Helical Pier Systems Employee Reviews

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Keeping that private (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB14 May 2019
I am appalled at the sheer incompetence in senior management. People being advanced into positions they know nothing about because of nepotism, or favoritism. Company is drowning in debts, both payable and receivables, and has laid off pretty much 3/4 of the office staff.
Benefits included very expensive extended health benefits that cost around 40$ per pay period, but didn't deliver on decent dental (80% to a max of 1500$/year) or 1500$/year on a max of three providers, and only 500$/year per service provider.
Overall, I was shocked mostly at senior management that just struggled to get anything done.
Pros
Decent pay but eaten up paying for benefits
Cons
Senior management and blatent nepotism and favoritism.
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Terrible company
Labourer/Operator (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB1 May 2019
They like to hire family and make these uneducated people your boss.

Not cool. Seems they want to give themselves bonuses and tell employees they aren't working hard enough.

Stay away.
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Great place to work great company
Equipment Operator/ Truck driver class 1 (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB6 April 2019
HPS was a great place to work, the managemt was great and the pay was good.
Lunch breaks were a good length
Every one was easy to work with
I enjoyed working for this company
Pros
Good hours
Cons
Benifits
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Alright place
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Lamont, AB22 January 2019
The guys at the shop were all great to work with and made the day go by well! You earned your money with the work they put you through, but the guys made it more than worth it. The HR department was horrendous to work with, as was the then shop manager. He was a yes man to the clients, which made our jobs harder. Overall an alright place to work, just avoid the office people.
Pros
Good people to work with, Alright money
Cons
Long hours, Poor HR department, Poor safety
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Heavy layoffS and poor environment
Office Assistant (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB29 June 2018
A change in the finance division was required, however, it is very difficult to deal with angry vendors and subcontractors because not enough revenue is generated. Multiple layoffs within a few months times due to low revenues. Pretty certain that a couple of people at the management level behave more like bullies rather than leaders. Very little “spine” when it comes to being able to back their own people from within. There are a few examples also of people being hired there that are just not qualified on the office end.
Pros
A few good people in the offices
Cons
Those few good people are dealing with some bad eggs in their department
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poor cost control
Plasma table operator (Former Employee) –  Lamont, AB11 June 2018
need you when they are busy toss people aside when its slow,wanna be tough guy as management. every tool box needs a hammer but that's all they got there
Pros
good when busy lots of ot
Cons
management
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decent place to work
Welder/Fabricator (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB4 December 2017
ok pay. flexable people. they just cant seem to keep enough work for the guys. there are always layoffs every cople months. then they hire you back for a short time and then lay you off again. not a job for a family man
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Good place to work for
Industrial Painter (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB3 December 2017
I really enjoyed my time at HPS unfortunately my division was cut due to economy. Great staff great management great pay great benefits I really did enjoy working there I recommend this place to anyone that is applying for any position that they have good luck
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great people to work with
Apprentice (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB26 January 2017
friendly place to work, learn lots, and great people to work with. Competitive wages, and group benefits with rrsp and tfsa contribututions
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great small company
Assist in hoisting driven piles, building (Former Employee) –  Coldbrook, NS6 January 2017
Perfect place to work for an aspiring mechanic, most knowledgeable auto mechanics I have worked with as well as the largest variety of vehicles and mechanical repairs you will find at any one small shop.
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There was a very close team atmosphere in the field almost a brotherhood. Liked the people I worked with and also loved the job.
Laborer/Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Leader, SK21 December 2016
I learned how to manage a crew and well. Also learned how to confront problems find a simple and efficient way around the issues. Dealing with clients and office management was a excellent learning curve as well, getting the experience of the insurance and outs of the paper work what happens behind doors.
Pros
Responsibilities and ability to make the right call
Cons
Big business where people are just a number
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Good pay. Poor Managment
Welder (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB8 December 2016
A lot of ups and downs. Your never really told the truth on many things. Usually set up for failure. Sometimes you will be away from home months at a time. A lot of favoritism.

