Aggreko
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Great people, very dynamic working environment. Lots of opportunity for travel. Reasonable pay and working conditions. Work life balance is non existent at times, extremely lean business model that requires most employees to wear multiple hats in a day (account manager, bill collector, project manager, on call for service etc etc etc) All in it was a good place to spend nearly 8 years and look back fondly. My only complaint is they want to compete with other players in the market but are unwilling to commit completely. We regularly didn’t have equipment to meet urgent demands, and the pricing structure was way out to lunch. Aggreko does big and complicated projects better than anyone in the world but trips overIt’s own feet trying to secure and revive a smallConstruction project.

Pros

Great training, travel, people

Cons

Heavy work load, no work life balance, unrealistic expectations
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not fun at all

the stupidest place I ever worked. out dated technology about 20yrs it was to slow and took half a day to enter your time. paper work would have been faster.

Pros

none

Cons

too many to list
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Decent Place to work

Not a terrible place to work. Most people are great, sales is over demanding, but are coached not to say No. Long days and constantly on call, however, this was being worked on so hopefully better now.

Pros

Great people, great benefits from day 1

Cons

Long hours
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Challenging Environment

Fast paced solution based company. Multiple lines of business, with varied customer base. Global company, experts in their equipment solutions. Very entrepreneurial.
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Terrible Management

Management treats you like garbage. Management sets unrealistic production goals then when confronted about it they blame employees. Company is cheap when it comes to paying its employees, yet blows money on non essential things.

Pros

Great Training Programs

Cons

Low Pay, Poor Management, Unrealistic Schedules
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Not for the family man

Aggreko is a great company to work for you want to work, work week can range from 50-100 hours a week, yes 100. Your phone will ring 20 hours a day and the emails will never stop. You will get little support from management and they love to transfer irate customers right to the techs phone on jobs that cost more than you will make in your life. Its hard to sympathize with ceos screaming about lost millions when you only make 20 something an hour. Money is there if you want to work with no overtime cap and great benefits. Need to have a few grand in the bank at all times for expenses , they will pay you back , eventually...... Canadian support is little with most of the company upper management being in the US side including all HR and payroll. They have little knowledge or care of local rules and regulations so don't be surprised when things fall on you and they point fingers at you as the "local company rep" During busy times you may go a month or more without a day off or seeing your family.

Pros

un limited overtime

Cons

long days, weeks straight with no thank you or acknowledgment.
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Daily challenges not for the faint of heart

This is largely an emergency response business. The work cycle is 24 hours and is a lifestyle more than a job. That being said it is never boring and the challenges are daily. The low management rating is due to the high turnover in Sr management as it is always in a state of flux. The job culture is high as the field techs and sales people are all first rate so at a functional level this is a good company to work for.

Pros

excellent feild teams

Cons

Sr Management
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Ok but has its challenges

Aggreko offers a fair wage, but monetary increases are difficult to obtain. There is a culture in the workforce that promotes excessive hours of service. Executive management is too far removed from the Canadian portion of the business and as such leaves large holes in procurement and workforce. Due to the parent companies worldwide stature, achieving positve change at the workplace as well as opportunities for lateral moves are challenges

Cons

dwindling workforce resulting in excessive overtime requirements
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Former Service Centre Coordinator

Technicians were great for the most part, local management allowed training to be facilitated. Management outside of the facility was and still remains inept, and unskilled. No Canadian representation in leadership. No Canadian HR, the HR/HSE departments are the most anti Canadian groups I have ever witnessed. They go out of the way to not follow Canadian regulations as they feel they do not require to follow them. The most enjoyable part of the job is not working there any longer. Worst 3.5 yrs ever

Pros

Local manager

Cons

Regional ops leader
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What can I say

Some good people work there. But like any large company as soon as the bottom line drops it is the workers that suffer. I do not like being asked to talk about a company I do not want to talk about.
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High Stress

Company is run under a very lean model making it a high overtime job with poor work life balance for technicians. It is HQ in the USA and no HR representation or senior leadership representation located in Canada. Salary is low balled due to the high overtime off set. In 3.5 yrs, I had 2 weeks where I was not tied to my cell phone even when not on call and only because I was on an Island in the Caribbean.

