Maxxam Analytics Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Good, but a contract lab.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics

    Pros

    As contract labs go, this is a very good one. QA standards are very strict, so if you get unexpected results, that is the client's problem not yours. None of this nonsense of just giving the client the result they want whether it's accurate or not, which is prevalent in so many contract labs.

    Cons

    The pay is not great, the pace is uneven but often hectic. But again this is a contract lab so that is the nature of the industry. I would advise a young person to start here, put in a few years, and move on to something better, unless you get promoted and enjoy the hectic pace. Then by all means stay and make a career of it.

    Advice to Management

    Share more specific info with employees about state of the company at meetings. Also, Edmonton Environmental DESPARATELY NEEDS A NEW BUILDING. This is more critical than you think.


  2. you will learn how to work hard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    people are professional, goal oriented

    Cons

    expectation to work from opening and closing it on the weekend- unofficially- it is your choice. very tense atmosphere


  3. Helpful (3)

    Despicable and Unprofessional Workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Met some great people with which I still keep in touch with.
    Benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    Cons of the Customer Service Department include:
    Not enough training
    Expected to give 150%, but no recognition is received
    Management plays favorites - big time
    Management is unprofessional
             -Management has made obvious judgments on employee's personal lives
             -Management does not trust employees
    Employees are treated like they are worthless
    The on-call schedule is inconvenient
    Managers are not given proper training as to how to manage staff and be personable and approachable.
    The turnover rate is quite high and staff that has been employed for a few months find themselves training brand new staff.

    This is by far the most vile company I have had the displeasure of being employed at.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of employees who have been with Maxxam for years have slowly climbed up the ladder and became supervisors and managers. I strongly recommend that any promotion to a managerial position require managerial training. Just because an employee has been with the company for 10+ years does not mean they will be good manager. It seems that an employee will know the technical aspects of the job but when it comes to interacting with people, they are clueless and very unprofessional.

    Also, I recommend calculating the time and money allocated to training new staff every few months (or sometimes weeks!). The turnover rate at Maxxam is the worst I've ever seen. But of course, this may not be a concern of senior management.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Below average pay, complete disdain for employee progress

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician, Lab Analyst
    Current Employee - Lab Technician, Lab Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    The company has a friendly, easy going corporate culture that's easy to fit in to. Staff are generally nice and easygoing. Huge company that is very well known in Canada, good name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by. Seniority is valued above all other traits, meaning people are not promoted based on their value, but based on how convenient it is for the business. Speaking of promotions, once you reach the title of "analyst" you're pretty much done in terms of growth. After analyst is a management position, and realistically those positions won't be open for 5-10 years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a place for a career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics

    Pros

    Good for a first job.

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement, poor pay


  8. Ok but same as most places

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good people and team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Same dirt wages like most others


  9. Great starting point

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and very supportive staff. Superiors are not shy in training subordinate if great interest is visible.

    Cons

    Poor hours. Long hours: no work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Management have to let system break sometimes to remedy the real problem, instead of patch things up on the spot. e.g., adding significant hours of over time. There should be a better coordination between sales group and laboratory group.


  10. Very nice managed company with having multiple opportunities within company

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

    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

    Company. which have very high level of ethics, integrity and scientific back ground with highly qualified Laboratory personnels

    Cons

    company can more improve in salary standards of highly qualified people working in the comapny

    Advice to Management

    giving change to promotions considering only skills & quailifications


  11. Good Learning Opportunity, Very bad management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    nothing at all. If I must then its the 3 summer BBQs.

    Cons

    very bad management. BAD MANAGEMENT!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat employees like human. If you say its a professional environment, then BE professional.



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