Equipment Operator (Current Employee) – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – 31 December 2017
You are only guaranteed 25 hours per week. It is hard to get any more than that unless there is lots of snow weather. You only get paid $1.40/hour to be on call when no weather. If there is no weather for an extended period of time you cannot make enough to live on. You are not allowed to work a second job as you are expected to be available when they call you in. When you do get hours you have to watch your pay stubs to make sure you get paid for all your hours worked.
Labour Relations Coordinator - Temp (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 18 September 2017
I really enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and did that almost everyday at work. The biggest lesson I learned is that you can't please everyone all the time. I have superior management that were willing to teach and LISTEN all the time. Management always made time for their employees which made it a great work culture. Overall the most enjoyable part of my job was the education I took from it.
Snow plough Operator Transfield (Former Employee) – Verner, ON – 4 October 2016
Challenging job during winter storms, Equipment should have a planned maintenance program vs repair as required. Liaison between main office,satellite offices is poor for the operators. Operators have a good sense of team effort during operations.
Long hours working with sometimes challenging conditions
Sr. Labour Relations Advisor (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 24 November 2015
Working in the Oil Patch demands strict adherence to a meriad of safety rules and employment practices.
"Skill Trades" personnel are hires from a union hall. Essentially a call is made to the "hall" for a certain number of skilled trades personnel; sufficient to meet client target dates for completion of whatever work is required. Normal reference checking is not an option as the hire is not an employee as such.
Employment conditions are those spelled out in a negotiated "Master Agreement" incorporating the terms and conditions of as many as ten (10) different unions with different skill sets. Example; Teamsters, Welders, Fitters, BoilerMakers, Riggers, etc etc.
As a labour relations advisor, one is tasked with the responsibility to administer the terms and conditions of a "Master" site agreement. Duties and responsibilities include the disposition of grievances and complaints initiated by members of the various bargaining units. Interaction with union representatives is frequent and can at times be intense requiring a high level of "dispute resolution" skills.
Pay rates are generally far beyond those of city businesses.
Work schedules are often (12) hours/day x (20)days and (4) days off
Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Mattawa, ON – 16 November 2015
being a company which hires drivers for the winter months as operators it is a great place to work. The vehicles are all new and there are lots of great co-workers. The company could spend a bit more time however providing regular maintenance to the equipment. The day shift sure seems to fly by but the night shift just drags on, management are there but they are not able to help with much when needed cause they too are work overloaded. There are not too many places to move up into however.
Power Engineer Assistant /Labourer (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 4 September 2015
> great camp to work on > great maintenance team to work with > ever changing work environment > plenty of exposure to large industrial equipment > always working around other trades making it easy to learn new things
Paint Crew Labourer (Former Employee) – North Bay, ON – 30 May 2015
On the road alot. Move from motel to motel. A typical day at work consisted of driving a warning pick up truck , warning drivers of wet paint on the highways. I was part of the paint crew and worked along with my co-workers and helped strap down paint totes on a crash buffer truck. long hours.
Journeyman Pipefitter (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 27 May 2015
Safety was good but found that some of the field management was low on organization. The project you were working on might not be the one the next day, so you would have to start all over, tools, equipment, access...
Journeyman Electrician (Former Employee) – Ft McMurray, ab – 19 February 2015
being my first experience in the industrial oil and gas sector, I was definitely out of my element. I was quickly mentored by a few co-workers that were... many years more experience than myself. The management was excepting of my lack of experience and provided me with guidance and support to quickly bring me up to the level i needed.