Microbac Laboratories, Inc.

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30+ days ago

Sr. Water Quality Analyst

Microbac Laboratories, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

Under limited supervision, the Senior Water Quality Analyst, working in an accredited commercial laboratory environment, is the primary technical… Microbac Laboratories, Inc.


30+ days ago

Administrative Assistant / Collections Representative

Microbac Laboratories, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

Under limited supervision, the administrative assistant shall provide general clerical and customer service support by implementing and following… Microbac Laboratories, Inc.


30+ days ago

Collections Specialist (Accounts Receivable)

Microbac Laboratories, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

Under the general supervision of the Controller or Assistant Controller, the Collection Specialist, through the use of excellent communication skills… Microbac Laboratories, Inc.


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    Do not waste your time

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    I worked at Microbac Laboratories, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training that is useful in future careers, experience working with lab equipment/lab environment; hire fresh graduates with no experience. Make good friends with corworkers that last outside of employment at this company

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than local competitors (by around 10K at least) for equivalent positions. PTO / holidays are average, but other local companies offer a lot more. You only have one option for insurance plans and it's a very high deductible plan. Promotions are given, but compensation increase is very low.
    Bonus: Paid annually if the company makes a certain amount of profit, it is not guaranteed. The amount varies by job position and many other factors and typically you won’t get it your first year or two. It’s approx. less than 2k if you do get it.
    The management is completely not qualified to manage. They are unable to communicate with each other regarding work assignments- even if one tries to communicate via email, the other managers don't even read it. Also, management does not monitor analysts to make sure are doing work in accordance with proper procedures. Managers also plan so much work that most analysts work a LOT of overtime, are exhausted, and are still not done with work assignments when they leave. That makes the company morale go down and many people just quit. In a few months time, probably close to 8 people quit that would have stayed if the conditions weren’t so bad. For the most part, analysts that have been there a little longer than the newbies are the ones that monitor the work that is performed in the lab. Typically the clinical managers don’t leave their offices, spend a lot of time making personal calls or surfing the web, or hang out in the break room, in addition to coming in at least 4 hours after the analysts get there and leave early on a regular basis. Any problems are typically dealt with by more experienced analysts.
    As mentioned in other reviews, favoritism is everywhere and makes the analysts who see it, very frustrated. Friends of managers are given jobs (and promotions) that have zero prior experience in this field of work, are extremely underqualified and perform very poorly in the lab.

    Many, if not almost all the analysts are only there for experience because it was the only place they could get a job without prior experience and will leave given their first opportunity.

    You are required to work in any and all adverse weather conditions. If you choose to stay home because it's too dangerous, you are forced to use your PTO to make up for it and sent a negative email about not being dependable. And those that actually risked their lives and went to work were each given a one hundred dollar gift card as reward and were provided lunch. At one point, analysts had to park at local businesses down the street and walk in to work in 13 inches of snow (reported snowfall at nearly Dulles Airport) because the snow was too deep to drive in on the road where the lab was located and cars were getting stranded.

    Highly unprofessional, unorganized, frustrating place to work. I personally do not recommend it unless you have thick skin and can handle an unorganized, demeaning work environment where you are highly overworked and underpaid. It’s honestly a better idea to get a paid internship, tutor, or get a job at Starbucks than go through the pain of working for this company. And you might even get paid more too!

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    To Corporate: sell your jet plane and put the money back into the company to make it better place to work! Management: Take into consideration how much work you put on the analysts and the time frame in which you give them to do it. Increase the pay and benefits to be competitive, and maybe all the good analysts would not leave for much better jobs. Have exit interviews with employees that quit and actually take into consideration the reasons people quit and stop taking away the few benefits we do have.

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