Fire assay loader (Former Employee) – North Vancouver, BC – 14 May 2016
Good learning experience. My co-workers and supervisors made my work fun and we always work as a team. The hardest part of the job is working in a very hot environment by extracting the minerals in extreme high temperature.
Volunteer Experiences (Former Employee) – Newmarket, ON – 14 June 2017
The ALS Walk-a-thon is a positive and extremely helpful foundation that gives back to so many people that are suffering from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The people who work there are excellent volunteers that greet everyone with a warm, friendly smile.
Great place to work under the right managment and market conditions
Assay Technician (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 26 December 2015
A typical day at work in the Assay Laboratory involves; weighing samples, digesting them using acids/bases and/or Fire assay methodology and using analytical instruments to read the sample composition (eg. Atomic absorption spectrometer or ICP-AES). Every sample must be completed within 24 hours, and quality control is performed daily. Every day has different sample types and involves different laboratory methods.
The most enjoyable part is the coworkers! They are great, and always willing to help you when you need it.The hardest part of this job is when the market is slow and there are very little samples to work with. When the mining market is good, and there are a lot of samples, the day goes by very quickly, but when the market is bad the day drags on. When this happens, it can be hard to find something to work on, and the manager gets frustrated too easily with people talking or laughing and tends to micromanage. Other managers in this laboratory are much more relaxed.
overall is a good place to work and have good co-workers
Technician (Former Employee) – North Vancouver, BC – 17 July 2014
.it is a good place to work .good pay .good benefit .nice and friendly co-workers .just some manager are not nice,no trust employees, never listen to employees, yelling employees just because they are personally unhappy
ICP analyst (Former Employee) – North Vancouver – 5 January 2013
The workers were nice and easy to get along with, but management was horrible. Terrible at scheduling, made lots of errors etc. One particular person in middle management is hated by pretty much everyone outside of her 'inner circle' so to say, as she basically overlooks everyone outside of said circle and treats them horribly.
Despite what they say about guaranteed hours after the probationary period, the lack of union allowed them to lay off workers that have been there for years, with absolutely no notice. In fact, the only warning given was the day of said layoffs, and that was an invitation to a meeting 15 minutes earlier. Unless management changes, don't work here.
Pay is also obscenely low, about what one could have made in a typical job not requiring a degree. Training is non-existent, as they seem to prefer the 'throw them to the wolves' method, and hope that you can keep up with the ridiculous demand.