Pros: Dental and Vision were great, Nice Coworkers
Cons: Abusive boss, No clear management, Low Pay, Health Insurance wasn't good
Lab tech jobs here can be nice, but it all depends on the lab you are working in. My experience was not so great. Pay is low and there is no job growth. You could get experience, but once again that depends on what lab you work in.
My boss was pretty abusive to everyone in his lab. He could not understand that I wasn't a graduate student but someone who wanted to start a career. He gave me homework, pushed me to apply to grad schools, and gave the vibe of just trying to get me out. Eventually he told me grant money ran out and I needed to find somewhere else to work. My coworkers were lovely people, but all of them left the lab. He promised me projects, then never went through with any of them. I left learning nothing and feeling horrible.
So, your lab experience may be different from mine, but it is a gamble.
Also, parking gets expensive. Homewood is a safe campus, though, and there were never many security problems.