First Cook (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 13 March 2018
This company is a camp and catering company that provides all the needs required and more for workers set in remote location. Excellent food, accommodations and facilities. They have TV rooms, dinning rooms, fitness room in the larger camps. Highest standards in safety.
Good place to work, gain experience and save money
chef (Former Employee) – Ft. McMurray, AB – 29 January 2018
fast paced job dealt with a lot of under-qualified workers which were not properly orientated at head office. Promised a certain rate of pay/contract never seemed to coincide with camp managers. Placement would send workers to site with no common experience in the field they were sent for eg. Chef would ask, have you ever baked before in a 250 man camp or any where else and most times reply no I was supposed to be a general helper or camp attendant. I did work with some good workers, good gym.
rig cook (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 6 May 2017
One miserable week was all it took me to see enough. If you are not very serious about cooking, like maybe too weak to work in the city, and you enjoy drama from emotionally unstable women, as their field staff is 75% female, then maybe give it a try. The rig cook manager shoulda stuck with truck driving. Not good for males, with talent.. A safety officer who can cook is what they expect.
If your looking to be treated like a slave look no further apply now.
Operator (Former Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 30 April 2017
Worked at horizon for 4 years guys in the field are good but management is the biggest joke you will ever see. Right from the top to the bottom. Wouldn't recommend working here for unless you want to be slave labour and get peanuts. Do not recommend working here at all.
Camp Attendant (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 27 February 2017
As a current employee with Horizon North Camps & Catering, I started as a Camp Clerk and worked as a Janitor, Laundry Room Attendant, and now as a Camp Attendant.
As a Camp Attendant, I am expected to clean 38 rooms per day (which is the size of a dorm) and it can consist of day rooms as well as night rooms. Split shifts often happen. If you are willing to be a team player and help others in their time of need, the same will happen for you.
The pay for a Camp Attendant is low, however, after clearing 600 hours you will receive benefits which are more than generous! The benefits is for medial, dental, and prescription. This is the only benefit you will receive, with the very rare and occasional gift from the company such as a T-Shirt. There is no programs such as awards for safety, etc. as there once was.
The challenge with this job has to be where you are placed. Normal rotations are either 2 weeks in camp or 3, and then one week off. Rig Camps you are the only Camp Attendant and work 9 hours (sometimes 10 hours) paid. Being in a rig camp you need to expect the unexpected, and perhaps you will work extra hours, which are not always paid for. In a lodge setting 10 hours is the norm, and though in a larger environment with more interaction with others, your workload can get heavier and sometimes more demanding.
Another challenge with the job is camp management. Depending on where you are placed, you can find yourself in a situation with a manager who "likes" you or a manager who does not "like" you. This can impact your job performance, and even opportunities for growth,more... learning, and even advancement.
Again, I was hired as a Camp Clerk, and due to the camp I was working at having really low numbers in clientele, I had to adapt and go to another camp working as a Camp Attendant. When learning there was Camp Clerk positions available, I learned the hard way that I had to re-apply for a clerking position and go through the hiring process all over again. This was a real punch to the gut. They tell me it is not a demotion, however, it feels like that as well as a lack of respect.
Your food, accommodations, and travel are covered, however, you are only off work a week at a time. Take advantage of the work when it is available as summers can be very tough due to a lack of work available.
Hope this detailed information helps to make an informed decision. Horizon North can be a great company to work for, and only greater if (and only if) management in the camps as well as in the head office cared a little more for their employees, and truly follow what they promise in equal employment opportunities.less
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Inmate (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 17 January 2017
Forewarning! Management is brutal in the Kamloops facility. Worst job ever. You are treated like inmates and it sure felt like that working there. If it wasn't for the management it would be an okay place to work.
Baker (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 12 January 2017
working at horizon was just like any other job. u work all day and sleep. some workers are easy to get along with and some are hard. there transportation to and from camp could be made more efficient and there pay raises could come more frequent. manager training could be more thorough.
usually good food.
time spent traveling to and from location. only get paid 3 hours for going to camp.
General Helper (Former Employee) – Kearl Lake, AB northsands lodge – 10 January 2017
The worst company I ever worked for , we had 2 weeks to open a 350 man camp with less than 10 employees, very cheap , horible site managers even worse with uper management, no sick days , you get sick you fired, very racist site manager , very manipulative vice president , leaving that company was the best thing I've ever achieved in my life,
Few nice fellow employees
Horrible management, disorganized, andbofcourse long days away from home
Designer (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 21 November 2016
Great pay and benefits but its run by the old boys club from when they were only a tow truck and no shop. Absolutely no understanding of how the design department works and instead of hiring engineers they contract them and sue them. If they would just hire engineers then they could cary error and omissions insurance, but the management is scared they would lose some control.
If you are a designer and you want to work in an environment that is NOT typical for good design experience, have no control over quality after it leaves your desk, and have unrealistic expectations then this is your place.