Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 23 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.
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.
Some good people as with most companies
The brutal owner had all upper management running scared and did anything to cut costs.
Payroll Administrator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 14 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.
Laboratory Analyst (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 4 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.
Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 31 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.
Management does not care about underpaid, overworked employees
Lab Technician (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 17 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.
Technicien (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 10 October 2017
Day to day work is good, but little to no feedback from management. Currently no annual performance evaluation and no regular salary increases. People threaten to quit to get salary increases and job advancement.
Laboratory Technician- Oil Sands Department (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 July 2017
A good entry level job. Working with oil sands samples. Good Management. You can learn a lot with this company on how to process and extract oil from oil sands. You will feel like a scientist working on a lab.
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 June 2017
There is a rhythm to this job, and all you need to do is find it, and you will be fine. It pays well for the work that you do, $13/hr for preparing and squeezing water from rock, and taking measurements. It's not particularly difficult, and the bosses are very nice people.