Engineer (Current Employee) – Canada – 25 June 2017
Working at a large operation, there are several technical challenges which makes the work very interesting. Being part of a large organization, you have numerous resources available in which you can tap into when you come across problems that the operation has not previously experienced.
Typical day starts by checking and reviewing the work with the project manager. At 11 am there is a daily meeting with the project manager, the design team and upper management. In that meeting you outline your progress and highlight any problems you have or see the potential of developing. After the lunch break you return to your work station and continue with your design activities as per instructions from management and the agreed plan of action.
Senior management is very involved in the design process providing instant support when needed.
Unfortunately due to the poor economy they can't offer a permanent position.
Mine Operator (Current Employee) – Weipa QLD Australia – 4 January 2014
Weipa wonderful lifestyle, but housing is to expensive and the general cost of living is rediculous. Losts of favouritism within the teams which is really bad. can't complain about the rest of my job though I love what I do.
Productive and supporting company allowing me the opportunity to complete my Master's of Business Administration degree in Executive Management
Temporary Supervisor/Industrial Operator (Current Employee) – Kitimat, BC – 9 July 2013
Typical industrial working environment with production and safety being number one priority. Work starts at 7:00 am and ends at 7:00 pm with four half hour breaks. During my tenure with Rio Tinto Alcan, I have learned how to work and manage within a large union environment. In addition, being a heavy industry I have learned to watch out for the safety of my co-workers and my own safety.
The management of Rio Tinto Alcan lists safety as top priority followed by productivity on their agenda. The management is also very supportive and are accommodating to its employees.
Teamwork is very important to get various tasks done and therefore, most co-workers are cooperative and work cohesively.
The most difficult part of the job is working near furnaces on extremely hot days with temperatures exceeding 700 degrees Celsius. In contrast, the best part of the job is being trusted and treated with respect. It makes the employees feel responsible and results in better productivity.
Recognition of achievements and employee contribution to safety and productivity.
Long working hours with every alternate weekend off.
Driver (Former Employee) – Labrador City, NL – 16 June 2013
Worked with company transporting workers around job site. To and from airport. Worked with great management team and safety was a priority at all times.Hardest part of job was winter conditions on gravel roads with full load of workers and slippery conditions with many hills and turns. Keep yourself alert as to conditions of the roads and block out noises from workers being transported.Enjoyable past was getting workers back to camp safely and taking them to airport for their turn-a-rounds for days off.
Site employee (Former Employee) – Northwest Territories, Canada – 13 June 2013
Extremely 'top heavy' - rife with under-qualified, arrogant young management. Hence poor business decisions and tremendous waste. Good safety culture but conservative leadership with no sense (or care) for front-line workers. No opportunity for advancement unless one relocates to the North.
travail intéressant conviable et salaire plus que convenable
Planificateur entretien (Former Employee) – Sorel-Tracy – 11 June 2013
je peux parler pour QIT et non pour toutes les autres unitées de RIO TINTO, mais l'usine de Qit, donc j'ai fait partie pendant pres de 24 ans. C,est l,endroit pour travailler dans notre région et moi je peux comparer ,car j'ai travailler 20 ans dans une autre usine majeur de la région
Nos patrons nous laissent faire notre Job
les employé(e) ont perdu toute identification a leur usine
Wornderful environment to work in, learned alot of new skills.
Logistics Coordinator / Administration Support (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 5 December 2012
- Data Entry, reconsiling, talking on the phone, ordering railcars, switched being on call every second weekend. - I gained more experience with Microsoft Office, worked a bit in AccPac, Learned alot about being in a corporation vs. when I worked with a small business. - I got along very well with all the managment as well as my co-workers - Hardest part of my job was picking up where the person I was filling in for left off, not having them here to explain certain reports and emails. It was a process but eventually it all works out. - I enjoyed how involved the corporate office is envolved with our operations, as well as being able to contribute to making improvements in certain aspects of the office.
pizza lunches, had a great relationship with everyone.
long hours for month end, not being as involved with the hr aspect of the business
Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Former Employee) – Kitimat, BC – 5 November 2012
Workday starts with a Pre-shift meeting which may include safety items, I was tasked with repairing old equipment often requiring very frequent "Emergency" repairs. Management people under a lot of stress to "just Make Do" until smelter is rebuilt. Co-workers very hardworking and helpful and eager to accomplish assignments in as safe a fashion as possible. The hardest part of the job was doing the same "emergency" time and time again because too much of the machinery was far past its economic service life. The most enjoyable part of the day was the end of shift wrap up meetings.