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Welcome to the days of our lives!
I've done it all (Current Employee), Leduc, ABFebruary 28, 2014
Pros: nothing
Cons: everything
If you want to wake up everyday and be a part of the young and the restless this is the place for you. Managers dating managers, secret affairs, pregnancy.. Underpaid staff.. No respect.. Lies, false hope and broken promises. I was told for years, "I know I don't pay you enough but I promise I will get you more, you need to be patient".. 5 years later – more... and I'm basically making the same amount of money as I started at. This is the most negative, fake, abusive and misleading company I have ever worked for. If you want a dead end job full of lies and false hope sign up now.. Lots of openings!!!!! – less
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not a very good place to work
office staffer (Former Employee), red deer, albertaNovember 13, 2013
Pros: good office environment
Cons: northern edmonton office abusive
The Red Deer location is actually a great place to work. Everyone gets along very well. Very friendly and team oriented.

I must state that the negative comes from the Edmonton office. Op. Manager certainly brings everyone down with his demeanor and aggressive management style. This has caused a large amount of turnover in the ranks because of his unwillingness – more... to listen and be realistic in his dealings with staff. Concerns have been voiced however ignored due to personal relationships within the company. Tends to come back on anyone who voices concerns. Change is definately needed in headoffice. – less
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Not a safe place to work
laborer (Former Employee), leducAugust 10, 2013
Pros: free coffee but tastes bad when it is availible
Cons: dangerous games
accidents are politicly covered up and lied about, leads to a repeat by someone unaware of the danger. We get meetings about accidents at Forum shops in other countries, but our accidents are covered up.

Poor air quality.
Antiquated machines and tools
No investment.
No oversight of operations.
No direction.
No competent management.
No proper planning – more... and execution.
No hesitation to make bad decisions.
No lessons learned.
No improvement.
YES to rush, panic and threats. This place needs a management review. A secret shopper should be brought in to un-cover the trouble so the place can be overhalled. – less
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SLAVE JOB
WArehouse SLAVE (Current Employee), LEDUCJune 10, 2013
Cons: everything
The worst company I've ever worked [slavery] for.

I read these reviews but still replied to the want ad, I sure wish I hadn't. All the reports of poor managers is true. Unorganized, deceitful practices by managers, safety issue's are constantly played down and ignored. Staff is treated poorly. heavy work loads. Revolving door...large turnover. Do yourself – more... a favor. Apply elsewhere. – less
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production
labourer (Current Employee), niskuMay 26, 2013
Pros: benefits are not bad
Cons: staff treated like garbage
Superiors have unreasonable expectations in getting the job done in the amount of time they want you to. Always changing tasks at last minute. Equipment in poor condition, safety rules are ignored

Rude and mean to staff. Higher expectations for staff, much lower expectations for management. Very cocky big ego. Bad place to work.
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Machine shop leduc
Machinist (Current Employee), LeducMay 24, 2013
Do yourself a favour and stay away. If your there now type up your resume. This place is a joke. Its run by people that have no clue. The people who are in charge now are only there because of "personal" relationships with co-worker/bosses or they stabbed their former bosses in the back to take their jobs. This place has gone through so much turn over – more... that no one cares anymore. They tell you about a great safety program (Get hurt and your fired). They tell you about awesome bonus program, (if we do 300% more business than last year we will give you $100). We also will give you an additional $50 for not reporting injuries and to bully your co-workers to keep their mouths shut. This place if run by people that are just looking out for #1 and will stab anyone in the back to get what they want. There are much better jobs available and when it comes to Forum/Vanoil the grass is always greener. – less

June 28, 2013

Worked here for a month. Manager are all related to each other. They give themselves special treatment, everyone else gets lectured/treated like slaves. Turnover is very high. I had enough after 1 month and never went back..too many bad stories about managers to count. Just stay away from this place..it really sucks.

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ok company...lousy managers
warehouse (Former Employee), leduc, albertaMay 7, 2013
Pros: nothing
Cons: everything
If you like working your butt off all day and getting no credit and nothing but grief from managers then this is the company for you.

Front end managers don't work in the warehouse but love to criticize you for every little thing they can think of.

I'm leaving, like so many others. Stay away!
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it is a very productive company with good moral and management
warehouse (Current Employee), leducApril 17, 2013
the new warehouse management is extremely knowledgeable and proves that a company can make it to the top with good management that guides his team players in the right direction with organization and respect. you feel like family working towards a goal not just another numbered employee

April 25, 2013

its only because Houston has looked into complaints, higher ups in front office are running scared and on their best behavior now. Nothing but polite now! About time! Fifth manager in one year!

