More of a dictatorship than company/employee relationship
Site Administrator / Loss Control Officer (Former Employee) – Chetwynd, BC – 2 March 2018
Walter Energy came in and took over, getting rid of the main contractor on site thinking they could do a better job and/or make more money. This company could not organize themselves out of a wet paper bag and they were not very personable to staff. They would not take into consideration any ideas that staff had, just told us all what to do and to just do it or we wouldn't have a job.
Equipment operator/ Heavy duty mechanic (Former Employee) – Tumbler Ridge, BC – 21 September 2016
I loved my time working at wolverine mine. too bad it shut down otherwise I would still be there. I was lucky enough to work there long enough to get a wealth of experience and do what I love. I never thought I would achieve my red seal in hd mechanics or operate the equipment I did. Most places like in logging make you work 20 years just to get out of general labour . The pay was great. the job was great. I cant say enough good things about it.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Chetwynd B.C. – 29 November 2015
great work environment, which relyed on workers willingness to learn the operations of other pieces of equipment to diversify the team by offering use hours to train on other pieces of equipment and opertunities to come in for overtime on off shift to help out with production on the other crews.
2 weeks in 2 weeks out
world coal prices forced company to susspend operations
Pit Service/Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Tumbler Ridge, BC – 14 November 2015
With coal prices plummeting from the start there was no job security. Laid off with half hours notice from company. Overall employment was great, ending of employment for all 700 of us worker was completely unacceptable, we are still waiting on severance and in-leiu of notice settlement. Its been 2 years since we were terminated without notice.
Really enjoyed the work place area. Was a great work experience.
Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Chetwynd, BC – 4 September 2015
working in a coal mine was a very good work experience for me. I learned a lot of things to work with. Working with others was like making a family. the hardest part of the job was working alone as it was a 2 person job.
Was nice to have a bus to transport us to work
hourly workers would get raises and salary would'nt
Haul Truck Operator (Former Employee) – Chetwynd, BC – 9 August 2015
The company provided new equipment which was a lot more healthier than other companies I have worked for. The wages and benefits were excellent but the job security was not very good as coal prices go up and down. The company provided suitable vacation time and was lenient of family days. I enjoyed working with my co-workers very much. And the leadership in the company was very good in regards to the supervisors.
Lots of great training and respect for their employees
Serviceman (Former Employee) – Northern B.C – 7 July 2015
A typical day would be a 12 hour day. The start of my shift would inquirer me to ensure proper fluid levels are maintain in the fleet. Working with the maintenance planner to perform preventive maintenance on the mining equipment based on a 500 hour service interval. I learned basic diagnostic and mechanical skills. Management was helpful and respectful of their employees. My co-workers were a team player and would make the work environment pleasurable. The hard part of my job would be working away from home and the extreme weather conditions. What made my job enjoyable was the wide variety of equipment to learn about and work on.
Warehouse Employee (Former Employee) – Tumbler Ridge, BC – 2 March 2015
A typical day at the warehouse would be starting off with our safety meetings, we would start to do inspections on loaders and forklift. I have learned so much from walter energy, for example - shipping/receiving, how to operate loaders and forklift and being trained to be lead hand that had lots of responsibility which I didn't mind, it was the time when the mine shut down so I didn't officially get the title. My crew was amazing, we were awesome as a team and individually as well. We completed tasks professionally and were considered the best crew out of the two.
it was the best job ever i was their for 7 years and i was their for reclamation at the wolverine site in tumbler ridge i hope they open again
Shovel operator (Current Employee) – Tumbler Ridge, BC – 14 January 2015
I hope walter energy opens the mines again in norther bc I own a house in tumbler ridge and would love to work close to home again they were a fair company that treated their employees well I hope to work for them again very soon thank you for your time
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Chetwynd B.C – 4 December 2014
Employment presses was chaotic, unorganized and stressful.
Direction was always unclear.
Unable to fulfill promises of training ie. Promised to be enrolled in a course provided by the company on company time told 4 times I was able to participate then told 4 times unable to participate within one day. Ultimately disappointing.
Management was unorganized. Direction as to who to speak to about certain matters was always unclear and a run around.
Hardest part of the job was communication with management on issues.
Most enjoyable part of the job was establishing relationships with co workers and the ability to work together in times of stress.
camp, provided lunches, gym, TV room, Internet.
poor cell phone service, no crediability, poor communication skills between management and employees
Warehouse Person (Former Employee) – Tumbler Ridge, BC – 12 November 2014
During my employment, I enjoyed the fast paced work environment and my co-workers. I appreciated the 6 and 6 shift schedule which allowed for a good work/life balance. The departmental Manager was very knowledgeable and experienced, I consistently learned new skills relevant to heavy Industry Warehousing from him. Under his leadership, the work environment and departmental efficiency improved significantly. Unfortunately due to declining global coal prices, our operation was idled earlier this year, ending the progress our department was experiencing. Should coal prices recover to the extent that Walter Energy would re-start its operation, I would definitely re-apply for a Warehouse position.