Brandt
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Great group of people to work with. They took us over recently and have felt very welcome in the Calgary location. There is a lot of support. So far, so good.
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Canada's worst managed company

Brandt saskatoon is the worst company ever. Their products are poorly designed and gets broken easily.The die grinder is their favorite tool...Not a good place to work, you have been warned!
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Stressful not worth it

If your one of the people who came from Cervus run away most of us have quit because of the micro managing and overworked ness we are losing customers left right centre stay away and go to their competitors they do not care about you
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Good place to start

Work was good at most times but the atmosphere was what made me stay for as long as I did. The dynamic changed over the last few years as the workload changed
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Low wage, Low care, Low advancement, Dont do it.

Management are jellyfish. Unless youre doing some under the desk work, you wont be moving up. They want to pay you as little as possible, and charge customers maximum. There is no apprenticeship program FOR ANYTHING. They WILL NOT apprentice you. This company is going to be like a walmart of Heavy equipment.
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Difficult work atmosphere

There is a constant culture of micromanagement that tends to slow things down. Pay and advancement seems to be based on how much you suck up to supervisors and managers and not how well you do your job. Managers will tell what you want to hear to your face and do the opposite to make their bosses happy and not have any actual hard decision and challenge anyone above them to make better decisions. The work has been somewhat stable but trying to get anything done is painful. The safety culture is probably the worst I have seen. They will tell you what they want to see but not provide any tools or training to actually make it happen unless there is a catastrophic accident to spur them into motion.

Pros

Busy and stable at times

Cons

Feel like just a number without a voice.
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Sadly disorganized and Under appreciative

If you are a lazy employee that dont care about procedures (which are more or less none existent to start with), this place is for you! If you pass your three months,know anyone up high in the company and you dont have to much work ethic, thats the way to succeed and go high here. Promotion and advancement are not a thing, so if you want to grow, go else where. This place is also chaos. Really no solid procedures, no supervisors on the same page so one day you have to do it a certain way and the next you get told complete opposite from someone else. No one own to their mistakes either. Constant drama and back stabbing/ blaming even from the supervisors. The floor supervisors dont care, so its a mess everywhere too. Warehouse is the worst I ever seen even tho theres at least 15 people working back there. Umimpressed with this billion dollar company! Its an old building, no new upgrade yet they keep expending. Cheap company that way. Old system to work with as wellThe wage was great. But its a trap. They do NOT support school so theyll pay you big bucks even without school, and youll never get your red seal. You need to quit and hope they maybe rehire when youre out of school. Again, if thats your goal, dont go thereI used to love this company. They dont care about their genuine good workers, never mind being appreciated. Have fun if you make that jump!
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Very questionable after the takeover

We’ll at the beginning it was great with people caring about the job and more. When Brandt bought out cervus Ontario it went downhill.. If the powers that be would do a bit more investigating they’d realize hey a salary in Saskatchewan doesn’t do in Ontario.Benefits in Calgary don’t work in Ontario. And cutting a salary and providing a bonus plan that can’t put for a tank of gas is just insulting.I’m sure there be more people leaving as they’ve lost 1/2 their staff already in one location and it’s only getting worse. Once you are all about profit for the family the staff don’t mean much do they. Thanks for the opportunity but I think I’ll leave
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Run far

Says they are all about family- when in reality they could care less. Would highly recommend staying away. There is a reason they have such a high turnover in employees.

Pros

None
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Poor Management

The work itself is good. Plenty of OEM training available. Fellow employees are great and create a good working environment. The benifits are poor and the salary is below industry standard. Management is awful and out of touch with the reality of the industry.
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Good

Was a good place to work. Growing business. Would recommend this place to anyone. Tough management but besides that was really good.
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Terrible benefits and bad management

Went to school to complete my second year of training and took 2 months before receiving my mandatory raise which wasn’t up to industry standard. No opportunity to move up in this company
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Not a productive place to work for.

If you want no work life balance. There is very less room to grow hence the turnover is huge here. I would recommend only if you are looking for first job experience

Cons

Long hours low pay and zero advancement
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Top heavy with management

Too much upper managment. Upper management not very experienced in the industry - all business school grads .Poor benefits - extremely high premiums.
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Very busy and focus to work

You have to always met time to finish work, supervisor and manager are good in some department but few is not supportive .good environment and good top management . Top management are very care about people

Pros

Good lunch room, no dirty environment, job stability very good

Cons

Not good pay
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You will be overworked and under appreciated.

The job must be your whole world. Sick days are frowned upon. Overtime is mandatory. Always short staffed. Management yells at staff and customers when he’s stressed.

Pros

Good pay and benifits. BBQ’s in the summer. Free coffee.

Cons

High school mentality, double standards. Messy warehouse. High staff overturn.
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Evolving company with great market share. Fearless in developing new products. Expanding their dealership stance aggressively.

Shop Management was great. Expectations were high, but fair. Tough workplace as it struggles to hit flow due to several different factors. Most factors were a result of lack of staff investment and want to drive change.
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Consequences

There are consequences when a supervisor takes sides with a truck driver with poor time management skills. Unloading is to be done safely and not rushed as that's when accidents happen. The supervisor is always in his office and gives his duties out to other people to do.The parts are never labeled with the part number on the lists, but it's up to you to figure it out. Looking up the parts so you know where it goes, but the place is so packed full of things that there is no place to put things away. Truck drivers come in whenever they want, but they pressure you to hurry up and get them unloaded so they can go back to the coffee shop. All in all it's not a good place to work, they don't have sick paid days so covid19 is spreading. It's pass the buck attitude that management style.Also overtime is something that should not be coerced on to the employee. All overtime is voluntary not mandatory. Supervisor should show up for overtime, but never does.

Pros

None

Cons

Overtime
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Stressful Environment, don't walk RUN!

Terrible place to work every movement is tracked. No demo equipment can't deliver when you do get an order! Yet they ask why you didn't make quotaAgain don't walk RUN...

Pros

Company Vehicle ( tracked though) and no personal use allowed

Cons

Too many to list...
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Very toxic environment poorly managed and pay structure is horrible.

Very toxic environment poorly managed and pay structure is horrible. Terrible work environment and very top heavy in Management and only family members are promoted.

Pros

None

Cons

Poor work hours No incentives to achieve your goals
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Salaried staff get taken advantage of

If you are good at your job they dump an insane workload on you. You will be expected to work 60 hour weeks and with pressure to get more done at all times. Engineering, accounting and planning staff get berated when unrealistic deadlines aren't met. Days off requests are generally not approved as the work won't get done if you're not there to do it. As I'm sure the managers are under equal pressure no one is happy. Not a good atmosphere to work in.Office staff in both Saskatoon and Regina locations generally leave due to burn out.

Cons

Long hours, low morale
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Based on 202 reviews

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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.8 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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