April 30, 2013

yes, the manager is doing well. He's the 5th person that's been offered the job in less than a year. The difference is apparently is upper management is finally behaving themselves and letting us work the warehouse with constant interference. Its only because Houston head office finally got involved and addresseed all the complaints from staff about their poor treatment of employees. Turnover is still very high. Wait and see what happens.

May 1, 2013

I am pretty sure this is HR trying to make the company look better. I currently work here (trying to find another job) and NO ONE feels that way. It is the most miserable place I have ever worked and the upper management is being SO fake. They really dont care about you but are concerned for their own job only. TERRIBLE management, TERRIBLE atmosphere. Run run away.

June 14, 2013

Someone in the front office wrote the main comment, that I know for sure. The current ruling FAMILY [mgt] are so full of it, with fake promises, promotions, raises, advancement...the only reality is covering things up, not fulfilling obligations to staff and putting staff at risk with poor equipment and work loads. A lot of dirty works under the surface. Look elsewhere.

July 17, 2013

Don't think your new manager would be happy to see the company has placed an annonomous ad for a new warehouse manager, 6th one in a year. Below is a quote from the ad. They aren't fooling anyone. Everyone knows what these two are up too. Its just the way they are. Stay clear of this place. Under the direction of the Operations Manager/General Manager

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not such a good place to work
labourer (Current Employee), Leduc ABApril 10, 2013
Pros: free coffee
Cons: forced long hours heavy work duites. people treated badly
Forum Energy is actually a good company, lots of career potential.
Salaries could be better, benefits are ok.

Problem is work conditions not good. Poor morale. High Turnover. Not nice to staff. Everyone is sick of this place, Staff complaints go unanswered.
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not a good place to work leduc managers are bad
laborer (Current Employee), leduc officeApril 5, 2013
Pros: talk about great advancement with company
Cons: none of the advancement talk is true.
I've been here for only a few weeks and I can see why people are so unahappy. I have heard so many stories about poor treatment from managers to staff and former staff and it is true, everything from verbal and even physical abuse, then cover it up.

local operation manager is related to branch manager so he gets away with abusive behaviour/belittles – more... staff and backtracks on promises. Changes work duties and schedule at last minute and expects staff to work all the time/weekends/overtime, if not they berate them and threaten to fire.

When asking him a question, spends one minute answering the question and 20 minutes trying to change the subject...babbles.

I'm looking for another job asap. Turnover is so high. All employees are not happy! – less

May 22, 2013

there is so much deceitfulness in this company. Office managers including HR tell you one thing, then change or take back what they said to fit into their agenda. No moral compass here.

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everything you hate in a job!!!
machinist (Current Employee), leducMarch 21, 2013
Pros: burnt over cooked burgers
Cons: wage, organization, reviews, floor space, conversations, meetings, safety, and everything else u can think of
Ur day starts by punching in, waiting for management to show up an hour later. Get starred at like ur an idiot when u ask whats next or what do you want me to do....or my favorite how do i do this. Go ask someone else cuz they dont know. Management has always been the issue here and always will be. With in the company from hr to gm to production manager – more... you get nothing from them, they treat u like a bottomfeeder. Everything is always rush rush rush and always late. Ancient tooling and machines, constantly breaking down or blowing up. Management only wants whats best for stockholders and their bonuses. – less
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BAD PLACE TO WORK, MANAGEMENT AND WORK CONDITIONS VERY VERY BAD
LABOURER (Former Employee), LEDUCMarch 20, 2013
Pros: could be a good training experience if treated better
Cons: managers..they are definately the problem. needs overhauling
Been working here for less than 3 months, finally had enough and quit. Management does not listen, and certainly does not care about employee concerns., your here to do as your told, not think! People call him the "little man" hiding under Pop's shadow!

Work load to heavy, not enough time to complete duties, Told to work overtime each day, come in – more... on days off. Safety is an issue. Management is very rude to employees. No one enjoys working here. Staff turnover is very high. Everyone complains about poor treatment which is why so many new people, no one stays long. always short staffed. – less
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don't waste your time with this company...management is awful
DISTRIBUTION..DM (Former Employee), Leduc, AlbertaMarch 6, 2013
Cons: everything about management
Everything that is said about management is true. They are very bad and treat staff like garbage. Threats and Abuse is prevelant!

