Norquest Industries Inc. Employee Reviews

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Great working environment with room for growth
HR & HSE Officer (Current Employee) –  Edmonton12 February 2019
I have been working at Norquest for 8 years. I first started in an administrative role working my way up to a Supervisory position. Norquest supported my growth throughout these years by providing me with the necessary training i needed to succeed in my positions. Career advancement is common at Norquest if you show your dedication, positive attitude, good attendance, etc.

The working environment is AWESOME! Working hard but having fun at the same time!
Pros
great working environment, career advancement, training, great company hosted events
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Excellent workplace, generous benefits, very clean shop!
Office Employee (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB4 February 2019
I have worked at Norquest Industries for a number of years now and have very much enjoyed working here- I have no intention of going anywhere!

For office staff the requirement to work OT is generally minimal allowing for excellent work-life balance.

You will be very hard pressed to find a more invested and generous business owner / senior management team. The wages are competitive and the benefits program provided goes way above and beyond any industry standard (100% company paid premiums for health benefits saving you $$, excellent RRSP & TFSA matching program after just 1 year of employment, health and safety allowance, plus excellent staff events!)

The employees at Norquest who go above and beyond the minimum job requirement are treated exceptionally well in return for their hard work. If you are looking to work somewhere where you can do the bare minimum and collect your pay cheque, it will likely not be the right fit for you. Expectations are high for all employees. That being said, if you meet and exceed those expectations you can and will find great success working for Norquest. They focus on advancing from within whenever possible and give opportunities to those who have proved themselves deserving/capable - I have seen many people get promoted from within in my time working here.

The company does work in the Oil and Gas sector so unfortunately layoffs have been an unavoidable problem in the past. The layoffs came during the downturn that hit the entire Alberta Oil and Gas industry a few years ago. That being said, the company recovered very quickly
  more... compared to others in the industry. The company has been operating at high production for over 2 years now (with no signs of slowing) while other businesses in the industry have continued to struggle, so they are obviously doing something right!

If you are a high-performer looking to be recognized for your hard work this is definitely the place for you!
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Excellent benefits
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Avoid
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB9 January 2019
Company has been around for 20+ years, i worked here for almost 4 and was one of the longest serving employee's, which kind of tells you about the staff turn around within this company; a complete revolving door.
Do not express any opinions if you want to remain employed here.
Management/Supervisors change constantly and the only way to achieve promotion is to report your fellow coworkers.
Owner has the overall say on everything and his management/supervisor team are scared.
Pros
Good benefits, Going home to a stress free enviroment.
Cons
Everything
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Soul Draining. Pass this place up if possible.
Helper Monkey (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB22 December 2018
Ive never seen a company so disconnected from its production employees. Middle management which runs the shop is compromised of a couple individuals who have zero tact when dealing with people or any formal background or training in management. Dead end career stopper here folks. Daily fear of being laid off because upper management is even worse at running a business than middle managements people skills! This place will stress you out and eventually make you miserable and crush your soul. There is absolutely no advancement oppirtunities here. You have been warned!
Pros
Shop has heat
Cons
Omg!
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Wonderful Place to Work!
Administrative (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 October 2018
Worked at Norquest for about 2 years and liked it a lot ! Great, fun coworkers, best company-paid benefits I have ever had...RRSP/TFSA matching, free parking, good Christmas parties etc.! Very busy place, so lots of work available in the office. Nice clean shop and office as well. Lots of opportunities for growth in the company if you choose to work hard, stay positive and be dedicated!!
Pros
Great coworkers, benefits and growth opportunities
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Place goes in 100 different directions at dsme time
Machinist (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB22 December 2017
Poor communication ,arrogant management
You can just feel the tension in shop
Also high turn arround due to poor machinist - management relations. I would only reccomend working here temporarily while finding another job.
Qc department seem to work against the machinists
No training program and alot of the longer term employees dont seem to care to help new employees
Kindof an every man for himself mentality.
There are a few nice people there but overall id say its a negative environment.
Pros
Cant think of any but overtime
Cons
Poor or non existent training support..
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Good place work
CNC Operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB26 May 2017
This is a Good company to work for. Shop is clean and well organized. Management and co workers are friendly. Good benefit decent pay. Would recommend this shop to anyone looking for machining work.
Pros
good benifits
Cons
N/a
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good palce to work
Stamper/Labourer (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 May 2017
good place to work , fast paced environment, over time is plentiful, fridendly employees, machine shop environment in Edmonton...................................
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busy company
Material Handler/Forklift Operator (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB8 February 2017
Got a lot of load work everyday and can do overtime because almost everyday. Just need more people to work in able to finish the daily tasks. Great co workers and very hepful.
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shipper/reciever
Shipper/Receiver (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 January 2017
My main tasks were loading and unloading trucks using a forklift or overhead crane. Also cutting pipe and tube using big saws. This was a temporary I acquired through a staffing agency.
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A family orientated company
ASSEMBLY TECHNITION (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB16 December 2015
Working at Norquest was an enjoyable experience .The people are easy to get along with and willing to help each other . I learned alot working there like how to assembly many different types of tools .
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Great place for Self-Starters
Employee (Former Employee) –  Edmonton5 April 2015
Norquest has progressively been going down hill. This company used have a great politics-free culture where work got done and people always knew where they stood within the overall company structure. Hard work was recognized and rewarded and the President was actually seen talking with his employees (not locked in his office everyday). This was a place I enjoyed coming to work for.

