I'd suggest getting experience here, then moving on. Lab is high volume, which leads to many entry level jobs feeling more like factory work rather than scientific. Hourly pay is not great, especially when starting out, which is why there's a high turnover in the lower end jobs.
Management is quick to take away perks from employees (Christmas bonuses, forcing vacation etc) but doesn't really share during successful times.
Most enjoyable part is working as part of a group.