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Great company
Labourer/Apprentice/Operator (Former Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB23 November 2017
Very productive and efficient very fast pace great team members almost like family that you never had willing to teach just have to ask the question work all over Canada
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great place to work and new equipment
Heavy Equipment Operator/Foreman (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 October 2017
great place to work, As with any job it will be good as long as the contract lasts ....Great pay and good backup from your supervisors ......overall great job to get ahead.
Pros
great pay
Cons
away from home
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Great place to work
Primary Care Paramedic (Current Employee) –  Newfoundland and Labrador14 October 2017
Got the ability to work side by side with safety where i was able to learn new things to bring forward to a new job. Each day had similar task such as paper work, but work always gave me the ability to use my skills and to develop new ones
Pros
Experience
Cons
moving frequently
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Apprentice Electrician (Former Employee) –  Northern Manitoba12 September 2017
Good capable Management, expect a lot but give back a lot.
typical day is started with safety meetings in the morning to get everyone focused on staying safe. Work goals for the day are outlined and usually achieved. Hardest part of the job is being away from home for extended periods of time
Pros
Good company incentives
Cons
Long hours and long periods away from home
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Diverse working environment
Project Assistant (Current Employee) –  Various work locations13 August 2017
Various tasks everyday
various new skills in the construction field
awesome management
diverse culture
being away from home
Valard is like a family
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Away from home all the time
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Really enjoyed working for Valard
Labourer - ATCO Tower Assembly (Former Employee) –  Alberta17 June 2017
Was a great experience, loved the work. Hope to work with Valard again.Learned a great deal, had a great crew and amazing leaders. have absolutely no complaints except wish the job was longer.
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Heavy Duty Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Leduc, AB24 March 2017
cool stuff.different equipment.good people in the shop.different kind of equipment to work on.try it out.fast paced.fare size shop. lots of hours.clean lunch room.wash bay. loud.
Pros
free fun lunches time to time
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great company
mechanic (Former Employee) –  Leduc, AB7 February 2017
worked for valard as a shop mechanic for ten years and enjoyed my time there. i worked in three different shops while working for valard and learned a lot. a typical day of work working for valard would be diagnosing every aspect of a vehicle and repairing anything that needed to be repaired.
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fun work place
Construction labourer (Former Employee) –  edmonton alberta12 January 2017
it was a really good experience and I learnt tons of new thing. wish they had more work so I could continue learning more. got to learn how to run a plow an got some seat time in the excavator and the rubber tire hoe
Pros
free hotels and food allowance
Cons
not enough hrs
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local close to home with routine.
Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB16 October 2016
A day at Valard changes with the moods of the management which makes for a uncomfortable environment. With little or no direction it is overwhelming. I have learned that life is short and i enjoy the benefits of shift work.
Pros
Close to home
Cons
Disorganized managment
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Corporate culture of nepotism, poor training, poor recreation facility, extreme job stress.
Manager (Former Employee) –  NL19 September 2016
Long 21 day shifts with expected overtime. Opportunity to make cash but extremely hard on your body and mental health. Extreme high incidents and issues related to substance abuse, overweight, no recreation, and family stress. Valard ignores current labour and HR law requirements and actively practices nepotism, favouritism and sexism in decisions to hire fire, and discipline.
Pros
wages are high because of overtime
Cons
Unhealthy corporate culture, favouritism, sexism, long hours, poorly trained management.
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great company
Supervisor of employee transportation (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB26 June 2016
great company to work for when there actually is work, not many options though for a white male. most of the jobs are starting to be for aboriginals only
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Very Productive, Great working environment, great pay awesome management
Valard Construction Inc (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB7 March 2016
.Typical day at work would be getting workers informed on what needs to be done though out the shift.
Ive learned to be more of a leader , Management is awesome an show they care about their workers. Co-workers were great, hard working an make the work area enjoyable. The hardest part of the Job when being foreman was setting aside friendship an being the Foreman.The most enjoyable part of my job was getting the towers done an moving on to the next.
Pros
Camp Food an great pay
Cons
being away from my family for so long
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productive , and very organized work environment
Foundation Inspector / Quality Control; (Current Employee) –  all across canada20 January 2016
days are full of production, troubleshooting in the field . safe work environment , very family orientated . my knowledge has increased tremendously due to great management and great co-workers.
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valard is a good company and they treat thier employees good
labourer and indentured pse (Current Employee) –  all over canada15 October 2015
a typical day at work,well up by 4.30am and and on the road by 6am on the work site by 6;30am ,we are always driven to to learn more about our trade so we can move up the ladder,we have a toolbox meeting daily,our management is good and will reward the crew with dinner if we reached our daily or weekly goal,most of my co workers are good to work with and the more experience co-workers will help and teach you along the way,i learn something new all most every day,Valard will put you threw school so you can grow with the company and the pay is great,they will give you a food and tool allowance and will pay for your flights and hotel room,the hardest part of the job is the down time for me,i love working for Valard but i dont like not working the whole year,the hardest part of the job is the traveling and being away from the family ,but the the most enjoyable part is the continuous learning and the pay,but i am currently setting at home do to lack of projects
Pros
food and travel payed for
Cons
the cold weather
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Great company, great people, great pay.
Apprentice Lineman (Current Employee) –  Saskatchewan - I1K 230KV Transmission Project14 October 2015
Valard is a great place to work with a supportive and well skilled management team.
The "get the job done right" attitude is prevalent among all employees, which is very encouraging for new employees and helps develop a strong and knowledgeable workforce that is focussed on safety.
Pros
A lot of opportunitiy to learn different things. Very supportive training environment.
Cons
None. Very satisfied.
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Well Pay but No Life
Wireless Technician (Former Employee) –  Leduc, AB25 March 2015
this Company offers really good benefits, lots of overtime and pays are extremely well, however work is all you do and no time for anything else so it is a good job to rise cash if you are single.
Pros
excellent pay and lots of overtime
Cons
No rooms for errors and not suitable for a family man
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IT Analyst (Former Employee) –  Edmonton14 February 2015
When I first started at Valard, they had recently transitioned to insourced IT and had recently been picked up by Quanta Services, giving them significant resources and network structure. The IT Manager wanted to create a helpdesk that had a great face to face presence, that didn't have people on hold, and had a great turn around time. Due to needing 6AM - 6PM coverage, we definitely were overstaffed, but as such did not run into crunches during outages, sick days, vacations etc.

