AGAT Laboratories Employee Reviews

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It is like life in a 3rd world country.
A Worker that Knows Too Much (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BC2 November 2018
Sneaky management, full of gossipers, slavery work style are just the few, but correct, ways to describe work at AGAT.

You are bound to encounter the worst types of employees at AGAT because the management style attracts poor employee attitudes. Management will claim that they "care" about employees but they terribly fail on understanding what employees, or let's call them people, want from their jobs.

Why is AGAT such a terrible place to work at? I'll tell you why.

The "big bosses" at the head quarter in Calgary blindly give full control to 2 main workers, the General Manager & Client Services Manager, at their Burnaby location. These who I call black market workers care only about the money they are bringing in from customers and could not care less about the livelihoods of the people behind their revenues. They only start "caring" when gossiping, backstabbing types of behaviour amongst employees are getting out of control and affecting THEIR work. Those big letters are the keyword here. It becomes a real issue for these 2 workers when the subordinates below them become "kindergarteners". Yes, that is a term that the general manager actually uses to describe his ill-mannered employees. What they have failed to realize or admit is that THEY are the real reasons for this mess.

How do you expect to live a life of happiness in a heavily corrupted country? You are left to fend for yourselves, and have no mind left to care for other civilians that are just like you, because you can't even have a second go past without questioning your own basic rights. Your top management
  more... is like your government. They dictate the type of culture and shape the basic respect you have for each other as a company. You work in roles that receive as much as, or as little as the management is willing to provide.

Just think about this, a few topics they were told (by head quarter) to cover in this online webinar, in hopes to help them with their pathetic work culture were: "How to transform a dysfunctional team", "How to deal with difficult employees", "Manage conflict". And I will tell you that managers that attended these webinars were extremely uncomfortable, some even played on their phones during the events, and most couldn't wait for the webinars to be over. The afterward supposedly to happen discussions were always awkward silence.

The HR department in this so called 30+ year old, "Canada Coast to Coast" company was developed a mere 5 years ago. Without me having to say anything else, how do you think they function with just knowing this one piece, an important piece, of information?

Enough said.

Don't work here. Whoever you are, you deserve more.

It is getting more and more common to see companies that are driven by employee-oriented managements. Those are companies that actually understand what matters and knows that when you genuinely care about your employees, they automatically become engaged, passionate, and are naturally willing to carry your company's purpose forward.

Those are the companies you need to look for.
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Pros
Sunlife Health coverage
Cons
Filthy culture, Gossiping managers/employees, Backstabbing, Cheap labour (unless you're in a role that directly affect sales)
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Fun and Interesting Place To Work
Logistics Supervisor, NEBC (Former Employee) –  Fort St. John, BC24 September 2018
I had the opportunity to advance into a supervisory role. I enjoyed working with both the management and staff. Fun place to work! Many different sectors of the company to learn about.
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It was a good job for the time being
Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Fort St. John, BC6 September 2018
It payed the bills, and was a good job for the time being. Unfortunately with my son, and our day care schedule it didn't work out because it was to demanding as far as overtime went.
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Terrible place to work
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Anonymous29 August 2018
This place doesn't care about their staff. They make you work long hours and expect more more from you . You can go over and beyond for this company and they are still never satisfied. No job security what so ever. Very high turn over. They do not give people a chance to advance.
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None
Cons
No job security
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Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 August 2018
this job was ok but the environment is not good bcoz no one care about ur work , i worked 5 yrs but no changes in salary and give lot of pressure and mentally harashment for brown people
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Decent company culture
Sample Receipt Technician (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON23 August 2018
Culture: People are pretty friendly.

Pay: Pay and job stability are low compared to the pharmaceutical field. Overtime pay is 1.5X.

