Tervita Employee Reviews

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Do not work at fox creek trd
Operator (Former Employee), Fox Creek, ABJanuary 28, 2016
Pros: Leaving
Cons: everything
Very toxic work environment between workers and management,
Management is very inexperienced with plant operations. they will put your life at risk. if you disagree with them or go to HR they will fire you.
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Pays the bills
Head Office Slave (Former Employee), Calgary, ABJanuary 22, 2016
Pros: pays some bills
Cons: too much to list in this box. see review
All that can be said for Tervita, in head office is it pays the bills. Management (especially in Info Tech) has no bloody clue about staff management, their skills or how to manage people. It is even doubtful they even have a clue what the skills inventory of their staff are. They might if they ever bothered to ask. There is no salary increases in at least 2 years, layoffs, but wow have they got money to waste on consultants for work that; a) their management should have the skills, if not..hit the road. b) their staff could do if they knew what they had skills for or even invest in their staff.
Typical workday is keep head low, shut up, collect your paycheck. Oh and fight boredom.
Suggest not to work here if you expect honest management that truly care about you. If you like self serving, management that lies, has no focus, then this is certainly the place to be.
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New challenges each day in a productive environment
Operator (Former Employee), Valleyview, ABJanuary 19, 2016
Pros: Occasional BBQ days and free gifts for safety points
Cons: Shift work including nights
Safety was the main focus in the morning starting out our day with a moment to reflect before starting work. Would then proceed with our daily tasks of processing crude oil and byproducts(water and solids).
Testing oil purity and density and then treating and blending(upgrading) the product until it met pipeline specifications and daily volumes.
Easy to get along with management and co-workers with a company that supported health and safety in and out of the work environment.
The hardest part of the job was environmental conditions in certain repairs and maintenance requirements.
Most enjoyable was the adversity each day of different processes used to process the various product that came into the facility.
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Operations Assistant
Operations Assistant/Timekeeper (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBNovember 24, 2015
Variety, great atmosphere, great environment, flexible with family schedule, great supervisor. annual bonus, 4 weeks vacation to start, annual raise
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Typical Day at Work
Field Service Administrator (Current Employee), Richmond, BCNovember 3, 2015
Pros: flexible hours and challenges
Cons: none
Working with Tervita is a great experience. I am able to use my expertise and experience on a daily basis and transform my horizons.The day to day experience is rewarding as i learn something new on a daily basis and also have the opportunity to train and educate some new employees accross the company.
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Productive and fun place to work
Labourer (Former Employee), Calgary, ABOctober 26, 2015
The hours were great.
The crews you were put on were great. Always a feeling of being welcome even when you were new.
They took care of the employees. going to work was enjoyable
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A struggling company
Manager (Former Employee), Calgary, ABOctober 19, 2015
Still struggling to find their identity. Continually making questionable decisions is costing them their share of the market. There's potential with the company if it can survive the downturn. They just need to decide what it is they want to be. Three rounds of layoffs in the last two years. They've lost a good deal of valuable people.
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Company is drowning
HR (Current Employee), calgarySeptember 28, 2015
Executives are bleeding the company dry with monthly housing rent, maid service, dry cleaning, plain tickets to go home, entertainment and food.
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Terrible place to try and make a career
Regional Account Manager (Former Employee), Grande Prairie, ABSeptember 16, 2015
Pros: money
Cons: everything else
The only thing good about Tervita is the pay and holidays. I expect that they need to pay their employees well, due to the fact that they treat them like numbers. This is not a good place to work. Management in Calgary does not care about you as an employee. They hire hordes of staff and then have mass layoffs when times become tight, instead of cutting the massive bonuses that upper management is getting. They would rather spend 1 million dollars on a chuck wagon tarp at the Calgary stampede than fix that disposal well that needs repair.
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Toxic Company
Projects (Former Employee), Richmond, BCSeptember 4, 2015
Pros: Good compensation and benefits
Cons: Abusive culture
Poor culture, disrespectful and even abusive at times. Management lacks professionalism and leadership ability. Constant, heavy layoffs. Pay freezes, overextending on fancy Stampede sponsorship while profits lag. Low morale, egomaniacal middle managers who play favourites.
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Terrible Work Environment and Future, Would not recommend to anyone
PC (Former Employee), EdmontonJuly 28, 2015
Tervita has been in the news multiple times since their rebranding. They wasted millions of dollars on developing a name and putting all divisions under an umbrella and trying to sponsor everything they could get their hands on at Calgary Stampede. They planned to issue an IPO. They decided the "market wasn't favorable" but picked an internal share value greatly exceeding what the market would bear despite HUGE debt.

