Pros: Good length for lunch
Cons: Bad work/life balance
I was hired in through a temp agency into specimen processing.
I've learned quite a bit here. (Most of it self-directed interests promoted by seeing types of testing that are common.)
It's the sort of place you can expect to leave each day feeling as though you haven't really been busy every second you've been there (it is production based) depending on how you approach the work.
So far, as for job functions: I've learned to split blood and urine to be sent to testing, receive specimens and verify that they meet the requirements (and match what was sent on the requisition and the requirements for the testing that was ordered).
I'd say the toughest part of the job tends to be in dealing with the supervisory staff. Most times, they aren't really matching their urgency with the current realities and most times, the communication isn't actually all that purposeful or worthwhile, which is frustrating.
The most enjoyable part of the work is knowing that I'm helping people who are sick.
Most of my co-workers are reasonably nice. There's not a whole lot of talking that goes on, being that it's a production based position and there's zero room for making mistakes.
Lunch is 45 minutes (up from 30) and there's only one 15 minute break aside from this.
There's been consistent mandatory overtime. My feelings about this are very mixed. The turnover is extremely high. Most times, it really just feels as though it would make much more sense to attempt to maintain a level of staffing that was capable of performing the work than to work everyone to the point of sickness – more... and inability to perform as required. It seems also to stem from issues with logistics, in that a large chunk of work comes in very late that makes it highly improbable that we can meet the goals and get out on time. On the other hand, the extra money is definitely useful. – less