Techs were hired based on their ability to learn and work independently. And I do mean independently. If someone on the desk couldn't figure something out, it wasn't getting done. There was no tier 2, and the help desk manager came from a software development background. This lead to the hiring process picking out very headstrong techs, including myself.

As the company grew, the service side of the IT department was fairly stagnant. Software development grew to near triple the size of the service desk, and were sheltered from having to deal with clients. Applications were developed with little to no user input, and devs were against talking to clients, including a new ticket tracking system. Even official channels for suggesting improvements were met with a brick wall.

The longer I worked there, the more it was apparent that management was more concerned with appearances than they were with getting things done. Calls for additional support was met with new middle management being introduced, and more reporting which increased workload and decreased efficiency. Requests from experienced techs
  more... to work afterhours to get queues down were ignored, until management quietly worked with the new inexperienced techs on weekends, usually causing more work than they did.

Eventually dissent among the ranks boiled over and management became to take steps to remove those they view as uncontrollable, notably the headstrong techs they hired originally for being able to do their job.
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Pros
Fairly high salary for the position at the time.
Cons
Toxic management and no support structure.
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Survey Assistant (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB26 January 2015
Very good people, dedicated, willing to help new hires learn. Intense work outdoors, long shifts, not for everyone but very rewarding to those who can take it.
Pros
High Pay
Cons
Shift work
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Great People/Lots of opportunity
crane operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 January 2015
Working here was always a good time. People are all there for the same reason and the days fly by. Equipment is modern and maintained, and there is lots of opportunity for advancement. I was given the opportunity to learn so many types of equipment, and so many new things,
Pros
Long work days, lots of overtime
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