Maxxam Analytics Reviews

Updated 6 April 2015
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Pros
  • very busy work environment, which I like because it keeps me motivated to do my best (in 5 reviews)

  • Free lunches and training seminars (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, lack of a yearly bonus (due to the (in 4 reviews)

  • Another problem: low salary, which almost doesn't increase even after years of experience (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics

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

    Pros

    Great working environment in the Missisaga branch.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons!

  2. Opportunities to advance,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Team orientated, Strong core values

    Cons

    Weaker benefits, and pay, high turnove

  3. Better than being unemployed

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    At least you have a salary for pay your bills! between labs of Vancouver is the most decent paid!

    Cons

    English is not the first spoken language among workers. I have never been trained . Promotions are according the supervisor likes and not the exam.

    Advice to Management

    Late shifts without supervision don't finish well their job. People in Ontario should have surprise visits to Burnaby Locatons.

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  5. not a place to work more than a year

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxxam Analytics

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

    Pros

    As a remote lab employee, you can learn a lot

    Cons

    Below average salary.
    You can be appreciated in terms of stupid bravo points , if you have a nice boss. Otherwise the company don't care about proper salary raise or promotion.
    I can bet the Maxxam employees are the lowest paid contractors at client site.

    Advice to Management

    I dont think it's gonna make any difference.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Staff. Over worked, Under paid

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    Current Employee - Analyst I in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst I in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff has a great overall personality. We get pretty cheap coats at winter time to make up for the lack of Christmas party for remote sites. Staff is able to transfer to different locations, but they are all the same.

    Cons

    Maxxam severely under pays their employees. They hire on New Canadians, or people getting their citizenship before permanent Canadians to be able to under pay them so much. Definitely the lowest paid contractors on site of any oil sands project. It is actually an on going joke with other contractors. Management does not get into the lab to help if needed. Good company to start out with and get your experience (if they decided to cross train you) but not a company to stay with over all

  7. Lab assistant co-op

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant

    I worked at Maxxam Analytics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on which lab you're in, you can work as part of a team or you can work more independently. The lab could be fast-paced or more relaxed, again depending on the lab.

    Cons

    You will be performing the same procedures every day. For people who enjoy learning, there's not much of that as a lab assistant. You may also be required to work overtime.

  8. A great place to learn and gain experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are so many wonderful people working at Maxxam.
    The business model seems to be based on getting the maximum out of their employees. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you will be expected to produce immediately.
    You will learn how to deal with difficult people and situations.

    Cons

    Your enjoyment of the job will vary depending on your manager. Some managers are wonderful and some not so much. There is a lack of respect for employees, which I have learned first hand and through conversations with other employees. The pay is at the lower end of the spectrum. This is a production lab and therefore high volume.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should examine their middle management for turnover rates, closely review exit interviews.and look for ways to compensate employees to increase their job satisfaction. People quit managers not companies.

  9. Hiring promises not met.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and a free BBQ about once a year! That's it

    Cons

    Overworked, bad hours, at hiring interview what was told was untrue, lab staff badly treated, bad communication.

  10. 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.

  11. you will learn how to work hard

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    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

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