Supervisor (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 15 August 2018
Everyone at GNI is great to work with, with a very open culture that encourages learning and growth. Management is very invested in professional development and encouraging employees to pursue educational advancements. There are opportunities to grow within the company if you put the work and effort into it. Fellow employees are friendly and open, and there are a lot of employee-based events (ie. Christmas parties, gold tournaments, potlucks). Overall, a great place to work.
This company is as good as many larger organizations that I have worked for in the past!
Administrator (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 9 October 2018
During my first year with this company, I have been impressed with the supportive nature of management and the family friendly atmosphere that is promoted within the culture here. I am regularly tasked with challenging projects and given the freedom to accomplish my tasks with no micro-managing; however support is available at any time that I need it (open door policy). GNI encourages the growth and development of its employees by providing ongoing training related to my position and the construction industry in general. GNI is always planning for the future, I feel confident that this organization will only continue to grow in the years to come!
Sales Consultant /Crew leader (Former Employee) – Comber, ON – 3 October 2018
This company does not care about anything but it’s profits! Management and employees go through a revolving door. They will make everyone promises and then throw you out the door the first chance they get. I worked as an Installer and did Sales. Horrible company to work for all around. I wish the rating could be less than 1 star!
Office Administrator (Current Employee) – Woodstock – 25 September 2018
Was able to get hired on in the career I went to college for, management saw my potential. Management empowers their employees. - open door discussions at any time. Management encourages all employees to challenge themselves with different training courses to allow room for advancement and growth.
The company has a positive atmosphere and friendly environment, you get to work together as a team to help each other grow as an individual. No matter what department you are working in, any employee will try to help you out. You can walk around the office and be able to chat with everyone. Tons of different social committee events and team building events including charitable work.
flex time, positive office atmosphere and training and development
Manager (Current Employee) – Durham Region, ON – 19 July 2018
Great Northern takes great pride in recruiting and hiring the right individuals for any level of employment. Managers from each individual branch are very supportive and willing to help out with equipment, personnel or going out of there way to complete a job. Great incentive programs were introduced for all employees, which in turn has created a positive and enjoyable workplace culture. Crews take pride in their work and enjoy coming to work and being rewarded and held accountable. Training and Education programs are available to all employees for self-improvement. Well organized and structured company to work for. Upper management allows branch managers to conduct business as if it were there own, no micromanaging. Extremely happy to be a part of this organization!!
Manager (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 17 July 2018
Work life balance can be challenging due to periodic and sporadic long hours. It can be hot in the summers, and cold in the winters as this line of work is in the construction field. If you get a sense of satisfaction when you've completed a good job for someone, if you enjoy working with your hands, in a fun and dynamic work environment, this is the place for you! Performance based incentives and several perk opportunities are available to those who excel. Pay is fair and competitive.
Insulation Installer (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 5 April 2018
Work /life balance after 6 mnths cant complain weekends off some days off very early other days 7-8 pm but it works out overall Wages are resonable but could be better after you are trusted to carry out the work in multi million dollar homes . So far a great place to work .
Manager is always asking how things are going, any questions
Bookkeeper (Current Employee) – Comber, ON – 1 March 2018
Everyday is different which is good. Management & crews really do make you feel like a team. Hours are long. Hardest part of the job is still learning things. GNI has great people you can reach out too with any question.
Estimator/Project Manager (Current Employee) – Comber, ON – 26 February 2018
Started out after College with minimal experience Great Learning experience, learned a lot about the commercial construction industry, insulation applications & building envelope science. Great opportunity, with positive atmosphere and friendly environment, you get to work together as a team to help each other grow as an individual.
Administrator (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 23 February 2018
Though I have been with GNI for a short period of time, I thoroughly enjoy the positive culture and support from colleagues. The training is in depth and they are very understanding. Hours are flexible and there is definite room for advancement. GNI is a growing company and there is opportunity to move into other departments.
people nice for most part, management doesnt listen whatsoever.
