process operator (Former Employee), fort mcmurray – September 11, 2014
Pros: pay and benefits
Cons: everything else
if you have a chance to work at another oil sands site your best off taking it, was lied to by management, permit office had some of the most rude people I have ever worked with in my life. job itself was ok, pay was ok, long days, alot of people that worked there didn't seem to really want to be there, training was a mess, best have some experience – more... if you go there as there is very little experience to learn from. All they want to hire it seems are kids right out of school.
Instrument Technician (Current Employee), Fort McMurray, AB – April 13, 2014
Had worked continue 6 hrs to troubleshoot one loop. troubleshoot problem with patience Lead whole crew for particular job Trained apprentices and new technicians Extreme cold and windy job place Working in team
Office was located in the center of the Syncrude Mine in Fort McMurray, adequate office environment, nice group of co-workers
Direct Buying, Materials & Services Department (Former Employee), Fort McMurray, AB – July 19, 2013
Pros: supportive team manager, friendly coworkers, good salary and benefits
Cons: mine site location and taking company bus to work every day
A typical day involved receiving requests from various departments in the Mine to purchase materials. I prepared RFQ's and RFI's for a variety of products ranging from Cable Tractors, Diggers, Valves, rental equipment and fleet vehicles. Any sort of request for a one-off purchase could come your way.
The hardest part of the job was that the company – more... was revising it's purchasing guidelines, so it was difficult to explain the new procedures to the other mine departments and attain their buy-in. And it resulted in extra paperwork and approval for each proposal.
The management and staff were very professional and supportive and there was a strong sense of team.
It was hard to adapt to a concise work schedule, meaning it was strange to have to stop work at a certain time everyday to be able to catch your transportation back to town. Regardless of what issue you were dealing with at the time.
I learned that I am able to learn new processes quickly, adapt to new environments and create relationships with a broad spectrum of people. – less
Process Operator Conversion South (Former Employee), Conversion South, 8-1/8-2 Cokers, team 501 – April 23, 2013
Pros: team oriented, learning environment
Cons: communication issues between field operators and upper management
Even though you are to be working a 12 hour shift, Syncrude's required routines do not make it seem like a 12 hour shift. You start your morning/night shift with a "kick-off" meeting, discussions about each post's previous shift. Then you are to give you attention to your STL in regards to todays/tonights SPDO, a list of equipment needing to be isolated – more... and brought down for repairs, or equipment that needs to be commissioned after being repaired. Once read and understood its time to head out into the field and get it done. By the time you and your team get all this done, its pretty much time to give relief, and head home. None the less i never was bored within my 12 hour shift, as there was always something that needed to be done, and was always something new to learn – less
Journeyman Electrician (Former Employee), Fort McMurray, AB – February 4, 2013
Pros: great wages
Syncrude Canada was my first employer as a journeyman. The company salary I was offered was great, and the benefits too. I made a decision to leave this company to gain more experience in other fields. This was a difficult company to leave.
Very good place of employment,very safe work enviroment.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee), Fort McMurray, AB – October 2, 2012
Pros: nice awards.good lunches, good people
Cons: wet weather was boring and dangerous and less productive, everyone had to be very attentive to what they were doing.
To start the day i was to to fill out today's job task analysis form for the job at hand,while having coffee,then pre - equipment checks,before i start working,if any deficiency's it would be called in to whom it may concerned. If none i would carry on a normal operation. In the middle of the shift the shift supervisor would make a fleet call to update – more... production and inquire of any safety concerns that may have been observed during the shift,workers were also motivated to report safety issues as they would occur.If any it would be dealt with ASAP. Then if we were having a slower productive day than usual the supervisor would ask for input from the field workers to solve what ever was causing the slow down,it maybe the weather road conditions or maybe new people being trained,In any case he had to have an answer to account for the loss of production. In a team enviroment everyone was trained to help each other out. Then finally shift change comes along hot change the bus let the operators off and and operators on put no equipment moved until the buses cleared the work area, Then it was a much deserved rest after a 12 hour shift and all the laughter of the fun day, and sometimes silly mistakes made during the shift but nothing serious. – less
It is a fine place to work the people are great to work with
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee), Fort McMurray AB. – August 12, 2012
Pros: you get paid to ride the bus to work
Cons: long days
The people are good to work with and the direct management is supportive and good to work with as I am only a casual employee I Can't answer salary or benefits a typical day starts by getting on the bus at 6am riding an hour to work starting at 7:30 driving until 7:30 pmI have learned What kinds of dirt you need on structures ,how to back to shovels – more... and dozers the value of tires and how valuable safety is the hardest part of the job is keeping your self in the moment for 12 hrs. I love operating equipment – less
Productive and a fun workplace with a fish tank in the lobby area
Chemical Technologist (Junior) (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – July 2, 2012
Pros: excellent pay rate
Cons: long equipment maintenance
A typical day at work can include, but not limited to analyzing oil sand samples using the Dean Stark Method of extracting bitumen from water and solids that make up each sample. From the length of time that I spent there, I learned that to be part of a team means for each member to do their part to earn their keep, to take initiative when appropiate – more... and that it never hurts to ask questions to your supervisor when you are unsure of how a specific method works in certain situations. Management was always very courteous and always happy to be of assistance when required to be and my fellow co-workers were very helpful and kind when I needed to learn about my daily duties. The hardest part of the job by far was learning about certain equipment used for Coarse Particule Analysis as some of the equipment required special treatment in order to clean and maintain before and after use of samples. The most enjoyable part of the job by far was learning about the different equipment used in the laboratories for different purposes as well as getting to know my fellow co-workers both during work and at lunch/break when appropiate. – less