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Great for hands-on experience
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Derbyshire9 January 2018
Great for hands-on experience with instrumentation but salary and benefits and are not good.
Facilities are clean and tidy and the site offers free car parking.
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Overall effect
Assistant Shipping Leader (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, IN5 August 2017
Working here was enjoyable. A typical day was filled with counting, feeding, weighing, and cleaning. I learned the use of word and excel, how to communicate with customer service. Management was on average alright, there were those who just didn't know how to work with others, but all in all they were fine. The workplace culture was great, everyone was willing to help each other complete work assignments. There wasn't really any hard parts once you learned how to do your job. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting together with co-workers and planning so outside activity when we finished a really hard job and higher ups paid for it.
Pros
benefits, teamwork, pay
Cons
the pay balanced out any cons
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Difficult place to work
Animal Technician II (Former Employee) –  Dublin, VA28 October 2016
If you're an animal lover, this job is not for you, being as rats are constantly dying.

Management was an issue, with their lack of conflict resolution.
Pros
Day Shift
Cons
Drama, couldn't leave the building at all while at work.
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Work work work
Packager Associate (Current Employee) –  Madison, WI2 October 2016
Job is ridicolous get to work barely get a break through a 8 hour day, good co workers just a bum place to work really no raises in pay decent vacation, pto etc.
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No real direction for employees. No ethics or ability to manage employees.
Management (Former Employee) –  Wisconsin23 August 2016
Lacking in overall direction and goals. Chaotic environment. Employee opinion is not respected. Compliance nightmare. Needs improvement in process and oversight.
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Best animal care tech experiences
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, IN28 July 2016
no experiences needed training is available for those who want to learn and work with animals in a lab setting very fun and important job dutiable.
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Animal Care
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) –  Dublin, VA8 January 2016
I enjoyed the animals but the management was poor. They treated their employees like dirt and worked them like a dog. I loved my co workers and the animals the work was not hard just the management was terrible
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Little to no advancement opportunities
PSS Technician (Current Employee) –  Greenfield, IN9 November 2015
Can be a fun and laid back work environment. The best part of the job is interacting with the animals; and for the most part, choosing your activity for the day. You work at your own pace, with the understanding that Friday is your workload deadline. Leaders have little understanding of your/their job, and you are expected to train coworkers with a higher pay rate than yourself.
Pros
Paid lunches, self paced, benefits, company meetings
Cons
CEO laughs at the inquiry of raises, reguardless of company profit or your importance and dedication to the company.
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Its a job....
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) –  Haslett, MI11 October 2015
A typical day at work consists of going in at 6 am and getting out before 3pm everyday. The management is pretty flexible the hours and on what time you get there as long you work 8 hours and that you get there between 5 and 6:30am and you leave by 2:30pm. The job itself is not hard at all and doesn't require any schooling what so ever. Just training by a co-worker. Basically you make sure the animals are healthy and happy and make sure the cages are cleaned and the work area is free of dirt and bacteria. I worked with chickens so I learned a lot about chickens and how they work and yes I even came to like them.
The benefits are good since you start out getting 4 hours of paid time off for every 2-weeks of pay and the insurance isn't bad either. There is even a 401K program. The management was a little lax for my liking but you do get to work with minimal supervision as long as the job is getting done. And it was close to home and it payed the bills.
Even with all that, the larger picture was that this job is the starting point for research and production of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine so it was great to know that working here was part of a larger cause.
Pros
Great hours and benefits
Cons
No advancement, repeatitive
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poor
Ex Animal tech (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis Isolators5 August 2015
Typical work day is 9-12 hours a day you can have 8 hours however you have to be so fast at your job. I had 962 mice that was 3 units when people quit you had 162-300 or more on top of what you already had. Harlan is a blood sucking company if you can do more the more they will ask plus you have to be a janitor and do laundry it is everyone's job on top of your units no bonus, no pay raises except when they feel like it start pay is 10.15 might go up to 10.35-10.40 in 2 years there are people making 10.65 after 5 years. Raises are not across the board they have a PEI which is what your mouse unit goal range is so if you mice die and don't produce enough off spring future breeders your PEI goes down and affects your raise. On the bright side if you love favoritism and know how to brown nose supervisors the job is perfect but don't get on the bad side you will be out of click. Coworkers are all good some bad very very high school in behavior. You will be dog tired every day this is a very very stressed mentally and physically job. Hardest part about the job is the box room gets real hot up to 75-80 degrees no air conditioning with coveralls on. The other bad part to the job is the units are very close together if you have COPD the units are so close they will be suffocating to you. Harlan does not care about your well being only how much they can suck the life out of you for the sake of money lots over time and a wonderful cup cake at the end to show your worth .
Pros
none if you love being worked to death
Cons
I have nothing good to say about to say
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Kunden und dienstleistungsorientiert
Telefonistin / Empfang (Current Employee) –  Itingen, BL11 June 2015
Ein typischer Tag: Ich gewähre einen reibungslosen Empfang, sowie die Betreuung der Besucher und Lieferanten unter Einhaltung der Sicherheitsanweisungen.
Ausbildung: Verkaufslehre EVZ
Weiterbildung: 30 Jahe Erfahrung im Empfang und alsTefefonistin.
Management: Kunden- und dienstleistungsorientiertes Arbeiten.
Meine Kollegen: Ich schätze an meinen Arbeitskollegen, das freundliche,pünktliche und leistungsorientierte Verhalten, um die Anforderungen der Firma und den Beitrag am effizienten Arbeitstag best möglichst zu erfüllen.
Was gefällt: Der typische Tag mit neuen Herausforderungen der Kunden, der Lieferanten und der Austausch mit den Mitarbeitern und Vorgesetzten.
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Enjoyable but more wanted
Full time work (Current Employee) –  Blackthorn, ENG26 January 2015
To help maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of the building. Also provide access to fresh food and water at all times. Clean the stock cages and enrichment and make sure they are safe for the stock use. Provide daily health checks and deal with any tasks passed down from the supervisors.
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Great company
Driver/Logistics (Former Employee) –  Frederick, MD30 December 2014
HARLAN LABORITORIES
Customer Service and Sales
Responsible for the accountability of product delivered on a daily basis.
Use of manifests to determine delivery date and location along with serial numbered product.
To complete daily reports of product delivered, mileage, and customer comments.
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Planung und Organisation
Planungs- und Technische Koordinatorin (Current Employee) –  Itingen, BL8 November 2014
Planung und Organisation der Arbeit

