Operator (Former Employee) – Kearl Lake, AB – 1 May 2017
Lots of people sleeping in equipment and doesn't seem to be an issue ..... if your native. Worked my butt off and was still laid off. Being a safe, efficient and professional operator didn't seem to matter. Pretty disappointing.
Operator (Former Employee) – Fort Hills – 19 April 2017
If you don't know someone or your not of native decent, you will not succeed. Regardless of your operating skills, inter personal skills, or effort given you'll be treated like your disposable and receive no acknowledgement. Day to day operations are poorly organized.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Kearl Lake, AB – 1 April 2017
Catching the bus to the laydown, having our safety tool box, than our stretching prior to going to work. filling out our Job Safety Annalises and FLHA"s, once on job site with our equipment. I learned that the oil sands industry is a very safe work environment. The management has their job, and it is what the owners dictate to them. The culture there is very bias. depending on your race or culture. The hardest part of the job is watching some employees advancing quicker that others. The most enjoyable part of the job learning about the oil and gas mining industry. Watching how all the different contractors worked together to put a complete plant together to extract oil from the ground. And leaving completed digs looking better than natural.
Very Poor Upper Management, and extreme favoritism
ex employee (Former Employee) – Multiple Sites – 8 January 2017
Way to much favoritism, lack of real support from upper management, and the overall feeling of just being a number. The company was good in it's early years, they now seem to have forgotten the workers who got them to the place they are now. Bouchier is however, a good starting job in the oilsands.
Labourer (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 30 December 2016
The coworkers were awsome.
The supervisor I received was terrible. Tried to bring up issue and was shut down. All coworkers were unhappy with him but afraid to speak up. Was very disorganized. Everyone wanted to trade to to the other shift.
I think as a whole Bouchier is a good organization if you get the right supervisor.
Operator (Current Employee) – Fort McKay, AB – 7 November 2016
The workers at Bouchier (CNRL) are great. Supervision plays favorites but they do seem to try to keep everyone working. Until the time to choose comes, then its friends first. RIDICULOUS management structure. Supervision and lead hands seem to be the ones out running around trying to find work. Makes you wonder what the people making the big bucks actually do. Im yet to see any benifitial contributions made by the site operations manager. Should he not be the one doing bids, quotes and securing work? From what I hear he does ZERO. Except collect a big pay check. Overall Bouchier is good to work for, when they actually have work for us. But we get sent to camp quite a bit due to lack of work. I have worked all over the oilsands and in my experience site/operations managers have a constant presence and are involved in all aspects of the site. That doesn't happen at CNRL with Bouchier. We need an operations manager that can keep Major Projects working. Or at least tries.
All around not a good management. Favoritism is a big thing
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Cnrl horizon – 13 July 2016
1st week was awesome. Till started to see the favoritism with in thr superior roll! Seen how it was to get a head not by working hard & or safe/smart.in all honesty this would be a great place to work but the MANAGMENT is horrible.
heavy equipment operator (Former Employee) – Cnrl,Kearl Lake – 15 December 2015
Met some good people . Too bad the supervisor's heads are too big to be able to recognize the ones who make them look good.The CNRL HORIZON group are the worst. I spent time at Kearl Lake with Bouchier & it was totally different. Well organized & everyone is treated with respect.
General Labourer (Former Employee) – Kearl Lake, AB – 3 November 2013
typical day on the job was first we had a tool box meeting and waiting until the row call was done when got assigned place to work that night when we were done that job. the supervisors gave us more jobs we can do around site. what I have learned on that job was how to be more of a harder of worker then I am now and do the job correctly without getting hurt. the management wasn't to bad I didn't mind it. the hardest part of the job was working on the coldest night of winter sometimes, but I didn't mind that's why you always come prepared for that job. my co workers were great to work with. I was with a crew of people that got along well with one another. the most enjoyable part of my job was meeting new people from different provinces and hearing their stories about their work experience in the oil sands since it was my first job working in the oil sands or working out of my province Saskatchewan. if I enjoy doing I'm glad I got to experience that.