Overall reviews at Bureau Veritas
Technologist | Mississauga, ON | Jan. 13, 2013
Productive and fun workplace with excellent managemt, social culture and work time flexibility
A typical day at work starts with lots of things to organize before beginning to setup experimental batches. One has to make sure that the work environment is clean and free from any material that is potential cause for hazards. Everything that is reqiured for the job should be ready and in sufficient quantities for the day's activities.
It is important to prioritize the daily work according to rush, rework and regular samples. The management is supportive and gives guidance in all aspect of day to day activities.
I learned scientific procedures and principles for different types of analytical works in addition to social cultures and how to work within a team. I also learned how to deal with co-workers with difficult characters.
The hardest part of the job is when one has to repeat an experiment setup due to quality control failures. This doesn't happen so often. However, when that happens, it is time consuming to search for archived samples and to re-work all the way from the start.
The most enjoyable part of the job is that it is a team work. As a team everyone does the best to accomplish the task in due time.
Prosjob due date, meeting customer demands, free lunch, employee kids christmas party, employee christmas lunch, new year party.
Conswork pressure to accomplish as much as possible during the work day.
Administrative Assistant | Winnipeg, MB | Nov. 9, 2012
Enjoyed being busy and establishing my own workflow
Established a prioritized daily work flow:
- record voice mail messages from clients and return calls
- sort new work orders from provincial government by Drinking Water Officer and scan/email to each officer daily
- sort new work orders by job number and file by date
- process credit card and cash payments for pre-paid work orders, scan all related documents to accounts receivable, record payments in tracking file
- run database report for new jobs requiring price approvals and do price approvals
- run database report for completed jobs requiring invoicing, do invoicing, print and mail invoices
- answer calls as they came in, providing information regarding company services, redirecting calls as required, researching information or services, providing information on job status, results of testing, invoicing information, locating and supplying clients with copies of prior job results or invoices
- assisting lab manager and project manager by locating documents they required or returning client calls for them
- assisting shipping & receiving department with data entry of new work orders, and filling client orders for testing supplies
- assisting lab assistants by disposal of their expired soil or water samples
Prosworking independently as well as the opportunity to demonstrate teamwork and flexability
Analyst | Saint-Laurent, QC | Dec. 18, 2019
Stressful and poorly managed
They expect you do do overtime constantly in the high season, which in the interview they described as "occasional". You'll be scheduled for 8 hours but do 12-14 hour shifts from May-November, all year in certain sections. The management aren't bad people, but they have no respect for employee's time and life outside of the job. They will bring you 2+ hours worth of work to be done in the last half hour of your shift and then complain about you doing overtime. They cannot make any decisions about vacation requests, days off, promotions etc. without getting the directors approval- this results in you not hearing back about things for months because their hands are tied and they string you along. If you need experience in a lab, do 6 months and leave, if you get a better offer just give them your two weeks and get out. Benefits are minimal, part-time employees often expected to pick up the slack, and forced to work even longer shifts since they aren't eligible for overtime. A lot of expectations about how much work you can handle, but almost 0 oversight so employees get overworked or get fired when the work slows down- only to leave the ones left behind overwhelmed when it picks up again. great if you're a workaholic or single- terrible if you have a family, school or you know..any life outside of work.
Receptionist | Calgary, AB | Aug. 23, 2012
Maxxam Analytics is a great place to work. The people are absolutely wonderful. As well, the company offers an important and quality service to oil and gas clients. Maxxam is involved in the Environmental reclamation process of drill sites in northern Alberta and abroad. Maxxam's attention to detail and success through science is what propels this company to succeed in this industry niche.
A typical day at work consists of receiving environmental samples from clients, and inputting the required test codes into a custom software program for future laboratory analysis. Samples are stored in coolers, and kept available for analysis for several months. Hazardous waste is dealt with following WHMIS guidelines. Some heavy lifting is required.
The co-workers and management are phenomenal. Maxxam Sample Reception is a social team-oriented atmosphere with a stellar cast. The supervisors are phenomenal, and help the team to function to its absolute potential. There is always someone to ask if questions arise. It is a fast paced, and enjoyable atmosphere.
Prosteam building activities such as free lunches
Conslong hours during the summer months
Senior Laboratory Technician | Saint-Laurent, QC | Feb. 25, 2016
Overly Competitive out of touch Company
I would strongly avoid this Company at all cost. The salary is way below expectations of a competitive market. You get little to no resources in regards to work load, basically you are expected to work the job of 3-4 people and the salary doesn't reflect the amount of work load. I would be told not asked to work at times 7 days straight with no rest. Many of my colleagues I had the pleasure of working with either had nervous breakdowns or had to take stress related leave. The company is highly competitive to the point where your personal time was never considered. Management would constantly talk negatively to the Regional Manager to give you a bad impression in the eyes of upper management. Any work related grievances with Human Resources never were resolved. Company moral was always on the down side due to aggressive supervisors with no idea of how to express themselves. If you enjoy being extremely over worked and under payed then consider this company but I strongly urge anyone to re-consider their career at this company.
