There is very high turnover of employees from the lab directorship position and down. It felt like there was always a crisis and that our systems were failing.
Support from management
The HR manager is wonderful, but lab management was always yelling, bullying, and insulting employees
My fellow lab personnel were 5-star teammates. The production manager and lab director were hostile, demanding, and coercive. The owners are rarely around and offer empty promises when they are trying to fix things. The management and owners are often at odds.
Freedom to work independently
Everyone was very much micromanaged. We would get yelled at and reprimanded for not replying fast enough to text messages on our personal cell phones, even on the weekend.
We were constantly bombarded with angry tones, unhelpful assertions, and vague directions. If you asked for clarity on any issue we were typically told "figure it out!". We were constantly being pulled away from our work in the lab so that someone could yell at us or interrogate us. If by communication you mean "public insults intending to humiliate you in front of your coworkers", then this is 5-stars.
I heard some slimy comments about women while working there. No women were in management positions, except for the office manager/HR. There wasn't much in terms of career opportunities for most people though, so that was equal.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Very little training was offered. There was little to none investment in personal development.
Overall compensation for your work
There was unpaid overtime, work communication was constantly interrupting non-work time. We weren't paid well enough to deal with the ugly personalities in management.
Office / Work Environment
There were some very unpleasant people to work around that I describe as condescending, venomous, and abrasive. There were also fun, interesting and kind people, but they weren't in charge.
We recycled and used digital media instead of paper, but we produced a lot of waste in the lab and their were no eco-directives of any sort.
We got a lot of invasive phone calls, text messages, and emails at all times of the day; before work, during work, eveing hours. We also got these messages on the weekends. The lab staff was coerced to work in shifts 24 hours a day, even though this wasn't part of anyone's hiring agreement.
Google "Dunwoody Labs reviews" and you will find some very unhappy customers, allegations of fraud, and reports of useless inaccurate lab results. I could finally admit to people that I was ashamed to work there once I got a new, respectable job.
I think if you are willing to put up with the ugliness, incompetence, and dismal conditions then your job is pretty safe unless you are the lab director. The lab director position has changed 5 times in the past 3 years or so.
The whole building is on the ground floor. There are ramps and curb cuts. There are no automatic door openers and no bathrooms for people with special needs.
I didn't feel unsafe, but there wasn't any sort of training offered relating to workplace safety or anything like that.
Some people were given interesting and challenging projects, a lot of the work could be mundane and repetitive though.
Inclusive / Diverse
The company was gender balanced and there were people of all backgrounds working there. It was very diverse and inclusive.