I say it's a great place for self-starters because if you expect training forget it! It's a sink or swim world here. Your co-workers are great, they'll take time to help you out and show you things but don't look to your manager/supervisor because he will be too busy working on assignments from the President/Owner.

So much changed in the last 5 yrs or so: no more perks like free coffee (we also used to have free pop years ago), employee recognition is all but dead, suggestions are ignored unless your a manager, company owner monopolizes managers' time and doesn't actually allow them to manage their own departments. He also seems to change his mind more often than a traffic light.

Hardest part of anyone's job: the company owner micromanages everything but doesn't really get anything done because he's too involved with deciding what font a form must have. Even when he's presented with quality work product he picks it apart and insists on redoing everything from scratch in his own over-processed way. He insists on being the final word on everything and in doing so completely undermines his entire management team.

There have been significant cuts to personnel and compensation/benefits due
  more... to decreased work/business demands (re price of oil) and all staff (aside from managers) have now been reduced to a 4 day work week.

What this company needs is a complete Lean Six Sigma overhaul. All senior management need to start committing to continuous improvement and actually MANAGE their departments. Time to get serious about API and get qualified so you can attract more work.

The President needs to let his managers do the jobs he's paying 6 figures for them to do; in fact, he should consider retirement and allow someone who knows what he's doing take the reigns.

The most enjoyable part of the job was leaving to go home each day before actually leaving the company.
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Pros
Great co-workers/colleages, company match RRSP/NRSP (currently suspended), fast paced environment, challenging work.
Cons
Last minute meeting cancellations, managers in lock-down, breaking commitments to employees, general toxic attitude of president
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Productions plant with poor QC system
Computer Numeric Control Machinist (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB8 February 2014
Set up and operated Machining Center(Mazak VTC800 series, Nexus 700D series and Kitamura -Fanuc control).The manufacturing plant has a wide variety of CNC machines to learn , but management system was totally unexperienced .The co-workers are friendly. The hardest part of the job is none! But the most enjoyable part of the job is having a lot of chances to learn and challenge from CNC machines as well as many different projects.
Pros
1/2
Cons
12/day
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Nice work place and productive.
GENERAL LABOUR (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 August 2013
Nice and productive to work.The work is not boring always busy but not that tiring.The employees from the top to the least of workers are easy to deal with.Not all of them.All in all nice company.
Pros
Free coffee, Breakfast every monday morning.
Cons
Productive in a way but to many bosses.
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Productive/long hours worked
C.N.C. HONING MACHINE OPERATOR (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB13 August 2013
Productive/long working hours,minimal supervision
Currently shortage of work and many people laid off
Pros
Free dinner once in month
Cons
Long hours
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Great work culture!
EIT Design Engineer (Current Employee) –  Edmonton AB Canada12 September 2012
It is a great place to work. You have a good opportunity to see all departments of the company to help you learn and grow. It is a very friendly place to work.
Pros
great benefits package
Cons
growing company with management and procedural issues.
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