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Low Wages! No benefits for first 9 months!
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC17 November 2017
The managers are not very friendly or good with people. The wages are low ($15/hr). You start casual, and remain so for 9 months!!! You do not receive health benefits or paid sick days or vacations days or stat holidays for 9 months before becoming permanent. For most places this is 3 or 6 months. During the first 9 months they discourage you from asking for any time off at all! Like you're suppose to work without a break for 9 months. Managers are rude at times. There is a "pass-the-blame" culture. You feel rushed to meet daily quotas. Once you work for 9 months and become a permanent staff member, you get a raise of 70 cents!!!
Pros
Strong Safety Culture
Cons
Low Pay, No health benefits, discouraged for asking for time off
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Good for experience only
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Ontario16 November 2017
Good for new grads to get some lab experience but don't expect to get treated well, payed well, or expect to advance within the company. Management could care less about you. You can work all you want and get no recognition, in fact it's never enough. Expect overtime and poor pay! Only good thing is benefits and vacation.
Pros
Benefits and vacation
Cons
Everything else
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Productive and fun workplace
Wet Chemistry Weighroom Supervisor (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC3 June 2017
- fast-paced environment
- safety is the priority
- learned a lot about managing people; scheduling; approving vacations and approving time sheets
- worked on re-writing SOPs and training guidelines and getting them approved by QC
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Bad all around
Inorganic analyst (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON17 March 2017
Staff have no work life balance at ALS. Don't work here if you have a family, are a student or have any self respect. Job is low paying for the accountable work you are actually putting out. People were continuously written up under unreasonable excuses and eventually fired because management wanted them out. Management is also secretive and everything is "hush hush" when it comes to staff schedualing or shift changes. Job was fun though, too bad they ruin staff motivation. ALS as a whole cares more about cost cutting initiatives than staff and quality laboratory products.
Pros
Free coucelling
Cons
Management, pay, work life balance, job security
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productive good work environment
Analyst, spec dept (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC20 February 2017
Great place to work, but it is shift work and rotating shift work so everyone needs to work overnight shifts. If it was not for the overnight shifts I would have stayed.
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Great workplace environment and management
Laboratory Assistant (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BC19 December 2015
My typical day includes looking at the list of samples that are needed to be dispensed. I usually focus on the samples that are near the due date so that it can be analysed by the analyst and so the data can be given to the client immediately.S ince I was hired during the peak season there were a lot of samples going in every day but during the end of my time there the work load became few so I was naturally let go. My co-workers were very supportive to the newly hired people and you don't feel outplace in the work area.
Pros
Great work environment
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First out - of - school experience
Inorganic Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON6 April 2015
This job was my first glimpse at working in the real world post graduation and I loved each and every moment of it. Unfortunately, most of the new hires are on short term contract only, which is a short period of exposure.
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