Project Administrator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 August 2017
I was hired on as a Project Admin in Calgary. I was only able to work for a short period because my family unexpectedly relocated out of province. This was disappointing because I loved working there. What a great group of people, it was fun and the work was challenging. They were always flexible and accommodating. I would work there again in a heartbeat if I had the chance.
Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 February 2017
No planning ahead of time and everything had to be done yesterday They have high expectations from you and you don't get any appreciation. Every once in a while someone needs to remind the manager that this is not a classroom and you are not the teacher! really poor management culture... In the engineering department I haven't seen anyone satisfied, everyone sticks around just because economy is down and there are not many opportunities out there.
However, I had good co-workers and friendly team members in our department (except the manager) and other departments.
The worst aspect of the job for an educated engineer is that you don't learn much ENGINEERING, you will learn however how things are assembled in a real shop and how things are run down in the chain...
fair job security
low pay, poor management, not the best place to learn
Electrician Apprentice (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 24 January 2017
The tarpon mod yard is a fast pace, high activity electrical yard. You can learn a lot due to the different types of buildings being built. Usual daily tasks include, fabricating strut, building tray, bending conduit, pulling wire, moving and installing MCC and switchgear and overall wiring and terminating gear.
Instrumentation Technician Apprentice (Former Employee) – Hinton, AB – 20 December 2016
Typical day at work involves driving to site, assessing the job. Getting everything ready and conducting safety permits. Out in the boonies so its quite nice. Conducting the work for the rest of the day with good spaced out breaks and lunch. Finish up and drive home!
Machine operator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 November 2016
I really liked working there. From my interview till the day i left all was very good. The day went well and the money and benefits were great. And the workers and managment listen very well to each other.
Apprentice Electrician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 15 September 2016
5/10 work days were sometimes slow or overly busy, poorly managed man power made some mediocre task take much longer than needed. The benefit was the experience gained, the mod yard was good place to get exposure to industrial gear and various equipment. Management is why I left. My coworkers and direct managers were great and the job culture was there. The hardest part of my job was interacting with upper management and having no work to do. The most enjoyable part of the job was some of the unique challenges that the type of construction posed, opportunity to work with some skilled and experienced workers.
Apprentice Electrician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 17 April 2016
foremans and supers are a joke who cannot communicate, threaten your job security at every opportunity and just all around bad people. Some of the lead hands were alright but there certaintly were exceptions to that. surprised the company is still doing business. Businesses that embrace people as their greatest asset and reward and treat them well often succeed, and as you can see they have not and they lost the best of the core of their CS division to another company who is now getting lots of work and contracts, also they cannot get a single job in their mod yard it seems. I guess what goes around comes around.
Electrician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 12 February 2016
I have worked for many companies in several provinces in Canada and Tarpon are without a doubt the worst of the lot. Management and supervision are completely incompetent and many of them have no idea how to run a job or deal with co-workers. There was daily threats from management to fire workers for staying a minute or two extra on coffee breaks, making minor mistakes in work, taking phone out of pocket while working etc. Career apprentices were given free reign to do as little as they wanted while giving orders to far more experienced workers. There was a large turnover of workers as many of the better guys quit them for better opportunities elsewhere. And there was a very poor safety culture. Rarely saw the safety officer on site at all.
The office girls were friendly and good at their jobs.
Incompetent staff, regular threats to be fired, poor salary and no benefits, poor safety culture.
Apprentice Electrician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 14 January 2016
This company was going through lots of changes when I was there. Was bought up by another company and at the same time thing started to slow down so it was a little crazy. But the people are nice and helpful.