Draftsman, Cadd/GIS (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 20 February 2017
Worked there a while back so it may have changed a bit Awesome hardware and software upgrades always working with the latest equipment. Direct management was a little tough to get along with because I was told they had allot on their plate So!! Great bunch of people working alongside everyone willing to help with deadlines. Management distributed work evenly. Some days were stressful because of client wanting product yesterday... Isn't that like everywhere these days! At the end of the day make sure you do something totally different or else burnout will set in especially sitting down all day!
Free fresh fruit breakfasts... Every day, pizza on weekends
A contract position where I could learn and apply my skills.
Technical Writer - Contract Position (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 27 January 2017
I was a student contract Technical Writer. At the time, the department was small but welcoming. My coworkers encouraged my learning. The time-frame went longer then anticipated, but it was to ensure the quality and completeness of my contracted projects.
Focus was a good to learn how to apply and develop my writing skills.
Project Engineer (Current Employee) – Calgary – 18 July 2013
Salary was good, but the small projects group was very disorganized. management leaves lots of opportunities for improvement. Some examples include the inability to be able to scope out projects and assist with any problems. If something goes wrong the employee will be used as a scapegoat. A lot of promises were made during the interview and offer process but were never met. Save yourself some pain there are a lot better opportunisies out there
Drafter (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 March 2015
Excellent job. We would drive out to work and stay in either a camp or hotel for 24 days at a time and be alone and work and get our work done within the allotted time frame. I learned a lot about surveying and wish to continue this career path but do not wish to be out of town anymore. The most enjoyable part of my job was applying what i learned in school to real life situations.
Survey Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 23 September 2015
On a typical day I would drive a snowmobile and set up the GPS system. Then continue and locate the pipeline and survey the dig site. During my time at Focus I learned how to use a locator to locate pipelines. I also gained more knowledge on how to use a GPS system. The management and my co-workers were very supportive. The safety polices were fantastic. The best part of my job was being able to work outside and to be able to extend my knowledge of the surveying industry.
Focus is a good place to work. The work could be far more challenging in my particular position. The overall benefits are really good. My co-workers are what make my job worth it. The pay is average. Work life balance is good for my level.
IT Administrator (Current Employee) – Edmonton, Alberta – 28 April 2014
Work from 8-4:30pm. Co-workers are awesome people, great to get along with, always willing to help Management is good, though communication is a bit of an issue Hardest part of the job is getting others to understand the policies and why they need to be followed Most enjoyable part is being around fun people, who are always ready and willing to lend a hand when they can
Limited supervision - trust you to get your job done
Lack of communication from management to employees