AGAT Laboratories
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Good workplace, people are nice but the wages not meet the expectations for the seasonal positions at their laboratories and the work load will be sometimes higher
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Shortstaffed and exhausted

We're short staffed and quasi manditory overtime and a large work load means employees are overworked and stressed. The people are wonderful but the environment very stressful.
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Very fast pace. Embarrassing wages.

Same train of thought as the other reviews left on this website. Wages are embarrassingly low, especially considering they hire people with good education. Benefits are almost nonexistent. For temporary workers they are actually nonexistent. There's no room for negotiation when it comes to salaries. You get what is offered. Not a whole lot of opportunities to evolve with the company, well not unless you want to do more work for the same pay. The volume of work is usually quite high, which occasionally requires you to stay longer than your typical 8 hour shift. Expect to work 10 hour shifts from time to time, thankfully they'll pay you the overtime as long as you run it by their leadership group, if you can call it that. Fortunately it's not all bad, I will end on a more positive note. The employees working at AGAT are very good, down to earth people. Most of them are always willing to land a hand as long as they're not drowning in work. The experience you get from AGAT will make a difference on your CV, so that's also a positive.

Pros

Employees are great

Cons

Awful pay. High pace.
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Doesn't pay

People are nice, but be expected to do 5 people job for a low pay. They offer 80$ for safety boots.... Benefits are amazing but they don't pay gas and put food on the table. They hire a lot of seasonal so they don't have to pay benefits.

Pros

Benefits

Cons

Pay, don't wanna put money in staff
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Fast pace environment with room to grow

Lots of opportunity to move to different divisions or stations, great people to work with. Enjoy the challenges of the work and the ability to learn and grow.
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High Volume, Low Pay Labour Work Environment

Most of the work is repetitive and it can get very exhausting especially at select stations like the rock grinding station. The management is ok but they have to achieve a certain target and they will ask you to work more in order to achieve it if needed. All on a minimum wage. Shifts are long and exhausting with a 4 days on, 4 days off schedule working 12 hrs per day. If you have good colleagues in the season, it can be easier to work there while socialising with them. The job can be good for your CV if you only have work experience while working in Walmart or similar places in the past, or you need professional work experience for permanent residence. In those cases, working here can arguably be worth the struggle.

Pros

Good for CV if you don't have much work experience

Cons

Long hours, Low pay, Exhausting and Repetitive work
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I had a great manager that made it easier to get up and go to work for a company that does not believe in pay increases.

The company has not given pay increases to some employees for 6+ years. During busy season there were never enough employees to do the job and they refused to hire more
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Poor wages and next to no benefits

Lots of work for a low end pay. Next to no social benefits. Most of the workers there are either recent graduates or immigrants looking to gain some experience. What I hate the most about working there is that we have to dispose of the waste ourselves. It wasn’t in the job description when I got hired, but they’ll still ask us to do it. The only positive is that the people working there are nice.
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Place à débuter pour avoir de l'expérience.

Pas trop d'évolution possible dans l'entreprise, bon pour débuter.
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Poorly run company taking advantage of workers

Company is poorly run with management taking advantage of workers. Wages are incredibly low while work demand is high for those in the lab. Most staff gained experience here before leaving for another company that provided better wages.
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Good place to work

Healthy work environment u get growth opportunity management is great you feel like you have a place at work n u r valued pay is alryt but u do get benefits so its a fair deal
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Bullying at work

Coworkers are disrespectful and bully other coworkers. The management does not care about the toxic work environment… Partiality based on favouritism…. No appreciation for good work and taking credit for other people’s work….. Gossiping and using phones with AirPods on all the time… People who work are pushed to do more and more while some people take really long breaks but are said nothing to because they are in management’s good books.
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Charge de travail énorme

Salaire trop bas Pas ouvert à la négociation et les employés sont juste des numéros.
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productive

It was good working in the lab and have hood benefits. Colleges were really helpful.Manager was helpful and i got to learn new things and had good experience.
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Nul

Entreprise qui prend les employés ce qu'ils ne sont pas. Les horaires sont correct.Fuyez !
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Safety is non existant

Safety is something that is preached but not practiced, broken and worn safety equipment, lack of training and no oversight. Very high turnover rate due to a poor working environment.

Pros

4 on 4 off

Cons

safety complacency
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Worst place to work

Poor wages. Worst management. No advancements. No concern about employees health and safety.Fake promises. Non deserving go ahead.Management work without plan.Show off regarding employee care at best.

Pros

Good coworkers

Cons

Everything
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Good place to get experience

Lots of opportunities to learn a variety of lab analysis. It is a production lab. Very fast paced. Low salary for most staff. Terrible management. Rules change all the time. A toxic work environment. No raises for years and years. Good benefit package. Shedding Senior staff either through lay offs or fake misconduct.

Pros

Good benefit package. Opportunities to learn.

Cons

Poor management. No raises. Toxic work environment. No job security.
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Serious partiality

They are very partial in giving assignments. They make you do the extra work while the supervisors favorites seat down doing nothing and lie on sop study.

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Everything
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Very bad place to work

Bad management, work you as slaves and always push you to your extreme while paying you minimum wage. They expect you to have 2 to 3 years of experience for their wet labs while paying you minimum wage.

Pros

None

Cons

Working there
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Horrible Management

If you don't care about delivering quality results to clients, than look no further AGAT is for you. This company completely undervalues their employees and has no issues with good people leaving as long as they can find cheap labor. At almost all levels of management, they have no idea about the quality of their data and what it means. This is a horrible company to work for, especially since you can make more money at any job title at similar companies for less work and responsibilities.

Pros

Can learn multiple methods

Cons

no work life balance, upper management only cares about numbers on an excel sheet than their employees, nobody at that company seems to have any business knowledge or technical knowledge
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Overall rating

Based on 197 reviews

Ratings by category

2.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.5 out of 5 stars for Management
2.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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