Welder (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 15 May 2017
Syncrude has excellent pay, vacation and benefits. You may be disappointed in the pay if your trade doesn't receive a significant amount of overtime. Also the communities you are located in likely will not provide much of a social life and expensive cost of homes. It is a retirement job, so it can be a detriment to your progress if your in it for anything other than the long haul. The job security is a little embellished with this company.
Excellent pay, vacation, benefits and a feasible schedule.
Unless you intend on retiring with them, working for them could be a mistake.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 20 May 2017
Mining - 12.5 hour days with another 2 hours travel combined 3 days - 3 nights. Your working alone and most times in solidarity confinement and your overall mental and physical health will deteriorate if your not careful. Great pay scale when you make it to top level and benefits but they have taken away much more then what they've offered in 5 years so don't bank on anything lasting. If your looking to grovel for a big pay then this is your job.
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 15 March 2017
Great place to work, competitive benefits and salary, with meaningful projects. The only point of contention is that some managers like to talk behind your back, enough have the decency to let you know what's going on before it's too late that it isn't too much a problem.
Process Operator (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 8 March 2017
Its been a pleasure working for Syncrude Canada, started off entry level position and worked very hard to accomplished experience within the process operation field. Comminissioning and decommissioning , walk downs experience.
Training Coordinator (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 25 February 2017
A great company with lots of opportunities . Management and staff were respectful and great to work with. A new job brings excitement and can be a trying when learning new programs and processes. It all comes with a new job.
4th Class Power Engineer (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 19 February 2017
I started off as a Co-Op Student in the Sulphur Recovery Units, where we practiced emergency scenarios to ensure that I acted appropriately to each. Gained knowledge of the unit process flow and the parameters in order to keep the plant operating efficiently. The training and core values ensure each one of us worked well with each other safely. The hardest part of the job was the older plants sometimes gave me trouble in restarting after a trip but with the experienced operators mentoring me gained the knowledge needed to start these plants, so in the future, I would not experience any problems of restarting the plant . Learning new processes and mentoring new trainees on the plants that you have mastered so that you can build a team of strong operators that can respond to any situation with confidence was the most enjoyable part of the job
Syncrude was a rewarding and challenging company to work for.
Heavy Equipment Operator (tailings) (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 9 February 2017
I began my career at Syncrude many years ago. The time period in between jobs I chose to have a family and raise them to school age prior to re-entering the work world. My time at Syncrude was also fun and challenging.
Welder/Heavy Duty Mobile Equipment (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 7 February 2017
I really enjoyed working at Syncrude because there was something new everyday to fix on the Heavy Mobile Equipment. I found it very interesting working on such big scale machinery and loved the challenge. They have great salary and benefits better then most of the jobsites out that way. I found the people there great and they help me out the best way they could, truly down the earth people for sure.
Overall great place to work, and the work experience there is assume.
Salary and benefits, 6 on 6 off was good
Long days 12 hour shifts, taking the bus, Getting home late when the traffic is bad, being fozen waiting for the bus in the mornings, Bus ride to long 1 1/4 hours one way, very long days when you include travell and 12 hours of work
Productive workplace where I felt like a valued member of the team.
Short Range Mine Planner (Former Employee) – Mildred Lake, AB – 22 January 2017
I worked there for an 8 month co-op term. I learned a lot about how a mine operates on a day-to-day basis. Everyone pulled their own weight, but knew when to take a break. Overtime wasn't expected, but allowed if necessary. The hardest part was working with contractors to get the job done according to specs. The most enjoyable part was knowing that what I was doing was important.
A work place that only helps their direct employees
Contractor (Current Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 12 December 2016
Working as a contractor was the toughest thing ever, unpaid breaks , forced to take days off without pay, pay cuts . In general, Being at a contractor in this organization means you work twice as hard for half of what you deserve.
At the time, very forward thinking in terms of organization design
Organization Effectiveness Specialist (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 25 July 2016
I had an excellent experience working in organization design, organization culture, team building. The training opportunities were fabulous--so from a professional development perspective there were many opportunities. As an OD consultant, I worked very closely with a GM and their management team (one of the areas of the plant -- Extraction). The GM was amazing and really committed to moving towards Area Management (away from Functional/Single Discipline Structure) At the time it was fairly male dominated -- but I did not find that to be too much of a problem. The hardest part of the job -- was living and working in the cold climate. It was truly amazing to work with a great team of people trying to redesign the organization to make it more effective.