Productive work site, well-organized and run appropriately
Mechanical Engineering Student (Former Employee) – Long Harbour, NL – 1 March 2016
Those who worked at Vale's Long Harbour site were friendly and easy to get along with. Management was very well organized and I believed it what the company was doing and believed it could get done in a timely manner.
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) – Long Harbour, NL – 12 January 2016
A great learning place.
Outstanding safety culture
Collaborative team members
Vale is in the process of making their own EPCM for Phase 2AB and 2z which created the scope for different contractor, vendor and companies. This a huge benefit to work with myriads of working personnel and professionals.
Perseverant, good interpersonal skills and ready to learn.
Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 2 December 2015
I have worked for approximately 10 years in the Mining business, from Conceptual Engineering to Construction, from commodities such as Potash, Copper and Phosphate. I believe I am a thorough professional that is always working towards achieving the project's goals in time and within budget. I have had the chance to work in three different countries (USA, Canada and Brazil) proving that I can adapt and can face different types of challenges. In my opinion working has to be something enjoyable, therefore I also try to maintain a easygoing environment, when possible.
Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) – Long Harbour – 15 October 2015
This a world class company that any high performance professional would love working for, Getting a job here is very hard. It requires a lot of experience to be successfull in the job application. Team is awesome. Safety is a priority. One of the best companies in the world.
Site Administration Manager (Former Employee) – Long Harbour, Newfoundland – 24 September 2015
During my employment with Fluor Constructors I was required to travel long distances for employment. Working at the Vale project required travel to Newfoundland. I was on a 10 and 4 rotation which equated to be only home 6 days a month. This was challenging. My work at the Vale project was interesting and demanding in that the staff was upwards of 300 and had traveled from all over the world to work there.
Due to the length of the project the Project Director changed 3 times and that meant adapting to new management skills. This was acquired through diplomacy.
I enjoyed working in Newfoundland a truly endearing province and a beautiful place to work. The local staff were amazing,
I decided at the end of this project to leave the employment of Fluor in order to spend more time at home. I took a year off to regroup and am now actively looking for employment in the local area. The employment I am looking for may not necessarily be of the same responsibilities and caliber of work as was the case with Fluor and I realize will not be of the same pay rate.
My goal is to provide valuable, perfected, reliable assistance to my employer.
Although I worked for Vale, I was working on a project for the company separate from the office headquarters. We were heavily involved with the business and in my role specifically I was regularly interacting with upper management. The company pays extremely well, however they have little to no concern for their employees.
My colleagues on the project were outstanding, however most of them were from the actual mining facilities being brought to Toronto to work on the project.
The hardest part of the job was trying to figure out where you could add value with a highly decentralized management structure and nonexistent business processes. On the other hand, this also made the work environment more enjoyable as you had more or less free range on implementing any ideas you had with very little push back.
Location, Pay, Colleagues, Work Environment, Social Environment
Smelter Process Operator (Former Employee) – Thompson, MB – 9 February 2015
A typical day at work ran 12 hours, involved extreme labor requiring the ability to lift over 50 pounds, shoveling/ vaccuuming nickel dust and other minerals, and maintaining the production of nickel anodes weighing over 600 pounds each. i learned how to work in a heavy industry that has not been upgraded since the 1950's therefore requiring a lot of the processes to be done by hand. my coworkers were not the most helpful to adapt with but overall helped me understand how to work safely and diligently. the most enjoyable part of the job was watching myself lose 60 pounds and be in the best shape of my life, and strengthen the relationships i had with coworkers who i grew to highly respect.
hourly wage, holiday pay, benefits, premiums, training, heavy labor.
long days, physically exhausting, dangerous, toxic environment
Positive and fun place to work, with numerous learning oportunites.
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN APPRENTICE (Co-op Student) (Former Employee) – Copper Cliff, ON – 5 January 2015
Typical day at work begins with the morning line up. All co-workers meet up in lunch room as the supervisor joins us to discuss safety awareness, then the supervisor will assign each team member a set of duties for the day. Co-workers are divided up dependent on the task. Co-workers are divided differently each day to ensure that everyone in the group works cooperatively with each other. After tasks have been completed, team members aide other groups to ensure all duties are completed. Nearing the end of the day, team members clean up shop ensure clean working environment. At the end of the day a final meeting with supervisor where everyone discusses how the day went, and share an act of safety they performed that day with the group. Overall a great working experience!
Central Control Room Operator / Spare Supervisor (Former Employee) – Labrador – 15 December 2014
12 hour shifts I learned to train personell in various positions management was good very helpful when needed co workers were natives which I got along with very good I trained all of them in mineral processing hardest part of the job was leaving home for 2 weeks but I have been doing that for 16 years never gets easier but I lov love to work most enjoyable was getting to know the ore and what to do to get better recoveries