Laboratory Analyst 2 & Team Coordinator (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 30 March 2018
Good place to work, but be expected to work non stop for the whole time you are there. The wage for contract staff are low but somewhat better when you become full time. Still this is not a place to build a career, only for experience.
Analyst II (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 30 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.
Teaches you how to work with a lot of difficult people
Lab Analyst (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 May 2018
It is a very fast pace workplace, you basically do everything from cleaning to reporting data. Long hours and weekend work is not appreciated. It is called a duty! The only good thing was some of the very educated knowledgeable people there.
Scientist (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 11 April 2018
I recommend this place if you're right out of school and need to get some experience. Working with the right people in the right department, you can learn quite a lot to get your career going. After being here for a while though you hit roadblocks to career advancement and certain levels of management can be extremely uncooperative and disorganized.
Fun co-workers, benefits are decent, can learn quite a lot of Chemistry
Pay is relatively low, management is disorganized, higher level positions have horrible work-life balance for what they pay
Over stressed, poor employee recognition, care more about client than staff
Analyst II (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 27 February 2018
Over stressed during spring, summer and fall, poor employee recognition, little to no advancement the past 5 years as the company is contracting. They care more about client and saving money than staff, low pay for experience and poor training, they rush you in and don't teach you about the equipment you are using.
Lab Analyst (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 5 February 2018
-Analyzed samples daily -Sent out reports daily -Gained extensive lab and equipment experience -Very long hours -Great benefits package -Great co-workers -Had to fix machines when they were down which was very time consuming
Sample Login Technician I (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 15 January 2018
My time at Maxxam was good, I would go in at noon or so usually, jump into my work. Scanning and delivering samples to the lab in a timely manner. My co-workers and manager were very pleasant and fun to be around and always willing to help me out. The hardest part of the job was remembering where everything went in the building. The best part of the job was the atmosphere, always friendly and happy but fast paced.
Can get very busy, hard to multi task. Although still manageable.
Lab Technician (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 10 December 2017
Fast paced work environment, great co-workers. Hardest part of the job is processing lot of samples but yet the job is so fun. Maxxam is the market leader in Analytic research.The company sees a large amount of employee turnover due to pressures on deadlines and turn around time. The company allows flexibility for most employees to conduct their work as long as it doesn't affect your quality of work
Lab Analyst (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 10 November 2017
This is the worst place to even start your career but if you can suck up to the so called "head of the building", you will do fine. Even without much capabilities or caliber. Expect to work hard at McDonald's starting wage for YEARS without raise and no appreciation or acknowledgement. Even after 3-4 years you will only get $2 raise, which you can easily get anywhere else. Even competitors pay higher than them and give raises every year. Don't be deluded by their big name or these "good reviews", they are written by HR to fool you.