Shortly after their rebranding, they had to fire ~400 people in one day, mostly in the Calgary office. People had their things packed and everyone was tense and multiple people left in tears. A quick google search will come up with news articles referencing the massive layoffs. Since then they have had to sell off and close a number of divisions and had additional days of mass firings.

They shut down their "Employee Unit Ownership Plan" recently. They matched up to a 5% RRSP contribution in company stock. When they fired all of their employees (and had a mass exodus of a number of high level managers and below quitting) they were limited to pay out the funds in this EUOP program to $250k per month total. Because some of the highest managers in the company had hundreds of thousands in this program, the wait time to receive your money was up to 8 years. They valued their company stock internally at $54/share which was ridiculously overpriced. Since cancelling the program, they lowered their internal share price to $21/share (effectively lowering the payouts from the program to under half of what was owed). Despite requesting withdrawals at the $54/share rating – more... and being put on the waiting list for withdrawals, people who worked at Hazco or other divisions for most of their careers and were counting on a lot of this money for retirement or college funds, now are receiving less than half of the savings they had been waiting for. This doesn't seem legal yet no one at the company HR or elsewhere will talk about it.

Tervita hosts a terrible work environment, anybody worth their salt has already jumped ship and found jobs at competitor companies, the turnover rates are extremely high. Their Accounts Receivable and Payable and accounting systems are a mess, they will sometimes be 6 months behind on receipt and release of payments which causes cash flow issues and just general confusion.

The CEO has also left the company recently.

I wouldn't recommend working for any division in this company to my worst enemy. – less
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Excellent place to work for, with an unpredictable future
Project Cost Coordinator (Current Employee), Richmond, BCMay 27, 2015
Like any place, Tervita has it's goods and bads. Some days are busier than others, so sometimes it's hard to plan ahead. Direct management is great but the same cannot be said about corporate.
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Good crews
Loader Operator (Former Employee), Calgary, ABMay 21, 2015
Not a bad company to work for, usually treat their employees prretty good. would work for them again if I could. There's just not a lot of work right now.
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Growing Company
Human Resources Generalist (Former Employee), Blackfalds, ABMay 12, 2015
Tervita has undergone several changes in the last few years, but the company is getting to a really good place, and I am excited to see what the company has to bring.

Great benefits, compensation, and culture.
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Great work life balance
Regional Financial Analyst (Former Employee), Sherwood park ABMay 3, 2015
Monthly flex days for personal use.
No OT and flexible working hours.
Great team to work with, everyone had special talents that we all shared and were able to collaborate with. This made for a strong team that was able to learn from one another.
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Great but not fun to work with employees
Plant Operator (Former Employee), Fox Creek, ABApril 16, 2015
Pros: Wages and expierence
Cons: Staff
I loved my job but the atmoshpere was all wrong and clicky. I learned a lot and it was a great place to do so. Managment was flacky and liked not to deal with the matters at hand.
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good place to work
Loader Operator/ Labourer (Former Employee), Sherwood Park, ABApril 9, 2015
Pros: home every night
Cons: pay
good hours
co-workers were very helpful
management was ok
keep busy throughout the day
safety wasn't the best
facility wasn't up to par
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Provide many hours of work but allowed for very little time to rest.
Labourer/Drillers Hand on Anchor and Piling Rigs (Former Employee), Calgary, ABMarch 30, 2015
This job was great for making a lot of money in a short amount of time. However it provided very little time to rest and required very long work hours.
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Great people to work with
Billing Specialist (Former Employee), Calgary,ABMarch 19, 2015
Cons: early hours short days but 8 hours
Alot of work, I learned a great deal, Loved the people I worked with and enjoyed the customers I dealt with and they enjoyed me.
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Tervita
Boilerhand (Former Employee), Grande Prairie, ABMarch 6, 2015
Large Oil & Gas company. Nice people to work with, always kept busy. Treated well, with good benefits package. Several locations around Canada.
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