Heavy Industries Employee Reviews

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Subpar company
Employee (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 February 2019
Pros:
- You’ll learn under pressure with little-to-no guidance
- Close, informal relationship with upper management
- Some employees are friendly and collaborative
- Final projects are interesting
- Dog-friendly office

Cons:
- Very stressful work environment
- Extremely disorganized
- Unrealistic deadlines with constantly moving targets
- No communication or clear direction from upper management
- No initiative from upper or middle-management to improve processes or culture
- Employees feel like a replaceable number, instead of a valued individual
- Employees are constantly coming and going, making it difficult to see projects through beginning-to-end.
- No formal or informal recognition of accomplishments
- No parking
- Very little incentive for improvement or professional development – no employee education plan, no raises, no bonuses, no RRSP matching
- Employees are told to appreciate the “Heavy family”. This is actually a guilt trip, where management expects employees to work overtime, and “sacrifice for the greater good” (i.e. the company’s bottom line), but never reciprocate with financial compensation or verbal appreciation.
- Employee reviews are sporadic and informal, with ambiguous personal “game plans” and arbitrary criteria for success.
- HR…
Pros
People
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Everything else
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Good place to grow
Sales (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB3 July 2018
Company continues to grow everyday, giving you an opportunity to grow with it. As a relatively young company, in a unique industry, there are definitely some road bumps and learnings that everyone has to work through. But with the young culture, and the work hard play hard mentality, it is rewarding.
Pros
Build cool projects, Young culture, Opportunity to grow with company
Cons
Does not use most efficient technology, Don't always get praise for hardwork
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If You Want to Grow - Join Heavy
Business Development (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB24 June 2018
Heavy will push you to grow in all the right ways. Not afraid to challenge yourself to be a better you? The management and staff are there to support your career growth and professional growth.
Pros
Interesting work, leaving a legacy, working with fun folks
Cons
Quickly changing priorties
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Dynamic and Challenging
Design (Current Employee) –  Calgary22 June 2018
Working at Heavy will force you to grow and stretch your abilities and knowledge. There is a massive amount to learn at Heavy if you take the initiative, and a ton of very talented people to learn from, with a wide variety of different experiences and backgrounds. Are the project challenging? Definitely, but if you’re inspired by a challenge and willing to put in the effort the results are always something you can be proud of.

The company has grown quickly over a short amount of time which has resulted in some growing pains, but there is a concerted effort by management to focus on constant improvement. Open, honest communication is encouraged, and there has been a big shift towards improving work-life balance and the culture in general in the past few years.

The projects are diverse, which means nothing is routine and every day is different. If you thrive on a dynamic workplace, filled with driven, motivated, helpful people, then Heavy is a great place to be.
Pros
Great people, great culture, diverse projects, great opportunities to grow
Cons
Young company, so there's still a fair amount of trial and error to figure out what works best
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Dynamic, Challenging, Collaborative
Estimator (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB15 June 2018
Every day at Heavy brings something new, and it is a fast paced environment. The company is growing quickly, which does present challenges, but also gives an opportunity to play a role in shaping the future with a very entrepreneurial approach. Open communication and collaboration is a part of daily life, and the open concept office helps to break down barriers between departments. Opportunities to contribute to the business beyond specific roles are constantly presented. Work/life balance is valued and inherent in the culture, with a generally younger demographic of employees. The bar for performance is generally quite high, but everyone works towards the overall success of the company over individual success/recognition. Friends and family always want to know what projects are coming up and in the works, and seeing the public interacting with our completed projects is incredibly rewarding.
Pros
Great culture, amazing projects, dynamic environment
Cons
Development of processes, and staffing need to continue to keep up with growth
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Strong culture, awesome projects
Office/shop (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB8 June 2018
Heavy Industries is both a rewarding and challenging company to work for. Things are constantly moving and no two days are alike. We are a tight-knit team here and we are proud of what we do.

If you like diversity and owning challenges, this is where you will excel. Heavy is a growing company that is pioneering a new industry. This ain't your standard 9-5. There have been times where I've felt overwhelmed dealing with the monkey wrenches that inevitably find their way into a project, but win or lose we have always had a good time doing it.

Without doubt, the strongest element is the culture here. There is a family dynamic here and we are all supportive and proud of one another. I have yet to be met with a closed door when I've had issues or questions needing answers.
Pros
culture, legacy projects, growth opportunities
Cons
internal communications
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Official response from Heavy Industries
12 June 2018

We are pleased you shared your experience with us. Thank you for the positive feedback!

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Challenging Projects, Fast Paced Environment, Good People
Employee (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 May 2018
Young aged company from the ground up including production staff to management. Everyone is on a first name basis and cares.

Projects are challenging to build, manage and install. Because of the high profile projects they also get huge media attention and are extremely rewarding to complete. Awesome to take your family and friends to see.

New management in the shop, front office positions and on sites. After the last couple years, ownership has focused on right people, right place and it shows. Good people work here.

Overall good company with endless opportunity for self motivated people, on the right track. You can have a career with the company, not just a job and your definitely not a number.
Pros
Good people, great projects, company culture, your opinion is heard
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Official response from Heavy Industries
12 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive working experience while at Heavy!

