Saturday, March 10, 2012

Plant Trek: Dell & Amgen


Dell is headquartered in Austin, Texas and I’m from Dallas which is just a few hours north of there. I loved being back in Texas and having the opportunity to eat tex-mex again. Man, do I love tex-mex!

The coolest part of the day was meeting Michael Dell. He seemed really down to earth. He was wearing jeans, carried around his own laptop, and didn’t have an entourage that came along with him. One thing I learned is that the majority of Dell’s business is to other businesses and not to consumers (95% of Fortune500 companies use Dell computers- cool!).

We got to spend a lot of time during the day talking to current employees and they all seemed really happy with their jobs. The jobs Dell recruits LGO’s for sound amazing! It was sad to leave Texas but it helped that we were flying next to Puerto Rico for...


WOW. That is all I can say about our trip to Amgen. They really rolled out the red carpet for us. They had over 50 volunteers for the day’s events. We had really small tours that had maybe 8 stations that we rotated between. There was a command center that directed the flow between stations/tours and all the guides had walkie-talkies for communication. We even had ‘break stations’ that had drinks, fruit, and snacks. All the employees there was so incredibly friendly, upbeat, and happy. Life is good in Puerto Rico!

I don't have a background in chemical engineering so the general idea is this – everything has to be super clean (sterile), they mix things up in different giant stainless steel containers and move it between containers for different steps, and finally they package it into vials or syringes. Then you have medicine- yay!

At the end of the event they had a party outside under the palm trees with live salsa dancing music, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres. There couldn’t have been a better way to end Plant Trek!

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