Good group of employees. More good times then bad.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Poor managment
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Look for work elsewhere. You will be better off in the long run!
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) –  Lamont, AB29 November 2016
Great peaple at the bottom of the ladder but be very aware of the people at the top , very deceiving! Had the pleasure of meeting some life long friends there , but also saw a lot of qualified good people let go because they stood up to management, leaving unqualified substance abusers to do the dirty work! And beware there still there! Stay away from employment here , unless your planning to work in Kingston or Houston, where there are no senior managers!( hence the only good reviews on here!) The product sells it self! The old owner of Peaceland Piles is probably turning over in his grave, he would have never sold out if he knew what would was happening to the company he put many years of sweat into!
Pros
There pay was way to high to start out with!
Cons
Poor management, no recognition of a job well done
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Too soon to tell
Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB26 August 2016
Too soon to tell but there doesn't seem to be much work. The future does however look promising and this could evolve into a good place to be.
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Prepare to be jerked around
Rigger (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB27 June 2016
Last minute notice about everything

Management staff who aren't full educated in the field of work themselves

Piling manager had trust issue with running equipment so be prepared to stay on your feet, even though I had more experience than anyone else and was smoother than anyone.

A lot of talking behind your back and fellow supervisors always trying to belittle you.

Was left on many occasion out in -25 -30 for several hours without warm up breaks due to Supervisors being ignorant.
Pros
Great staff in the office
Cons
Terrible, uneducated, untrustworthy staff in the field
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Stay away from this company
HPS Employee (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB22 June 2016
If you have chance, stay away from this company. They don't respect their contract and when you are finished with them, they don't pay you.
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management of any kind very hard to get along with.especially when they know you are heavily ticketed i.e. heo journeyman ticket,you get the picture
not tellin (Former Employee) –  lamont5 February 2016
too bad for hps I had seen a lot of ticketed people including myself leave this outfit as management is fearful and threatened by people of this stature that know more than they do.as for the comments about the people leaving the negative comments,it sucks to be u
because we the ticketed people can and will get better paying careers as we are a lot smarter.and u go nowhere.no smart person would work for this outfit,as this is a nowhere
company that has no clue how to look after the people that take care of it.
Pros
paycheque
Cons
too many to list
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no future in this company for anyone
head office (Former Employee) –  Sh. Park18 July 2015
After working for a while in this company, irealized that this company has no future. People are teaming and fighting for power. Not a healthy environment for you to work and advance. They care about $10 difference in accommodation. Really dont recommend it at all.
Pros
reasonable pay
Cons
not a healthy environment
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poorly managed company
Field Welder (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB27 April 2015
good for a young worker, who just wants to work.
Lots of broken promises from management.
don't like to pay outstanding debts to contract welders
Pros
good pay
Cons
bad scheduling practices. no time for family life
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Senior Management, Sales, Field and Facilities, Eng, Survey, Safety, QA/QC, DC etc...are SPOT ON
Keeping this private (Former Employee) –  Sherwood Park, AB16 March 2015
Senior Management and all of my co-workers were team oriented and always did their best to think outside the box.

The Management 4-star rating above reflects lower level Supervisors. Although a very professional team, the Five Star rating is reserved for Senior Management.

The Salary and Benefits are on par or better than standard.

Due to the nature of the work and industry needs, work/life balance can get a little off kilter. If you want a more controlled work/life balance go work 9-5 ...

I loved almost every moment, hitting the ground running; learning something new all the time. A wonderful experience and I'm forever grateful.

I've read some other reviews for HPS on here and I think those negative comments are a reflection persons writing them. If you can't get along with this team, you best be working for yourself, or stay unemployed.
Pros
Benefits and Pay. Random Friday lunches. RRSP. Fun group. Family like. Events. People.
Cons
long hours
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