Maxxam Analytics Inc. Employee Reviews

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Emploi difficile
Commis aux échantillons (Former Employee) –  Saint-Laurent, QC17 December 2018
Conciliation vie de famille et travaille aucune, aucune évolution de carrière
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Toxic
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB5 December 2018
In my opinion Maxxam Edmonton has a toxic workplace culture and unhealthy environment.

There is intimidation by management, high expectations and no rewards.
Pros
benefits after trial period
Cons
terrible management, low pay
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maxxam
Chemical Laboratory Technician (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON14 November 2018
enjoyable part of the job is the co-workers.
Maxxam is a place to learn and gain experience
A day at work is fast pace and time will fly by will working.
Pros
experience
Cons
pay
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Not recommended
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Canada13 November 2018
Is working at Maxxam as negative as some reviewers would have you believe? On balance, working at Maxxam is not recommendable.

Maxxam Analytics functions for those seeking a job, not a career.
Pros
Scheduling flexibility, Standard benefits available
Cons
Workplace culture uninspired and uninviting, Executive management attitudes toward general staff border on sociopathy, Communication with general staff is poor, No professional development, No pension or stock options, Low wages at all levels
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Avoid it
Pre-Processing Analyst (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB23 October 2018
The work is not very hard, which is okay if you are looking for something else in the meantime (which you should). But it is mind-numbing.

Pay is totally inadequate (the minimum wage in Alberta). The company over-relies on contractors. Practically everyone there is a contractor.

You will use maybe 1/100 of what you learned when completing your degree.

There is constant paranoia over losing your job.
Pros
Some staff were nice
Cons
Low pay, only short contracts available, no advancement, toxic culture, gaslighting
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Underpays professionals
Laboratory Analyst (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 October 2018
Pros:
This company is good if you’re a fresh graduate looking to gain experience in the field.

Cons:
- Very low pay for professionals regardless of their experience
- claims to take safety seriously but will easily trade it off for profit
- no opportunity for advancement
- no job security
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Low salary and good place to just start with
Senior Analyst (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON11 October 2018
Low salary and good place to just start with.
It`s good school, but, do not plan to stay in it for long time.
The managers attitude change according to the personality of your manager, sometimes you have a high understanding one who will make your life happy, and sometimes you have a crazy one who will make your life like hill , that because nobody watch the managers.
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Low wages with high turnover.
Analyst (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB6 October 2018
Low wages, like incredibly low. Maybe a dollar or two an hour above minimum wage after working there for several years. Management likes to bully staff into not taking all their breaks and working for free, just so they can make their daily quotas. HR is virtually non-existent. If you disagree or stand up to this management style, you're considered a "problem" employee and replaced with a co-op or a temp. employee making minimum wage and management considers this a win, since they can pay them less than you.

Really the only way you can get a raise or promotion here is by sucking up to management, which means never saying you can't work OT or having a personal life at all.

