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IT Analyst (Former Employee), EdmontonFebruary 14, 2015
Pros: fairly high salary for the position at the time.
Cons: toxic management and no support structure.
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 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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Geomatics work for Powerlines
Survey Assistant (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJanuary 26, 2015
Pros: high pay
Cons: shift work
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.
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Great People/Lots of opportunity
crane operator (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJanuary 19, 2015
Pros: long work days, lots of overtime
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,
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DANGEROUS COMPANY TO WORK FOR!
lineman (Former Employee), AlbertaJanuary 10, 2015
Pros: zero
Cons: dangerous
DONOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY!!! DANGEROUS!! Workers Get Hurt Evewryday!
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Very cold long hours but great pay!
Assembler/Labourer (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABSeptember 19, 2014
Pros: great pay!
Cons: camp life no social life
overall good camp treat you great and make sure your taken care of.
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Has earned its place as Canada's premier utility contractor.
Foreman Lineman (Current Employee), Concord, ONAugust 1, 2014
Typical day includes working with a great team of talented, experienced, hard-working individuals - all with diverse backgrounds - committed to getting the job done.

Management is approachable and listens to ideas / suggestions for improving efficiencies and increasing effectiveness. They respect their employees and value their work.

Greatest challenge of the job is dealing with the public when working onsite.

Most enjoyable part of the job is getting to apply all my existing knowledge, skills and experience while also building upon these by working on a variety of projects and with different team members who all bring their unique background to do the best on the job each day.
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Loved it!
Laborer (Former Employee), CalgaryApril 20, 2014
Summer Job, but just awesome! Had so much fun working my butt off ever day! Challenging work, but always keeps you busy!
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Terrible company
Labourer (Former Employee), Fort McMurrayOctober 30, 2013
This company is a joke. most unorganized group i have ever worked for. they don't know left from right. the management is redicluous. don't have tools you need equipment is never there. they don't help out advancing in careers they make excuses for everything. place is a joke i won't ever advise anyone to work there. the workers there don't know how to do anything and won't listen to anyone else's input on how to do something. DO NOT WORK FOR THIS JOKE OF A COMPANY
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Great company with bad management
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee), ontarioApril 10, 2013
Pros: great pay
Cons: no time off
no disipline for workers that screw up.No accountability.

About Valard Construction

Since Valard Construction Ltd.'s incorporation in 1978, we have been committed to the successful completion of every project— – Read more