Good place to learn, horrible place to get paid
Researcher (Former Employee) – Greater Sudbury, ON – 14 January 2019
SNOLAB is located at Creighton Mine in Sudbury, Ontario.
There is a surface building and an underground laboratory located 6,800 ft (2 km) underground. You take the cage down at 6 AM and come up at 4 PM, most employees work 4 ten hour shifts. Surface personnel normally work 8 to 4:30. It is a clean lab so you will walk through the mine and then shower before putting on clean suits and a hair net before entering the lab.
Staff and personnel are great people and a joy to work with and around. Managers are nice and personable however not the most competent or organized, expect little in terms of guidance (great for self-motivated). Underground work is slow and will take 2 times longer than what you expect.
Due to the underground nature of the job, cleanliness requirements, and the sensitivity of scientific experiments SNOLAB is very safety conscious. Almost all issues are dealt with with safety as the main priority which is nice.
This job will never pay unless you want to move into management, even then you can make more going anywhere else in industry. Science funding is always squeezed and priorities are anywhere but paying personnel more, most are unionized due to being on VALE property however the union has little say.
Work life balance, co-workers
Early hours, underground during the winter