ProsLeaving the Company
ConsShowing up for another day of abuse
Logistics Technician | Edmonton, AB | Jan. 23, 2019
Fun workplace that kept you busy, that's about it
The only saving grace from working for this company was that the people were friendly and easy to work with. It was common to engage in small talk with coworkers from different departments, albeit the topics usually situated around the terrible pay or how much they disliked their job. It seemed like everybody in the building did not want to work there and it's true, there were 5 or 6 higher up individuals that left to seek greener pastures during my time there, even the assistant GM jumped ship.
The position itself was nice because there are 4 or 5 different roles you can do to keep the monotony at bay. There is also the promise of interlab training and progression; unfortunately, this did not happen for me, but there are a few success stories. The qualifications required for this position are hilarious though; you don't need a degree or diploma. This job would be perfect for a recent grade 12 graduate who enjoys science/chemistry and needs a place to start their career. Just be careful if you do get this job, everything will be your fault.
Human Resources Specialist | Toronto, ON | Jun. 27, 2018
Great team & opportunities for advancement
I have had quite a few opportunities for advancement since I've started at Maxxam. I have learned that the opportunities are there and it is what you make it - if you are willing to put in the effort and go the extra mile, you will be recognized. Management is very supportive of your growth if you make it known that you would like to advance and you put in the effort to do so.
The work/ life balance isn't always ideal as there is always a ton of work to do (constantly busy) and my role is rather independent... so there can be a lot of late nights which are unpaid if you are on salary. That being said, management is very flexible with taking time off for appointments, etc. to compensate for the extra time you put in, so often it does balance out.
All in all, Maxxam is a great place to work and an excellent place to start your career in a busy, fast-paced environment.
ProsFree lunches, opportunities for advancement, off-site training seminars, lots of flexibility with schedule
ConsLong hours at times, high amount of effort and commitment required for moderate pay
Project Assistant | Edmonton, AB | Jul. 4, 2014
Good company with learning opportunties to start your career
Maxxam Analytics is a good place to start your career or if you're looking for work experience. I worked for the company for two years and enjoyed my time there and the experience I gained. It was a great team environment and there are lots of learning opportunities available. Generally it was very busy and there was lots of work to do, but at times it could be stressful to meet specific deadlines. As a company they pay on the lower end of the scale compared to other companies in the same industry and I found there was a high turnover rate because of that. Most people eventually moved on to higher paying jobs, including those in senior management positions, which is unfortunate because I think it would be in the company's best interest to keep employees long term.
ProsFree lunches, paid vacation and benefits, positive team environment, learning and training opportunities.
Conslow pay, high employee turnover
Analyste (H/F) | Montréal, QC | Jul. 14, 2018
Il faut prioriser l'entreprise et non sa vie personnelle
Possédant une maîtrise en chimie d'un pays (autre), Maxxam n'était pas le meilleur employeur que j'avais vu passer, mais il n'était pas non plus le pire. J'ai donc tenté ma chance. Au début, la job était vraiment plaisante, mais c'est lorsque l'été et l’automne approche que l'on se rend vite compte que les gestionnaires ne se soucient jamais du fait que tu aies des enfants et qu'ils te demandent de rester un autre 3h30. Accepter une très longue commande 30 minutes avant la fin de ta journée leur est égal. Chaque jour. En bref, je garde une expérience amère de Maxxam. Je crois fermement qu'il y a des meilleurs emplois, mais ceux-ci ne seront pas toujours aussi agréables qu'effectuer des analyses. Puis, je dois admettre que nos collègues immédiats sont tous des êtres extrêmement chaleureux et généreux. C'est donc à vous de choisir en fonction de ces différentes informations.
ProsTrès belle camaraderie
Cons4h d'overtime par jour l'automne
Laboratory Supervisor | Burnaby, BC | May 2, 2017
Workplace to avoid, if possible.
Worked my way up and experienced different things.
As a technician, be prepared to do repetitive work everyday, that do not need too much thinking. As an analyst, it will be slightly better but soon it will get mundane and repetitive as well, but if you're ok with that, then no problem. As a lab supervisor, be prepared to be slightly overworked, and dealing with bad management and some politics, bureaucracy.
Job is not hard, everything can be learned with time, most enjoyable is probably getting to know many different interesting people of different ethnicity.
The Burnaby branch is unionized, so not much salary negotiations there for non management. For new immigrants, interns, co-ops, or new graduates, it is a good place to start, but it is highly advisable to find somewhere better in the long run.
Prosmay be good for new graduates/immigrants for a short while, place to meet new friends.
ConsLow pay, minimum advancement, bad management, bureaucratic.