Finning Canada Employee Reviews

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Good Starting Point, Room for advancement
VisionLink Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABJanuary 13, 2016
I enjoyed working with Finning for its people and the opportunity to grow within the company. The benefits are good and the salary is fair (depending on which position you apply for) I learned quite a bit and left as a more mature professional. The company is making big efforts to become more in touch with its work force however the bottom line is the bottom line and corners are cut to maximize on profits or high expectations are to be met with little support. It can be challenging at times to find a work-life balance as there is so much to do and because the company is so big it can be frustrating to coordinate with other departments to ensure that customer requests and purchases are handled effectively. Salesforce is highly valued..sometimes to the detriment of personnel and company protocols.
Overall I am proud to say I worked at Finning. Apply if you are a hardworking person who doesn't mind putting in a little extra.
Pros
People, benefits, room for advancement
Cons
Lot of pressure, long hours, Confusing processes
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just another number, pretend to care about your safety
MECHANIC (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, ABMarch 28, 2016
Extremely disorganized, Poor communication, excellent benefits.
Company pretends to care for its employees but only cares about their liability
Pros
benefits
Cons
poor management
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Great place to work!
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) –  Regina, SKFebruary 4, 2016
Finning is a great place to worked, I loved helping my customers. The work is not hard, can be physical demanding at times but you have a team to help you out.
They have good benefits.
Pros
Set shifts
Cons
later shifts every other week
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Good Consulting
Business Analyst (Contracting) (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, ABDecember 10, 2015
Good Consulting Environment and good work life balance, good benefits for consultants and contractors, the management still needs to be improved, very poor management overall.
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A great Canadian company to work for. Lots of very nice and hard working people
Warranty Claims Technician - Heavy Equipment (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BCMay 19, 2016
A very complex business so there are many challenges and multiple tasks keep the mind going all of the time.
Continuous change and learning, most of it on your own as you go.

Hardest part of the job is having to work at a computer station all day long. Some work is very repetitive which can be good for some but not all.
Most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with and helping other people who for the most part are friendly, professional and want to get things done.
The Manager and Supervisor of the Warranty department are very good guys who are dedicated to Finning and their team.
Pros
Teamwork, everybody tends to get along, Annual performance bonuses, Company share program, Good benefits
Cons
Job stability remains at the back of one's mind. Sitting at a computer all day is not too exciting.
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Great benefits and work...but some bad apples seem to poison the atmosphere
Heavy Equipment Technician (Former Employee) –  calgary, abSeptember 3, 2015
I liked working at finning. The facilities are good, pay is excellent, I liked the work, great benefits and they supplied most of the tooling. However; the general moral of the shop is quite bad. ?Which I don't understand? The company has no freedom to release poor workers due to the union and seniority. I fear that they may not shake this new negative image.
Pros
pay and benefits
Cons
poor management/co-worker attitudes
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Great workers, horrifying management and office staff
Apprentice Heavy Equipment Technician (Former Employee) –  Fort McKayJune 25, 2015
I worked for Finning Oil Sands for almost 3 years.

I have worked with some of the best and brightest workers in my life.

Minus the supervisors, management and office staff, however, have absolutely ZERO clue what is going on in the shop.

ZERO communication.That's what leads to disasters. If the office staff walked out of their offices for even 5 minutes and communicated with workers in the shop, everything would be smooth sailing.

As an apprentice, I've seen some of these jokers of people screw up my blue book, OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. I have to send it back to them, and they'd ask "What for?"

The recent lay offs are ridiculous as well. Sure, lay off 600+ workers and buy a neighbouring Cat dealership, why don't you?
Pros
Decent benefits, great pay, good atmosphere.
Cons
Incompetent office staff.
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Well established organisation
Journeyman Certified Partsman (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, ABNovember 11, 2015
Fast pace environment, customer service and excellence, Excellent environment to work, good employees. Provides good training and income and benefits. Enjoyable environment and established corporation.
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Finning is a complete joke
Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  SaskatchewanJuly 15, 2016
Headhunted and hired for a specialty position and trained for a month. I even had to do a business plan as part of their hiring process. Business with this particular product was almost non existent so they let me go before my 3 month period was up. I literally only sold for 1 more month before they pulled the plug. What ever happened to sticking with an employee for longer than 3 months? Do yourself a favor and stay away from Finning.
Pros
salary
Cons
everything else
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A chaotic mess from the top to the bottom
Admin (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABApril 14, 2015
Finning is sinking - 650 people let go, they closed the main office building and the truck shop but does this change the spending - no!
Management is chaotic and always jumping to the next "thing"
Management is based in another city leaving the employees to behave badly - the way people treat one another at that company is appalling and it goes unchecked. Stay away from the zoo

Senior management makes everyone stop and listen to them talk about saving money even though sr management got their large year end bonuses. No raises this year and 1 week off without pay for everyone with talk of cutting benefits but still paying $85,000/month to house people in hotels so they can work at finning.

