Company itself doing well but everyone is overworked.
Chemical Technician (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – 19 July 2017
Hach could benefit from more part-time positions and an entirely new facility with more space. Every square foot of that facility is already used for something. As a result, there's no privacy.
Ten-minute morning department meetings kept us feeling in the loop and like a team.
The QC lab's culture was genuinely good because both beginners and veterans would easily ask nearby co-workers for advice on tricky chemical tests.
Even hard-working, well-liked, and/or professional co-workers vanished permanently without warning, and not necessarily of their own choice.
Co-workers' professionalism was impressive but cold. (Before Hach, I had never worked at a company where nobody never says good morning or hello to any of their co-workers.)
Good benefits such as company clothing stipend IF you last several months. (When you do your laundry at home, you'll see corrosive burns in your pants and shirts often.)
It's very draining work but didn't require any work to be taken home.
You won't get constant emails, voicemails, or text messages when you're on-duty or off-duty.
Working in a department full of people who always keep their emotions in check is good for running accurate QC tests.
It's impossible to leave the facility long enough during your lunch break to get fast food for lunch, fill up the gas tank, pick up kids from day care, or run to the bank.
Excellent, practical on-the-job training in chemistry.
Co-workers consider it acceptable to have to work OT every other week.