Maxxam Analytics Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Pros
  • A helpful and supportive work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Free lunches and training seminars (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Another problem: low salary, which almost doesn't increase even after years of experience (in 3 reviews)

  • A lot of work and it doesn't help there are little babies working in the main lab whining all the time (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Lab Analyst

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics as a contractor

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good place to start learning the skills you need for an industrial career path.

    Cons

    Pays low, over time, can get hectic, overload at times, no quality training

    Advice to Management

    Could be better if they appreciate chemistry graduates more for their hiring.


  2. Okay Company

    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics

    Pros

    People there are great Great events occur throughout the year

    Cons

    Too much overtime Unorganized and departments not communicating well with each other Supervisors expect too much out of very few employees working there


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    Bottle Prep Clerk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    helpful training environment. If you want to work for a lab this is a good stepping off point. Companies culture is very positive in general

    Cons

    hard to get a full time position that is not contract. in general very underpaying. Highly skilled people do very menial tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Need to clean out a few upper management. bring the environment down. Higher wages


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  5. If you can get a better coop placement, avoid Maxxam

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Coop Student in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Coop Student in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - good learning experience depending on the department you work for - recognized company name to add to your resume - learn to work well independently and under pressure - get to know the industry - lots of other coops

    Cons

    - try to avoid soil prep, SD, and receiving departments if you can help it - they take advantage of low coop wages so there is a lot of unplanned overtime - over worked, low wages - repetitive work - very poor management


  6. Good first experience, difficult environment, rush jobs, low salaries, difficult promotions, Romanians (a family company

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good first experience, easy to be hired, possibility for some promotions

    Cons

    Lots of Romanian people (including supervisors) ~ 60 % of staff. They have family company in Montreal. If you are not Romanian, supervisors don't respect you as a human. Easy to loose a job sometimes without proper reason, including at a permanent position. Another problem: low salary, which almost doesn't increase even after years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Totally change management, take out 30 % of Romanians, increase salary.


  7. Short term, can't say much.

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    Former Intern - Volunteer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Volunteer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good people.

    Cons

    I was an intern so there was no pay.


  8. Good entry level experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Core Logging Geologist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Core Logging Geologist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, at the beginning the learning curve is steep and exciting

    Cons

    One you master the basics of the job, it gets repetitive.


  9. overall good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work with them, they will work with you. Work hard and you will be rewarded in the most non-monetary way possible.

    Cons

    lack of a living wage for 90 % + of the staff, high turnover = money saver mentality.

    Advice to Management

    1-2 years of showing what you can do should lead to a living wage.


  10. Good for entry level; not much upward movement

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great entry level experience, is a good stepping stone for other jobs. Pay is decent within the industry, but still below similar jobs. Free lunches 2-3 times a month. Health benefits are great. Great health and safety culture.

    Cons

    Huge pressure from management around deadlines. Little room to grow within the company. Will occasionally be called in to work OT/weekends (not the worst thing, but still).

    Advice to Management

    Salary needs to be more competitive, especially in the Petroleum LOB. You're losing great employees to better paying jobs in Fort McMurray and elsewhere.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Decent company, but has lots of faults

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance (for some). Lots of wonderful co-workers Management/supervisor (depends on the time and person as this changes often) Seem to care about safety

    Cons

    Cons could be about the 1rst and 3rd point specified above. No yearly bonus! (Constant joke at the workplace and with others outside Maxxam about that) Yearly raises are an insult. Bravo point system is a joke. Management "act" as if they care about you than couldn't muster up the effort to say anything more to you passing you in the hallway. Job advancement is pre-determined on who they want to hire and therefore positions are rarely posted for all employees. HR is NOT your friend Frequently hire contract staff and leave them wondering even past their contract ending if it is getting renewed. Perks consist of a "bagel day" one day a month

    Advice to Management

    Start "walking the walk"! All this talk about being the one of the best companies to work for is getting old. Value your employees as you say they are your best asset!



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