kein weiterer Kommentar
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I was my own boss
Animal Technician I bread and clean (Current Employee) –  Cumberland, IN30 October 2014
I would do paper work, ordering store, inventories, baking, cook, clean my DM was great the hardest part of the job was making sure every shift was covered and sometimes having to work 80 hours a week to do so.
Pros
I love working with people
Cons
the money
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Very inspiring company to work for and for a great cause. Respect for animals is #1 priority.
Payroll Analyst (HRIS) (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, IN14 October 2014
Harlan is dedicated in providing excellent care for both the animal welfare and employee relations.

Management is steadily increasing as part of a recent merge with Huntingdon Life Sciences. Future growth and professional opportunities are evolving and will provide for a great future relationship between the two.

The typical work day at Harlan is to provide 100% customer satisfaction to vendors and contacts. Research, delivery and a positive attitude make for a productive day. Working together as a family or team ensures that Harlan and HLS will remain as the top contender in our profession.

Benefits, compensation and PTO time are above average in todays workforce.

At the end of the day knowing our research is saving lives is a reward in itself.
Pros
Benefits/PTO
Cons
Training
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Tedium and repetition.
Animal Technician (Current Employee) –  Haslett, MI1 October 2014
The bottom line of working at the Haslett Harlan location is that we do the same thing every single day. If that's what you like to do then it could be a good job. This is assuming you can get past the smell that thousands of rodents can make. Almost every person working their is very pleasant, though they are almost exclusively uneducated. Those that aren't pleasant though.... Well, she holds a position of power and, for some reason, seems unfirable. She's absurdly lazy and does everything she can to get out of doing her work. I'm getting cranky describing this place so I'm going to end it here. Find work elsewhere unless you're truly desperate.
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Company is/was going through transition
Shared Services Manager (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, IN30 September 2014
Managed entire Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Dept (staff of six).
HR duties included approving time sheets, annual reviews, approving PTO, etc.
Processed 1099's annually
Processed voided checks and stop payments on checks with bank
Processed all check runs
Implemented new credit card program for transportation dept.
Assisted with system implementation, on project team
Paid in checks, ACH and wires (domestic and international)
Reduced past due aging from 21% down to around 7%
Sent accounts to outside collection agency when needed
Put accounts on credit hold
Pros
Learned a lot about the industry
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management sucks
DRIVER (Current Employee) –  IN18 June 2014
This company was just sold. Workers are lazy and management does nothing to comply.If you want to have manager that doesn't stick up for his employees then this is your place
Cons
Management
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Some great people to work with :-)
Lab Technician, Ecotoxicology Dept (Current Employee) –  Derbyshire27 April 2014
All in all not a bad place to work,i work with some great people and some not so great as you could say with most companies.

Unfortunately there are those who just wont work as a team which can make your day not so enjoyable but on the whole my days go by quite quickly.

Harlan is a great place for anyone wishing to gain lab experience before moving on for pastures new.
Pros
Local
Cons
Lack of team play and having to work some weekends
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