Technician - Sub Assemblies, Kitchener, ON - March 1, 2015
This took place between April 2009 and September 2009, your mileage may vary.
Production was ramping up for the theatrical release of Avatar, one of the first major 3D pictures. Chrisie was racing to market with it's 3D capable projectors.
This lead to very long days with a lot of pressure.
The majority of my time was spent in sub assemblies, assembling parts to be used on the line. It was very repetitive and mind numbingly boring.
I was hired as a temporary employee, I was not part of the union, although I did pay union dues. There was little room for advancement, since at the time all I had was a college diploma. The wage cap prevented me from pursuing a career there.
For the most part there was good comradery with co-workers, although if you held up the line you would be punished. The bonuses were set up in such a way that management didn't need to punish the slow workers, since everyone on the line would do it for them. I didn't like this aspect of working at Christie Digital.
That said, when things went well, life was good. We had several events, such as screenings of 3D movies, BBQs and so on.
Also we had fairly unhindered access to information at work about the projectors. I learned a fair bit about optics while working at Christie Digital.
There was a lot of overtime, which was essentially mandatory, but I appreciated it to be honest.