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I worked at WIL Research Laboratories full-time (More than a year)
You can learn many, MANY skills, and overtime is generally abundant. Eligible for benefits quickly.
Awful work environment; forced 12+ hour workdays (16+ is not uncommon) without lunch or breaks (due to time points that must be met). Typically the response from management is that everyone "can choose to take a break\lunch when they want" -- which, though true, does not address the fact that many functions are time sensitive. In short, you are choosing between taking a break\lunch or performing a function\keeping your job . After the intial orientation period, employees are left to fend for themselves and try and find opportunities for training wherever they can. It is then held against them when employee review time comes around; if you are behind in your skills, only YOU are to blame. Certainly not the fact that you are scheduled for 12 hours of work every day of the week, yet expected to complete it within 8-9 hours every day. Generally, employees at the Biologist or Associate Biologist level will be treated as children and complaints or criticisms of certain issues or procedures will not be taken seriously. Most of the folks in management positions are wildly out of touch with what working in the animal rooms is actually like, leading to excessively high expectations which then leads to employees cutting corners. The mission of this institution is pre-clinical safety assessment for a variety of substances. Cutting corners is not acceptable. In order to survive as an employee, though, one must cut corners. Expect to be told that scheduling is not a problem (even though it is), and expect that Human Resources will pretend to be taking measures to decrease employee turnover (it has not) while insisting that they are not attempting to cut back on overtime costs (which they are). If you are not okay with falsifying data and committing GLP violations deliberately in order to get your work done on time, this place is not for you. Frankly, if I was worried about my reproductive health (especially if I was a woman), I would be fearful of taken any pharmaceutical product tested at this organization.
Advice to Management
Take a walk in your employee's shoes once in a while to understand the challenges they face on a daily basis. Respect your employees and value their input. Consider the consequences when you focus more on serving clients' desires and bringing in revenue versus making sure you are delivering the product you claim to be.