Analyst (Former Employee) – Kelso, WA – June 25, 2017
Once you start working here there is little room for increased pay. You may advance but the pay doesn't increase with increase responsiblity. The hours are all over the place and you must be flexible and able to come in on the weekends with little or no notice.The work goes from very little and required time off to manditory overtime and an insanly heavy work load, which is always when it's nice out and you want time off. You can learn a lot, but it's not a place to make a career. They want experience and education, but they don't pay enough if you have student loans and if you are a single parent it's not going to be a good fit.
The people are nice and the work itself is interesting
The overal work load, Pay, hours, worklife balance, management
Radiochemistry Prep Technician (Current Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – November 10, 2017
Low pay Poor work life balance Required overtime in the summers Mandatory time off in the winters to save the company money Corporate doesn't care about anyone but themselves High turnover rate which leaves other employees to try to pick up the work from the employees that leave in addition to their own work
Generous time off accumulation, Good starting job, Occasionally get free food during lunches
Low pay, Poor work life balance, Mandatory overtime, High turnover rate
Service Technician (Current Employee) – Kelso, WA – September 13, 2017
Management had so much interest in being reactive about monthly sales, they sent people home to save money, when it was crew members working faster that kept us in business. We had due dates, yet they laid staff off all the time because we weren't meeting them. They should have kept people who had experience rather than hire a bunch of temps who were slow and untrained. They exacerbated the problem over and over again. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The management was reactive not proactive. Run for your life from this company.
Analyst (Current Employee) – Kelso, WA – June 9, 2017
If you are looking for something to go on your resume to add experience this is a good place. Stay away if you want to have any family life or if you are a single parent. Work hours are ridiculous, you have forced furloughs in the winter and mandatory overtime in the summer. The management cares nothing for the employees and only about how much work can get done so the company can make more money. Some of the people are great but there are others who are bitter and unhappy and will take it out on you any time. Raises don't happen so make sure you ask for a livable wage when you get hired on.
This job is unstable, you do not know when you will work the next projects. You are not included as part of the team with each service companies on the rig. Everyone will get to move together, except our company.
No communication with other service companies, and with own management.
NDE Technician (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – February 25, 2017
They use you abuse you then excuse you they are managed by professional liars that only are about themselves and not anyone else RSO manipulates the system to keep his job even if it consists of radiating pregnant women and not notifying them about it at maverick pipeline office steer clear of this company
You literally lift heavy steal bowls every 5 minutes and then stand there and watch them spin! There is no management that gives a rats behind.No way you can EVER! EVER! move up. The hours are horrible! 9:30pm-6:00am I worked there for three months and after three months I was the longest tenured person there b/c the turnover rate is that high! If your desperate for money to pay that months rent then go for it otherwise your wasting your time,
No supervison or accountabilty you can stand there high as balls
Everthing about this job is terrible, your a human robot, hazardous conditions, low pay, terrible hours
If you haven't the skills to get a better job at a better company, ALS is for you!
Scientist (Former Employee) – Kelso, WA – September 23, 2014
If you enjoy 60+ hour weeks in the summer and forced furloughs in the winter, then you will like ALS! If you like people quoting SOP's that fly in the face of science you know is correct, you will get that at ALS. Are you so obsessed with safety that you think it a good idea to remove all First-Aid kits from the lab so as to force employees to ask a "First-Aider" for a band-aid so that even the most minor incidents are reported? If so then you will love ALS! Yes, at ALS you will be lied to about opportunities, worked like a rented mule all Summer, pay more each year for mediocre benefits, be forced to sign data you know is flawed, and be expected to put up with managers who don't know much about your particular job then yell at you for "not doing it right". Fortunately, you won't have to wait another 2 years for their HR dept to put together the employee handbook, because they finally finished it in early 2014 (after having bought CAS in 2012). You should, however, VERY CAREFULLY read the pre-employment agreement. Therein you will be required to not use any of the vendors they use (such as Fisher, VWR, Thermo, Waters, Agilent, etc.) for two years after leaving employment with ALS, thus making it impossible for any scientist to work anywhere else and not violate their inane pre-employment agreement. You will also be required to surrender your right to a jury trial in any dispute with the company and to file any complaints in Houston, not in the city you actually work in (unless its Houston, of course). There are several such gems to be found in said agreement, as youmore... will discover for yourself if you read it, which I strongly recommend you do during your interview. Pay is ok if you negotiate high pay up-front because raises are small and far between. The ranks of management are filled with long-time employees, which leads to a very stale company culture. Don't expect to get promoted to any sort of management position if you have been there less than ~10 years. There are some nice people who work there, but there are also back-stabbers who will gleefully report you for anything they think might gain them some benefit, so choose your friends there very carefully.less
Standard (but expensive) benefit package, ok pay if you negotiate it pre-hire
Incometent management top to bottom, terrible work-life balance