Welder (Current Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 2 November 2017
A sometimes frustrating place to work. People on the floor are generally really good to work with. Tends to be a bit of a old boys clubs, not many fresh ideas or concepts. A lot of the Management has been there way too long and are working WAY outside of their ability / skill set.
Mechanical Checker (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 2 October 2017
I worked for Propak for 11 years in total, they were always supportive and a good family oriented company to work for, as all companies now days they are having lack of work in the market issues, Nice people good friends made over the years, hopefully things will pickup and possibly would return to work there if offered work.
Senior piping checker for a SAGD project (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 13 August 2017
A fast paced professional work environment. I learned the nuts and bolts of the piping and pressure vessel design and fabrication business from start to finish. Management was a bit unpredictable. Mostly junior engineers were used. Workplace culture was basically very professional. The hardest part of the job was trying to predict schedules based on little upfront information. The most enjoyable part of the job was that the work day passed by very quickly because you were always busy.
You were left alone to handle the job.
There were never enough hours allowed in the job schedule.
3D Piping & Structural Steel Designer (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 2 August 2017
While at Propak i was always treated fairly and the salary was generous, Propak offered good oppurtunities to improve and grow. Management was supportive. the majority of the Engineering staff was supportive also.
several catered lunch meetings, flex days. flexible work hours
Pipefitter Journeyman (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 15 June 2017
Great benefits, good people! Had a good experience with them. I learnt lots. would do it again if i had the chance. Very professional approach the the shop life. Only bad thing was the very early start
Private (Current Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 10 June 2017
I have learned a lot about my position. The downturn in the oil industry did effect our jobs for a period of time, and with the upswing, we are not seeing things turn around. We are instead asked to do more for and with less.
Journeyman Insulator (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 31 May 2017
the place was good to work in if a little unorganized, the people i worked with were from all over the world and could not have been a better crew. the management were people you could trust to hear any complaint and try to find a solution that would benefit evryone
Junior Project Engineer (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 26 May 2017
This company takes good care of their employees for the most part. Although during the current economic downturn they did have to downsize many of their employees and the atmosphere turned negative very fast as the layoffs started.
Red Seal Journeyman (Former Employee) – Alberta – 22 April 2017
We were working in the oil patch, so the day started in camp. Then bussed us to site, where we then conducted a safety meeting. The days were long and the work was plentiful. I was an apprentice when I stared with Propaks field division, so I learned a lot about industrial electrical and the basics of wiring up oil and gas production plants. The Management was pretty decent to their staff. I feel as-though not many of them cared about their jobs though. They liked to party all night and hide in their offices all day. Keep in mind this was Propaks field division (PPCL). I don't want to give Propak a bad name cause they are quality company, who does quality work. The work place culture was pretty standard for a construction job. I prefer working with tradesmen rather than white collar folk. Its just my preference... There are many tough parts t this job. Everything is heavy and theres been cable pulls that 15+ people have been involved in. Its not an easy job, but it pays. I was generally working in cold, dark areas, which can be hard on some people. The pay checks were the most rewarding and enjoy full part of the job.
Engineering/drafting (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 13 April 2017
Work day is typical…working on the tasks given to me to the best of my abilities giving 110%, but I feel that is not enough here. I've learned a great deal there, but it's not recognized. Poor management...have that feeling you're not trusted (that you're always second guessing yourself), poor mentorship and having to always watch your back. Being bullied (having experienced both mentally & physically). You cannot speak your mind without repercussions or having the feeling you don't belong within the particular work discipline (group/department). I have made a handful of very good friends while being there.
Friendly working with friends, but supervisor are not friendly with workers, more boss like
Insulator Technician (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 11 April 2017
Good Employer, good benefits Work time is hard, too early in morning Supervisor and lead hand and Engineering Department decide all on the job, worker has no input to be considered, this would not help for the work to be more progressive and advanced for the better
QC inspector (Former Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 23 February 2017
Propak Systems is located in Airdrie, has engineering, pressure vessel manufacturing shop, piping shop, structural shop and large assemble yard.
The company was organized very well. Products were moved ahead quickly. As a QC inspector, I had to work hard as per schedule, and kept good communication with all stakeholders to make sure high standard quality being maintained.
Company had mutual HR policy for employees. And, every month had a safety meeting informed employees about what's happening in shop and field, and collecting staff advises about improvement.