Tervita Employee Reviews

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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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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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No longer a viable company
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABAugust 25, 2016
When I started there five years ago,there was potential and movement within. With hard work and drive, one could move up and make a difference.
Now there is only middle management that blocks you at every turn, that looks out only for themselves.
Upper management isn't much better, with all lay offs and cut backs, a lot of very good people are gone.
Now all you have are the self serving narcissists preying on any good people left.

The best thing that could happen to this company, is to be bought out and dismantled.
There is value there but not as a whole.
Get rid of all the top brass and start fresh, from the owner down.
Pros
Some good people I really miss
Cons
Middle management are narcissists
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The work was good
Labourer (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, ABJuly 27, 2016
No care for there employees/health/family/wellbeing, no balance between work and family, management is obviously new and uneducated and very immature. It seems that when it comes to social conflicts they tend to point the blame like children and leave the matter unresolved. If your planning on working for tervita I would suggest trying to get as much of a starting wage considering there are no raises. If your just starting in the work force I wouldn't look at tervita as a career possibility as for there is no room for advancement at lest not with a wage increase.
Pros
Frequent barbeque the work was good
Cons
False promises the company has gone down hill
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Production Services
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  AlbertaAugust 11, 2016
The current VP that runs the Production Servicies division is a complete disaster as Donald trump would say, he controls all aspects of the process from HR to Operations and Sales and if you don't report simple tasks directly to him he will melt down like a child. He has no vision or direction for this once proud division. He has gotten rid of all personnel that has questioned his decisions and continues to drive this once great company down. Way over his head!
Pros
Some great people left.
Cons
One VP that looks after everything that has no ethics and controls all activity is bad for business.
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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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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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Productive and fun workplace, with safety a priority
Team Lead, PeopleSoft Master Data Controls team (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABAugust 24, 2016
Fun, safe workplace, employee lounge at Calgary Head Office. Kitchens on each floor, with refrigerators, microwaves and dishwashers.

The work environment is productive, and management appreciates hard work.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the challenge of answering different questions each day and helping to solve problems for people from across Canada and the U.S.A.
Pros
Free coffee - including lattes, managers that listen
Cons
Short staffed
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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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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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Not long enough to know
Regional IT Field Support Representative (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, ABSeptember 21, 2016
I worked there for about 6 months and then the company had to lay off numerous people. I was the newest so I was definitely the first to go. While I was there I had some very good dealings with internal staff. I just wasn't there long enough to make an informed decision on the entire company.
Pros
decent money
Cons
poor management
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Great people, unstable working environment
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABSeptember 13, 2016
Very poor leadership. Senior Management not in touch with their customers needs. Toxic environment. People in jobs that they are not qualified for. No direction or vision from Senior leaders. This company is a total mess.
Pros
Vacation and Benefits
Cons
Senior Management and Toxic Environment
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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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Challenging work evironment
Director of Finance (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABAugust 19, 2016
You will need to take a long view in order to see the fruits. Strategy changes often so it becomes hard to implement changes. Operations does not like to change and find it hard to adapt to fluid economic environment.
Pros
good industry
Cons
strategy changes often
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Implementation of customer facing portal
Senior Project Manager/Agile Scrum Master (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABSeptember 26, 2016
Managed & executed delivery of customized portal solution for Tervita's clients. Project was delivered under the $2.9M budget with two releases to production. Team size was 22 people.
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good place work
Plant Operator (Former Employee) –  Kindersley, SKJuly 14, 2016
12 hr day learn the plant operations every day management there a 5 star co workers the best always helping each other walking on cement all day. is the hardest part of the job morale is the best part the job. and the costmers
Pros
good benefits
Cons
toxins in the plant
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Too displaced with middle management
Regional Safety (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABJuly 12, 2016
Empire building and middle heavy with upward managers climbing over each other to completely sabotage each others work
Pros
still has some excellent people working below radar
Cons
Not enough positive legitamite interaction
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It is very good company
Corporate Accounts Payable Administrator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABAugust 31, 2016
I like to work in any type of environment.

I got layoff due to market down fall in oil industry.

See I know how our company take care of all the employee but it is our luck.
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Safety first
Fuel Truck Driver (Former Employee) –  High River, ABSeptember 23, 2016
Very safety conscious. Steady working pace. Some good people. Some low quality, worn equipment. Over zealous with very minor safety issues.
Pros
Good pay.
Cons
Some equipment was below par.
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Growing company
Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Calgary, ABAugust 6, 2016
The company has a very complicated financial system. Takes along time to learn and then the benefits gained could of easily been done in a simpler manner
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3.2
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