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A company that looks really great on your resume, but definitely lacking in some very crucial areas. Most co-workers are nice and are doing their best with a very dated company structure and culture. The cliques have already been established, and the lifers are fine sitting around all day chatting, eating snacks, and taking extra-long lunches, until they get to retire with their big pensions.Despite being an environmentalist at heart, it looked like a great chance to gain some valuable skills and I assumed as a large, well-known company they would be amazing to work for. When people are away or it gets extremely busy, it's the only time you feel valued; you're involved in all the meetings, contributing to their successes and praised for your hard work...until you're no longer urgently needed. Sometimes you get invited to team-building and fun department events, other times only the "real" employees attend. I've actually been UNINVITED to an event once, because they forgot I wasn't full-time. After speaking to others, there was no real reason why I shouldn't have attended other than they probably didn't want to pay for my time (as it was a very general topic). You are told that there is an opportunity to expand to part-time and maybe eventually full-time, but after they suck you in, you start to realize that it'll never happen.The project planning was very disorganized and not planned ahead of time, even by one week...so you can never plan any other contract work, projects, or appointments. They make you come in 3 days a week to work for only an hour, when it could've been - more...
Good cafeteria, office is nice from the outside, free parking, pay was ok (as I wasn't limited to their 5 level structure)
They treat contractors badly, office is dated looking from the inside and confusing to navigate, and you feel guilty working here as an environmentalist.
I enjoy the pay and benefits; however, middle management in Logistics is uneducated, unqualified, and ignores complaints of bullying and harassment. FortisBC is the classic case of the most senior workers being promoted to middle management, as if those two skill sets are the same.
Salary and Benefits
Toxic Working Environment
Coming from a different background, it took a bit of time to understand some of the work environment features but, over all a lot was learned and probably could have taken more time to learn more about the organization. Valuable learning experience.
Solid company, decent wages and benefits. One of the few companies left where you could work your entire career
Varied positions. Good team atmosphere. You can be part of a group or work on your own. Generally, lots of availabilities. Very safety conscious company. This is a union environment with 2 unions and Management represented.
Benefits, general atmosphere, Employee / public safety.
Some positions do require exceedingly long hours.
Good work life balance but some of the work given is less engineering related and more like a supply chain. Each person on a team works on the same thing consistently and passes it on to the next.
Very poor culture...seems like many union employees are simply dragging themselves to work everyday to get one step closer to a nice pension. As a result, there is high levels of frustration resentment and a lack of ambition among the workforce. Myself, I never received any formal feedback session even though I requested it multiple times. The Surrey office is located so far out in Surrey it's almost in farmland...very difficult to get to unless you live in the immediate area. Office location, combined with a general lack of enthusiasm in the workforce has me wondering what HR and leadership will do to attract and retain young talent.
Pay, great work/life balance
Culture, office location
Tending to incoming and outgoing calls, helping customers understand their bills. Creating payment arrangements, dealing with collections and disconnections. Workplace culture was great, everyone is so friendly and very helpful when anyone reaches out for help. The hardest part of the job was talking to the customers who had to change account info to theirs due to their partner passing away. The most enjoyable part of the job was talking with the customers and being able to help them understand their bills.
Worked daily, on all associated equipment, required for the purpose of distribution, and control, for public, business, manufacturing, and high voltage transmission equipment. Worked 5 yrs, on equipment maintenance, and 17 years for construction division upgrading existing Distribution substations, and ground up,construction of new power stations. Educated, and trained thoroughly in all aspects of safety techniques, along with protective clothing, tools, and procedures. Became familiar with the workings and practices of other crews working on, or near the same systems as to safety. Was kept up on all WCB safety issues and procedures, and given tools and all clothing required.