Waitstaff (Former Employee) – Fredericton, NB – 11 January 2018
The management at Atria is the worst. My co workers were all friendly, but the management is disorganized, and couldn't care less about you. They make a point of letting you know you're replaceable. I was put into unsafe situations (not given PPE when it's required, by law), they're incredibly greedy, withholding vacation pay, and always threatening to fire you, when you did nothing wrong. I witnessed managers forge my signature, forge documents saying we were "trained" when we had not received training, and falsify documents about how many hours were worked, spent on training, etc.
Free Supper (leftovers - for a tax reduction for them)
Server (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 5 January 2018
Everything about this company is disgusting. Only desperation should tempt you to apply here. The management is terrible, no matter how many quit or get fired. They lack empathy for anyone and are most likely trained to be that way. Stay away from this out-dated, deceiving place.
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) – Alberta – 14 October 2017
I saw so many people go through the doors. Some lasted for a year, many only a day. Huge impossible workloads, and minimal hope. Used me until I was broken and tossed away. If you are desperate for work, it will put a little money in the pocket. I can look at the reviews on here and know which of my former co-workers wrote them. Trust the ratings.
The Residents are the only reason a person would stay!!
Community Business Director (Former Employee) – Canada – 6 October 2017
This company is very conflicted from every level. Sales is the only important thing to upper and Inhouse management. There is no training program for new employees. Directors normally make it a year before they are fired or quit. The Residents are amazing as well as most of the front line staff. Run this business with bare minimumly staff so if someone calls in sick your up. Which happens a lot! You are expected to work long hours if you are on salary. As well as every long weekend. You are expected to answer emergency call from the residents which is something they don't tell you right upfront.
Free meals, Residents, front line staff.
Long hours, work every stat, no proper training, no work life balance.
Wait staff, customer service (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 24 July 2017
great residence and great atmosphere to work in. found the food to be good. the management at the time of my employment was undergoing changes so the management was disorganized. our meal privileges were also removed from us.
meal privileges were removed. disorganized information.
Waitstaff, Junior Server (Former Employee) – Prince George, BC – 30 June 2016
Come in kitchen/back door in uniform or get changed in spacious single bathroom, sign in at office & return to kitchen, prepare carts for soups/salads & juice/milk, serve said consumables, return cats and begin busing (cleaning) dishes off tables, grab metal foldaway stands and plastic & rubber platters, serve four residents at a time, take orders from the limited daily menu, return with food that is requested, repeat until section clear, begin busing for plates, prepare dessert carts, serve dessert, continue busing, clear tables entirely, set tables anew for the next meal.
You learn to deal with people in various states of both mental and physical health brought on by advanced age
The residents are friendly, as are the coworkers. An ideal first job
Management seemed to always change, but may have settled by now.
Floating Manager (Former Employee) – vrs – 3 June 2016
U.S. company, first adventure into Canada. Not totally cognisant of Canadian work environment. Community work atmosphere very good. Company atmosphere fragmented. Hiring selection practices questionable. Nothing over burdening with position. Best part interaction with seniors in the Community to keep them motivated and enthusiastic.
Live in accommodations.
Long hours & less than desirable support from executive.
Server (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 22 March 2015
Do prep before service, then serve residents their meals, then set all dining tables, then do more prep for following day. Learned how to be patient and gentle, because i was interacting with the elder residents. And it was a very fast paced environment, so I learned to work very fast. I enjoyed being surrounded by older people, because they were very interesting to talk to.
Great environment to work in, management is amazing.
Porter (Security and Maintenance) (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, Manitoba – 18 February 2015
A typical day at Atria for me actually begins at 11pm each day, Tuesday-Saturday and ends at 7am the next morning. I work alone my entire shift, which involves: cleaning, sanitizing, organizing, and doing general maintenance on all the common areas in the retirement building community. I have a set list of tasks to get done each night and only 8 hours to get it all done, so planing ahead is a must to ensure no time is wasted. My managers are great, they're very easy to talk to and if any issues arise they're always quick to help resolve them. I would have to say the most enjoyable part of my job is when I get all my tasks accomplished and my managers come to work in the morning and see how well the community is taken care of and maintained. They always have something nice to say about the hard work I put in to keeping the building above standards.
Free kitchen open all hours for my own use.
Shift times make it sometimes difficult to make full use of my daylight hours.
A supportive environment where teamwork is strongly encouraged.
Community Business Director (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 3 December 2014
As an independent retirement community the management and staff work closely with the residents on a daily basis to ensure their needs are met with efficiency and compassion. Managers eat all meals with the residents in the dining room and serve the tea and coffee for each meal. The entire staff; managers, sales leaders, housekeepers, servers, bus driver, engaged life coordinator, maintenance and kitchen staff work together to ensure the building runs smoothly. As a 24/7 operation the managers live onsite in order to provide on call overnight coverage. Living onsite has the added advantage of forming a bond with residents and their families.
Getting to know the residents and learing about their remarkable lives.