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Exova Canada Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Salary paid on time, free coffee (in 7 reviews)

  • There are consistent processes with Health and Safety being top of the list and improving systems to support the business and customer focus (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Suspect senior management team have no idea what is happening at branch level (in 5 reviews)

  • Get rid of all the yes personnel in upper management including the director of human resources they are all extremely two faced (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Administration"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Exova as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People do their job and TRUST you to do yours. Nobody stands on your head asking for things to be done or watching every move you make.

    Cons

    Recruitment process seems to be slow

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "SAY NO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exova as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A Free donut from tim hortons every payday, if you're even lucky to get a decent one because they leave them in the office where the Bosses are.

    Cons

    THE ABSOLUTE WORST company that I have ever worked for. The amount of gossip that goes around by not only staff, but management is ridiculous. I've witness two people quit and leave on the stop, to which one has been working there for over 10 years, no they did not find anyone to replace them. I seen a pay stub from An employee of 14 years that is only getting paid 16$.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were excellent
    Benefits were good

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible
    Equipment and methods are old and no sign of upgrading
    No possibility for upward movement over 6 years


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hit and Miss"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exova (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly people in the labs that you can make long lasting friendships with. The benefit and pension plan are pretty good.

    Cons

    This company does not have a union, but it seems that the most incompetent management has complete job security. Also, it is near to impossible to advance through the company - if you work hard then you will be kept where you are because you are a good worker - and - if you work bad/slow, well you wont be advanced either.

    Advice to Management

    Please bring in some fresh blood for managerial positions (you DO know who you need to replace) and don't cheap out - hire EXPERIENCED management.


  6. "Overall Pretty Good"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work environment is pretty friendly

    Cons

    Work area is pretty big


  7. Helpful (4)

    "One of the worst companies I have ever worked for. Poor upper management more and the lower management."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Clerks etc are excellent to work with lower management not so much.

    Cons

    Get rid of all the yes personnel in upper management including the director of human resources they are all extremely two faced.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great supervisor, terrible management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Supervisor at the inorganic department was great.
    Extremely knowledgable and willing to help out

    Cons

    Operational Manager did not know much about analysis.
    Hired unexperienced people outside instead of promoting from within

    Advice to Management

    Start understanding what analytical chemistry is about


  9. Helpful (3)

    "No title can fit t this company""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Exova full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None.. even you work hard to your bones, no appreciation.. the management and their managers all lie..they hire people that tell them what they want to hear and never checked or verify if these are true. Honest workers deliver more than what they are paid for.. much more than what their job description say.

    Cons

    incompetent managers (not all) including one very incompetent VP..they are not willing to take input from their subordinates and if you question it, you are not a team player. HR has no clear policy on absences/sick days and vacation days as the rules can always be overridden by the VP or managers. If you are close with your manager, you can take as many absences as you can with PAY!

    Advice to Management

    Take courses on people skill


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Worst employer I've ever had"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Experience, other than that run if you can. Take any other job.

    Cons

    Toxic environment, extremely low salaries, constantly increasing responsibility as people leave or get fired, almost no senior staff remaining, no resources to do your job, hard work not rewarded, people pushed until the point of breaking... The list goes on... Half the time there was no materials needed to complete basic functions of the company in order to cut costs. The company is hanging by a thread due to poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Let someone else fix your mess.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Lord help me. I work at Exova."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They will hire you if you tell them that you know everything in the world without checking it.
    Health and dental benefits, 10 vacation days for first year and 15 days for more than 1 year.
    A lot of opportunity to learn different techniques and instrumentation.
    Free coffee for the employees
    Big building
    Air conditioning
    Better than SGS or Maxxam.

    Cons

    Salary is not the lowest but below the average.
    Don't expect any raise or bonus unless you are a manager.
    People are treated terribly by upper management.
    GM tries to save money on everything (including paper cups for coffee) but keep lazy people that don't do anything at the same time.
    If you get on a bad side of a manager, you are out.

    Advice to Management

    Change your practices and how you treat people or leave the company.


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