Buyer (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 22 February 2017
If you are a contractor on Syncrude site, I hope your parent company takes good care of you. Syncrude will not. You will see all the great emails about their thrift bonuses and party invites that you will not get or be invited to.
Welder (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 22 February 2017
I worked there as an Apprentice welder and as a Journeyman welder. wage is fantastic, great benefits if you stay with them. Good safety systems and culture. On the floor and the field, co-workers were great, especially with me being a new Journeyman. Supervisors were generally good people who sometimes came off the same floor they currently lead. The economy gave this place a good whack, like the rest of the oilsands leading to some friction with management, leading to morale losses and such, but I wasnt there long enough to truly gague that aspect. All in all, definitely not a bad place to work.
Network Analyst (Former Employee) – Lake Mildred, Alberta – 25 October 2016
A typical day at work started a 8 am and I started my day by doing my system checks and maintenance. We had a team meeting every day where we discussed what needed to be addressed. I had to resolve any work tickets assigned to me and I had to log what I did for the day. We took turns doing the work permits for our building so if was my month I had to grab the radio so that I can be contacted anytime. By 4:20 I was ready to go home. The management was alright for the most part. A couple of team leaders were not that great. My co-workers where awesome. The hardest part of the job was living in fort mcmurray. The most enjoyable part of the job was having potluck dinners!
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 31 August 2016
Continuously changing environment. There is the possibility of being assigned to ore runs to make oil, or building a new structure. I learned that you have to be safety oriented, mindful of your surroundings and conditions at all times. Even after you finish your shift you have to be disciplined at home for fatigue management which is a primary responsibility as an operator. All projects had to be carefully managed because there was ample opportunity to have losses if there wasn't efficient use of resources. There also needed to be cushions in case of equipment failure which is always a possibility in an off road setting. Co-workers were always helpful. We were a team and could not function without each other. The most difficult part of the job is health management. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the things you need to munch on in the latter part of any shift to not only stay awake but maintain your weight. You have to resist the habitual use of coffee and stimulants so that you can maintain a healthy balance in your body. Handling these giants of mining was the most enjoyable part of this job for me. Since I was doing it all the time, I was having an enjoyable time all the time.
Document control specialist (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 23 August 2016
I have enjoyed working for Syncrude and I appreciate having had a wonderful opportunity to work at Base Plant Project Department. I had a wonderful experience working with this company and have learnt many new things which I am sure will help me to find a new job.
Contract Administrator (Former Employee) – Ft. McMurray, AB – 25 July 2016
Great people to work with - some, not so great. Company culture shifted since ExxonMobil came in and it hasn't been the same since. It's been like walking on egg shells and everyone worried for their jobs.
Process Operator (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 25 May 2016
Working for Syncrude was really working with family. I spent more time with my co-workers at the job,then my actual family. The schedules required long work days. From changing out valves in -40'c, too hosing down towers covered in Bituman with 100'c water at +35'c. we always found the light side of things to keep us smiling. It was a job that thrived on team work, and good moral. When equipment was failing you could always count on your co-workers to show up and give a hand with the support of management only a radio call away. The hands on learning and mechanical knowledge gained, was the greatest part of the job for me.
Greatest group of people I could want to work with
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 19 February 2016
Days seemed to get a little monotonous when you were placed on one task for too long but there was periodic rotation. The people made it a great place to work, always good to joke around with and get the job done at the same time. There is so much managerial bureaucracy that even goes as far as to make production inefficient. Hardest part of the job was actually finding something to do when we were in the slow season. Loved getting a change to rotate onto different pieces of equipment for more experience.
Good place to work. Suffering from low oil prices like anywhere else.
Senior Electrical Designer (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 20 January 2016
I worked there for 18 years and the people make it a great place to work. The management changed hands a few years ago and the focus seemed to move away from production efficiency and more towards maximum short term profit. Unfortunately the new management lacked faith in the ability of the existing staff and infrastructure to continue running the plant in a sufficiently profitable manner and they made many changes. This lead to the plant profits decreasing consistently over the remaining years and now they are looking for any and all ways to slash operating costs, including the layoffs of many long term experienced employees. As of right now, the plant is in the middle of a takeover bid from a competing plant and all signs lean towards the success of the bid. I will sorely miss working there as I made many good friends and acquaintances.