WIL Research Laboratories

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Get your training here, then leave!!!

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Good training system for college graduates

Cons

Bad management, moral, too much overtime.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work on high turnover and too much overtime

Doesn't Recommend

Other reviews for WIL Research Laboratories

  1.  

    A reasonable first step into the science industry, but not without drawbacks

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biologist  in  Ashland, OH
    Current Employee - Biologist in Ashland, OH

    Pros

    The benefits--and how rapidly you become eligible for them--are great. You are also trained in\exposed to a wide variety of laboratory skills -- even more if you get a chance to cross-train between departments. Overtime is also readily available.

    Cons

    Equipment availability and management is poorly handled and as such there is often a shortage of the devices necessary to perform daily tasks (stir plates and computer terminals, for example). In general, both equipment and system software is years out of date.

    Staff scheduling is similarly flawed with double (sometimes triple) booking for time-dependent events being fairly common. Employees often have to find ways to delegate some of their tasks to others to ensure the work gets done, as well as to find time to complete training in certain skills. Additionally, the scheduling system and software currently in place is not being utilized to its full potential, which can result in vague (or even incorrect) duties being listed on the agenda. Due to the nature of the scheduling and the time-sensitive tasks common to this type of position, it is not uncommon for employees to work ten hours or more without taking breaks or a lunch. Weekends tend to be even more brutal, as a three-team rotation system is maintained even during the busiest times of the year; thus each department only has one-third of the normal daily staff (not counting any volunteers that may come in).

    The pay rate for hourly employees (the Biologist position, in particular) starts--and tops out--at several dollars below the minimum starting wage other research labs offer. Overtime---usually available for those that want it--is usually mandatory, as you are not allowed to leave at the normal end of your shift unless all of your tasks are either completed, taken on by another individual, or otherwise resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time and money in fixing the logistical issues your technicians have to deal with on a daily basis if you want to see greater efficiency, increased workflow, results of higher quality, and greatly reduced employee stress levels (and thus, less turnover).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Science version of a factory/assembly line

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Biologist  in  Ashland, OH
    Former Employee - Research Biologist in Ashland, OH

    Pros

    Experience to move on to other jobs.

    Cons

    Overworked staff (especially in the Q4), low pay, employees without the proper science background, unpredictable hours, little room for vertical career growth, internal politics and people work to maintain job security and Ashland isn't a great place to live. The town has little to offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance must be improved

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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