Mechanic (Former Employee) – Canada – 7 January 2018
This is one of those jobs which you have to be in the 'inner circle' to be successful. Hard workers aren't offered the same advancement lazy unsafe workers are. In Canada Altec doesn't follow Canadian safety standards because they believe all they have to do is mirror the safety in the USA. If you work here, print off documents, save emails, record phone calls because you need to cover your own butt.
Hydraulic Mechanic (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 26 July 2018
I worked there a few years ago. Union environment, you don't get anywhere with hard work and dedication. I worked there as a mechanic, and there was no help from other mechanics, you're basically on your own from day one. One of the mechanics, also a welder, who I thought was decent turned out was talking behind my back to management. Management was incompetent in their handling of sensitive situations in the shop.
I would not work there again, and have since then steered people I know away from there. I disliked working there.
Mechanic (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 16 May 2018
Worked there some time ago. You have to be in the "inner circle" to be treated like a human being. Management are really bad. Lots of verbal abuse I suffered at their hands and the so called leader does nothing. Everyone is related to each other and if you aren't, good luck. Lots of back stabbers there. You help them one day, next day they don't know you.
No pros that I could think of
Everything is bad about this place. Bad Management
Hydraulic Technician (Former Employee) – Ontario – 16 April 2018
I would repair units all over the area. I learned you need to watch your own back as people will always try to screw you over. The hardest part of my job was watching idiots get praised for doing a poopy job. There was no enjoyable moments.
Mechanic (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 16 May 2017
Worked there a few years back. Disrespectful, harassing, bullying is a common practice in the workplace by supervisors and employees. Nepotism is prevalent. Laid me off just when I would have qualified for 4 weeks' vacation. Got a better job. Would never work there again.
Terrible place to work for, terrible management, union in the shop so no real work was done
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 1 October 2016
Hired as a supervisor a few years back, lasted less than a year. Major promises made to get you in the door, but once employed there was never enough money to do what they said. Prior supervisors had screwed the system so bad when I took over I was blamed for jobs being over quoted hours before they even arrived, by thousands of hours. My manager had a huge chip on her shoulder, was a workaholic and already had one heart attack already because of it. Expected to work overtime as salaried employee, very little formal training on systems. Branch mechanics were unionized and incredibly lazy except a few. Overall the worst place I have worked in 30 years.
Long hours, bad pay, unrealistic management expectations, poor management.
Service Technician (Former Employee) – Milton, ON – 10 May 2016
if you want quick training do not work here, if you are younger than 20 years old they feel the need to baby sit you they never give you a full opportunity to do a real job.. management has their head stuffed so far up their behinds its incredible, everything is put off to the last minute and they take forever to get you your proper training.. management is very unorganized, some of the employees are rude, but many of them are very friendly and helpful.
good benefits, co-workers are friendly and helpful