The only reason why people are working here is because they need to pay bills while they look for a better job.
Pros
Lots of OT if you want it.
Cons
Low wages, high turnover.
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Gestion négative du personnel dans l’ensemble et environnement stressant.Membres des Ressources humaines et superviseurs hypocrites.
Technicien de laboratoire (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC27 September 2018
Combine, licenciement injustifiés
Insécurité d emploi. Salaire bas .
charge de travail énorme .
Pros
Quelques Avantages sociaux pas très utiles
Cons
Mauvaise gestion du personnel, Hypocrisie, Heures supplémentaires non contrôlés et horaire de travail pas fixe
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Outsource laboratory
Analytical Chemist (Former Employee) –  Alberta21 September 2018
Excellent learning opportunity in a site laboratory. Very fast paced, and good experience with analytical equipment, safety. Decent paying position.
Pros
Good learning experience
Cons
Distance from corporate culture
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Should not work here, even you just start your career.
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB17 September 2018
This is a miserable place to work. Supervisor changed your schedule without letting you know before 24 hours, and asked you come back to work for morning shift when you just finished your morning shift today. So, they did not care about workers, everything is depend on the deadline of samples. In addition, the supervisor asked you pretend to work when you don't have anything to do. It is literally ridiculous.
Poor management.
Hard to deal with difficult people, stupid people.
Pros
Can get experiences
Cons
Poor management
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Excellent first experience
Technicien de laboratoire laboratoire (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC16 September 2018
Excellent place to start but a lot of overtime. Excellent insurance and vacation policy. Salary is very low and this is why it is a good place to start
Pros
-good insurance when permanent
Cons
-Long hours, low salary, very repetitive tasks
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excellent work place
Microbiology Section Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Burnaby, BC16 September 2018
Maxxam culture is a team team culture
Company has excellent company values and leads through example
High safety standards for protection of their employees
Team reorganizations
Excellent place to call work
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Unfriendly co-workers from other department
Sample Login Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 September 2018
Too many samples to login. Supervisor is not that friendly but maybe he is just the way he is. Low pay. Only good for fresh graduates. Business is not so steady because it depends on the oil and gas industry as well.
Pros
Good to work at if you've just graduated from the University
Cons
Low pay
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Nice work environment and fast paced.
Sample Login Technician (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON20 August 2018
Fast paced, demanding and unique work environment is best to describe Maxxam. I input data into our system based on the needs of our clients inorder to satisfy their experience with our analytical company
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Its alright...
Analyst 2 (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB1 August 2018
Calgary Maxxam is a great company as an introduction to the industry. You will be able to learn several sample preparation techniques and they have a variety of instrumentation to learn. Overall the work environment is friendly and multicultural. It is extremely stressful during busy seasons and mistakes are not tolerated. The pay is a little higher than minimum wage but not by much.The drastic different from busy season to slow can take a toll on your body physical and mentally.
Pros
Safety is the number one priority
Cons
You always have to be working, management wont let you slack longer than 5 min.
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Il faut prioriser l'entreprise et non sa vie personnelle
Analyste (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC14 July 2018
Possédant une maîtrise en chimie d'un pays (autre), Maxxam n'était pas le meilleur employeur que j'avais vu passer, mais il n'était pas non plus le pire. J'ai donc tenté ma chance. Au début, la job était vraiment plaisante, mais c'est lorsque l'été et l’automne approche que l'on se rend vite compte que les gestionnaires ne se soucient jamais du fait que tu aies des enfants et qu'ils te demandent de rester un autre 3h30. Accepter une très longue commande 30 minutes avant la fin de ta journée leur est égal. Chaque jour. En bref, je garde une expérience amère de Maxxam. Je crois fermement qu'il y a des meilleurs emplois, mais ceux-ci ne seront pas toujours aussi agréables qu'effectuer des analyses. Puis, je dois admettre que nos collègues immédiats sont tous des êtres extrêmement chaleureux et généreux. C'est donc à vous de choisir en fonction de ces différentes informations.
Pros
Très belle camaraderie
Cons
4h d'overtime par jour l'automne
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Over worked , under paid and under appreciated
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BC30 June 2018
Leaving after many years . Lack of financial gain and held back with a union . Over worked and under paid . Would not recommend my enemy’s to go thru the stress put upon the staff after being bought out by Buena Veritas . Bigger maxxam became the Less staff was appreciated .
Pros
Look good in a resume
Cons
Stress not enough staff and training
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Great team & opportunities for advancement
Human Resources (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON27 June 2018
I have had quite a few opportunities for advancement since I've started at Maxxam. I have learned that the opportunities are there and it is what you make it - if you are willing to put in the effort and go the extra mile, you will be recognized. Management is very supportive of your growth if you make it known that you would like to advance and you put in the effort to do so.

The work/ life balance isn't always ideal as there is always a ton of work to do (constantly busy) and my role is rather independent... so there can be a lot of late nights which are unpaid if you are on salary. That being said, management is very flexible with taking time off for appointments, etc. to compensate for the extra time you put in, so often it does balance out.

All in all, Maxxam is a great place to work and an excellent place to start your career in a busy, fast-paced environment.
Pros
Free lunches, opportunities for advancement, off-site training seminars, lots of flexibility with schedule
Cons
Long hours at times, high amount of effort and commitment required for moderate pay
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A place to kill your career
Analyst II (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB30 May 2018
This place fell apart in the last 3-4 years. Things went from bad to worse until you were left with a bunch of miserable employees working under incredible stress, with no motivation or salary compensation. And incapable management keeps hiring "cheap" grads to substitute for experienced analysts that couldn't stand the poor treatment and left. Forget about trying to work your way up or building a career by doing your job and putting maximum effort to learn and do... only a bootlicker and a bully get ahead here. Not working at Maxxam feels like I just stopped hitting my head against a wall - such a relief.
Pros
Teaches you how to work with a lot of difficult people
Cons
EVERYTHING else
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