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 – 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.
Steel erector/Welder Apprentice (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 23 July 2013
Worked for tarpon about 10 months was being strung along with the promise of actually getting welding experience and hours for my apprenticeship they gave me 450 hours i was given from my first three months when signing up and 300 i was credited for previous experience for the next 7 months i got 40 hours out of 1000 and was told i should be happy with the raise they gave me and not complain about my hours. i was never taught anything i had to ask journeymen on their breaks about the problems with my welds and general welding advise. other than what i taught myself on my lunches and during my overtime unpaid. I am very passionate about welding and moved from ontario to alberta to get the best welding education canada can offer.
good pay nice co-workers
theres a clique there and if your not in it they aren't doing anything for you
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.
Project Supervisor (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 February 2012
The Company it self is good. It is hard to switch roles in the company, as they like to keep people in the areas they are proven good at and do not want to allow you to grow. They expect alot of their feild employee's, long hours, long periods away from home little time off.
good money, good people
always away from home, not much room for advancement
Enjoyed the company and the people I worked with. I was taught alot here.
Intermediate Draftsperson (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 31 March 2015
I enjoyed my time at Tarpon as it was a challenging place to work. The drafting department at Tarpon has been going through many changes in the last couple of years and it is really coming together.
The drafting department consists of a mix of junior and intermediate draters that work extremely well together to get the job done. I found the drafting manager well focused on the needs of a project to get it done right and efficiently. A very good people person.
This is a drafting group that has and maintains Drafting Standards that make the overall job that much easier to do.
On site cafeteria, coworkers, constant work, flexable hours
Metal Shop - Metal Saw Operator (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 20 March 2014
but job security is stressfull. When we slow down Company cut work days .For exemple- today when I write this resum to you , I have two days off with not pay ,because we slown down in the production ..
Typical hire and fire company, except now they are replacing Canadian Apprentices and Journeymen with Temporary Foreign Workers. The money and hours are there when they have work but do to poor management and organization lay offs come regularly.
Journeyman welder (Former Employee) – Structures – 21 January 2013
Bad management, Bad organization,and good employees being replaced by Temporary Foreign Workers. When they have the work you work excessively(7 days a week), then as soon as that project is over they lay off. Standard hire and fire Company.