Ocean Systems Laboratory in St Croix
Does anyone here on the forum know anyone that works at Ocean Systems Laboratory on St. Croix? I was wondering how big it is and how many people are employed at the one on St Croix. Is it a private water lab or a federal/local gov lab? I have read information that it is a EPD certified lab but is it still private? If anyone has any information that would be great or if someone can point me in the direction of who I could contact and ask questions.
There have been others, but they've all folded. It's hard to collect money from many of the organizations that have contracts for the testing - like VI government's own Department of Planning and Natural Resources. There was an article within the last year where the owner said she could not make payroll if the government did not pay what they owed. They paid shortly after that article was published.
One of the employees working in St Croix tells some businesses that he/she won't test again until they pay.
I had a long conversation with the previous Office Manager last year before the article appeared, if you're wondering where I got my info. 🙂
Those who sell to the government of the VI without Purchase Orders are very unwise. My company does ten's of thousands of dollars of business with the government each year and I've learned my lesson. Having a Purchase Order = getting paid promptly. Not having a Purchase Order = getting the run around for months. We never have any problems getting paid because we make them do the running around.
Thanks for the responses. This seems like a interesting company. According to their website they are also involved in coral monitoring and other marine activities.
@ms411 was the office manager unhappy there? No prob if you don't want to answer that. Everyone is very different in what they are looking for in a job. I know sometimes you just have to take what comes along just to make a living but it sure does help when your co-workers are a good group of people.