Mechanic (Current Employee) – Fort St. John, BC – 17 May 2017
The people are great. The day to day work is great. Management could you a little direction but I have had no issues. Communication is sketchy and is where most of the problems arise from. Professionalism may sometimes be questionable. Pay rate is really good but benefits could use a little work They need a new shop but what they have is well lit and fairly warm in winter months.. Parking and yard area sucks. Training is good and there is lots of it. If you do the online training you will learn faster and then they will send you on training courses. The best training happened everyday working on something new, something different. Never boring and fast paced. It made me a better mechanic.
Parts Driver (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 20 February 2017
The staff had a betting pool as to when the parts driver would be fired. They expect you to run on the job. Very high turnover, unrealistic expectations and will probably fire you before benefits kick in. Exposed to lots of brake dust. Expect to have to climb warehouse shelving to save time, etc. Had to perform shady business practises like buying products from across the street and removing tags to unsuspecting customers. Managers are emotional and have egos so don't try to say anything intelligent. Be warned. Not a good experience; nothing learned. Someone even keyed my bimmer.
Mechanics bet on how soon you'll be fired as a part driver.
Heavy Equipment Technician (Former Employee) – Fort St. John, BC – 12 July 2016
The Shop Forman on the equipment side was a joke, wasn't helpful and just yelled and threw tools arcoss the shop during temper tantrums. Made life miserable for going to work, especially as an aprentice trying to learn the trade.
Heavy Duty Mechanic (Former Employee) – Fort St John, BC – 15 February 2016
Work 8-10 hours on repairing, servicing, inspecting and diagnosing equipment.
I learned to work more independently and work around another crew (body men) doing another type of work (we shared eight bays) I learned more about forestry equipment and new types (tigercat, link-belt).
Management: upper management was excellent and very helpfull. my first shop foreman was difficult, didn't communicate well, and was inconsistent, however he was a good mechanic, he left to pursue a different direction, and the new shop foreman gave excellent leadership. The business itself was very well run and employed a large staff.
my coworkers were pleasant, especially once the first shop foreman left, everyone got along well, as there was friction between him and others.
good management, good pay, good benefits, fair work
Location: family was far away, and did not wish to relocate to Fort st John, so had to leave job
Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Former Employee) – Campbell River, BC – 29 March 2015
On daily basis we were given jobs for the day. Leaned lots on electronic engine controls and troubleshooting. Management had very high expectations but lacked support for mechanics ie- parts supply and proper tooling to do work correctly. The hardest part of the job was trying to repair machinery with nothing, we were promised training and it never happened. Best part of the job was some of the people at the dealership.
Managements lack of action to deal with problems at Branch.
Heavy Duty Mechanic (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 21 April 2014
I worked here for 11 months. shift work including evenings. people seemed be nervous about losing their job. despite being a unionized workplace, i was let go voluntarily after grievence proceedings, i had no warnings of job performance and felt that my union and employer had a premeditated decision to get rid of me despite not going through the collective agreement motions. the majority of my fellow technicians were great people. however, the integrity of others made it difficult to be happy day in and day out.