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An okay company to work for not horrible but not great
MOTOR COACH OPERATOR (Current Employee), Fort McMurray, ABApril 18, 2015
Pros: Housing provided in camp decent wage.
Cons: Not all workers are treated equally.
A typical day at work is a split shift divided into a handful of hours in the morning and a handful of hours in the evening totaling an eight hour work day.

I enjoy the job and my coworkers. However the management and the company could use some adjustments.
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Very cohesive work group.
Bus Driver (Current Employee), Niagara on the Lake, onJanuary 22, 2015
Pros: flexibility
Cons: split shifts
The job is very satisfying, the people are very supportive. Unfortunately, minimum hours result in a lower pay.
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Fort Hills, easy work, great group of drivers, terrible management team
Driver (Current Employee), Fort Hills SuncorDecember 9, 2014
Pros: free food and transportaion, accomidation and nice camp, executive rooms
Cons: long days, no ot pay, young inexperienced management, poorly run and no accountablity for management mistakes
Easy driving, good money if you don't consider we are the only workers on site not getting OT. Management team lacks experience and constantly changes work schedules daily for no reason, consistently late providing next days driving schedule. Pushed to work past compliance regularly. Once a driver, you are not considered for further advancement within the company. They will however take full advantage of your skills and use you in the office to help them do their jobs (and still make you drive).
Drivers are a high turn over due to poor management on site. Because you can be worked a 15 hour period they will stretch your 8 hour day so you start at the beginning of the 15 and end at the 15. Any OT is straight pay, no double or time an a half.
Half a day paid on travel days, work 4 hours early, finish around 6:30am checked out of room by 7am. Fly out around 7:30-8:30PM. Left to wonder the lodge for 12 hours before being flown home. (that part seriously sucks)
If you can get your head around the BS management power games the money is ok however the cleaners make almost 3k more than us a month and we make 6-7 bucks an hour more than they do, so OT makes a huge dif.
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Job not hard, but terrible management
Bus Driver (Current Employee), Fort McMurray, ABSeptember 16, 2014
Pros: right or wrong your cheque is in the bank
Cons: bad management, poor equipment, mickey moused together, terrible turn around and leave times, no ot, pay own flights, no travel allowance
Very poor management and bullies, Do not care about the employees, lead hands walk around thinking they are Gods, rely on scare tactics to employees to keep their jobs, no job postings, totally go against contract, management fiddles with time sheet and and does not put correct time in for payroll if ex hours worked, No OT keep disruptive employees who harass other employees,,,
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interesting place to work.
Coach Driver (Former Employee), Bonnyville, ABAugust 11, 2014
Pros: co workers helpful, passengers friendly
Cons: not a set schedule and unorganized
leave home at 230am arrive to yard at 3am pretrip leave yard at 320 am drive to cold lake for 420 am leave cold lake at 445 am drive to lacorey for 510 am leave lacorey and go to foster creek for 630am and back to bonnyville for 830am then home till 3pm go to yard for 330pm upto Foster Creek for 6pm to lacorey for 730pm Cold lake for 805pm and back to bonnyville for 9pm post trip and out of yard by 930pm.Was never a set schedule always changing it. Co-workers were good to work with always helpful. The people who rode the bus were the most enjoyable part of the job for getting to meet new people.
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Great Opportunity
Dispatcher at Shell Albian Sands (Former Employee), Fort McMurray, ABMay 24, 2014
It was a wonderful opportunity for me. I learned a lot in a very short period of time, plus I joined the team at the beginning of one pitstop and transitioned into another one which was challenging, but a valued experience.
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good place to work
Coach Driver (Current Employee), Fort McMurray, ABDecember 24, 2013
Pros: driving the coach busses
Cons: split shifts and shortened hours
I enjoy driver large vehicles for a living. Meeting new people is an added benefit. Working the split shifts is hard on your system though.
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People you work with are great
Motor Coach Operator (Former Employee), Fort McMurray, ABDecember 4, 2013
Pros: camp, food, flights provided, good wage, people
Cons: management, split shifts (boring in between shifts), no overtime
- Work / Leisure balance is adequate for a short period (14/7)
- Has a great safety culture brought on by Imperial Oil
- Other drivers become close like family
- Management is very inexperienced and has an us vs. you attitude
- Plenty of favouritism and hard work and professionalism is not rewarded
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Job is not difficult.Way too much fuss about safety
coach operator (Former Employee), Fort McMurrayNovember 2, 2013
Pros: good paycheque and time off
Cons: unprediktable management
People are frendly and supportive.Coaches are very old,schedules are changed very often which creates lots of confusion.Management ignorant to drivers problems
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The number one thing is always Safety
Bus Driver (Current Employee), Ottawa, ONAugust 14, 2013
Long day, pay could be higher, no benefits, no sick days.
Free BBQs, sometimes coffee and donuts, and sometimes we get a company dinner.
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Good money
Coach Driver (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJuly 29, 2013
Pros: driving
Cons: management
Drove workers from camp to job site and picked them up again at the end of their shift. I learned not to trust management.
My coworkers were fine, The hardest part of the job was dealing with management. The most enjoyable part was being out on the road and driving the workers back and forth.
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Driving Transit and Office Assistant
Office Assistant (Current Employee), 1225 Riverside Dr. Abbotsford, B.C.April 9, 2013
Pros: customer service
Cons: no advancement
I love driving, dealing with the public on a daily basis is a comfort, putting a smile on someone`s face, makes my day.

Working on the inside of the operation is just as enjoyable, answering the phone is a challenge, I try to put a positive swing on the conversation whenever a customer is unhappy or upset, it`s not easy, but agreeing with them and trying to rectify the problem usually smooths them over.
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fun workplace table tennis,pool table,foosball etc...
truck/coach driver (Current Employee), Fort McMurray, ABDecember 7, 2012
Pros: free food
Cons: no overtime
Overall it's a good co. but there is a straight pay for overtime,and they wouldn't pay for the airplane ticket,i have to pay for both ways.
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Great!!
Transit Operator (Former Employee), Newmarket OntarioMarch 19, 2012
Pros: hourly wage, benefits
Cons: buses were not always heated/air conditioned
My time at First Transit Canada was great. Office staff was terrific. Made it a very enjoyable place to work. Very much a family orientated company.

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