Analyst (Former Employee), Edmonton environmental – September 27, 2014
Pros: fast pace, learn new technology, take pride in quality.
Cons: lots of overtime needed in busy season.
As contract labs go this is a very good one. Data quality is the top priority. They have become the go to lab for quality work in the Alberta market since the demise of Envirotest. Management and supervisors work long hours year round, analysts work long hours during busy season, and it gets boring during slow season. The company does try to minimize – more... layoffs by using co-op students but some layoffs are unavoidable. Expect to be seasonal temp when first hired with no benefits, but if you get full time here, benefits are very good. Stay to learn new skills and pad your resume then move on, unless you love the fast pace. If you do, then stay and you will eventually get promoted. – less
Great experience, learned great people skills and Independent work
Project Management/ Client Services (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – July 5, 2013
I dealt with over 500 companies doing environmental project management. Worked with all testing regulations in British Columbia Canada with respect to Industrial Hygiene, Water quality, asbestoes testing and Soil samples. I also worked with reclaimation and remediation in environmental standards and regulations in BC. My office was a great tool to learn – more... from because I worked with Project Managers at all levels and they were a great fountain of knowledge. I enjoyed dealing with the clients and teaching new customers about the testing requirements and regulations. – less
Human Resources Generalist (Former Employee), Calgary AB – May 1, 2013
Pros: much opportunity for leadership and employee coaching
Cons: too much administrative detail involved in the job, giving long hours
Appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the environment lab industry. There was a big variety of positions to recruit for including those on the field, those in the lab, and office staff along with management.
Productive and fun workplace with excellent managemt, social culture and work time flexibility
Laboratory Technologist (Current Employee), Mississauga, ON – January 13, 2013
Pros: job due date, meeting customer demands, free lunch, employee kids christmas party, employee christmas lunch, new year party.
Cons: work pressure to accomplish as much as possible during the work day.
A typical day at work starts with lots of things to organize before beginning to setup experimental batches. One has to make sure that the work environment is clean and free from any material that is potential cause for hazards. Everything that is reqiured for the job should be ready and in sufficient quantities for the day's activities.
It is important – more... to prioritize the daily work according to rush, rework and regular samples. The management is supportive and gives guidance in all aspect of day to day activities.
I learned scientific procedures and principles for different types of analytical works in addition to social cultures and how to work within a team. I also learned how to deal with co-workers with difficult characters.
The hardest part of the job is when one has to repeat an experiment setup due to quality control failures. This doesn't happen so often. However, when that happens, it is time consuming to search for archived samples and to re-work all the way from the start.
The most enjoyable part of the job is that it is a team work. As a team everyone does the best to accomplish the task in due time. – less
Enjoyed being busy and establishing my own workflow
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – November 9, 2012
Pros: working independently as well as the opportunity to demonstrate teamwork and flexability
Cons: management style
Established a prioritized daily work flow: - record voice mail messages from clients and return calls - sort new work orders from provincial government by Drinking Water Officer and scan/email to each officer daily - sort new work orders by job number and file by date - process credit card and cash payments for pre-paid work orders, scan all related – more... documents to accounts receivable, record payments in tracking file - run database report for new jobs requiring price approvals and do price approvals - run database report for completed jobs requiring invoicing, do invoicing, print and mail invoices - answer calls as they came in, providing information regarding company services, redirecting calls as required, researching information or services, providing information on job status, results of testing, invoicing information, locating and supplying clients with copies of prior job results or invoices - assisting lab manager and project manager by locating documents they required or returning client calls for them - assisting shipping & receiving department with data entry of new work orders, and filling client orders for testing supplies - assisting lab assistants by disposal of their expired soil or water samples – less
Sample Reception Login Technician (Current Employee), Calgary, AB – August 23, 2012
Pros: team building activities such as free lunches
Cons: long hours during the summer months
Maxxam Analytics is a great place to work. The people are absolutely wonderful. As well, the company offers an important and quality service to oil and gas clients. Maxxam is involved in the Environmental reclamation process of drill sites in northern Alberta and abroad. Maxxam's attention to detail and success through science is what propels this company – more... to succeed in this industry niche.
A typical day at work consists of receiving environmental samples from clients, and inputting the required test codes into a custom software program for future laboratory analysis. Samples are stored in coolers, and kept available for analysis for several months. Hazardous waste is dealt with following WHMIS guidelines. Some heavy lifting is required.
The co-workers and management are phenomenal. Maxxam Sample Reception is a social team-oriented atmosphere with a stellar cast. The supervisors are phenomenal, and help the team to function to its absolute potential. There is always someone to ask if questions arise. It is a fast paced, and enjoyable atmosphere. – less
Microbiology Laboratory Assistant (Part time) (Current Employee), Mississauga ON – May 31, 2012
Pros: nice people to work with. great chance for inexperienced person.
Cons: responsibilities. but its good.
Everyday it keeps me busy. I learned lot of tests regarding quality control. Management is good. Co workers are supportive and friendly. Nothing is hard there. Most enjoyable part is you get good environment.
Analyst 1 (Current Employee), Saint Laurent, Quebec – December 29, 2011
Maxxam Analytics is a great place to work if you're enthusiastic about Analytical Chemistry. Our branch is like a family, with many barbecues during the summer, and bagel breakfasts during the wintertime.