AGAT Laboratories Employee Reviews

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An okay workplace for a recent graduate
Environmental Lab Technician (Former Employee), Mississauga, ONDecember 26, 2015
AGAT hires many students during the summer for co-op. The amount of learning is great however the per hour rate is almost the same as minimum wage.
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No Life Balance with Little Pay long hours with no Respect
lab technician (Former Employee), Mississauga, ONNovember 24, 2015
Pros: nothing
Cons: long hours, little pay, no respect, bullied daily, clearly plays favorites
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.
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Good work environment but tasks can be repetitive
Project Manager (Current Employee), Calgary, ABNovember 15, 2015
Good work environment. Co-workers are friendly and knowledgeable. Company encourages creativity in problem solving. Tasks and projects can become tedious, routine, and repetitive.
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nice workplace
Laboratory Technician / Analyst (Current Employee), Calgary, ABOctober 23, 2015
nice workplace but salary is low. job security is not good because they will fire you or lay-off their worker always. good workplace for newcomers here in Canada.
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it has got an amaizing work environment where manager and supervisor are really friendly
Gas lab technician (Current Employee), Calgary, ABSeptember 19, 2015
Pros: events
Cons: 12 hours shift
its really a friendly professional working place where i got to learn lot of different methods for analyzing gas samples as well as water samples. manager really looks forward to train all employees.
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A hard working Determined and friendly place to work
QC TECHNICIAN (Current Employee), Lloydminster, SKSeptember 8, 2015
Pros: friendly staff, free lunches
Cons: in Lloydminster
A normal day at AGAT Environmental is receiving, preparing, and analysis of soil and Water samples. The Lab itself is relatively new so Management is often worried, yet more so determined to prove that the lab may be new but not inexperienced or lacking a strong work ethic. The hardest part of working there would be that samples can come any hour of the day and require immediate analysis. However this has taught me stronger time management skills and problem solving on the go. The best part of working there would be the friendly and social staff that are all to willing to give a helping hand.
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Learning Experience
Logistics Technologist (Former Employee), Calgary, ABJune 29, 2015
Pros: Co-workers
Cons: Management
The overall job taught me to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Working with co-workers had a positive response allowing support with one another reducing work stress. Management could be better by allowing less pressure on the work site and better relations with one another.
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Favour to worker
Laboratory technicin (Former Employee), LloydminsterJune 23, 2015
Cons: Long hours without paying overtime
Management gives the favor to worker. Lab technician is getting much more pay than laboratory analyst. None of the lab technician have even science background and even don't have more than a year experience still they give promotion to them. Don't apply in Lloydminster location ever. They don't have a value of the worker who has knowledge.
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Great starter job, but not very much room for advacement
Client Project Manager (Former Employee), Mississauga, ONJune 17, 2015
Pros: Benefits
Cons: Salary, Long hours, Stress
Great starter job if you're right out of college or university. Felt overworked and underpaid and under appreciated. Often worked long hours during the busy season and often ended up taking work stress home with me.
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Great Team
Lab technician (Former Employee), MissisaugaMarch 15, 2015
Pros: job rotations helped in learning multiple instruments
Cons: location was far
AGAT is a relatively small company so had a chance to learn multiple instruments, tests as well as about multiple products.
Management was great, they knew how to get the job done from fewer employees on timely priorities. Coworkers were great, easy-going and helped a lot on sometimes-monotonous jobs.
Most Enjoyable part of the job was that I got to learn a lot in very small time. I was trusted to new positions and I did not let my management down.
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Agat Review
Receptionist (Former Employee), Calgary, ABFebruary 17, 2015
Agat Labs is very multicultural and open hearted place. A place of opportunity and choices. Great timing and good location.Cons I should say is less pay.
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Decent temporary job
Logistics Technician (Former Employee), Calgary, ABNovember 23, 2014
Decent job for seasonal job. Learned a lot in receiving and logistics. Very poor management. Can be a hectic job when it gets busy.
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poor paying job and expect new staff on a regular basics
Laboratory Technician (Current Employee), Calgary, ABNovember 17, 2014
Pros: great staff
Cons: pay and hour cuts
typical day is extracting soil, water, and oil samples from other companies and then transferring them into vials. Did learn anything cheimcally, just learned how much and how to do specific analysis. Co-workers are very nice and honest. Most enjoyable part of the job is seeing and talking to the co-workers. There is nothing hard about this job, as you don't need any chemical knowledge. Any in high school can do this job. The wage is very poor and you see many people come and go as everyone in the company is searching for a better job with better wage and benefits.

Decent place for just a start, but cannot imagine staying for more than 2 years.
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the most enjoyable part oth the job
Lab Technician (Former Employee), calgary ABNovember 13, 2014
the most enjoyable part of the job is the fast environnement work and diedline projects makes the day goes by fast .
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Very fast paced environment to work in
Client Project Manager (Current Employee), Mississauga, ONOctober 6, 2014
Management and job culture is great but not that much Job Security/Advancement
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Good Team
Geological Technician (Former Employee), Calgary, ABJuly 30, 2014
Western basins of Canada Crude Oil and Core Analysis Project,
Gulf of Mexico Crude Oil and Core Analysis Project,
Middle East Crude Oil and Core Analysis Project.
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AGAT
Environmental Chemistry Analyst (Current Employee), Edmonton, ABJanuary 22, 2014
Pros: the work, tasks
Cons: salary
The company is good but has a little opportunities for advancement in the area am interested in.

I have learned to be efficient in a fast space laboratory work, I have earned more critical skills, problem solving/troubleshooting, and understand more the team work importance.
The team at AGAT is wonderful and we support each other daily to have quality results and a good work environment.

the hardest part of the job is when a major problem, like instruments failure, it can be challenging at the time because the work flow falls back and miss the deadlines, but at the same time I enjoy brainstorming this problems to find a possible answer, and I always get a bigger reward of happiness when am able to solve the problem, it motivates me more.
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Fast pace always learning
Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee), Dartmouth, NSNovember 20, 2013
Learn new things every day.
Helping people and the environment to be safe and healthy.
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Productive Lab environment
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee), Toronto, ONNovember 6, 2013
I had to work in multiple post during my work term. I got to learn about the various testing processes for soil and water samples. I liked the work ethic of the employees in this company.
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Re-active instead or pro active
Project Manager / Supervisor (Current Employee), calgarySeptember 22, 2013
Pros: opportunities to learn
Cons: micromanagment
gives you alot of opportunity to learn and develop. Enjoy working here every day there is a new challange