CNC Operator (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 1 May 2017
"Competitive wages" Starting pay is $12.50 goes up to $13 after ten week probation.
"Growth Opportunities" New positions are assigned on merit, not seniority. Expect to have a carrot dangled in front of you for years. Unless you're a rat.
"Training" Monday: you'll get 3 hours for basic safety training so the company can cover themselves if you get injured. Tuesday: Straight to work. There aren't any real trainers ... just co-workers that are already stressed with production quotas.
The usual from a company that wants to make parts, not careers.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 12 April 2016
Continuing education opportunities, inherently satisfying work, friendly colleagues, good supervision, ability to consult with clinical team lead at any time, supportive supervisors, diverse client base to work with, exchange program, opportunities to work overtime if you want to, 3 month grace period without productivity stipulations so you can get used to demands of the job, will lead to very good results
CNC Operator (Current Employee) – 411 Parkdale Avenue North – 2 April 2016
Typical Day at Orlick;
Go to work, punch my card in, walk down to the CNC department, go back outside, have a cigarette, go back inside and go to work. Shift: 7am-3:30pm; 7-10 (break10mins), 10:10-12 (break30mins), 12:30-2 (break10mins), 2:10-3:30.
What I've Learned;
I've learned (on my own) how to the job. They say you'll get training but in reality they show you how to generally do the job in about 30 seconds to maybe 2 minutes of demonstrations on how to do what you need to do on the job you are working on. After that it's touch and go. I've learned more from my co-workers than any of the management staff there.
Management and Co-Workers;
Some of the management staff and co-workers you will get along with. But for the most part everyone talks about everyone at some point. Your fellow co-workers (on your shift) will get along with you for the most part. The ones on the other shift will blame your shift for every little or big thing. Managers are another story. Very little of the time they will have your back if something happens (customer complaints, internal complaints). The only problem I've really had with management is when I had a part come to me that looked pretty bad and I showed it to my supervisor and he said it was fine. We got a complaint a month or so later for it and the tag had my number on it, so I was to blame. But when I said I showed it to my supervisor, let's just say he naturally denied any involvement.
Hardest part of the job;
Meeting (for the most part) their high expectations regarding numbers that they need fulfilled by the endmore... of the work day. On some jobs it is easy enough but on others it is a joke and unrealistic.
Most Enjoyable Part Of The Job;
Breaks, friends at the workplace and standing at the end of the day at the punch clock waiting to go home!less
Co-Workers on your shift are great, benefits are decent, reasonable pay
Key word; Drama. You will be talked about, whether you are a saint or the devil. And people will tell lies about you.
Trim press operator (Former Employee) – Stoney.creek – 24 September 2015
I worked at the stoney creek facility. Place is a joke, high school drama, supervisors don't care about you, some Co. Workers are good but most are back stabbers. If you need a job asap it will fill the void, but honestly keep looking. Don't. Recommend this company to anyone
Horrible pay, even worse shifts, and their "2 week training" lasted 6 days for me
Good for beginning experience but keep your options open
Millwright Apprentice (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 7 August 2015
Worked there for 2 years, first 3 months they treat you will and try to work with you, last 21 months I worked with partners from time to time but mostly on my own, the work stress compared to pay wasnt worth it, did everything I could to keep my department running but lack of parts and appreciation from managers is depressing, there are good people that work there and they are more than happy to give you a hand, must have tough skin to get along with people, good beginner experience.
Most mechanics will try to help you learn
Mandatory overtime, and don't care about your time
Trim press operator (Former Employee) – Hamilton – 8 May 2015
I felt like I was in high school all over again and if one person doesn't like you, well you get laid off to only find out they didn't have the balls to fire me to my face cowards. All in all just an awful company to work for. At least at the Parkdale facility.
Paycheck didn't bounce
Poor management, no job security and all around childish work setting
Mandatory overtime and underpaid staff makes a great combo
ABB Extractor Operator (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 25 November 2014
After working for them for 3 years, I was only making 1$ more then the new people that started. I was in charge of 3 or more machines a day. Management didn't listen to their own staff and cared less about them. Constantly getting BURNT by molten aluminum because nothing gets fixed by maintenance. If you are it hard need of some money, and need a filler job till something better comes up, go and find a different job don't apply here.
There's lots of work
To much demand from management, No SAFETY regards to staff.
Die cast Maintenance (Former Employee) – All Stoney Creek locations – 4 August 2014
Terrible company to work for. Management are back stabbers and expect that you trade your life for work. Lack of training, no organization and no free lunches as stated, BBQ are paid for by you, as are other advertised offers, also the benefits are very weak with lots of fine print. Some good people, but the company turns most against each other and talks down to there employees! Never have parts to fix machines, a lot of band aid fixes that continuously arise over and over. Don't do it! Unless your under someones wing, they turn on people in an instant.
some good people
Management! sub par pay rates, Long hours and 6 day weeks on rotating shifts are expected.