Tervita Employee Reviews in Canada

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work enviroment
Commercial Pump truck & b-train driver (Former Employee), Victoria, BCMarch 12, 2016
Pros: there are none
Cons: a toxic enviroment to work in.....
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.
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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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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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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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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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great teamwork with co workers
Plant Operator (Former Employee), British ColumbiaMarch 6, 2016
Pros: In house training.
Cons: Down the chain of command communication.
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.
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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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great place to work
Health and Safety Advisor (Former Employee), Fort St John, BCApril 15, 2016
Pros: work life ballance
Cons: low salary
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.
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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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Great People
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee), Acheson, ABFebruary 2, 2016
Pros: Great People
Cons: Oil and Gas so in bind now
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.
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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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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 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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Bankruptcy Probable
Waste Management (Former Employee), Richmond, BCMarch 20, 2016
Pros: BBQ days, flex time off, generous vacation time, pay and benefits are good
Cons: Pending bankruptcy, Harassment, Abuse, Job instability
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.
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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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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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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 office level support for field workers.
Rig Manager/Tool Push (Current Employee), Blackfalds AlbertaFebruary 27, 2015
Pros: nice rigs.
Cons: lack of sales, no work.
I have been working in SAGD heavy oil. There has been an incredible slow down and Tervita has no work. The equipment is always maintained and in good shape. The quality of workers has been good too. The hardest part of working for Tervita is the lack of steady work. The most enjoyable part is when you do work the rigs are usually top notch.
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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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