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  1. Interesting tech; poor management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iogen Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Competitive wages and benefits including base salaries, RRSP company match; opportunities for training nationally and internationally; opportunities for honing laboratory and engineering skills

    Cons

    Middle managers without people skills - rude, disrespectful, vindictive, micromanagers; Reluctance of upper management and HR to tackle the status quo by making assessments objective and comprehensive.

    Advice to Management

    Do you now actively court and implement suggestions from your technicians and operators now that the company is much smaller? Are you now more open with the company's direction and future prospects?


  2. Fascinating technology but poor management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iogen Corporation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and technology; well educated and friendly co-workers; can learn a lot

    Cons

    Constant project churn and unrealistic expectations Family run company

    Advice to Management

    Share information and empower your people


  3. Daily experience

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Manager Technology Demonstration in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager Technology Demonstration in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Iogen Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic cutting edge daily work. Educated co workers. Good work life balance. Good attention to safety.

    Cons

    Extreme micro management. Daily interference from the EMT. Unknown direction in terms of corporate governance. Still run as a family business. SMT unable to make decisions. Unknown opportunities for advancement - appears to favor those which have worked in the company for long irrespective of capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Trust those that you hire.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iogen Corporation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, good coworkers, senior management cares about the health and safety of their employees, nice facilities.

    Cons

    If you are a new employee you have bettger chances of recieving a more competitive package. There is no real growth for existing employees. The salaries are not competitive.competitive salaries

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate your employees more by showing them that they are a value to the company and an asset to be on the team.


  6. Helpful (2)

    I was glad to work there but happy to leave at the same time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Iogen Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1.) The Pay is OKAY for what you have to do and the skill required to get the job in the first place 2.) You can learn a lot and it's a great introduction to the field

    Cons

    1.) Operators are looked down at by lab staff, management, and everybody else in the company. 2.) A lot of operators coming in have zero experience in a process setting and are working around chemicals, steam and process equipment for the first time. I'm suprised there isn't more accidents there. 3. ) Nobody forgets your mistakes but at the same time, nobody is really punished for their mistakes either.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice. They run their company like they want to and enough operators stay around that they don't need to change....


  7. Helpful (3)

    Research Associate at Iogen Corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Iogen Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Responsibility over individual work including resource/equipment scheduling. 2. Responsibility for which research projects to work on for a given day. 3. Permitted to voice opinion(s) at weekly department meetings on research that is carried out in the research group. 4. Quick access to supervisors when needed.

    Cons

    1. Management-to-subordinate ratio is too low i.e. in every department a manager only supervises at most three staff. 2. Lower level management i.e. Staff Scientist position lacks people skills. The Staff Scientists are mostly people who have recently graduated from a Ph.D. program and do not have any experience managing employees full-time. Therefore they are head strong, and while they listen to others voice their opinions they do not often take them into consideration when making decisions. 3. Rampant infighting amongst low- and mid-level managers i.e. Staff Scientist and Senior Staff Scientist positions, where people are trying to consolidate power or squeeze out decision making by others. 4. Support staff i.e. Lab technicians from other departments are recalcitrant when other suggest to them to try new methods to improve accuracy of experimental results or work productivity. 5. Employee turnover rate is relatively high i.e. average time at the company for non-management staff appears to be only two to three years.

    Advice to Management

    Heed the ideas of non-management employees. There are a lot of Research Associate and Research Associate II employees who have great ideas about how to improve productivity and R&D successes but whose ideas are stifled by lower-level management i.e. Staff Scientists owing to ego conflicts.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Technology Company but Poorly Managed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Process Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Plant Process Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Iogen Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a growing industry and has a very promising future. Peers are usually very helpful and willing to go out of their way to help others.

    Cons

    Poor managers who have no experience in managing a growing company. R&D is headed by someone who doesn't value people who makes valuable contributions to the group. Turnover is extremely high and this says something about the working environment. Project managers are under a lot of pressure to meet deadlines and produce results because of the state of the company is in.

    Advice to Management

    They need more experienced managers from outside of the company who knows how to manage. Promoting people to management from within doesn't work for Iogen because these people worked on their own for the longest time without much supervision. How is it possible that they can manage others. Instead of constantly trying to force people to meet deadlines, they need to sit back and do things properly and methodically.



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