United Safety Ltd Employee Reviews

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A good entry level position for someone with no experience
Regional Manager (Former Employee) –  Fort St John, BC1 November 2016
A good job for someone fresh out of school looking for an entry level position in Safety Services. Not a good job for someone with lots of experience and looking for good wages, they don't pay very well at all. I worked there for 8 years and never got a raise the last 5 years. Management is decent for the most part if they haven't been fired or let go yet. Not very good job security, they will lay everyone off when things get slow. They don't care about retaining good staff. I quit due to the very poor quality of staff they were hiring since no one else wants to work for them anymore. They just fill boots, they don't care about the workers, you will be just a number.
Pros
No experience or qualification required. Good training program
Cons
Poor Pay. No job security. Poor working conditions.
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Only apply if you want to feel unappreciated
Emergency Response Tech, H2S Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Airdrie, AB13 May 2016
Lowest wage in the industry and management will take every opportunity to opt out of paying for your costs. Office politics must be played at every level or they won't even return your call.

Overall good training to get started in the industry, but don't expect adequate compensation for taking initiative.

When it was time for my employment to end the HR dept outright refused to give me a lay off so I couldn't claim benefits until a month later after doing the runaround
Pros
Paid travel to the work site was implemented last year, (has been an industry standard for at least a decade)
Cons
Unless you call in and ask daily you will not be considered for a project
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Busy workplace, long hours, on-call work
Shop Technician (Former Employee) –  Fort St. John, BC18 July 2016
Company was always unorganized/ ill prepared for jobs coming up.
Management staff were quick to be frustrated and overwhelmed.
SOP's were organized and work area was a safe place.

This shop was a great opportunity to learn to handle multiple shipments and ensure packages were complete, sent to the right place and TDG requirements were followed. I learnt how to manage/ delicate individuals while management was not available. I learnt a lot about basic truck maintenance, and industry safety equipment such as high pressure breathing air trailers, SCBA, and gas detection systems.

The hardest part of this job was the availability requirements. Management often booked days off in the middle of the week and would call you in on weekends but we would receive no additional help while they were on days off. Hours were long and unpredictable. It was not uncommon to work from 5am to 7pm with no lunch or breaks and be called into work multiple times between 8pm and 12am that same day.
Pros
lots of overtime, great learning opportunity
Cons
Long hours, poor time management, unorganized on-call system
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terrible
safety watch, h2s safety supervisor (Former Employee) –  airdrie, fort st. john, fort sask16 May 2016
don’t do it you will regret it. it may take you some time but it’s a waste of your time. company preys on desperate people and empty promises to keep you around but not enough work they need to have somebody just in the case. did i say they lie pritty much about everething and they will change you salary as they go take it or leave it tipe a thing. this is a worst company that i ever work for period.
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It was ok.
Field Safety Operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB17 September 2016
The work was too infrequent. You had to drop everything when they called. They did not care what happens to you when you are between jobs.
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Horrible management
ERT/Foreman (Former Employee) –  Airdrie, AB3 October 2014
This company is absolutely hilarious to work for. If you're looking to be treated like you're always expendable, than look no further. This "safety" company will throw it's policies and procedures out the window when it is convenient for them. They lie through their teeth trying to keep employees by making false promises like advancement and international work. And when trying to get a response from any management for answers, it just falls upon deaf ears. This company is no more than a foot in the door to make connections with other oil and gas companies. Watch your back working with them because people will throw you under the bus without thinking twice about it just to try to impress management.
Pros
The girls are as easy as the job.
Cons
Don't expect to have a personal life.
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Great learning Experience
Emergency Response Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 October 2014
It was a fast paced environment where time management was key to the success of oil and gas shutdowns. I had the opportunity to be contracted to ATCO, Shell, CNRL, and Spectra Energy. I found working for a safety company prepared me well moving forward in my career.
Pros
Safety orientated
Cons
Long Hours
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Demotivating Company
Health and Safety (Former Employee) –  Airdrie, AB17 September 2014
Work, work, work, then sit for 1 - 2 months, just skid by with the money you have, then repeat the process. Constantly blowing smoke up your a** about endless opportunity and moving up in the company all depends on your work ethic and skill, all lies. Rarely promote from within when new opportunities arise, unless your already part of their extremely unorganized management team, then your in for sure, or you screw up that is, instant promotion!
Pros
NOTHING
Cons
DON'T DO ITTTTTTT
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Good pay for what you are asked to do. Watching others work hard.
H2S Safety Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Airdrie13 August 2015
Keep this in mind when you apply and then when you go for an information session.

YOU ARE ONLY A NUMBER AND WARM BODY!!!!!!

United Safety doesn't care about you all they care about is providing a warm body for their client. They don't care if you pass or fail orientation because they aren't paying you for a week. Then if you do pass then you go into thier system where you may or may not be called depending on weather you are liked. The more you call the less time they have for you.

I've know people that got trained started work within days, worked for a week and then were never called again.

United Safety have their favorites, unless you've been working for them for years they aren't going to give you anything worth staying around for.

Find an other job. United Safety is going to find every possible way not to pay you. Your pay will be screwed up and you'll be stuck out of town with no way to make sure it is corrected, bring up that issue and say good bye to your current job and any hopes of a call back.

I recommend you stay away, unless you want to be lied to.

