Contractor (Current Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – December 10, 2014
Work begins at 8:00am when a majority of the employees have just fcompleted their first cup of coffee or a smoke outside. While the employees engage in their daily task at full speed, senior managers are busy with their daily planning and project review meetings which last for about an hour or two at times. By 9:30 am the employees are seeking the second cup of coffee for the day. By 10:00 am a great deal of the daily task has been completed. During this period, the management staff could be seen moving from one cost centre to the other obtaining updates and feed-backs from the current projects while suggesting or detecting directions to the responsibility staff to follow. Lunch is at noon and most of the employees congregate in the lunch room chatting and sexting while the micro-waves are busy warming up the lunch plates. By 1:00 pm everyone is back again to their respective work stations. As managers move by, one could notice a sense of satisfaction as they throw jokes at the employees. The rest of the day is a bit relaxed with pop-up announcements and training opportunities as well as vacancies on the workstations. On Fridays there is usually a beer party for an employee leaving for a weeding vacation or an opportunity elsewhere. At SMS Equipment, there is much achievement with little stress. The people are just awesome and the team spirit is great.
Warehouse Tech. (Current Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – June 14, 2012
A typical day at work with SMS Equipment...
I'd usually start my day with completing an FLRA, which is a required task. SMS was very strict when it came to safety, which was great. Next i'd move on to my other daily duties, filling customer orders, shipping/receiving freight, loading/unloading trucks..etc. The most difficult part of my job would have to be working in extreme temperatures, even with the winter attire that SMS provided it was still difficult working in below 30. The most enjoyable part of my job is definitely meeting new people and getting to work with my co-workers.
Sales Rep and Product Rep (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – May 19, 2015
I worked for SMS for over 5 years. Overall there are many really good people in the organization and I have made a number of great professional friends and acquaintances working here. I found daily that the job was challenging and rewarding.
Unfortunately management is often out of touch with the business and customer base and it was often difficult to get managers to buy in on a good business decision. I found it frustrating and often exhausting to try and do the right thing.
Overall I enjoyed working here and was sorry to leave when I did.
Great co-workers, good benefits and decent compensation.
This was my first real business job. I was an administrative assistant to the director of one of the sections of the company.
On any given day, I would answer e-mails for the director, organize and track his appropriate inventory, contact sellers or buyers to follow up on deals, and any other task he may have required me to fulfill.
I also got the opportunity to help out in the accounting department in my last few weeks of work. I would check the debit and credit accounts in all areas to ensure that they were balanced for month's end.
Running repair Electrician (Current Employee) – Elkford, BC – May 28, 2015
I enjoyed giving customer technical support and the variety of work. A typical day starts with finding out what equipment is down and for what issue, drive to mine site and meet with customer and read comments from shift electricians, then go to downed equipment. I specifically enjoyed solving complex electrical issues.
involvement in complex problems
being a contractor and subject to first to go during slowdowns.
Labourer and First aid level 3 attendant (Current Employee) – Elkford, BC – September 19, 2012
Good pay and beneficial time off. I did learn alot about mining equipment specificaly Komatsu equipment. I learned how to service these machines and assemble alot of them.I gained alot of valuble experience and tickets.
good pay and equal time off.
old i could have an apprenticship after proving myself, and now am told i have to go to school for a year before the chance at an apprenticship
Hone operator (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – February 11, 2013
Arrived at 6 am. Participated in an exercise program before starting work. While working I learned how to hone large cylinders. Management instilled and demanded safety at all times.Co-workers were pleasant and helpful when needed. My main problem with my job was I had difficulty measuring certain cylinders. I enjoyed learning new procedures that were outside my normal HD Mechanic learning.
Heavy Equipment Technician (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – January 5, 2015
This branch of SMS equipment is good. Lead hands are knowledgeable and willing to help if you have questions. Service manager is a great guy who always tried to make you feel comfortable at the job and excel. Above reproach. Upper management has issues though.
good coworkers, good pay and benefits.
still under the corporate structure that is shady at best!
Shipper/Receiver (Former Employee) – Williams Lake, BC – April 4, 2013
Learned new skills every day Shipper/Receiver responsibilities Management and co-workers were very supportive Computer system was a bit complicated The team spirit and co-operation within the company was second to none
Accounts Payable & Payroll Assistant (Current Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – January 15, 2015
I enjoyed my work environment and it was a very positive place to be. It was challenging when the workload was heavy during busy times but i received support from my co-workers and superiors and did the same in return.
Service Supervisor (Field) (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – April 28, 2015
management has absolutely no grasp on what is required to run a successful equipment dealership, instead of taking responsibility for the lack of infrastructure they would rather have a fall guy in place to take the blame.
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) – Tumbler Ridge, BC/Fort McMurray AB – November 9, 2014
The company provides a great work environment. They're very supportive, they pay well with decent benefits. The management at certain branches seems to be a bit of a boys' club but for the most part will do their part to help you out in any way they can.