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Laboratory Technician11 reviews
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Fast paced stressful but rewarding

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Very interesting you learn something new every day. As a trust employee you have access to all the benefits of the NHS such as great holiday allowances, pension scheme and support from Occupational health should you need it.
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Relaxed not stressful

Interesting , all you have to do is follow rules and procedures and you will be fine.You are supported by management and Senior scientist.Very nice place to work
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Great work life balance.Rotational shifts.Online application, face to face or online interview.Parking available, great discounts, great holidays...!
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Lighthouse Laboratory

Great senior leadership, offer a lot of support to employees. Good working culture and have lots of opportunities for existing staff to progress internally

Pros

Encourage staff feedback, good communications

Cons

Long shifts
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Challenging place to work, underfunded and staff are over worked.

Challenging place to work, underfunded and staff are over worked. The pay does not reflect the level of responsibility involved. It can be good but only if you work with the right people.
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Fast-paced but relaxed workspace.

The job involved coming in either in the morning or the evening and working a 12 hour shift within the lab. The experience is great and you learn how to properly dress up in PPE as well as proper and safe Lab practice. All the staff around are willing to help and seem very enthusiastic to learn and progress and I have found that it provides an excellent means of self progression. The hardest part of the job was wearing PPE in a pressurised room for so many hours, the long hours and four day blocks also meant that I had very little time to myself in between shifts that was not spent resting. The best part of the job was the environment, the work is not challenging but not monotonous enough to feel boring, and the fast-paced nature meant that the time went by quickly.

Pros

The blocks work as four days on and four days off which is a good amount of time off, The breaks involved two paid 15 minute breaks and an unpaid 45 minute lunch

Cons

Long hours, every shift is 12 hours and you work for four straight days, 12 hour Night shifts meant that my body clock was all over the place, greatly affected my sleeping and eating patterns until I became used to it
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Low pay for ever increasing tasks and ever increasing stress that creates poor mental health

It's a shame because I joined the nhs to make a difference to patients lives. Instead it's all about paperwork and box ticking exercises that only the faces that don't fit have to comply with institutionalised bullying in the work place and people are too scared to stand up to higher management
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unique, something new everyday

A typical day at work would consist of making different blood products for patients like whole blood, Fresh Frozen plasma etc. I learned about the science of the way blood helps and works in your body and in detail about the physiology and science of it all. The management was okay but not the best as a lot of staff were in and out all the time due to not being happy and there was never a day where we weren't training new staff. The hardest part of the job was it being so repetitive, it would get boring as you'd be doing the same job day in day out and constant from the moment you get in to the moment you walk out. The most enjoyable part of the job for me was knowing i was saving lives every second of the day.

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saving lives

Cons

long day doing the same task
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Enjoyable working environment

Professional routine work that also requires you to develop problem solving and critical analysis skills. You need to be good with time management and to be able to work autonomously in a team.
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Pathology

High pressure environment,stressful interesting and rewarding. The pathological nature of disease and infection. Time management an essential part of the process and training. A friendly environment that encourages leaning and development. High pressure and stress can be somewhat exhausting,. The people you meet.

Pros

Flexible hours in some departments

Cons

long hours in other
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Productive environment with very knowledgable colleagues

I found my time here very enjoyable, work place was very patient focused and everyone cared about how they performed at their jobs. Staff were very knowledgeable about their chosen fields and also kept up to date with current research which is inspiring.

Pros

no weekends

Cons

progression can only be made if there is an opening available, not promoted on merit
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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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