Lab Technician (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 18 April 2017
Wages are low, workloads are high, employee concerns are usually ignored, at least until someone complains to the ministry of labor. Lots of pressure to work fast. When head office considers lab not to be busy, overtime is unpaid, even if one can not manage the work load on time. Resources required for work including glassware, instruments and even work space balance between barely enough and not enough, resulting in occasional conflicts between employees.
Sample Prep Technician (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 8 March 2017
The only reason I stayed in both logistics and sample prep position because our boss of both logistics and sample prep was great, approaching, accommodating. Otherwise there are many different jobs people can find in Mississauga. Our department was politics free no backstabbing, no talking behind people backs. Something I am proud to learn from our boss.
Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 16 January 2017
Staff is treated as expendable, concerns are not addressed, promotions and upward movement dependent on if management is in your social group. No matter how hardworking or knowledgable an individual the raises and promotions only go to managements "friends".
Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 October 2016
This company is poorly ran. The ceo cannot run a company period. Wages are not just low they are pathetic. Other staff members are ok to work with. Foreign employees like myself are racially profiled day one and given tasks accordingly. Management tries to intimidate staff but just look silly trying to look important
Logistics Control Team Lead (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 24 May 2016
I enjoyed my time at AGAT Laboratories, as I worked with a great boss and coworkers. I worked in the logistics department and I was responsible for creating work orders for samples, and organizing sample shipments.
Work in Laboratories is team work and full of responsibilities, skills and knowledge about chemistry, microbiology and environment.
Chemical lab technician (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 15 February 2016
Every day is challenging in laboratories. I learn about time management, because it is work of time and money. Every second is important in laboratories. It is about from sample you received till end how you analysis the sample and make reporting to supervisor. the most enjoyable part of this job is you don't realized time how fast its going while you do analysis of sample and other works.
it is really nice to work in team and we can build our skill and knowledge.
you have to work with hazardous reagent in laboratories.
No Life Balance with Little Pay long hours with no Respect
lab technician (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 24 November 2015
AGAT Laboratories is a rapidly growing company. It owes its success mainly to its shrewd and frugal labour management practices.
For salary it pays very little to its employees unless you work in sales, finance and upper management. All lab techs, logistic and middle management people make the minimum wage in their field. In the lab all workers are expected to work long unrealistic hours. If you are willing to break labour standards and work 13 hours a day 7 days a week during peak hours this is the job for you.
The work itself is not physically demanding but it is high pressure to get high volume of work orders done and there is a lot of responsibility being shared. You will have to stay over time and if you cant you will get bullied into it. However if you get any type of stressed out they get mad at you and tell you to get out and will fire you on the spot.
Advancement and raises rarely happens unless management cannot hire someone from outside. There is a high turnover in middle management because it is high stress with little pay.
In closing AGAT Laboratories is the worst in its field. No job security and the absolute worst pay. On the bright side the work is not horrible and it is a modest start and stepping stone for those just graduating with a degree in science. Just pray that you find something better in the future.
long hours, little pay, no respect, bullied daily, clearly plays favorites