journyman carpenter (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 18 January 2017
PCL is an honest and straight forward company. They don't lie to you and say things like, "we'll keep you working forever"
They take the safety culture seriously on most job sights. Some sights, will ignore certain safety issues for convenience, but for the most part it's taken seriously. Most safety equipment will be supplied, gloves, glasses, safety vests, and other safety things that maybe be specific to any task. If you get into an argument with a boss, or supervisor, and you're taking the side of safety you will never lose.
The pay is superb for job in the city, and you can be home every night. Out of town jobs usually result in better money, and most of the time everything is taken care of for you. Camps, hotels, food, travel.
Benifits are very good, and the CLAC agreement is very fair.
Downside's, like every other part of the industry, job security is poor. You never know if you'll have a job the next month. If you work hard, and you are dependable they will make an effort to keep you working. In some cases if they have no work for you they may direct you to other company that may be hiring.
Superintendants, and foremen, For the most part, superintendants and foremen are fair and easy to work with. If time off is needed for what ever reason, it's not hard to get so long as you are reasonable, and you give reasonable notice.
In some cases you will find superintendants and foremen who are difficult, and dishonest. Watch your back around these ones, and keep records of things like, hours, breaks, times where you might be late.
In my experience,more... the office poeple (the poeple who send youto jobs, and trainging) have never misslead me. They have never made promises that they couldn't keep. They are reasonable, and professional.
In the field this is slightly less so. Some superintendants have misslead me, some times it's been intentional, and some times it's by mistake. For the most part, in the field, supers' and foremen are honest, and reasonable.
Apprentice Carpenter (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 13 January 2017
every jobsite is a new start, while you may exell on one site when you are transferred you start back at the bottom. there are many good people in management as well as the general workers. if they had more work I would deffinetly stick around.
high in safety, all ppe is provided. good managment.
Shipper/Receiver (Former Employee) – Nisku, AB – 23 December 2016
Very organized friendly environment lots of training and very safe environment safety is very important and lots of paperwork to go with it .they really care about there employees and help with career building . There union was exceptional very helpful .overall amazing experience
Carpenter Apprentice (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 5 December 2016
Working there was great with the exception of one specific foreman that was not very professional and made working there a genuinely miserable experience. There is certainly such a thing as constructive feedback, and that involves both building people's qualities up, and making them aware of areas of improvement. To have one without the other certainly feels like abuse. That being said, as I had said, with the exception of that one specific foreman, over all, it is a delightful place to be employed.
Great wages, good benefits package, approachable management
Large scale projects that take many employees, and then no work so many people get layed off.
Admin (Current Employee) – Edmonton, Alberta – 2 April 2014
Great Team! Everyone is very helpful and fun to work with. I enjoy coming into work every day! Lots of support and encouragement while learning new tasks and processes. Great balance, able to work hard but still have fun and enjoy the day!
Good Hours, Great group of people, easy to get along with everyone
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 1 April 2014
PCL is a great company to work for; they are as loyal to you as you are to them. They offer great benefits that cover almost anything and they contribute to everyone's long-term savings. My coworkers are more like a family who has respect for each other and every year we get together for a great employee appreciation party. My Manager is straight to the point so you always know where you stand, extremely understanding, and gives his team time to take care of their family responsibilities. I wish there was better communication within the company so everyone was always on the same page, but if you ask the right questions, you can get there. I am very grateful to have had a career with PCL for almost 8 years and I look forward to retiring with this company.
Training, Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Career Reviews, Safety Orientated
Carpenter Foreman (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 18 February 2014
This is a good paying employer while the work is there. They are good at training people but don't seem to have a plan for when things slow down. They expect employees to remain loyal even though they don't have work for them.
mechanic (Current Employee) – nisku – 16 January 2014
Working for PBI/ resources you feel like your the scrum of the earth, where PCL social events are concerned your not invited, common sense is out the window and if they can they will screw you over, you are a number and they want it all and give nothing in return, clac is an employers union so don't expect anything from them
very safety orienated
no social events, no common sense, no help from management
Carpenter (Former Employee) – Edmonton – 27 November 2013
I got hired by these guys for work in town, then as I left the orientation(which was long and unpaid) they said they didn't have anything for me. Couple days later I get a call for a job 100km out of town. Not a live out job, but a daily commute! They offered 50 bucks a week for gas, which doesn't help to much when you drive a full sized truck as well as they wouldn't pay travel time. I called to discuss this but they wouldn't even answer the phone! So I left a message describing how that was not our initial agreement, and I will not drive 200 km a day for work. The field manager called me and bullied me and made it seem like it was me that was flaking out. I stood up to him and told him that was not our agreement. He got angry and hung up the phone. Don't work for these guys, they are scabs.
They have a union side that is probably good to work for
Their field manager is a jerk; This side of PCL is scabs