Its not due to head office in Houston. They are not aware of what is going on up in Alberta. Forum bought a company called "
Gauge Plus", a year ago. That is where the current managers came from, contains alot of relatives – more... including inlaws. They have the same mentality as if they were running the company as their own, which is why they treat staff the way they do.

I worked for them in 2012 for 4 months, 75th ave office talks x talks x talks x talks Forum policy, respect and career promotion however the opposite is true, any staff feedback or input is quickly blown off. If you are not in line management will become beligerant and treat you like garbage, abusive, which explains the high turnover. Talk about Orangized Labour groups have occurred. {unionizing]

I had enough and left, they've had 3 or 4 people in my position in since. Less than one year. Other locations under they're control having the same problem. Very negative atmosphere!

Patronage appointments and special treatment for family is rampant at this location. Someone in Houston needs to step up and take a look as to why the turnover is sooo bad. Office Management is the reason.

HOUSTON PERSONNEL, You need to do something if you want this to stop! – less
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Read these reviews before to applying to this company!!
Accountant (Former Employee), LeducFebruary 27, 2013
Pros: nothing
Cons: everything
The biggest problem in this company is the Management. They do not know how to treat their employees and their bosses are in Houston so they get away with being lazy and delegating their work to lower staff.

Employees are completely mistreated in this company and Management/HR will lie to your face to try to go out of their way to make you miserable. – more... They tried to steal money from my last pay check when I told them I was leaving and I had to threaten to contact Alberta Employment Standards in order for them to back down.

There are so many other oil and gas companies that will give you a much better experience. There is an overall very negative atmosphere at this company. Better to go ANYWHERE else. – less
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do not work here
n/a (Former Employee), LeducFebruary 19, 2013
Cons: bad management
this company doesn't value their staff and overall is a really bad place to work. high turnover and low morale. stay away.
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warehouse employee (Former Employee), leducFebruary 19, 2013
Cons: operations management is very bad, high turnover, staff treated badly. family members get perks.
long hours, told to put in overtime everyday. Very unorganized. Very negative working environment. No one likes they're job.

Management treats staff like garbage, Very rude to staff. won't listen to staff concerns, suggestions to make workplace better.

Operations- management- extremely volitile. Talks down to staff, condesending, threatens to terminate – more... staff if they disagree with management. Volitile.

Extremely high turnover, lots of relatives working at facility. Father, Son, daughter and common law husband work together, special treatment!

Unfair workplace, management gangs up on others, lack of maturity. People go on breaks, don't come back. Incredibly high turnover – less
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Terrible Management; no respect for Work/Life balance
Labourer (Former Employee), LeducFebruary 5, 2013
Pros: leaving this company and never looking back
Cons: worst company in canada
This is the worst company I have ever worked for.
Terrible management- showing no respect for employees input
No value of work/life balance- company thinks they own you and threaten to fire you unless you are putting in overtime everyday
Extremely low morale- very high stress environment- everyone is angry/ stressed out/ negative
Low salaries- everyone – more... is under paid for the amount of work the company expects you to put in
Everybody who works for this company hates working for this company and is unhappy- very high turnover rate – less
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leduc facility
shop worker (Former Employee), leduc, albertaJanuary 30, 2013
Bad place to work. High turnover. Claims to be a career oriented facility, however most have only been there a few weeks if not months.

Alot of family working there. Privaleged few! Verbal abuse to staff and extremely volitile working environment.

Claims to be team oriented environment, opposite is true. Management has unrealistic expectations for – more... staff to complete tasks.

Hardest part of the job, getting management to listen and act on your concerns. Threats of termination.

Most enjoyable part of the job. Finding other employment leads.

don't waste your time, unless your desperate, as they are. – less
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Stay away.
Machinist (Former Employee), LeducDecember 8, 2012
Cons: grew too fast, you're just a number
Bad place to work. Very high turnover, does not listen to there people. Will be moving plant to u.s.
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ran with iniquity not integrity
employed at facility (Former Employee), clearfield, paSeptember 3, 2014
Pros: good compensation and benefits for area
Cons: favortism and unfair practices are commonplace
The Clearfield, PA plant is a place where rules are for some, not all and favoritism is the only way to advance. They claim to care for their employees but when situations arise where policies and procedures are being violated, it magically "disappears" because the upper management would rather ignore a situation than have to fix it. As long as they – more... are making a profit they could care less how their employees are being treated. – less

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