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RSI injuries are very widespread and animals are subjected to very abrupt handling by technicians rushing to quotas.

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Former Employee - Animal Room Operations Technologist II  in  Bar Harbor, ME
Former Employee - Animal Room Operations Technologist II in Bar Harbor, ME

I worked at Jackson Laboratory

Pros

A great place to learn interesting aspects of laboratory animal production in a highly technical and extremely fast paced environment. Compensation is in line with similar production facilities in the country. Almost unlimited amount of overtime hours are available and one of the best 403b retirement plans out there.

Cons

Animal productions and operations management team is a critical weak link in the chain of much needed improvement in every process toward correcting the conditions that persists. Conditions of unrealistic work loads, time constraints in acquiring materials needed to carry out assigned work, availability of labor required to accomplish timely animal welfare activities related to length of time between animal dirty cage changes and overly abrupt handling of live animals as a result of last minute ditch efforts to get all animals into clean cages at the end of scheduled work weak.

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All managers need to successfully be able to perform all aspects of animal husbandry on a consistent basis during every anticipated problem that impacts animal care technicians experienced in the course of a typical thirty day period twice a year with one period encompassing a typical holiday weak, also known as a short weak. Further, if any manager is not able to perform a fully expected work load that will reflect no more or less than what is required of all technicians, then that manager must be removed from the management team and may be replaced by one who is capable of and familiar with the requirements of the work load expectations.

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    Overall, great, but my group poorly managed.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bar Harbor, ME

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory

    Pros

    Acadia National Park surrounds the attractive campus and small-town life means no gangs, few drugs, low crime rate, etc. Fantastic place to raise kids and to enjoy outdoor activities. Some nice benefits like a turkey, ham, or fruit basket (or donate same to charity) for every employee at Xmas. Some (rare) managers are truly fantastic.

    Cons

    Management skills are frequently sorely lacking as most senior and junior managers are people with Ph.D. in science with no management training or natural skills. Professional development is nonexistent for software employees.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    JAX West is like waking up in a nightmare 5, 6, or sometimes 7 days of the week.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory

    Pros

    You get the technical skills and experience you need quickly, through the daily demands of an insane work schedule, to attain a real career position at a real company.

    Cons

    A regular work week is 10 hours/day M-F and then your weekend is coming in for 6 hours here, or 4 hours there depending on the demands from being short staffed. Work-life balance is non- existent. If you have plans outside of work supervisors will expect you to cancel them to stay late while they leave early. There is too much work for too little people in In Vivo and this is known by upper management yet ignored to meet the bottom line and accomplish their yearly bonus incentives.

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    Decrease the workload expected out of technicians to maintain a reasonable work week of 45-50hrs. Increase employee compensation and show appreciation for all that they accomplish for you on a daily basis. Finally, expect from your employees what you expect out of yourself; it's utterly ridiculous that technicians are required to put their lives on hold to stay late and come in on weekends while other members of the "team" are out the door or home already.

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