Chemistry Laboratory Technician
Chemistry Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Winchester, VA – September 21, 2018
The position within the R&D laboratory was a disaster. When I started with the company as a temp, they were some 6-8 months behind on their product sample testing. For my first two months of employment, I was repeating the same testing parameters on Aerosols and soaps day in and out. Overall, the work becomes too repetitive and the volume depending on how many people are actively tackling the work can be overbearing. Management made functioning within the laboratory a nightmare! What started as directions on how to complete the testing, soon became issues as to how the work was being completed. Management often times contradicted themselves; you would be tasked with projects, just to get bashed on how you independently work as well as questioned in a micromanaging fashion about said projects. Your best bet if you seek a laboratory opportunity here is to write everything word-for-word that you are instructed. However, the people outside of R&D are amazing, they made the job culture so welcoming and are truly the reason I came to work everyday. The lab is also not fully constructed, there are physical cracks and splits in the walls, so the temps in the summer are hot and freezing in the winter months. With this company going through structural changes, people were quitting as well as getting fired, production workers were laid off several times throughout the 2017 calendar year and it left people questioning the sustainability of this company. My advice to the R&D manager would be to actually listen to your employees rather than get upset and try to break them down with words.
Culture, Free Food, Location, Pay
Management, Repetitive Work, Expectations