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Maxxam Analytics Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  1. "You can do better"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    M-F Stable work schedule with opportunities for some overtime

    Interesting Staff to work with

    Cons

    Very low pay, People who delivered the samples to testing departments made just as much (which was was very little anyhow) in comparison to those who had a higher education doing testing

    Mediocre to low benefits

    Extremely mundane and repetitive. Lack of challenge and incentive.

    Management in some departments were known to cut corners (health-wise) or overly demanding

    Advice to Management

    It would be easier to comply with demands if the incentive to work harder was there in the first place. AKA more money and distribution of success of the business at the time.


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Environment to work for new students.

    Cons

    Low pay and high work pressure.

  3. "Unrealistic"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The high employee turnover rate means that they have a fairly well developed training procedure, especially for those with little or no experience

    Very multicultural

    Good benefits for full time staff

    Internal platform to give recognition to colleagues

    Cons

    Extremely low wages and very little opportunity for growth

    The priority is processing as many samples as possible as fast as possible, so excessive overtime is often necessary (this may be how they can get away with such low base salaries)

    Refusal to solve basic problems like faulty hvac systems that prevent samples from being processed properly

    Regularly denied approval for basic necessary software or equipment

    Staff are overworked and underpayed, there's a general sense of bitterness about this

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is out of touch with the majority of the staff. I've heard them ask why so many people leave the company, meanwhile supervisors encourage staff to gain a few years of experience then find a better job.


  4. "Bad time management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They provide a free coffee and magazines at the cafeteria.
    Labs are clean and moderately organized.

    Cons

    The position was not described properly during the interview, you HAVE to do overtime, even if you did your test on time, management will make you start a new test for the next day, even if it's not due tomorrow.
    This created an unhealthy environment and makes it uncomfortable to work around people who are stressed and angry, because they are forced to stay over time.
    And it's not fairly paid. Over time's are paid well, but regular hours are paid really low.

    Advice to Management

    describe a position properly during the interviews.


  5. "Decent place to start, not to stay"

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    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and helpful co-workers
    Flexible work hours
    Nice entry point into the industry
    Free Coffee

    Cons

    Low pay
    Prone to blaming
    Upper management does not care about people below
    Very high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Care about your lab workers more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A bureacratic corporation more interested in profitability than running a good lab."

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly people.
    - Free parking.
    - Union workplace (BC only)
    - Good dental & extended health package.
    - Sales department has no quotas or sales targets, almost impossible to get fired from there regardless of underperformance.

    Cons

    - Completely profit driven management.
    - Goals are very short term and only focus on showing a profitable month or fiscal quarter.
    - Employees are disposable, no value in experience or expertise. Want only low wage button pushers who can sometimes follow instructions.
    - Job titles are not to be taken literally, responsibilities or blame are frequently dumped on others.
    - H.R. are pretty much the companys lawyers there to misinterpret the bargaining agreement to the companys benefit.
    - Company intentionally understaffs to boost profit to please parent company.
    - Positive glowing reviews of Maxxam on Glassdoor are 100% management propaganda posts, totally laughible.
    - Day to day lab work is a nitemare of bureacratic bs preventing productivity and innovation.
    - Heavy with ineffectual middle managers.
    - Almost no support staff.
    - Any actual science that happens feels accidental and out of place.
    - Basically a factory.

    Advice to Management

    You can have a profitable lab or an effective lab, not both. Maxxam has gone too hard on the former and the science and people are suffering.


  7. "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of wonderful people and a supportive corporate culture

    Cons

    Low salaries for the industry, limited opportunity for upwards movement

  8. Helpful (4)

    "No advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Basically the only company hiring now.

    Cons

    Maxxam hires several people at once and puts them in random roles in the company which is not based on experience or education at all. You can have people with masters degrees pushing samples to the labs full time and people with 2 year technical diplomas starting in instrumentation and analysis. Maxxam doesn't care, as long as they get these positions filled. If you excel at one of these lower roles (which isn't that hard, I've seen coworkers take 3 hour breaks before with no negative repercussions). Then you will be stuck in that position with no advancement, even if an internal position opens up, they would rather hire someone new than move you, because it would "upset the balance of the departments".
    Pay is extremely low. Around $16/h starting and once you get stuck in one of these positions, that's all you will be making with no chance of ever getting a raise.
    Most of my coworkers tell me that they're only at Maxxam for 1-2 years, just for experience and until someone else hires them.
    Management doesnt care about work life balance at all. They will take on several oil spills at once, and purposely don't hire enough staff. So everyone (except management) is expected to work 50-60 hours a week. Even if they have family or other social obligations.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Give them a reason to stay at Maxxam, including advancement and opportunities, don't pigeonhole them into one low level position forever. Mediocrity shouldn't win. You best employees shouldn't be the ones struggling to advance in the company.
    Work life balance is important for everyone. Not just management.


  9. "Entry Level Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics full-time

    Pros

    Very good place to earn a footing in the type of work involved. More opportunities to move once an employee.

    Cons

    Very bad management decisions that only look at short term benefits (usually not in the best interest of employees, just for profit/upper management). Shows in high turnover. Salary is decent. Hard to expect any changes so people have given up on and just move on.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and their needs (not only in terms of financial compensation). Lots of excess spending that could be better utilized. Opportunities should not be based on favorites and more dependent on results produced.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Field Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Will hire even if you are straight out of school, will train.

    Cons

    After being bought out by BV corp, the organization became very top heavy. The field techs basically run themselves while supervisors micromanage as they basically have no purpose. Very frustrating with the low wages.

    Advice to Management

    PAY MORE. seriously, its a running joke in the company, everyone is always looking for another job that actually pays a fair wage, even in the same industry. Hire more techs, get rid of the supervisors, they don't bring in work and they just create problems with staff.


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