A growing company with little respect for its workers.
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Company Headquarters Calgary, AB – 24 May 2013
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 except team leads are on contract. The company takes full advantage of this and will cut hours to none or lay people off at a moments notice if there are not enough orders from clients. Everyone on contract does not get benefits. This is essentially 80% of the company's work force.
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 may be asked to stay overtime to get orders done.
Advancement is not even worth it. If you start out in the lab and make it to middle management you are still not making enough money and are just getting involved in a more stressful position. Advancement 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.
If on contract you cannot take more than 2 weeks off at a time. In those instances they encourage the worker to resign and there is no guarantee that the worker will be hired back.
Management was getting stricter by the time I left. They did not encourage talking among workers even during slow periods. While management did not go out of their way to make your experience horriblemore... if you were suspected or caught doing something of minor significance your supervisor would be notified and give you a prompt warning.
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.less
Good for new grads, immigrants and people new to the field.
Absolutely no job security. Pay is smallest in its field.