Micromanagement is simply mismanagement!

I read the reviews and still took the job because the now HR Director painted this beautiful picture of changes of transparency, team work and an "open door" policy, which I never saw the four months I was there. I immediately noticed how the office was divided/segregated from the beginning. Any concerns or suggestions brought up in department meetings were either ignored or totally disregarded as unimportant. Besides the cameras, there are "eyes" and "ears" or "babysitters" around taking in any and everything to report to the supervisor and management.

I was terminated for "unacceptable workplace conduct" with no explanation as to the conduct they were implying (hearsay) verbal or written warning or a conversation saying that there was a problem with my conduct. A week prior to my termination, there was a meeting about an incident between myself and my supervisor, with the HR Director present. I notice the Director taking notes, but nothing was ever presented to me verbally or in writing if this meeting was a verbal warning nor was I written up. After listening to both sides, the Director said based on what we told her, the incident was a miscommunication on both parts. She actually apologized and stated that my supervisor and HR "dropped the ball" with my on-boarding process and planned on meeting with the other new hires and myself to sit down with us and review our on-boarding process and ask us how they could improve this process for future on-boarding procedures. That was a Friday, by the following Thursday I was terminated. My intention before I was terminated was to have a department meeting with supervisor and HR director to present our collective concerns, but that opportunity was quickly taken away from me. SO MUCH FOR TRANSPARENCY!!!

I sincerely believe that the owner is very generous and has a great vision for Bako, but he has a lot of people running his business that do not genuinely share the same vision he has for the company. They are intimidated by talented employees and instead of embracing and implementing these talents for the greater good of the company, they get rid of them. If I have learned nothing else in life, I have learned that you CANNOT avoid problems and that the only way to get past them is to face them head-on.

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Lol. "Terminated for unacceptable behavior", but they are "Intimidated by talented employees".

Yeah I'm sure they just thought you were going to steal their jobs so they canned you.

Maybe you just sucked at the job or were a nightmare employee so you were dismissed. Funny post though thanks.

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map-marker Atlanta, Georgia


I had a similar experience. I saw some pretty odd comings and goings when I was employed.

I asked for a day to go pick my sick sister up from the hospital and was looked at as if I had murdered someone! I was only happy when I gave notice and moved on. I now work in upper management in a lab auditing firm. It's funny because I am now in a position to audit places like Bako.

I didn't know I was so unhappy until I actually made a move to leave. No hard feelings to the company, just an opinion.

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map-marker Knoxville, Tennessee

Documented violator of civil and human rights

Pay is good, but that is all. I gave 2 weeks notice and this greatest thing I could have ever done.

It IS a sweatshop.s You are forced to do things you would never have to put up with at other laboratories. I worked here a year and I have documented evidence of all the things spoken of in these reviews. Please do not get a job here unless you are desperate and only need a job for a moment. I was told by several people (and lawyers) that these documented issues I have are civil and human right violations.

This cannot be covered up.

I am spreading the word. My wife has even taken it upon herself to tell all job recruiters to not promote this company.

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J Williams are you a leader of the complaint board? If so, please relay these complaints to the upper management.

You are so helpful because people are getting tired at the company. There I know Thanks for your help. I worked in Histology and it was so bad there.

I called and complained to CLIA and OSHA and they are investigating. Thanks for your help.


Jeni Williams you must not be able to read. The man said do not say 'lazy' or bring up anything like cover up.

People complain ab or wanting freedom from slavery or *** rights and people say 'they are lazy.' Weak comeback. This is a non-thinking man's method It is his opinion and you have no merit to say people want mediocre 9 to 5 jobs.

It seems that YOU my dear are settling at Bako Jeni. You seem so angry.


who is this jeni williams, anyways? nobody is talking to YOU.

and trust me I say I have gained more success after Bako. Enjoy being enslaved, Jenni. We pity you. I wanna know how you would explain how they let untrained tech's work on live patient samples?

please give me feedback if you are gonna be useful, if that is even possible. lol


This is just ridiculous. The only thing this lab should be accused of is the passion of perfection not only in lab services but also to improve the professions that support us.

If you don't have the drive or passion to acheive better than average then this is not the place for you!

This website seems like it is developed for those that would rather work a mediocre 9 to 5 go home and complain. I've been here since the first day, in a new company you have to expect a roller coaster ride but it's awesome when you know you are providing and demanding better services for physicians AND patients period!

Jeni Williams

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Bako Pathology Services

Nightmare of a company. I worked there, and finally couldnt take it anymore. The work ethic of the owner, supervisor(s) are questionable at best. The company is painfully understaffed, and they expect you to work at least 10-11 hours per day. If you leave at the end of your 8 hour shift, you'd better expect to be bitched at the next morning.

There are "More cheifs than indians" at bako pathology, and those "chiefs" refuse to help carry the workload. They prefer to spend their day conversing back and forth, composing 5-10 micromanaging e-mails per day, and talking about everyone else behind their backs. They also expect you to "Crank out" tons of specimen slides and reports, without making a single mistake. You can expect to be written up, suspended, or fired for this. (at the very least to be gossiped about behind your back)

The SMELL of this place is disgusting. The micro biology lab is diectly beside the room where we are forced to eat, and it smells constantly of rotting flesh. Several employees have claimed to have fallen ill from ingesting the bacteria. I am told that this is a direct violation of work laws.

