High output, high intensity QA pharmaceutical laboratory with huge expectations from each and every staff member.
My day's at Alphapharm started from anywhere between 6.00am and 9.00am and lasted a minimum of 8 & 1/2 hours. My essential duties were to perform my allocated analytical "benchwork" (analysis/wetwork/technical work/report writing etc) in conjunction with attending meetings and/or training courses as part of being firstly an analyst, secondly as 2IC Team Leader and equally as Laboratory Technical/Analytical Skills Trainer all whilst training every new analyst entering the laboratory. I was also frequently required to sample materials from the manufacturing plant in all states, from raw material to finished product. I learned the vital importance of PPE.
I learned the ultimately essential skills of appropriate delegation and multitasking.
Management and I had a unique relationship whereby they knew how very much I was capable of and also how very much I could and did challenge their foundational approach to the treatment and training of staff in order to retain them. Turnover was high, mostly due to the very high workload pressure often expected with minimal training - something I worked very hard at improving, eventually, successfully.
This was the hardest part of the job.
By a long shot, the very most enjoyable part of the job were the staff, the people. To maintain intellectual integrity and a heightened sense of adventure and humour when under immense pressure to perform intrinsically finicky and exacting work - my many friends and associates at Alphapharm managed this and more. It was an honour to work with and know so many incredible people.
Fantastic co-workers, flexible working hours, infinite overtime available, promotion granted on performance.
Some antiquated ideologies where staff retention was concerned, often unrealistic expectations put on inexperienced staff.