November 28, 2018
The lab experience was great. There were a lot of tests and a lot of work is expected of you. The problem comes in when you are expected to perform multiple analysis at the same time that just can't possibly overlap. This stemmed from the new management that did not understand the workings of the analysis I was performing. Prior to the new managers the situation wasn't so stressful. I just did not stay through the transition.
Sample Receiving Technician (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – November 15, 2018
Management is terrible, they care more about their own breaks than yours, like the half our cigarette breaks they take ever few hours. They treat employees like they're disposable, and that's what they become because they all end up leaving on their own anyway. Very toxic environment, makes it difficult for anything to get done because everyone is so miserable that they essentially live at work in a room with no windows, listening to other departments cackling and taking extended lunches.
Lunch room is also always a mess, there's constant pest issues. Don't look up at the ceiling lights, there's all kinds of dead bugs in there. Disgusting place to work. People show up drunk or high and probably leave on break to go get more drunk and high on breaks.
Shifts usually end up being around 10 hours. You get thrown into things that you're not trained to do and put into uncomfortable situations almost everyday. Communication helps but only when it's used! In conclusion, just don't. Invest your time somewhere else. Especially if you're a parent.
Free food, if you can get there in time before other greedy employees, no drug testing
Insurance isn't worth it, NO work/life balance, stressful environment, no communication, management, hours
Chemistry Technician (Former Employee) – Crete, IL – November 6, 2018
Stay as FAR away from this place as possible. Your hard work will not be appreciated. You will not be promoted for working hard, they only promote who they favor. Management SUCKS, some of the supervisors don't know how to talk to people that work for them. And the pay sucks. The only good thing about working there is the coworkers, and this does not include management. High turnover rate, and no job security.
Sample Receiving Technician (Former Employee) – Allentown, PA – October 14, 2018
The job you do is very difficult for the low pay of $12 an hour. It is not worth it. How do they expect people to live off of that? The complicated work you do is worth about $18 an hour. They do not train you properly at all. They just expect you to know something when you weren't shown how to do it and then get highly annoyed when you ask questions. Some people have been there for years and years and have bonded with each other, which in turn makes you feel alienated. It's not a place to make friends with your coworkers. They overwork you. You start at a certain time, and you can end up being there all day. There is no way to schedule appointments around that type of schedule. You also cannot even use your PTO until after 90 days. The only good thing about this company was that they offered free lunches occasionally. Also, you get two 10 minute breaks and a 30 minute. A lot of people smoke and abuse the break policy, which is unfair for a nonsmoker. There are cigarette butts all over the outside in the area for the designated smokers. It's disgusting. For a place that is supposed to be highly clean, it's gross.
Lab Assistant Temp (Former Employee) – Allentown, PA – August 13, 2018
The job has long and often unpredictable hours, but the people are nice enough if you get to know them. This job requires attention to detail and a lot of patience, making it ideal for those first starting out in a lab related career path.
There is free pizza for days with extra long hours.
Work days can easily, and often do, run over 10 hours in length.
Microbiologist (Former Employee) – Florida – July 11, 2018
Terrible management. Everyone used each other to advance, but that doesn't even matter if you aren't one of the bosses favorites. I regularly worked 80+ hours a week, just for my manager to pass me up for a promotion and cut my scheduled hours down to part time. Speaking of which, one of my coworkers didn't answer the managers calls when he was on paternity leave, so he got cut 30 hours per week. Managers are petty and will constantly take there bad days out on you.
Working 80+ hours a week means to don't have time to spend your hard earned money.
Working 18 hour shifts just to get bitched at for not coming in 5 minutes early.
Microbiology Technician (Current Employee) – Allentown, PA – June 27, 2018
Pushed to the limits in order to finish quickly without regard to quality. Team members are often relatable and provide for a great atmosphere. Long, often late, hours. Some supervisors seem to care but most don't and are two-faced. Inability at times to give raises in accordance with time-line. Raises are said to "take time to process" when in actuality, its simply the lab director or immediate supervisor refusing to give you a raise until it is convenient for them. Hard to get into diagnostics, the most desired department. Cross training is impossible because the staph is already pushed to the limit, and people in diagnostics would never give up their position until they move on.
long lunches, some take longer than whats alotted. pizza
Health benefits not worth it, overworked, underpaid
Microbiologist (Current Employee) – Stone Mountain, GA – April 20, 2018
There is basically no work/life balance. You work an average of 10 hours a day, usually well into the evening. Weekend work is required, always. Pay is very low and not competitive. Management is unorganized and does not have good communication. Cross training can take years to complete. Always understaffed. Management has a negative attitude which rubs off onto most other employees. Favoritism is regularly displayed and makes it hard to advance in any department. Seniority is completely overlooked.
Technical Sales Manager/National Account Manager (Former Employee) – Salida, CA – March 12, 2018
MXNS was a very interesting career in sales. It was very time consuming and oft-times unfair in compensation for how much time was spent on the job nearly 24/7. Autonomy was supposed to be there but there were only 24 hours in a day and I found myself sleep deprived, restless, stressed and always looking over my shoulder for fear of VP and other upper management and my competitors. I loved the aspect of technical consulting and giving the customer what they needed, at little or no cost due to my experience level.
My week started and ended with a priority list created by nyself in addition to mandatory tasks required. Hunting for new customer was a daily event and documenting into several systems my growth, advancement, etc. was required and also needed to be successful. Management used to be there to assist when needed but the company dynamic changed almost yearly so that went by the way side.
Difficult portions of the job was my direct report and the fact that we did not sell in the same manner. I was more consultative and they were more driven by bottom line.
I enjoyed the autonomy when it was actually there, working with customers in the "what to do's" and "what I've seen".
Micro Tech (Former Employee) – Allentown, PA – February 24, 2018
Terrible place to work. No work life balance. Tell you one thing at the interview and then put you on another shift or hours.Low pay, long late days, everyone works weekends and boring work. Incompetent managers. Hellish experience!
Long hours, poor pay, no advancement, incompetent &poor management, no culture.
Microbiologist II (Former Employee) – Allentown, PA – February 1, 2018
No work life balance at all. Poor management team. Takes a long time to earn a decent salary. This is like production line work for college degrees, stand in one place doing the same thing all day. If you take a job here. Learn as much as you can as quickly as you can and move on. This is a stepping stone company.
Money hungry corporation, only concerned about numbers and money. This particular location is extremely filthy, no one properly trains you, management is horrible. Pay is extremely low for the work you do. No breaks, just a unpaid lunch making your day longer. Everyone's hours were different, your hours was very dependent on what needed to be finished. Poor work environment- almost everyone disliked their job.
Sometimes free food, company bought non slip shoes
Poor pay, under staffed, horrible management, lack of training