Hours: Closed on Sundays, which helps for work-life balance. No overnight shifts.
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Awesome
Office Admin, Logistics, Lab, Sale's (Former Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB29 July 2018
was a great learning experience working here. Really great staff and management. cannot say one bad thing about working here..........................
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Lab technician in Burnaby
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BC23 July 2018
AVOID!!! Smart people find better job and leave here right away with one day notice. I worked in the Organic Lab for an year and there were bullying and gossip co workers. So much drama is still going on. Pay is so low with cheap benefits. You need to work here 6 months under the contract and can finally get a full time here. Its useless and waste of your time to get a full time here.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Low salary, cheap benefits, gossip and bullying
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nice place to get experience
Laboratory Technician (Current Employee) –  mississauga16 July 2018
nice place to get experience on different instruments
co works are nice its like second home
most of the people work from 8:00am to 4:30pm
good benefits
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Not the best enviromnment to work in
Technical Imaging Supervisor Oil Sands (Former Employee) –  Calgary15 May 2018
After I had my department running like a race car I was seeking out more challenges which the General manager happily gave me knowing with confidence that I would go over and above. Unfortunately the downturn in the economy saw many excellent workers laid off including myself.
Pros
Some good people as with most companies
Cons
The brutal owner had all upper management running scared and did anything to cut costs.
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Toxic work environment
Payroll Administrator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 May 2018
Co-workers complaining and bad mouthing other departments. Very unprofessional staff in the payroll department. There was potential for career advancement so there was a lot of sabbatoging and toxic behaviour in the work place. It was draining and extremely stressful.
Cons
Toxic co-workers
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Very productive
Petroleum Oil Laboratory Technician Class "A" (Current Employee) –  Edmonton AB13 April 2018
Oil and gas Edmonton,
There are many tests to learn, which give provide a good experience opportunity.All of the tests are very interesting. I love the nature of the job Ido.
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very friendly coworkers
Laboratory Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB23 March 2018
implement of qualification and working in different environment than previous work place and fun to work with friendly coworkers and got opportunity to learn something new
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Fun and amazing place to work
Logistics Assistant (Former Employee) –  Fort St John,BC11 March 2018
Everybody here is fun to work with and keeps the long work days interesting. The job itself is interesting and you learn new things everyday. Would recommend!
Pros
Easy going environment
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A place for career growth
Laboratory Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 March 2018
AGAT Laboratories ltd. is a place to start and grow your career. The working environment enhances learning with emphasis on team building and relational accountability within individual department and others too.
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The people are nice but management is stupid
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON31 January 2018
Working at sample reception itself was a pleasant experience. We had a nice group of people who were considered good friends but we still kept it professional when it came to work. The problem arose when people from Upper Management came and tried to make changes into the system that we had established long ago. In a classic Upper Management fashion they knew absolutely nothing about the inner and outer workings of the work flow that we establish through our careful planning and years of working side by side. To sum it up they removed some of us who were unwilling to follow their "plan" to revise Sample Reception.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Management does not care about underpaid, overworked employees
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relax work
Lab Technician (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB17 January 2018
Instead of spending 2-4 years in school for a challenging science diploma/degree, spend $100 getting your Forklift Operators License on a weekend and you’ll make significantly more money than you will as an entry level Lab Tech. The lowest bidder analytical industry does not value you, you are easily replaced for what is essentially minimum wage.
Also no one seems to give trouble about quality control or following standard operating procedures. If a sample is rush and it is delayed because of QC or SOP reasons, you’ll just get in trouble.
Pros
friedly wrk place
Cons
low salary
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Great company - far commute
Project Manager Assistant (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON8 January 2018
A lot of room to grow and positions open up frequently. The people there are very friendly and always like to lend a hand. The commute was too much for me and the hours weren't the best either.
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Very unsafe place to work
Logistics Technician (Former Employee) –  Lloydminster, SK11 December 2017
This was a lab dealing with very harmful chemicals, and didn't even have a safety shower for their empoyees or enough hood fans, and expected the empoyees to use these chemicals out in the open.
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Nice and professional people
Oil Sands Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 November 2017
I met great people and professional management and was surprised with company safety culture and work attitude. Personnel is dedicated to the company goals.
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