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Best management I have ever experienced
Building Operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB10 June 2018
This was a very good experience for me. The company had excellent management and safety policies. The only bad part was I was assigned to a very quiet building where not much work was needed, so I was basically bored out of my tree. If I were to get a more challenging opportunity, I would definitely work there again. I actually regret leaving sometimes, since the job I took after leaving here has turned out to be a nightmare.
Pros
Very supportive management, safety was top priority
Cons
assigned position was very boring
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Good people at Black and McDonald to work with
Mechanical Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB29 May 2018
I worked at Black and McDonald for 8 years and was constantly challenged by customers with problems and had fun dealing with problem solving. It was never a challenge to maintain a professional attitude.
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Don't Waste your time here
Electrician Journeyman (Former Employee) –  Stoney Creek, ON15 May 2018
never in my life have i ever met such a bunch of ignorant people that have no clue what goes on at there job sites. Preach safety and then do the opposite!
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Supportive work place
Apprentice HVAC Technician (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK5 May 2018
Everyday at Black & McDonald was different. I was able to finish the assigned tasks on time.

The Black & McDonald management were very good at giving feedback about how the employees were doing.
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excelent
Carpenter Apprentice (Former Employee) –  voisey bay labrador4 May 2018
A good company to work for. Good Wages, met some friends. Was laid off due to shortage of work. I would go back to working with them if there was more work upcoming.
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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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No Work Life balance
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON2 April 2018
While working with Black and McDonald I have almost never had a lunch break and work 50 hours plus a week. People are great but effort in doesn't equal effort out.
Pros
People
Cons
Long hours with out pay
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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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