Pros

Bonus structure if thresholds are met

Cons

long hours, poor senior leadership, no senior leadership representatives in Canada, No HR representation in Canada, No understanding of Canadian Apprenticeship model, no understanding of its requirements relating to salaries
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Only one downside when tied to the oil and gas industry...

Great company, unfortunately all eggs in one basket approach to oil and gas business results in a complete lack of job security...not that there is much when you are an "at will" employee just like with any other employer. To be fair, when times were good, this company rocked! Very dedicated to training employees, and all the overtime hours you could handle. Definitely tried to be a "Safety 1st' culture company, but as with any other, the real rule sometimes came off as "safety when it is convenient".

Pros

Solid commitment to training, safety, lots of communication, expenses always paid within 2 week period, above average compensation.

Cons

You will become a "working monk" if you let them overtime you to death, no corporate expense card, so you better have a good credit card with at least a $2500 limit so you can prepay expenses, HR run from USA so expect confusion with Canadian rules, and be patient with on-boarding process as it takes awhile.
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Good group of guys

Great fellow employees to work next to, the management has a lot to learn they don't take care of employees they look out for number one only. Wages have a lot to be desired they pay the lowest in the industry and the benefits are the same basic ones every other company gives out.

Pros

Other Employees

Cons

Management and Wages
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Good Company ...Very bad management 2016

Worked in Oil Sands in Alberta as a Technician.. Aggreko Western Canada is truly struggling with Management issues... Promises made and not followed thru with ... Both Employees and Clients.. Customers are fed promises and then no action taken to follow thru with those promises and now they are losing Clients by the minute... Work environment used to be fun and now everyone in Alberta dreads going to work... Management has sucked the life and spirit from their staff .. Aggreko Western Canada needs a management House Cleaning get everything in writing...

Pros

Good Pay

Cons

Poor Management, No Integrity, No Security
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generally good days

vast wealth of knowledge within co-workers, they are great to work with. I enjoy the variety of equipment that I get to work on. the hardest part of the job is being oncall all the time.

Pros

World wide organization

Cons

always on call
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Life in the Orange Lane

The Canadian group which I support is a great group to work with. Management is very supportive with Safety Initiatives even in these challenging economic times.

Pros

Jambalaya

Cons

Systems
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Non trusting environment

Organizational health is weak with pressure from economy and competitors. Enjoyed the people I worked with but there was little respect for the company executives managing North America from the field sales and service groups within the company.
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European Owned company so very different way of doing business

Their training doesn't exist. You are placed in the position and expected to teach yourself. It is a very "sink or swim" kind of attitude. The people are very friendly and safety conscience though. Very small representation in Canada so I learned a lot about other areas of the business because they didn't have staff for all those different roles. Hardest part is trying to learn their culture and business without the training or time to learn.

Pros

Company vehicle, Day work only

Cons

Camp jobs
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Great environment, love the work, Absolutely no support, can't get parts.

get up 5:30, go to dinning room, eat fresh buffet style breakfast, go to office trailer, do morning paper work, get daily assignments, gather parts, go service units, return to eat lunch, go back out service more units, retire, go to dinning room eat buffet style dinner, 14 days on-shift, 7 days off-shift, fly-in/fly-out camp, Environment: ranges from +40C to -45C (or colder) outdoors, rain, snow, wind, sand, Leisure: can go to games room where there are pool tables, foosball tables, card tables, ping pong tables, TV. can go to theatre room to watch movies, sporting events, can go to gymnasium, work out on free weights and machines, volleyball, basketball, excercise classes,
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good compnay to work for

lots of reports lots of travel good productsfantastic technoilogies3good customer base

Pros

car

Cons

reprts
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