Tervita Employee Reviews in Canada

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It is a good company to start your career path. Grateful with the opportunity I received to work with the company.
Contracts Administrator Midstream Supply Chain (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABJune 20, 2016
I had the opportunity to work with a very good team in SCM-WP and with its Legal-Contracts' Team.
Variety, great atmosphere, great work environment, flexible with family schedule.
Pros
Flex Day
Cons
Corporate Communication Policy
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don't do it
Field service Technician (Former Employee) –  Stony Plain AlbertaMay 25, 2016
poor management! No job security. The management lies all the tim

Stony Plain Alberta
Work 70 hours a week,on call,then layoffs. Now they have work and hire contract mechanics instead of the people they laid off.
Pros
money is good
Cons
everything else
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great place to work
Health and Safety Advisor (Former Employee) –  Fort St John, BCApril 15, 2016
company provides everything you need to do your job properly. Whatever training you need , you got it, with no cost to you. The company fully backs safety.
Pros
work life ballance
Cons
low salary
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Nothing consistant
Administrative Assistant - Equipment (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABApril 15, 2016
Management has no vision and doesn't care about employees. Most of the people are good to work with but the company is more concerned about bottom line and not keeping good staff. Office bullying, gossip, and rumors are the norm. One part of the office doesn't know what the other part is doing and there is no office morale.
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Bankruptcy Probable
Waste Management (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BCMarch 20, 2016
Tervita was once profitable and growing, in the last few years mismanagement has driven the company into the ground. Repeated layoffs, foolish spending on expensive marketing during Stampede, recent cancellation of the employee RRSP matching, bad decisions are everywhere. Tervita is currently selling bonds at $10, in case the company survives they'll have to payout $100. The chances of survival without debt restructuring are ~ 10%, shareholders will lose money. Either bankruptcy or restructuring (probably bankruptcy) as the outcome. Employees are lucky the pensions are with a third party.

The Richmond office is an example of the inept management, a small group of ring-leaders harass and abuse underlings. Management carries on inappropriate relationships with staff, flirting during meetings, groping at xmas parties, and other bad behavior are more important than managing profitability and hard work. HR is a disaster-, if harassment is reported the complainant is promptly "laid-off" this is common. Bad behavior is rewarded, uneducated people call the shots, favouritism is the norm, back-stabbing, lying.... nothing is out of the question.
Pros
BBQ days, flex time off, generous vacation time, pay and benefits are good
Cons
Pending bankruptcy, Harassment, Abuse, Job instability
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work enviroment
Commercial Pump truck & b-train driver (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BCMarch 12, 2016
Did you ever think that more and more jobs are coming available because people are starting to realize that working for Tervita is like working in a TOXIC ENVIROMENT!! They promote safety but infuse
safety with discipline. You have no job security, with Tervita, there is no knowing whether your job will be there tomorrow or 6 months down the road. They are allowed to discharge your services based on anonymous reports of work habits that are based solely on biased discrepancies. If you choose to work for Tervita, do so with the knowledge that your position is temporary and can end at any time, with out prior notice, and with extreme prejudice.
Pros
there are none
Cons
a toxic enviroment to work in.....
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great teamwork with co workers
Plant Operator (Former Employee) –  British ColumbiaMarch 6, 2016
The tv show undercover boss episode on Tervita was not the whole picture. It is what it is. I did learn a lot and shared what i knew with co-workers.
Pros
In house training.
Cons
Down the chain of command communication.
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Great People
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee) –  Acheson, ABFebruary 2, 2016
The culture with Tervita makes for great people. Atypical day would be always started with a safety moment, tail gate meeting and warm ups to get you ready for your day.
Pros
Great People
Cons
Oil and Gas so in bind now
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Do not work at fox creek trd
Operator (Former Employee) –  Fox Creek, ABJanuary 28, 2016
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.
Pros
Leaving
Cons
everything
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Pays the bills
Head Office Slave (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABJanuary 22, 2016
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.
Pros
pays some bills
Cons
too much to list in this box. see review
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New challenges each day in a productive environment
Operator (Former Employee) –  Valleyview, ABJanuary 19, 2016
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.
Pros
Occasional BBQ days and free gifts for safety points
Cons
Shift work including nights
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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
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.
Pros
flexible hours and challenges
Cons
none
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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
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.
Pros
money
Cons
everything else
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Toxic Company
Projects (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BCSeptember 4, 2015
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.
Pros
Good compensation and benefits
Cons
Abusive culture
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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.
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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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