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  1. "Equipment Tech."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epocal full-time

    Pros

    Great production team
    Clean and safe work area
    Easily approachable upper management

    Cons

    Rapid employee turnover
    "Small man attitude" in certain supervisory roles
    Salary variance of people in the same role is over $10k per year

    Advice to Management

    Please filter out the useless and hire in professional focused people.
    More training required on QA for all employees on the lines.


  2. "Not recommended."

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    Current Employee - Finished Good Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Finished Good Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epocal full-time

    Pros

    If you can work with the smart people go ahead. Otherwise places like clinical lab or production line are not worth it.

    Cons

    Too much discrimination, unreasonable, extremely bad working condition.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are all unhappy. Pay attention t their need and it will help you with profit.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "card assembler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Epocal full-time

    Pros

    company is doubling it's production lines in 2015 so is hiring people

    Cons

    long 12 hours shifts, 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am, workweek is 3x12 hr shift/ 4 days off then 4x12 hr shift/ 3 days off following week. manufacturing is 24/7 operation, no overtime pay when working the 48 hr week or on weekends. when working, too tired at end of shift and have no time anyways to do anything else then to go home, eat and sleep in order to start all over again the next day.

    new employees on the manufacturing line will likely start on the night shift since that's the least desirable, however will get 5% more pay.

    the assembly job is essentially watching over a part of the the automated assembly line and taking corrective actions when something goes wrong. it is tedious and repetitive. you are judged on the basis of maintaining production quotas while meeting quality standards

    don't expect much job satisfaction here


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Great benefits plan

    Cons

    Long hours are expected with minimum or no compensation

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect people to work long hours without compensation or pay them more


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Could be a much better place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Epocal full-time

    Pros

    The technology is interesting and there are some nice people there.

    Cons

    Too much yelling. The company only has one speed, overdrive and the only way they know to motivate is to push harder. The entire staff is demoralized and demotivated. I know people were hopeful that things (i.e. management) would change with the new owners, but now that that hasn't happened everyone I know is sending out resumes.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to smile and be kind.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Demoralizing and stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to work with some very intelligent people who are experts in their field. The work is very interdisciplinary.

    Cons

    The screaming and yelling at employees is demoralizing. People hate showing up to work and senior management isn't appreciative; they are very abrasive and rude. HR does nothing to stop this.

    Advice to Management

    Stop yelling, start listening. Your employees will (and do) leave because of your behaviour. Berating one another doesn't help anyone accomplish project goals.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Long hours, little reward. Yelling.Lots of it."

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    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Extremely bright people capable of resolving complex issues with little resources.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development.
    Senior Management lacks people skills.
    Long unpaid hours.
    HR issues that never get resolved.

    Advice to Management

    Value and respect your employees. Stop yelling and keep the drama to a minimun.

  8. "A good environment to learn a variety of skills."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Large variety of work, employees are given a chance to provide input on operations issues, good pay and benefit packages.

    Cons

    stressful environment with lots of yelling, very poor communications between management and staff, questionable job security, often clashes between R&D and manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and better communication is an absolute must. The staff, financial or technical, can't fix problems that no one tells them about.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great ideas, poor development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Epocal is an innovative company with a great product concept. They could change the world with good product development and manufacturing.

    Cons

    The management team team is completely technical. They have limited leadership ability and absolutely no interpersonal skills. There is a lot of yelling at employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to realize that their behaviour is causing employee turnover. They need to listen to employees more, particularly when employees point out problems with the product.


  10. "Epocal is a very exciting place to work, filled with opportunities; however stress and long hours are common."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Exciting place to work, huge growth potential, great technology that will benefit the world.

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful management, risk of being in a startup.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the yelling to a minimum.