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hardest part of the day , the most enjoyable part of the job
Heavy duty mechanic in shop (Former Employee) –  Prince George, BC18 June 2018
computer work, sending out emails, getting it all done in a timely matter, then finding all the info for the job ur doing

the most enjoyable was the paycheques, the guys you work with, the drive for better and the perks of working for them
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Great people to work with.
LEAD HAND WELDER/MACHINIST (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB5 June 2018
Great people to work with. Awesome safety environment. Management a little disorganized. Finning model of "Do more with less" was a big change and was hard to work with.
Pros
Free coffee
Cons
Expensive extended health benefits.
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Good money, bad culture
Inside Sales Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 May 2018
Not a very reliable company to work for. They can lay you off in a instance. More of a number than an employee. not much support for training. Good money.
Pros
good money
Cons
reliable, training, culture
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tough to get ahead
Heavy Equipment Technician (Former Employee) –  red deer21 May 2018
Very difficyouult company to move up in the world, or even keep a job. if you can make it 3 or 4 years your usually good but the unio and large seniority pools within small areas can make things very difficult for new employees.
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Frustrating Experience
Administration (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 March 2018
A very difficult environment to learn. Training involves learning about the products and very little on the process. My manager was out of town 3 out of the 5 days a week and had little support on how to process documents to their standards. Only management training i got was on a phone call for 2 hours while her kid cried on the other side. Other employees were appalled as to how I was being trained given that they were sat down for a week and shown each step of the process. They let me go and admitted that they were at fault for not giving proper training and mistakes were made that had to be accounted for.
Pros
Compensation
Cons
Unreliable, no training
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Good high energy work place
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) –  Surrey, BC18 March 2018
Finning is a great company to work for. They take pride in their customer service and are always doing above and beyond the standards. They have a lot of room or growth as well.
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Great people to work with
Switchboard Operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 March 2018
Great bunch of people to work with. Pay was good and there were opportunities to advance if you went looking for them. Lots of free education materials in their Caterpillar University
Pros
Cafeteria in building.
Cons
middle of an industrial area.
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super busy workplace
Service Clerk and parts administrator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB13 March 2018
busy productive day, learn a lot about the product they sell, management is hard on employees, some friendly coworkers, super busy and demanding job, enjoy dealing with customers.
Pros
free coffee
Cons
management
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dealership company
Service Operations manager (Former Employee) –  grande prairie11 March 2018
It is a good company for training employee and has good internal courses for products it sales. hard to get promoted with in company, once promoted was backed by the rest of managers.
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Not a great environment
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 February 2018
Not a lot of support from management or team members. Expectations are very high with zero guidance. Not a great place to work, would not recommend working here unless you want a high school environment. Very unprofessional.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Management
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Okay place to work
Journeyman Parts Salesperson (Red Seal) (Current Employee) –  Kamloops, BC5 February 2018
Great place to get your Journeyman ticket. Company mood seems to change whenever the CEO changes, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the bad. When times are good the company is great to work for and when times are bad, they get real bad at Finning.
Pros
Great Pay
Cons
Company treats you like a number
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Needs to improve in customer service.
2nd Year Apprentice Heavy Equipment Technician (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB30 January 2018
I enjoyed working with Finning however they have many areas to improve in if they want to grow as a company. As competition arises they are unable to handle a customer service standard that other companies may be actually doing better. They will struggle to get contracts for big mining operations and get put on warranty work to sustain older equipment that soon will be replaced by another brand. This makes the company not a reliable source due to budget cuts and lay offs. I believe management is to blame because I have worked with customers directly and they are always pleased with the maintenance that was provided.
Pros
Good wage and benefits
Cons
Poor management
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Finning if you cannot find anything else
Technical Support (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB13 January 2018
Finning HR people sell a good story but don't believe their lies.

