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ALS Minerals Canada Employee Reviews

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Laboratory Assistant (Former Employee), North Vancouver, BCDecember 11, 2013
Pros: flexible time
Cons: long time sitting
I treasured this job because it was my first source of income. I learned how to be respectful not only with my managers or supervisors but also with my fellow co-workers. They have lots of activities that was really enjoyable for the worker. They are really after with "Safety First" to their people. The management is also good. It's just sad for us that we parted ways because of slow work coming in the company.
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Undesireable Work Enviroment, No Job Security, Very Poorly Managed!!!
Sample Prep Technician, Supervisor in Training (Former Employee), Greater Sudbury, ONNovember 20, 2013
Pros: nothing
Cons: everything
When hiring they paint a picture of a perfect working environment, will tell you one thing today and another tomorrow very misleading and deceptive in their leadership and their goals,would rather hire subsidized workers at lower hourly rate and allow the government to pick up the rest of the tab then hire locally and be forced to pay full time wages and benefits,benefits that they make you wait at least a minimum of 9 months to a year to obtain the full time status and benefits, which very few make it this long do to the working conditions and environment, shift work is tough as it is but pulling 3 sometimes 4 plus 12 hours shift can be very taxing to say the least, your days off are spent sleeping then being productive in your life outside of work,a company that will tell you one day they made a profit of $1.5 billion that year and in the same breath would tell you sorry we cant afford to give you a raise,not to mention they will hold off raises for as long as possible, in some cases up to a year , but will continue to ask you to preform at a higher level each time and ask that you increase your production even more so,when i was their, myself and others were always reminded that we were nothing but a number and nothing more,if that does not make being a human less desirable i don't know what does,they claim they don't have quotas but track every little thing you do in a excel spreed sheet,and if you do hit your quotas they find a way to fire you or lay you off, lets not forget the constant daily reminders that they would always tell you that you may be laid off, this is an – more... everyday occurrence to rule through fear instead of trust, that's a way to build company morale and good work spirits for the following day! i don't think so, once again a sign of poor leadership in upper management and very poor decision making, not to mention favoritism is here in heavy dosages in up management and not everybody is treated equally nor fair, some in higher positions such as supervisors will even fabricate lies so that they can write people up only to control them with the fear of losing there job. this is a company that will mentally & physically break you down and leave very jaded at the end of the day or of the work force or even fair treatment in the working environment,i would not ever recommend nor suggest to any individuals not family not friends who are goal orientated or have aspirations of a healthy working environment or even those seeking long term employment with the opportunity to advance within the company to steer very far away from this company as they have forgotten the most common & most important element of any business or company is the people behind closed doors such as the employees who are its very heartbeat and that they to are human and should be treated as such and not as only a number............................................................. – less
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Lab Technician (Former Employee), Greater Sudbury, ONApril 26, 2013
Crushed and sorted core samples from variety mines.
Efficient productivity to meet deadlines, and quotas.
Worked within a selected group of co-workers, and any other groups during the week.
The hardest part was working in a dust and dry environment, then became accustomed to the work environment.
The most enjoyable part of work was being around and very friendly group of co-workers.
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Productive and fun work Place
Fire Assay Loader (Former Employee), North Vancouver, BCFebruary 19, 2013
Pros: good relationship with the co-workers
Cons: work schedule
-Time management.
-Working hard and Patient
-The management are very approachable.
-Good relationship with my co-worker.
- The hardest part is Unloading and loading of the furnaces.
-Most of the time are enjoyable.
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Lacks great leadership
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee), Greater Sudbury, ONJanuary 14, 2013
Pros: they will pay for your business trips
Cons: long hours
This company makes you feel like you are moving in a great direction with respect to your career but will lay off anyone and everyone.
The management is the problem, not the co-workers
The salary is good and the pay scale will move in the right direction but there really isn't any job security.
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Poor safety, poor job security, poor advancement chances
ICP-OES SPECTROSCOPY LABORATORY ANALYST (Current Employee), North Vancouver, BCSeptember 29, 2012
In addition to the above, the employees that work in the labs are not even treated as human beings.

The management itself admits its safety record "as a lab is poor".

Shift work is involved but the schedules do not change for several months so there is a high likelihood one could remain in an unfavourable shift for a long time.