I worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology full-time
SCBT is a great starting point for any ones career. The interview process is not too intimidating and movement within a lab is rather easy.
My advice would be to get into one of the labs and try to spend about a year working in every subgroup within the lab.
For example, I started off making the buffers for the lab for about a year, then worked the purification, then moved into the QC group, then worked in the R&D group then finally ended my career at this company in a specialized QC group. So in 5 years I covered a huge range of experiences.
However, i will not that not all labs are set up like this and labs like CC and poly-clonal have everyone doing the same thing. For those applying to these labs, spend a year or so there then try to move to another lab (ex hybridoma, CC, SiRNA etc)
Basically, the best part of the job is you can build your resume nicely for the next job.
vacation was good and sick time was good, but sometimes getting management to approve the time off can be difficult.
Management. A number of the top managers can be abrasive or have micromanagement tendencies.
continuous production: you will never be ahead in your work. There is always something else that needs to be done. This can get stressful. Its sometimes hard knowing that you can always fall behind but never actually be head in your work.
Advice to Management
Avoid the Ready, Fire, Aim mentality.
I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Santa Cruz Biotechnology.
Very informal. Pretty Chill. I just walked over to the department manager and asked if they were hiring. I submitted my resume, and had an interview soon after.
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