Training only happens for field techs and management favourites. Everyday you have to be looking over your shoulder. Their is always some super that is playing silly games. Safety is a joke on the night shift. Outta sight and outta mind. Service managers come and go. That means you get supers that can run all over you. Don't expect the Union to do anything for you. They don't give a you know what.

Depending where you are working determines how long you will last. You might be with decent group of co-workers or a bunch of gossiping ricks trying to run you out.

If you cam handle all that trip then Finning is the place for you.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Everything else.
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Good place to work
Lab Lead Hand (Former Employee) –  Langley, BC10 January 2018
Lots of politics in the management sector. Secret promotions and playing favorites led me out of the ring after 15 years of service. Employment generally is run by the heavy equipment markets.
Pros
benefits
Cons
original ethics have disappeared
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Ten year employee review
Parts and Warehousing person (Current Employee) –  Alberta8 January 2018
For me, Finning is a great company to work for. I work in the parts and warehouse with a great bunch of people and we've really become a team over the past years. Unfortunately the company has laid off people due to the economic downturn and need for restructuring and realigning of resources. For job security I would say it has stabilized now and hopefully smooth sailing going forward. As for management, they do have rules and protocol to follow and enforce. Not all managers are alike, Some are good and some not so much. I've had the odd issue with some but rarely and not anything big enough that couldn't be worked out. You take the good with the bad and get by.
In closing, I have worked at many other jobs that are worse and a few that were much worse. With that comparison I can say this is the best employer I have worked for and expect to finish my working days here. There is no such thing as the perfect job but this is pretty good.
Pros
Union and non-union positions, good benefits and pay. Good employee share plan.
Cons
Resource industry based business that is susceptible to down turns
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overall a good place to work, large companies seem to all work the samw
H.D.Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB14 December 2017
go out to customer, to diagnose machine order parts, give an estimate to customer..once parts have been received you return to customer site, and quite often you find many more things that are wrong with the machine, (which is not always visible until you pull machine apart) ..you discuss situation with customer...
very difficult to document every day scenario at Finning, due to the type of job.
Pros
there was always work available and you had the option to work ot or not
Cons
long hrs, as you never knew what you would be dealing with until you reached customer site.
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Complicated, poor communications, customer support convelusion
Heavy Equipment Technician (Current Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB10 December 2017
Technological nightmare
Dealership internal complications constantly
Spends millions on streamlining simple job processes to save dollars
Upper management compromises customer relationships by relying on "brand" rather than high acceptance and co-operation of customers
Upper management only concentrate on bottom line results
English is a second language for most managers
Training and advancement is "carrot dangle" tack tics to create staffing solutions and follow up or advancement does not exist
Union hourly technical staff are treated with "slave" like dictation
Technicians are part of a "revolving door" atmosphere
Pros
Some tooling for technicians is supplied
Cons
Lack of proper training relevance creates nightmares
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Good salary and benefits
Supply Chain (Former Employee) –  AB1 December 2017
But you is just a number, incompetent management, piles of problems and mess all over the business processes. But if you trying to speak about, or offer better solutions, you will hurt someone feelings and possibly - interests.
They fire people in a blink of the eye - you called to the office and literally a minute later - escorted out of the building.
Efforts, results are not appreciated.
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Was great until they "lay you off"
Annoymous (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB21 November 2017
What a blindsided company! You go in doing your job and next thing you know you are being walked out the door. Clicky so if you dont brown nose your way in... you get laid off. The management goes up and you get out. Things were so called good....until the doom day. I was there for 4.5 years and saw many people laid off.
Oh and lets not forget the christmas party at the shaw. With 18 to 25 year olds...drunk out of their stinkin tree!!!
Pros
Hard work but had a few fun events
Cons
Bad management. Reward the ones that work...not your buddy buddy
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Company in BC
Warehouse Person (Former Employee) –  Sparwood, BC17 November 2017
This is a company that I worked for in BC about a decade ago. It was unionized and the pay was quite well but due to the economy we ended up moving back home to SK.
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