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Good entry-level experience - not much else
analyst (Former Employee) –  Burlington, ON28 May 2018
Good atmosphere, loved the people I worked with. Management, however, was impersonal, condescending, and couldn't care less for you as a person. Poor scheduling led to longer than 8 hour days. Training was minimal and sink or swim. The wages weren't worth the pressure and accountability placed on you not only to ensure quality but to keep up with ambitious turn-around times.

As a casual employee you will work the same hours, manage the same insane workloads, and receive less training than the vets, and yet receive none of the bells and whistles that ALS claims makes them a great company to work for - and when things get tight for the lab (due to administrative negligence), you will be the first to go.

I'd love to recommend it as a great place for recent grads to get some entry-level experience, but unfortunately my experience here left me with a bad taste for the lab life.
Pros
Co-workers
Cons
Management
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Great place to start
Lab Analyst (Current Employee) –  Burlington, ON15 March 2018
Nice and fun team, great management, good working atmosphere. Work load is balanced, you have access to all instrumentation you need. Organized and stress less.
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Charge de travail
preposé a la preparation (Former Employee) –  Val-d'Or, QC5 March 2018
Trop de charge de travail et conditions difficiles
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Low Wages! No benefits for first 9 months!
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC17 November 2017
The managers are not very friendly or good with people. The wages are low ($15/hr). You start casual, and remain so for 9 months!!! You do not receive health benefits or paid sick days or vacations days or stat holidays for 9 months before becoming permanent. For most places this is 3 or 6 months. During the first 9 months they discourage you from asking for any time off at all! Like you're suppose to work without a break for 9 months. Managers are rude at times. There is a "pass-the-blame" culture. You feel rushed to meet daily quotas. Once you work for 9 months and become a permanent staff member, you get a raise of 70 cents!!!
Pros
Strong Safety Culture
Cons
Low Pay, No health benefits, discouraged for asking for time off
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Good for experience only
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Ontario16 November 2017
Good for new grads to get some lab experience but don't expect to get treated well, payed well, or expect to advance within the company. Management could care less about you. You can work all you want and get no recognition, in fact it's never enough. Expect overtime and poor pay! Only good thing is benefits and vacation.
Pros
Benefits and vacation
Cons
Everything else
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Good working environment
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 July 2017
The company was nice to work for. They had comfortable work environment and a friendly atmosphere. However the company is only busy in the fall and does massive layoffs once snow begins to fall.
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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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Productive and fun workplace
Wet Chemistry Weighroom Supervisor (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC3 June 2017
- fast-paced environment
- safety is the priority
- learned a lot about managing people; scheduling; approving vacations and approving time sheets
- worked on re-writing SOPs and training guidelines and getting them approved by QC
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Bad all around
Inorganic analyst (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON17 March 2017
Staff have no work life balance at ALS. Don't work here if you have a family, are a student or have any self respect. Job is low paying for the accountable work you are actually putting out. People were continuously written up under unreasonable excuses and eventually fired because management wanted them out. Management is also secretive and everything is "hush hush" when it comes to staff schedualing or shift changes. Job was fun though, too bad they ruin staff motivation. ALS as a whole cares more about cost cutting initiatives than staff and quality laboratory products.
Pros
Free coucelling
Cons
Management, pay, work life balance, job security
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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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productive good work environment
Analyst, spec dept (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC20 February 2017
Great place to work, but it is shift work and rotating shift work so everyone needs to work overnight shifts. If it was not for the overnight shifts I would have stayed.
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Productive and good co-workers.
Fire assay loader (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC14 May 2016
Good learning experience. My co-workers and supervisors made my work fun and we always work as a team. The hardest part of the job is working in a very hot environment by extracting the minerals in extreme high temperature.
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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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Great workplace environment and management
Laboratory Assistant (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BC19 December 2015
My typical day includes looking at the list of samples that are needed to be dispensed. I usually focus on the samples that are near the due date so that it can be analysed by the analyst and so the data can be given to the client immediately.S ince I was hired during the peak season there were a lot of samples going in every day but during the end of my time there the work load became few so I was naturally let go. My co-workers were very supportive to the newly hired people and you don't feel outplace in the work area.
Pros
Great work environment
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First out - of - school experience
Inorganic Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON6 April 2015
This job was my first glimpse at working in the real world post graduation and I loved each and every moment of it. Unfortunately, most of the new hires are on short term contract only, which is a short period of exposure.
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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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