Insulation Contractor (Former Employee) – Port Perry, ON – 8 January 2018
they keep people who are trash at the job on for far too long and get rid of good people with their stupid decisions. only good thing about working here is driving around. I was asked to do several jobs without being given the proper safety equipment and did it on fearing my job would be terminated.
friendly people, decent hours
will try to make you work ludicrous hours in summer heat, management does not listen and neglects several safety problems.
Driver/labourer (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 23 December 2017
Barrie branch is a clown show. No discipline or accountability. If you want a job where quality of work takes the back seat to "just get the job done" then this is the place for you. Manager is too busy running his own company to care about what happens here. Hard workers are not recognized for their efforts and instead have to pick up the slack of the majority that dont do their job. Promises of pay raises that take forever to materialize. Worked there for 10 years and not a thank you or anything. Was a good place to work at one time but not now.
Long hours if you want
Long hours, broken promises, no discipline or accountability
Insulator (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 12 September 2017
Job Work/Life Balance. This depends on the day. It gets busier in the fall and winter but easier in the spring. No complaints
Salary/Benefits. Annual reviews come with raises, depending on how well you perform and how much positive feedback you receive from customers
Job Security/Advancement. Depends on the skills and capabilities. There is room for growth if you are capable. Handouts aren't given freely nor is seniority a factor over performance.
Management. The managers are pretty good at their jobs, attentive and understanding of employee concerns. Installers are trusted to do their jobs and aren't micro-managed, but GNI runs a pretty tight ship and always find out if an employee is working against the company.
Job Culture. As an installer, the culture is pretty rough. The guys are decent for the most part, but definitely not politically coreect...
Jr. Estimator (Current Employee) – Milton, ON – 20 July 2017
As a former crew member who now works in the office as an Estimator I can say there are plenty of opportunities move up & learn at GNI. I have encountered many enthusiastic and professional people both as an onsite crew member and in my new position withing the office.
Accounts Receivable Specialist (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 18 July 2017
I currently work at Great Northern Insulation and although I am fairly new I am loving my new position and this fantastic company.
They are very dedicated to their employees and want everyone to succeed. They have many awesome systems for the employees such as "Ideas of the month" which allows employees to submit ideas and be rewarded if their idea is chosen. They are HUGE supporters of education and encourage all employees to further their education. The culture in the office is more like a family. I truly love coming to work! All in all Great Northern is an amazing place to work and I cannot wait to see what my career with Great Northern has in store!
Great Organizational Structure - Invested in Employees
Office/Field Coordinator (Current Employee) – Durham Region, ON – 10 July 2017
I've worked at Great Northern Insulation full-time for 6 months. During my 6 month tenure here, management has been both accommodating and supportive to my requests as an employee. As a recent university graduate, I came with a limited background in insulating homes and the building envelope. However, through paid training programs and learning incentives, Great Northern has provided all the tools necessary to develop professionally and prosper within the construction industry.
As Ontario's largest full service insulation contractor, and a company of this size, I was impressed by the corporate culture within the company. Whether it be through acknowledgement of employee contribution, monetary employee incentives or frequency of employee feedback - Great Northern has done an excellent job of keeping me appeased and optimistic for the future.
Transparency, Acknowledgement of Contribution, Consistent Communication, Employee Incentives
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 28 June 2017
I haven't been with he company for long but it's been the best experience so far! If you're looking for a career that is the same everyday, this isn't the job for you. Everyday is different and present a new group of challenges, which I really like. The company is very customer service oriented. Being such a newbie, I'm finding everyone around the office is so friendly and very helpful when it comes to answering questions. It seems like a company I can grow with.
Great hours, relaxed around the office, opportunity for advancement, benefits, flexibility, great co-workers and management
HELPER (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 19 June 2017
This is the best place I have worked in a long time and would go back working for them in a heartbeat, loved the hours and the different locations we visited on a regular basis. I would recommend this job for anyone even just to try