Save yourself the frustration and annoyance and look elsewhere.
Cons
Many see review
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Good Wages, Good Benefits
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Red DeerOctober 2, 2015
Good place to work in the beginning, but only thing that kept employees was the wage, and the benefits package. When you worked with a team, it was great. Union environment, so you get some lazy co-workers
Pros
Good Wage, Good Benefits
Cons
Mis-Management
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Great place to work
Journeyman Heavy Equipment Tech (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, ABJanuary 17, 2016
I enjoyed my time at Finning. The environment was always positive and enjoyable, The management team was easy to deal with and well trained to oversee myself and my coworkers. I spent alot of time working on hydraulic problems, replacing and rebuilding components, fixing electrical problems, completing recalls and safety updates. Worked on all cat skid steers, telehandlers, loaders, excavators, packers and other caterpillar equipment. The hardest part of the day was sweeping the floor or cleaning while waiting for parts to show up, it makes the day longer, i would rather be working constantly. The most enjoyable part of the day was fixing a problem that others werent able to, it gave a sense of pride.
Pros
Overtime, wages, safety program
Cons
None
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Pretty good
Marketing Claims Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABAugust 24, 2016
Finning is a good place to work. In my position there was no room for advancement, only lateral moves. The jobs take quite a while to learn as they are more difficult but the pay doesn't match the amount of knowledge required or stress induced by the daily pace. The people are great and I had an awesome manager.
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Stop Hiring and Firing and get a new CEO
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABSeptember 22, 2016
They have too much of a hire and fire mentality.
The benefits were amazing if yu get a chance to use them.
There are too many VPs and managers that have control issues.
The enjoyable part of the job was working within different departments
Pros
Excellent Benefits that start on your first day
Cons
CEO
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Great Environment
Buyer / Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABMay 2, 2016
Finning had a great Atmosphere but due to so many locations there were times that communication was an issue as well as a large turnover rate which added a bit of tension. The people still maintained a happy environment by getting together for birthdays and having events and competitions for special occasions among departments.
Pros
People, Location, Advancement opportunities, Atmosphere
Cons
Turnover, Wages, Size, Communication
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good people, good atmosphere
Material Supply Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABAugust 27, 2015
Finning was a great place to work with good training courses, employee support and a terrific benefits package. Also many opportunities for advancement,
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not a bad place to work, some excellent co-workers
Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, ABApril 6, 2016
safety is # 1, morning safety talks, always learning new stuff as you never know what might come in, some great co-workers, parts at times could be a problem, management promises things they maybe should not, all in all a good place to work.
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highly political atmosphere
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABJuly 4, 2016
unionized, except they dont protect the workers, from all the political nonsense, everyone especially management only looks out for themselves
Cons
if you aren't part of the in crowd you are definatly made to feel like a second class citizen
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Great Products and some good people
Mining Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BCMay 7, 2015
Finning was a wonderful place to work, but as the company has grown people are numbers and the company really only values the bottom line profit. Reviewing the companies history you will find numerous cycles of panic hiring and mass layoffs. Out side of that training is good and the people are professional. The employees are typically a cut above.
Pros
Salary Compensation is good, Access to Caterpillar's great training.
Cons
Corporately driven with little care for employees, unstable employment with numerous layoffs
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Great people for the most part- some mid level mgmnt not qualified for thier work and are causing high cost of operations, will not take advice
Branch manager (Former Employee) –  Fort St John, BCFebruary 5, 2015
Finning is a phenomenal organization but tend to get caught up in thier own size and can sometimes miss what the competition is doing. They are quickly becoming the high priced low service organization and changes are slow to come. Regional Managers are not identified for thier lack of industry understanding and are taken at thier word. Unless you are an individual that enjoys having no voice and only towing the line even when it is wrong. In other words if you are looking for a job that you only want a decent paycheck and to just be a robot then at the branch level this will be a rewarding organization for you. If you are a creative thinker that is looking for challenges in growing and creating a solid business platform with job security then this is likely not the organization for you.
Pros
great pay and fantastic benefits
Cons
non skilled regional managers in the markets they are assigned
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