The company expected the operators to wear many hats. One minute you were a Lab Technician running a titrator, spectrophotometer, accusizer, or Ph probe. The next you are a data entry or record keeping clerk recording data on paper or into computer datalog. Then you will be a hazardous materials handler transferring open acids, oxidizers, or powders with airborne particulates, into holding tanks. A forklift operator transporting and staging raw materials and finished goods. A packager/sampler filling drums and totes with finished product. Palletizing and readying them for shipment. Accessed SAP, LIMS, Excel, etc.. to generate labels and spreadsheets necessary to prep containers and provide supporting documentation for every batch. Operator to run an antiquated dispersion process that is prone to malfunction requiring close monitoring for 12 hours at a time. Industrial laborer changing banks of up to 45 filters (several seasoned operators complained of pain to wrist and elbows due to repetitive motion of this process) at a time. Chemical Compounder responsible for the proper measuring, dispensing, and blending of chemical batches of high value. with new processes, rules, and edicts, being handed down weekly.
Compensation began just slightly higher than a hamburger flipper.
Nepotism was also a problem there. Candidates with real world experience often overlooked in favor of friends/relatives of current workers without any.
Every few years an opening for advancement would arise but for the most part the operators are stuck right where they are.
The annualmore... increases do not even keep up with the rising costs of insurance premiums and living expenses, leaving the workers with less expendible income year after year.less