I worked at Reprogenetics as an intern
Team work was solid. Family like environment.
Poor training technique. Never enough time in the day; constant samples.
I have been working at Reprogenetics full-time
Great health benefits through CooperSurgical, fair amount of vacation, Tuition Reimbursement, Reimbursement for completing health-related goals
Management does not discuss merger changes that affect departments directly, Management speaks poorly of employees and has complete disregard to respect and professionalism in the workplace, Negative culture (departments do not work well together, blame each other for mistakes, tangible tension), not interested in promoting employees or compensating fairly for work and skills, poor work-life balance (reaches out to employees on vacations), gives employees a hard time about sick time or taking vacations, gives special treatment to select employees (allows them to work from home more than others, take more time off than allowed)
Advice to Management
Give transparency to employees about changes that occur, live up to employee expectations that you created in interview (flexibility in schedule, willing to work with you, work remote was offered), Be Professional and Courteous to employees and the work they do. Coach employees, don't tear them down and give direction.
I worked at Reprogenetics (More than a year)
You will get the opportunity to learn a lot of techniques, and use some start of the art equipment, which you wouldn't generally get access to in an entry level job. These skills will be very helpful in getting you your next job, which you will want pretty quickly.
Almost zero support or development, despite promises made at interview.
The level of responsibility you will have is far beyond that of a 'technician' but you only be paid for that, you will be grossly underpaid. For the work that is done, the skill set, responsibility, and the cost of living in Oxford, the salaries should be £10k a year higher.
It's an extremely stressful job, with very unpredictable working hours. You will often be required to work late, but you WON'T GET PAID OVERTIME. You will be 'on call' for weekends, but may not know until late in the Saturday/Sunday morning if you are required to be in. If the clinic then says the case isn't going ahead, you won't go in, but you won't get any days off in lieu, even though you haven't been able to make any plans for your weekend because you're on call. There is no unsociable hours allowance in your salary.
It has very poor work-life balance; while not officially required, you will be continuing to check your work emails in the evenings and at weekends, even when you're not on call. You may even find yourself answering emails/calls while you're on holiday. It's very difficult to ever truly switch off.
There is horrendous office politics.
Almost every employee has quit in the last 3 years, and half of those began looking for work elsewhere within 6 months of joining.
Advice to Management
Support you employees, don't treat them like slaves. Genuinely develop them, provide career options, and pay them properly for the work they do; their market value for the skills you require and the hours you demand demand is far higher than what you offer.
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