I still keep in contact with several employees there, and i am told that the situation has gotten worse. I just wanted everyone to know that you shouldnt send your specimen to this place. If they treat their employees this bad, do you think they value clients????

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This should be sent to Doctors who send their business to them.


Hi. I just wanted to let you know that Bako is an amazing company, capable of amazing things, but some people impair those potentially amazing things.

These people are slackers and malcontents, who think that even if they have a job they are entitled to lounge in the office/lab. I'm sorry, but Bako actually does treat it's employees well, and there customer service is nothing short of spectacular. The people fomplaing on this sight are doing so in spite, because I've been to the lab, I've worked there, and even eaten with the employees. Everyone is happy and by the way, there's no smell.

Yes you might be jealous that the owners have cool cars and big houses, but that all that is, jealousy.

And half the time, the owners and pathologists are working their as*es off to fix an issue in the lab. Yes they expect their employees to work and do their jobs well, but isn't that what you're supposed to do when you're an employee?

Proof I've Been:

"Ah I see the screw up fairy has visited us again."


Beware of being charged for the lab work. They do not inform consumers of the potential charges prior to doing the lab work.

My doctor is an in-network provider under Cigna. He sent my specimen to Bako, who was aware that they do not have a contract with Cigna. They completed the lab work without informing me and sent me a bill.

They did work-out a lesser payment with Cigna, however, had I been informed that they do not have a contract with Cigna, I would have the option of sending my specimen to an in-network lab at no cost.

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Same thing happened to me, got a surprise bill in the mail for what was left after insurance adjusted. I wish I'd been informed of this *** beforehand so I could maybe choose a different lab.

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Your doctor should inform you of that. Bako has no way to contact you PRIOR to any labs being done.

Its also you, as a patient, doing YOUR due diligence.

Bako is fantastic at working with patients when this situation arises. Not to mention , they are constantly working to become in network with majority of insurance companies.


100% agree. The company treats their employees as prisoners.

Stay away from this sweat shop.

The business practices and management are VERY questionable, worked for 7 companies before and have never seen such a toxic environment! Owner do not care about any employees and do not offer any decent benefits always looking for excuses not to pay or increase the salary while driving their 200K cars.


The real concern of this company is the fact that the owner is a womanizer. You can see from his above statement that he is very aggorant.

He as been known to have very inapportant inappropriate relationships with married women, he himself is also married. Keep this is mind when using and working for this company.


I am really saddened that Bradley Bakotic would have such negative things to say about me. I was made aware of this post by an employee who is still with the company, and advised me that rumors were circulating that I wrote this. I did not. Bako was a pretty good place to work @. It's a new company,so there will undoubtedly be some flaws.

I never made that many errors, as the Pathologist claims. The errors I did make were however minute, and would not have hurt the patient in any way at all. (one good thing about the pathologists is that they always CATCH these errors,no matter how minute, and we were able to correct them). Of course being in a medical setting, it is important that errors are minimal, but, even the pathologists aren't above making them from time to time. (several circumstances I can recall still).

As for me putting in my notice, I did withdraw it, only after that same SOLE supervisor had sent me an e-mail pleading with me to stay. I implore you, if I was such a bad employee, how would I be asked to remain with the company, and, as a result of staying be granted a bonus two months later in the sum of 1,500 dollars? Horrible employees usually do not bonus that much, if at all. (By the way, that bonus was much appreciated, and very thoughtful of the Doctor.)

I was moved around in the office twice. Once was from the "data entry department" when I was promoted to the "transcription" department, with a pay raise! (again, horrible employees do not tend to acquire promotions.) The other move was made when A member of the billing staff had accused me of practicing "Voo-Doo" and casting spells on her... (highly laughable... however I promise you I am not joking. Marie Laveau I am not.) The doctors moved me away from her promptly at my request. (There were other employees there who had experienced strange encounters with her, and eventually she was moved to the back office.)

I'm not saying that What Brad stated was wrong. I did make some errors, I was moved twice, I did take back my notice. But it seems they were made out to be alot worse than they actually were.

In conclusion, I still respect the two pathologists at Bako who I came to know very well. I gained alot of knowledge in the field that has allowed me to obtain a career in the same profession, at a higher level, and making double what I made at bako. I can only thank Bradley Bakotic for this. Bako was a steeping stone for me to go on to bigger and greater things. And to you Jodie and Brad, I am forever grateful.

I wish you, your staff, and your company nothing but success! ;)


I am a new employee at Bako Pathology this is my second week here and I could not have asked for a better place to work. I work a set schedule so that I am home for my daughter, Dr.

Bakotic is constantly giving back to the community and to the advancement of podiatric medicine, and everyone I work with is very helpful and knowledgable. This place is a blessing to the employees and the patients they help.


Brad Bakotic is full of lies.....I can name 10 people who have came and gone and came back and left again....BSA-*** artist. CCP-Certified crazy person.

These people aren't worth the time and energy I am spending writing this.

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