meter reader (Former Employee) – London, ON – 25 June 2016
Best sabatoging company I ever got slammed from Best 2 faced employees award Best corrupt negative company that will through you under the bus to any utility These companies need to go to school for proper etiquette as they were raised , well not properly .
Meter Reader (Former Employee) – Trail, BC – 8 January 2018
You have to use your own vehicle for this job so the take home is very small, especially for such an unsafe, high pace job, nobody in the region knows meter readers still exist, and when that bites an empmoyee in the rear, they get thrown under the bus, communication and training were all extremly poor and workloads extemly unbalanced with an unrealistic expectation.
Gas Meter Reader ( Outdoor work) (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 2 November 2016
Myself and 2 women forced out by the lead hand Poor rotation of good routes Always told it wasnt a job for woman Constantly reported to managers, but yet male readers never were for the same infractions Worker on WCB harrassed about return to work No future for advancement Gas meters are going digital as well so no future with that company
Utility Locator (Current Employee) – Burlington, ON – 11 May 2016
wide work area & a lot of travel time from one work address to the next.. I haven't learned anything I didn't already know, but I am now a certified locator trainer thru the company.. management is average.. coworkers are good bunch of guys.. hardest part of job is locating utilities in difficult areas & work load can be stressful.. completing work load is a nice feeling...
électricien (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 26 January 2016
Ces expériences m’ont permis de développer mon esprit d’analyse, mon efficacité au travail, ma capacité d’adaptation, mon sens des responsabilités et mon autonomie. De plus, j’ai appris de très bonnes aptitudes pour les relations interpersonnelles.
field technician (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 4 November 2015
The management is very flaky and unable to make proper business oriented decisions. It was very hard to leave a full time time job, and to be promised the world. Was there for 6 months, worked up to 15 days straight .... 13 to 15 hr days .... to be laid off and to have them pull the plug on they're operations. Was very disappointed in the whole experience. I would never recommend anyone go and work for this company.
meter reader (Current Employee) – ontario – 21 January 2014
18 cents a meter. Read 800 homes on average EVERYDAY. Day in, day out. and you will make $144/day. Take home = slightly over $100/day You might say that there are good routes that pay well. There are, and only the 5 year+ experienced readers get those. So, they make a livable income. If you are newer than 5 years, you get handed the the worst routes no one wants, instead of making the load equal. So newer readers like myself TRY to read 800 homes every day in hopes to make a petty $500/week(IF THAT) and burn yourself in the meantime. Readers never make more, actually, new sub-contractors like Olameter come in and bid the lowest so the plentiful rich enough utility companies take them. Therefore, there are only ever pay decreases as the higher up management gains more by squeezing readers dry. SO, cost of living goes up, meter readers pay, goes down. Also, no holidays, or time off in your first year, which is baffling as readers need to rest. Very inconsiderate. After a year you get 2 weeks holiday which you have paid for through deductions every paycheck. Olameter is very generous when is comes to covering cost for shoes though. Since readers need very good footwear, and wear through shoes in months. They graciously give each employee a 15 dollar voucher for shoes per year. I know what you're thinking...WOW! But it gets better. Those are only for shoes that are "Tarantula Grip" anti-slip for the winter months...that actually make NO difference, and are exponentially uncomfortable. Management does not explain what constitutes the different pay rates for the distancemore... of reads. Usually, they are a cheaper rate than what they should be and readers get in trouble for changing them appropriately. So taking advantage of readers is a very acceptable practice for Olameter. Considering what the meter reading fee is on your bill, the utility companys must be laughing all the way to the bank and how much they make off us, including Olameter.less
Metering Technician, Team Lead (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 16 September 2013
I made more money at this job than any other I've had. You need to be physically fit and have a positive attitude. Piece work is not for everyone, but if you are a hard worker, you will reap the rewards. Tiring, and a bit hard on the body, but over all a great experience.
Project Manager/Installer (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 21 August 2013
The day to day operations changed depending on which position I was in. Having been at Olameter for almost 5 years I was able to see many of the different aspects of the company. All of which were enjoyable and satisfying. At the end of the day you could easily see the work you had done. Either by tracking you walking routes, looking down at your installations tracking sheets, or looking through production reports. In my opinion this visual helped to keep spirits high when you had a rough day, which was few and far between. Honestly a great place to work, and great people to work with.
Good pay, good atmosphere, usually working at your own pace.
Occasional overtime, long days, and grumpy customers.
Electric Meter Reader (Former Employee) – Wetaskiwin, AB – 4 March 2013
Without a doubt, one of the best jobs I have ever had.
When first interbiewed/hired, my supervisor said I would be lucky to break even at the end of two months. By four months I should start to see a bit of profit and by six months, begin to see some real income.
This job was piece work - the more you did, the more you got paid. By the end of the six month mark, I was grossing about $60,000 a year and I was able to regularly take an extra day off to volunteer with an outdoor youth group.
What was supposed to take 4 hours to complete, I would accuratley do in about 2 1/2.
The job was outside and in all kinds of weather (sometimes extreme), but I was able to organize my work accordingly to reduce the environmental impacts I had to face.
My work begins in the morning where I am assigned my route for the day to either read water and electric meters for the P.U.C. or gas meters for Union Gas. This job can be long and tedious on some days or short and easy on other days. My supervisor is good at what she does and is helpful in assisting the readers when we incur problems on our routes. The other readers I work with are all friendly and will assist each other when needed. The hardest part of my job is putting up with the weather, especially in the winter. The most enjoyable part of my job is being outside walking for approximately 4 to 6 hours each day when the weather is nice.