Technical Writer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 31 October 2016
The role of technical writer at Foremost hardly involved interacting with anyone else because the nature of their production and sales is based on orders of the same limited line of products. It wasn't too difficult to create parts manuals for the next order because 90% of it would be based on prior models of the same type of heavy equipment with only very minor modifications. So one would find themselves doing the same thing over and over from day to day and from week to week.
I learned to utilize Adobe graphics software applications as well as engineering-centric applications....but for the most part in their environment was self-taught or trial and error because there was no one free or available to provide guidance and no one saw it as part of their role to train anyone else.
Management took great risk in what was hoped would be the way to advance the business and increase market share by acquiring or taking over other complimentary businesses but it resulted in hastening the near-collapse of the entire operation with the unexpected worldwide decline of the O&G industry. This resulted in over 70% of staff being laid off throughout their 8 locations in Canada.
Co-workers were generally sociable and congenial.
The hardest part of the job was envisioning professional growth within the company. It did not appear that there was a path, nor a proactive employee development plan.
Probably the most enjoyable part of the job was the predictability of each day. You knew what needed to be done and when things were expected to be completed and there were very few surprisesmore... along the way.less
Band Saw Operator (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 19 May 2016
It was a very mundane job with very routine tasks. took a lot to stay on task as I had 2 hours of learning and ran machine by myself. No team work, no one helped.Boss was up and down with pay after deal arranged for salary.
Apprentice Welder (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 11 April 2016
The company was fully supportive of the apprentice program in Alberta. I finished my last two years of schooling at Foremost. they would help with costs and make it easy to get time to take the schooling.
Field Loss Prevention Manager (Former Employee) – Lloydminster, AB – 20 October 2015
Excellent Corporate Manager who excelled at developing his team, and who personally mentored me to fully actualize my potential. The VP and Field CMT were excellent to work with, bringing a vast amount of experience and knowledge. Overall good experience.
HSE Corp Manager/ VP
Minimal support staff, previous estimating team, Manufacturing Operations Management
Good place to work, challenging jobs, managing time and people
Journeyman Welder (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 April 2015
I typically work ten hour days. I've learned a good foreman can make the environment friendly or a nightmare. I work with very talented people. Dealing with out of date drawings. I enjoy starting with a pile of raw material and at the end of the day it has formed into our product.
no one bothers you as long as your meeting your requirements.
A very good environment to learn new things and advance.
Data Management & Purchasing assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, Alberta – 13 February 2015
I would get to work around 7 am and try and get most of the paperwork done before lunch so that in the afternoon I could concentrate on helping other departments with the need for work orders to be made. I learned that I can adapt myself to almost any situation and come out on top. I am able to try hard and learn what needs to be known and once I get the hang of it I can succeed at it. I had an amazing manager and he always tried to answer any questions I had as well as walk me through the things I struggled with step by step.