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No Respect for Employees
Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Scarborough, ON17 April 2018
Senior Management did not have professional attitude toward department personnel.
Employees were just a number.
No organization or training at job start up.
Much favoritism
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Very discouraging environment
Electrician, Epuipment Operator (Former Employee) –  Ontario/British Columbia29 March 2018
Worked for them a few times now. Union, so I was a name hire. Atmosphere has become extremely poisonous due to pathetic management, site leadership and lack of interest in their own HSE program. The name of the game is bonus money grabbing, before corporate figures out how much the projects have lost. Some of the guys were good to work with, unfortunately too many were arrogant, without the grit to justify the lack of personality. Most of them will tell you how much they know, but nothing ever seems to be done right. Sad to see, as they used to be a great company to work for.
Pros
Free used hard hat
Cons
Pathetic management
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just a number
sale (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON28 March 2018
The one thing you should know about black & McDonald is if you get hurt they will get rid of you; seen it time and time again. It was a great place to work at one time but know you are just a number . Most of the management are just looking out for their bonus so like I said you are just a number in their eyes.
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Interesting Place to work
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON26 February 2018
Black & McDonald is a large company that has no "Middle Class" per say. The people at the top make the money, the people at the bottom get opportunities but the people in the middle tread water not getting ahead regardless of how skilled or experienced they are.

If you are a threat to the senior management you will not likely get any opportunities for advancement and the company is run by sales people with no actual knowledge of the fields they oversee.
Pros
Work at home
Cons
Issues with Morals and Ethics as a company
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Terrible Company
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON24 February 2018
Was employed here in 2016 with promises of full time when they found out I was pregnant they decided not to offer me the full time position because they didn’t want to pay into maternity leave. You give it your all and you get nothing in return but empty promises. They have a high turn over and that’s because they have people in there who cannot do their jobs! Too much favortism and office affairs lol lol
Cons
HR Management
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Not what they used to be
Journeyman Plumber (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK16 February 2018
It used to have its perks to be a proud employee.. Everything has gone down hill and it starts with management and their deaf ears and egotistical attitudes along with inexperienced and/or underqualified people holding their positions.
Pros
Standard pay rate, weekly pay
Cons
Lack of worker appreciation, underqualified office employees, bad business decisions
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Building a culture
Electrical QA/QC and Turnover Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB12 February 2018
Hired on as an electrician and moved up the chain to foreman the QA/QC lead on one project and Commission Tech on another. Black & Mc Donald has a very good work culture.
Pros
very good management
Cons
communication
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Never the same day twice :)
Billing Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Greater Napanee, ON10 February 2018
A fast paced fun place to work , I enjoy the work and the pressure though that may not be for everyone. Most projects have timelines and deadlines that must be adhered to. Must be efficient and work well under pressure with multiple sources of information and be able to prioritize your work.
Pros
Great learning experiences
Cons
working out a trailer on job site, no consistant location or job security
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Good co-workers
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Labrador City, NL8 February 2018
Putting diesel fuel in different types of equipment, picking up co-workers at airport from their turn around. Clean company vehicles, cleaning company lunchroom
Pros
The pay
Cons
long hours
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enjoy productivity and friendship on jobsite
Journeyman Electrician (Former Employee) –  Horizon CNRL Fort Mcmurray1 February 2018
Maintenance and Construction Electrician
• Planned and installed lighting system
• Installed Transform
• Pulled and Glanded cables and built cable tray
• Inspected Terminated MCC circuits
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poor supervision
Labourer/Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Richmond Hill, ON6 January 2018
overall great place to work other then the project manger and supervisor.. they made people not want to come to work because they say they would fix a problem and it would never get fix thus ended in people getting injured
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Great place to work
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON8 December 2017
Providing support to executives and staff was very satisfying. Learned how to arrange a company event. Relaxed environment with many long term staff working well together.
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Challenging Workplace
Manager (Former Employee) –  Courtice, ON18 November 2017
Leadership Practices are inconsistent. Reporting issues to Human Resources are not resolved. Little interest in development of staff. The culture is for the construction industry alone.
Pros
Focus on Safety
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Family like, team built company
Contract Manager FMO (Former Employee) –  Stoney Creek, ON4 November 2017
Great place to work.
From exec down to coworkers, there is support and trust and cooperation to make every day a success for individuals that leads to the sucess of the organization.
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Good company but no job security
Financial Controller (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON2 November 2017
Job security is not good. Very easy to get fired or laid off if the manager doesnèt like you, even if your job performance is good.

Stay on the managementès good side and stay active in the company social events and your job should be more secure.
Pros
prestigious company
Cons
managers are not approachable and easy to talk to.
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excellent job
Dispatcher/Custome Service Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC30 October 2017
excellent salary and benefits. only reason left was relocation of call centre ffrom Vernon to Toronto. Otherwise and excellent company to work for in al other respects.
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Productive and fun
Junior Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON21 September 2017
My time working at Black & McDonald has been nothing but positive. I would definitely recommend this work environment too anyone interesting in a professional career opportunity.
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Great company to work for. Management team was excellent and they were great to their craft workers.
HSE Advisor (Former Employee) –  Muskrat Falls, NL14 September 2017
I enjoyed my 4 months of work with Black & McDonald and if I had the chance to work there again I would. Great management and very safety oriented. By far they live up to their expectations.
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great work atmosphere
Plumber (Former Employee) –  Goose Bay, NL30 August 2017
I would love to work with this company again. very good leadership and a well balanced work schedule . I learned alot of good skills that i will carry on for a long time after
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Great place.
Sheet Metal Worker (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK30 August 2017
Leaned from many skilled trades workers during my time at B&M. Learned a considerable amount about large scale operations, and logistics pertaining to the skilled trades.
Pros
Great work experience.
Cons
Away from home often.
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