Typical call for work. Be told the job will be 6 weeks get out to the job and it is only 2 weeks or less.

YOU ARE NOT A NUMBER.
Pros
Training Excellent dependant of the instructor you get, money good for what you are asked to do
Cons
Long hours, away from home long periods of time, communication (Sucks!!!!), management extremely poor been around to long, managers can't make decisions
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Emergency Response Team Member (ERT) (Former Employee) –  Fort St John, BC12 November 2015
great company very busy excellent company to start your oil and gas career in, not much room for advancement but still worth the time you will learn alot.
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a little bit challenging because of toxic gas around.
Safety watch & Team leader (Former Employee) –  Fort Nelson, BC28 November 2015
in winter standing in front of the hole where the workers enter to monitor from outside in cold weather the workers. I learned the danger of H2S.Management a little bit need improvement.
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Helped me to gain experience working with safety equipments.
Quality Control Technician (Former Employee) –  Fort Saskatchewan, AB15 November 2015
Developed a work culture of doing the work in a safe manner no matter what time or situation is present. Worked with people from different cultural backgrounds and countries.
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General Foreman (Former Employee) –  Airdrie, AB26 February 2016
not the greatest company to work for but if you focus on your jobs you can learn lots from the people around you. A great way to get your foot in the industry door.
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Good start
Safety Watch (Former Employee) –  Fort Saskatchewan, AB5 August 2014
Working at United Safety Ltd is a good start for anyone who wants to kick-start a career in the safety industry.
Pros
Good training
Cons
Lack of proper communication from management, arbitrary layoff, performance is not recognized, and low wages
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Not for people with families
H2S Safety Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Airdrie, AB29 May 2015
Average day consists of leaving camp to drive to location, spending 12 hours sitting in shack signing visitors in and out and periodic equipment checks, then driving back to camp.
Pros
cant spend money while in camp
Cons
long spans of time away from home, poor pay rates, poor communication between management and field hands, poor communication between management offices
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United Safety is a great place for an entry level oil and gas position
Industrial Site Safety Supervisor/Lead Hand (Current Employee) –  Airdrie, AB23 July 2014
The training I received from United Safety was informative, and the instructors were great. Once I went out into the field this training, in addition to my previous field training and education, allowed me assist in completing a successful turnaround in which there were zero recordable incidents/injuries. Management supports all workers, and is always willing to teach new skills.
Pros
Working with a great Team
Cons
The long days, and inclement weather
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A multicultural, projects related work, fun, exciting out door environment, oil and gas occupational health and safety watch job. Gave me a break.
Occupational Health and Safety Watch (Former Employee) –  Airdrie, AB14 May 2014
Occupational health and safety sounds obvious to most only to be overemphasized when accidents or disaster strikes. Being aware of the fact that all accidents and health threatening incidents are avoidable is the starting point of my job which should be the way of life for all of us.

A typical day at work start with reviews of previous day's performance at tailgates meetings.Any near misses, omissions and commissions which had the potential of causing harm to life, equipment and environment are discussed. Management and Safety Coordinators facilitate the discussions, highlighting mandatory and important safety behavior and principles overlooked. They also inform all workers of likely hazards in the plants and the engineering and administrative measures taken to eliminate or mitigate the risks. , Safety Monitors, all workers and contractors attend tailgates safety meetings at the beginning of each shift work before their job related safety meetings, job safety assessments and field related hazards assessments and monitoring are conducted.

The hardest part of my job is when co-workers are frustrated, tired, under pressure or not being adequately equipped or competent enough to do the job safely. Under these conditions there is a tendency of taking shortcuts hence endangering oneself and others.

The most enjoyable part of the job is its application to all activities and behavioral attitudes in life. It is exciting to share healthy occupational life saving tips with others. The fact that there is no second chance in accidents makes safety very important and a collective
  more... concern for all.  less
Pros
You learn more of others careers on projects, exposed to various organisations and plants, meet new friends, learn other people's culture and many more, seing new plac
Cons
Projects do not offer job security, very unpredictable, always working with different groups and professionals
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Exchanging ideas with co-workers to solve issues
Shut Down Safety Watch (Current Employee) –  Alberta1 December 2015
Review the job descriptions, ask questions if not sure about a task. And to gain as much experience as possible. I am quick to learning anything new, reliable with a zeal to put in the best at what I do.
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Great Company to work for, but NO Job Security - Contractor
CONTRACT Industrial Safety Officer and Foreman (Current Employee) –  Airdrie, AB25 January 2015
Whenever there are contracts available, this is a great company to work for.

GREAT PAY.
Solid FREE Training.
Nice people to work with.

However, NO JOB SECURITY due to the Contractor structure.
If there are no contracts, you have no job.

Make sure you have a back-up income source / job.
Pros
GREAT Pay, Nice people
Cons
VERY Inconsistent Job Offerings, dependant on Contracts
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Safety Company - Efficient and Team oriented
Administrator Assistant (Former Employee) –  Airdrie, AB2 February 2015
A typical day is a day of multi-tasking, being able to juggle employee concerns and meeting head office dead lines. Support from head office was always available and management ready to step in to hear concerns or problems. Working in a team environment was most enjoyable.
Pros
Being noticed for work well done
Cons
Sometimes working in environments that were not suitable for
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3.1
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