Steelmaking Production Operator (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 10 April 2018
Most workers dont realize how good they have it here. Strong union, good pay, good benefits..no education required. Dangerous yes, also very old equipment. But good maintenance and electrical team to keep things running. Shift work, long hours but lots of days off.
Good pay, benefits, all ppe provided, room for advancement
Former employee (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 13 March 2016
Altasteel was a good place when it's was owned by Scaw metals. New overseas ownership (Australian owned Company) are extremely poor management businessman. There have been too many instances where accidents or incidents have occurred and not been reported due to fear of losing job. The company finds loopholes in the collective agreement to they're advantage, taking away O.T. from employees, allocating funds to front office staff To hire non essential employees. Employee moral is horrible due to poor management staff, union is not as active as they were years ago. Company is more interested in cosmetically looking good, then investing into actual safety issues brought up by a large amount of employees.
Stay away from a mismanaged company, Australia does not know nor care bout employees values, only production and to save funds for their own use, not keeping unionized bargaining employees happy.
Back stabbing union brotherhood, safety and constant machine issues
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 30 September 2015
A dedicated crew of both union and lower management, the company has a great base. The middle management focus tries to balance things, but upper management do not seem connected to reality both in the plant and in the world around them. They are too far isolated with few visits to the plant, a lack of contact one-on-one with the workers and an office that is about 1/3 kilometer away from the plant itself. They work in ideal world scenarios not recognizing that the plant is aged beyond its expected life cycle. Purchasing was a roadblock as well, not understanding how their choice to re-route or reject things effects the plant and not willing to listen when it is explained to them. A previous president had habit of coming into boardrooms to express discontent and discipline people in public shamings and that set a precident that made management an uncomfortable role to be in. Great programs, all are in place to make it world class and if they are used to maximum benefit, the plant would be a top notch place to be. Overall, it is no worse than other plants and has good bones to work improvement in.
banking overtime, dedication to safety, operations and maintenance crews are dedicated
purchasing convoluted, expected accountability is beyond what is in your control
Bunch of raging morons that shouldn't even be offered jobs flipping burgers.
Millwright (Current Employee) – Edmonton – 18 August 2015
Terrible work and garbage management, even with the worlds best employees, the management would still fail at everything. They cannot tell the difference from a pile of burger wrappers from a diamond. All they can tell you is what is written on their clipboard, any actually decision making is just randomly decided on. There is no educated experience with them and they let all the good employees leave or fail to hire any qualified people that could actually help out the company. There is a reason they are always actively hiring, even in with the economy the way it is. This place is pathetic and it would be in your best interest to avoid it entirely.
Stacker Operator (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 27 April 2015
Daily tasks are complicated and sometimes rendered completely impossible by aging and or broken equipment. Work pacing is sporadic because of equipment and process failures. Very frustrating workplace and workers while friendly with each other are often overworked and distressed by working conditions. Safety is also a whitewash program...what looks good is good.
Management completely out of touch with operations
Buyer (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 18 December 2014
As a salaried employee, if you work hard they will take note and dump more and more on you until you break because it is simply just too much. Management makes very poor decisions and does not seem to consider possible outcomes of those decisions prior to implementing them causing excessive stress and chaos within the organization.
Millwright (Former Employee) – Millwright – 17 December 2012
Not a trades union. Management is always looking to point a finger instead of working on solution. Very poor work culture all around. Low moral. If something doesn't change I don't see a future for the company. Steel making side of plant is very dirty and unhealthy area to work. Not enough money to work there.
benifits, in town, overtime is double time.
work environment, management, union protects the cancer, no chance at moving up or bettering oneself.