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Fun and impacting volunteer service.
Volunteer Experiences (Former Employee) –  Newmarket, ON14 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.
Pros
Free t-shirts, good people
Cons
Work on rainy days
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Poor
Sample (Former Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON23 February 2017
I felt stifled and unable to achieve. The senior staff all had old-man's complexes and they bullied me around.
The job was tedious
I did not like the hours
Pros
I got paid
Cons
Everything
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Great place to work under the right managment and market conditions
Assay Technician (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BC26 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.
Pros
Amazing hours- mon-fri 8 hour days
Cons
the days go by very slow when the market is down
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overall is a good place to work and have good co-workers
Technician (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC17 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
Pros
2 days off per week
Cons
some managers are not good
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Not great
ICP analyst (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver5 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.
Cons
horrible management
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