"It was a surprise to encounter such a friendly and open atmosphere, but it was a nice surprise."
"I have been surprised, in a very positive way," she said. "Lincoln is a very nice place to live, and LI-COR is a very nice place to work."
She added that co-workers have been very helpful, willing to share ideas and help out however they can. That's a very different picture than she expected.
"They go out of their way to make employees feel good and feel appreciated."
What she most appreciates about the company, though, is "how they go out of their way to make employees feel good and feel appreciated," she says. "I have worked at several different places, and this is very special."
"People are willing to give back, because of that. You don't feel pressured, but you just feel like, 'Okay, I can do that.'"
"We have always stayed current, and not scrimped on equipment, or on education"
Learning new disciplines is just fine with this engineer. "For me, changes in the job are a challenge, but it's what I like. The job was interesting because it changed all the time."
Through all of this change, there have been several constants - flexibility is one, and also the company's policy of providing top-quality tools and equipment as needs changed.
"They asked for input and ideas from all of us.
That's very unique."
The country's economic situation revealed an openness among the management team that this 13-year veteran of LI-COR Biosciences finds encouraging. Employee forum meetings earlier this year involved everyone in the company.
"It was 'here's where we are now, here are the issues, here are some things we may have to face.' And they asked for input and ideas from all of us. That's very unique."
"No one looked down on me for asking questions. Everyone made me feel like part of a team"
This former high school science teacher changed careers two years ago when she came from head of the classroom to LI-COR Biosciences. The technical sales analyst for LI-COR's Environmental product line says the transition was made easy for her. "I was given the time and the resources to learn the instruments and procedures at my own pace, and in the way that works best for me," she says.
"It's a learning experience every day. This job pushes me out of my comfort zone, which is great."
New hires at LI-COR can expect to jump right into projects and to immediately put to use the skills they've acquired in their education. Every project has its mundane aspects — laying groundwork, testing, creating a paper or electronic trail – but those tasks aren't automatically delegated to the "new" person. Everyone pitches in on all aspects of a project to reach an end goal.
"Being able to work with my strengths means I come to work and do things that I know I'm good at."
After working in the corporate technology field before joining LI-COR, she is able to appreciate the difference. "Working here is so much different compared to working in corporate America. LI-COR focuses so much more on you as a person and your strengths."
"We provide instruments that help people understand how the world works, how they can make it better, and how they can make an impact on the human experience."
Coming from academia right after finishing his thesis, he experienced a smooth transition into industry at LI-COR. "LI-COR takes that academic environment where you are allowed to explore, learn, discover things, and it puts some structure to it. You are provided a very wide set of resources to learn."
"It is great to see a customer go from a skeptic... to one of our best ambassadors."
After doctoral work in biology, biochemistry, and microbiology, plus 17 years of experience in sales, he is a great example of a sales consultant at LI-COR, based in the German subsidiary. "My combination is very helpful for providing our customers with the right solution and enables me to talk to them on a personal level - it's very satisfying."
"I start my computer in the morning without having any idea what the day will bring."
As part of the Environmental sales and technical support team at LI-COR's German subsidiary, she sees the most rewarding moments in her job are when you can finally solve a customer problem. "After completing the troubleshooting process successfully, the reward is that the customer is happy."
"Working with convinced customers is the most exciting part of my job."
After her doctoral work in biochemistry, she took her first job in the field as a field application scientist with LI-COR's German subsidiary. "I support people on how to use our instruments in the lab, work through troubleshooting, software training, and I also organize seminars and demonstrations of our instruments."