Pros: normal hours, nobody is watching your start/finish times
Cons: no beverages in the fridge
There is not much room for advancement if you are good at your job. There is a lack of collaboration between business units and processes. There are multiple processes for each job and management is aware of this but makes no effort to change. Sadly there has been multiple fatalities this year (2014), some public knowledge some kept private. Unfortunately the learnings from these incidents are not widely shared, they have shared generic high level details.
The management team I work under is quite indulgent, spending a lot of money on food for their weekly meetings, first class flights to foreign countries, large bonuses, pay checks, and large offices. They management team seems quite comfortable and happy, but the workers are not as lucky. We sit in cubicles (when 50% of our floor has empty offices for over 3 years now), our pay is not competitive or up to industry standard, and we are not treated with fair opportunities. There are no stock options granted upon hire unless you are upper management.
I spoke with my manager and was told I needed my CRSP designation to advance in my career; I got that. Now I am told I need Suncor Field experience to advance. So unless I am willing to go to Fort McMurray, there is no room for advancement. They do not give current employees credit for any prior field/site experience, but they will hire an external individual with no Suncor field experience (and external field experience) in a more senior role. Basically they don't want to move me, even though I am a high performer because I am too good at my job, or I rubbed someone in management – more... the wrong way, despite consistently receiving a performance ratings of Strong 3 years in a row which is 4/5 (5 best).
Suncor provides $5500 a year for education but it is hard to get education approved. They have 90 days to approve the education expense that you pay for first and then they pay you back 90 more days after that...so by the time you register after receiving approval the course is complete or full. Either the manager supports it or they dont. If you have a degree prior to coming to Suncor, they will respect you more and pay you better. I have seen others disrespected because they do not have a degree, or higher education.
There are a lot of Ego's walking the halls at Suncor. It is not about what you know but who you know. When senior leaders talk in meetings, they refer to individuals by name not area or title and if you dont know who or where they are or what that individual does you are not part of the conversation anymore. Its almost like, I know so and so...and you dont. It is silly and arrogant.
I have good work life balance because of efforts on my part to not answer my BB after hours. I am not in an Emergency type role therefore I do not need to be contacted on my time away from the office. Suncor does not show they have an issue with this, nor do they mention/show that they support work life balance. Plus the BB's they hand out are out dated old BB's and they do not allow the use of iPhone's or forwarding your calls/emails.
There is a lot of talk and fluffy goals showing Suncor cares, with little action. That is why the fatality rate is so high. It is why we have repeat incidents. I am a strong believer of Walk the Talk but it doesn't seem Suncor management is.
Suncor leaders do not hold a lot of workers accountable for their work. If it doesnt get done, it doesnt get done. There are few individuals that care, and that is sad. They seem to be here to get their paycheck. I hear a lot of personal chatter because im in a cubicle and because management doesnt set clear expectations. It is like a playground, if there is someone who does not do their job like the others do, everyone acts like it is okay and babies them. I was told to babysit another individual who is on my same level so I can monitor the projects success, rather than their Team Lead saying "hey, get your work done, you are affecting the team"...in a more constructive professional way but you get the idea.
There are a lot of employees that abuse some perks but management does not care nor do they discipline the workers for doing so. ie. taking random days off and not claiming them, coming into work at 9:00 and leaving at 2:30 to go home, not achieving your objectives, etc.
I used to be excited to work here because of all the opportunity to learn and grow, but now I am just excited for lunch. It is the highlight of my day. There is no challenge in my role. I am thinking this relationship between me and Suncor is good for them, not good for me. – less