Clean Harbors
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If your a commuter and can do a life of camp, go for it. But be sure and no , after 10 years of camp , and gone 3-6 weeks a rotation to make a living , you will be divorced. Management is cruel. The job comes first. You make a mistake and it's 3 days min suspension , sitting in camp ( not paid) wondering if you have a job. Lots of equipment sitting around, as they got no work. Union company , so good luck with that starting out. Lots of rules, they even have rules , about rules. Figure that out. Pay is good , camp food and isolation. Being an experience operator willSave you. Getting by management and safety, is hit or mis. Make your money while it's hot and save for the slow times. Seasonal workers do best.


Camp, wages


No life, stressful, seasonal
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Hight pace, team activities, And very good people to work for

Steady work when available, treated well during my times of employment.Overtime I many different things both through experience and exposure to the industry.


Flights and food covered my employer


Being away from home for extended period of time.
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Don’t waste your time!!!!

Bosses say mechanics are a dime a dozen, and you are treated as such. They have their favourite guy’s and only listen to what they have to say. If you talk a big game and like to pat yourself on the back, and brag yourself up, you’ll be fine. NO RAISES, unless you like to spend your time doing courses online, on your own time not payed by the way. They pay on theoretical work, not on the practical. As mentioned, if you talk a big game and remember from a book or computer, you will get a raise, not what you show you can do and the way you perform on the job. It’s a joke! Lot of back stabbing. Multiple people are on the same job, so when are the unit comes back with screw ups, and they do 9 times out of 10, all who worked on that unit, even if that particular job was not done by you, all are bundled together, and in trouble. Hence some of the back stabbing. Very, very rarely are you given your own unit to work on yourself. Turn over rate is exceptionally high.


Payed weekly, weekends off


Payed weakly, (very weakly), management sucks, don’t care for employees unless you make them look good
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Poorly managed

Looks good on paper, not so much once you’re hired. Little to no training from management, you get shuffled around to learn from other employees. In one department there were almost more managers than employees. The work environment was very competitive, only concern was to meet targets. These target goals were pushed hard by management. If they are met, the managers get a bonus. The employees do as well, they just do all the hard work. While training, the employees were clearly annoyed with having to train a new person. Questions/inquiries were met with annoyance, rather than helpfulness. Management creates a competitive environment, were people are concerned only with getting their bonuses.


Decent starting salary


toxic work environment, too many people in “management”, poor training, unrealistic goals, high stress. Numbers are their top priority, expected to work overtime almost every work fay
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Administration management

The west end admin dept. in Edmonton is a mess, extremely unprofessional, terrible communication, TOO MANY managers, favouritism, and they run off great employees due to sneaky people who have been there a long time. Next to no training, accountability there is none (for the higher ups) they will make you feel like you are walking on eggshells almost everyday. Lots of backstabbing and gossiping (which i was done with in high school). I could go on and on... the company would run much better if those in charge were held to the same standard as the rest of the employees.


Pay and benefits were great


Management chaotic and unprofessional
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Good pay and benefits

Good pay and benefits, my position is nice and relaxing. Constant turnover of management and to many unqualified people in positions they have no clue about, which is very frustrating. No help or support when needed


Great pay, benefits


Management, unqualified support staff
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Friendly but no one knows whats going on

You don't even know if you're working the next day until they send out the manpower list at 5pm. And if you are working it could be at a completely different site and on a different shift. They can't even organize rides from the parking lot to the trailer so you wind up hitchhiking across the refinery half the time. Everyone I met there was super friendly and easy to get along with, but no one had a clue wtf was going on most of the time. The benefits stink as well so if you're looking for a long term job then don't even bother.


Everyone is friendly enough


Disorganized, bad benefits, mediocre pay, no communication, no respect for your days off.
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Terrible workplace

Your completely expendable, used and abused when they need you and benched for weeks when they don't. You'd probably make more yearly working in fast food. if you have someone that relies on you making a consistent income, don't apply here


Free lunches occasionally


Jobs are too far apart to make reliable income
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Don't even bother

They don't tell you everything you will be doing during any part of the interview. After you start, that's when they tell you they expect the world from you. Plus you pay for a portion of your benefits which are not great to begin with.




Cheap benefits & long hours
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Pretty good place too work when it’s busy with decent benefits

Decent place to work with opportunities for advancement all the guys are good to work with pretty helpful with the procedures and paperwork if you don’t know how or what your doing good benefits and great chances to relocate if needed


When it’s busy it’s really good


Depending where your working not consistent enough hours
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Not a great place to work

The company is US owned therefore your salary is low compared to Canadian companies of similar. The left never knew what the right hand was doing a lot of fix after the problem rather then resolving issues prior to it happening.


It was a job


Low pay for the amount of work. Lots of stress, lack of communication.
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I worked 4 days a week 10 hr days. I learned How to operater a vac truck and what they do. Some management was good some shouldn’t of worked there. Work place culture was good. Hardest part is carrying 6 inch hard line haha. The guys I worked with made it worth working.


Great pay and shift


Takes forever to get a raise
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great place to get ahead

if your looking for good clean work this is a place to be good hrs. Good pay good benefits all traing paid for. Fly in fly out great camp Great work inviroment.
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Job Security

Too much favoritism, laid back workers protected by the union while other workers picking up the slack of incomplete jobs. Accommodations were good, but no paid flights resulting in extra expenses for workers
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good company to work for

good company, lots of training, offered travel allowance for rotational employees and benefits, camp living accommodations. opportunity for advancement
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It was a good job

Working for them was good enjoy it very much but never home all ways away for 3 weeks and two weeks off it was up north and sometimes cold most of the time the food was good and the people you worked with were ok and they came from all over Alberta and B.C met lots of people that's for sure
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Fun workplace co-workers are great

that I am always busy and I like that we all are productive clients love the the company or they some where else chefs come up with good taste of meals
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Driver position

Good pay. lots of hours ,If you want to work.Position involves some overnights ,which a bunk truck is provided,or a motel room company paid.There are also home daily runs and nights.Vac tanker,Rolloff trailer,work..Good Benefits..Management always available for any concerns..Of my 13yrs here I've had no real complaints. If you are not willing to work up to 14hrs a day some days ,this job is not for you ..If you like to make money and want a place to retire from ,come on aboard


Benefits., group rrsp plan..Good pay. management always available.


Some overnights, ..some long days, some older equipment
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family oriented

safety was number one, if it was unsafe you did not do it with no questions asked. My direct manager was a delight to work for and if it was not for the oil field crash at the time I would have stayed working there. Benefits were top notch.
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All in all, ok

Sometimes didnt get paid all the hours worked as other people wouldn't work past their shift time, even though its expected, so you have to pick up the slack. Union job would be more secure
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Horrible place to work staff morale extremely low

The only positive about working here is coffee. more bosses than employees no communication employee morale is so low its a depressing place to work. pay is not good


Free coffee


Management, no overtime
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