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Not such a great place, keep looking
Welder/Fabricator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB12 May 2018
Very Very poor managment, no leadership, no direction on daily tasks, small shop, crowded and dirty, never any housekeeping. Equiptment is old and not maintained. Heavy has potential to be a great company but nobody cares enough to make it become that. Just a paycheque mentality. That attitude starts at managment and trickles down. Nothing good to say about my time here. Moved on to bigger and better.
Pros
45 min lunches
Cons
Too many to list
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Official response from Heavy Industries
12 June 2018

We are sorry to hear about your frustrations and we take this feedback seriously. In order to improve, we would like the opportunity to learn more about your experience at Heavy. If you’re willing, please call us at 1-866-701-6603

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Poor management holds them back
Unspecified (Former Employee) –  Calgary21 February 2018
They make cool stuff, which would make it seem like a dream job.

But the management is so disorganized and inexperienced. There are virtually no systems in place to help projects succeed, but I don't think they know that, or what systems they should be implementing. They're just winging it.

So mistakes happen. Usually planning or budgeting mistakes, but also design or fabrication mistakes. But they won't be taking the blame for it; you will. The top brass seem to spend most of their time making sure nothing can be their fault, instead of making sure nothing goes wrong.

Communication coming down from the top is poor. Communication with clients and vendors and pretty much everyone is poor, resulting in confusion, and mistakes, and blame, and all of the other stuff that make this a toxic work environment.

If you can get a Project Manager job here, you're golden. Otherwise, I'd keep looking if you want something stable with a normal, reasonable amount of stress.
Pros
Make cool stuff
Cons
Everything else
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Very poor management
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 June 2017
Very poorly managed company. Unreal expectations. Very poor training and communication.Very very high staff turnover. Job stability is a big questiionmark.
Pros
Good staff outside of management
Cons
Management
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Who Said Building Icons Was Easy....
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 June 2017
I've read the many reviews from former & current employees, it is very interesting the view from a former V's a current employee - you can see the contrast for yourself.

There is often a reasion a person is a former or current long term employed..

Building custom one-off architectural & sculptural pieces is a challenge and will test your worth.. thats why you will not find many companies doing what Heavy do.

I'm not giving Heavy Ind. five stars, as nowhere is that perfect.
But I can tell you, I don't feel the urge work anywhere else..
There is no greener grass, and if I'm ever put out to pasture I would not look at Heavy Ind any different - it's up to the individual to make it what you want to make it..

Custom one-offs can be organized chaos - or can seem that way!,
It's all to do with your perspective, or if you can handle being challenged..
Pros
Great people
Cons
The target is always moving
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Poor management, dead-end job
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 May 2017
Management at heavy dont take reposibility of their mistakes, they just try to find someone to point at and blame to save themselves.

You are always under pressure that you dont deliver and you are not good enough.

There is no opportunity to grow, so if you have high career expectations dont waste your time at this place.
Pros
Interesting projects
Cons
Poor managment, low salary, no job security
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Interesting work with not much support or pay
Welder (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 March 2017
Looks like an amazing company from the outside, or from there job posting. Once working there you find out how disorganized and rediculous of a place it is to work at.

Great crew of workers on the floor, but zero appreciation from management for your work. You constantly get handed more responsibility with zero support or wage increase.

If you have a good work ethic and good ideas you might as well not even apply. You just get rejected and scolded for it.

I worked there for 6 months and it was a constant beat your head against the wall kind of place. They will waste money to save money and don't treat the employees well at all. The poor management will go on a hiring spree, and then lay a bunch of people off.
Pros
Unique work, good coworkers on the floor
Cons
Poor management, poor wages. Zero appreciation.
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Interesting / exciting work
Plant Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 August 2016
New challenges daily. little or no advancement possibilities. Management tries to have the work day enjoyable. Management also tries to keep work flow even.
Pros
different work projects
Cons
no advancement possibilities
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Not too many good things to say about Heavy Ind
Shop Hand (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 August 2016
You could be working to work yourself out of a job. Blame is their escape! Mistakes are not a learning experience. They will fire you in an instant, no creative input allowed. Keep looking elsewhere unless you really need a job to get you by until something better comes along. All these reviews are requested from current employees, to make themselves look better than they really are.
Pros
Good people on the fabrication floor
Cons
Bad project management
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Good place to work
General Labourer (Current Employee) –  Calgary31 May 2016
Heavy is a creative environment with great co-workers and a wide array of talented people. There is a nice variety of interesting projects to work on. The variety poses certain challenges on a daily basis but everyone enjoys working as a team to solve problems.

There are good opportunities to learn/cross-train new skills.

Overall, a suitable place to work for anyone with a positive attitude. Must be willing to think outside of the box.
Pros
45 minute lunches for shop employees, health benefits, O/t, team environment
Cons
Some aspects of the company can be disorganized, lacking in up-to-date shop equipment, shop flow needs improvment
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Cool place to work
sculpture (Current Employee) –  Calgary30 May 2016
Heavy is an interesting place to work. Everyday is different and you get two work on a lot of high profile projects. Sometimes it gets a little crazy but that's what happens when your doing custom stuff all the time.
Pros
Lots of diffrent projects, cool people
Cons
stressfull
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Dynamtic palce to work.
Apprentice Welder/ Fabricator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 December 2015
Overall, it was a good place to work. They have lots of different projects on the go, daily. I found that working with Heavy has given me great opportunity. Co-workers were very professional.
Pros
o/t offered
Cons
confusion between management and work priorties.
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Great production staff but lacking in management
Welder (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB17 May 2014
A good place to start your career off with; however, anyone looking to advance in their career should look elsewhere. A great production staff make the challenges of day to day tasks easier. Every project is different so the job doesn't get monotonous.

It is very unorganized and poorly managed. Nobody really ever knew what was going on. To get a straight answer from management was impossible and most times they would just blatantly lie to your face or speak in generalities.
Pros
Great production staff and every job is different.
Cons
Mediocre pay, disorganized, top heavy company.
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