Seaspan ULC
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Good pay, good work life balance. Horrible management. Lots of training available and possibility for advancement. Lots of support in terms of items available at work ie tools, ppe, gear. Double OT is nice as well.

Pros

Union

Cons

Horrible management
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Difficult getting along with management and supervisors are not trained most people know more about their task than their supervisors

Most employees with the trades are good supervisors are very poor and always pass the buck I do not take responsibilities for their actions always trying to find someone as an escape goat

Pros

Good wages and benefits

Cons

Very disgruntled management and some employees
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Like dating your sister/ what's the point

This place has a bunch of great people working for it but a few real crock munchers running the show. Many of the Forman's are to chicken shoot to stick up for their guys when they are being mistreated and safety takes a back door all the time. When safety issues to do with asbestos and Maronite are brought to the attention of supervisors they are brushed aside and ignored.

Pros

Decent pay

Cons

Poor management
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Nothing good to say

Benefits are good and pay is good. Everything else is like serving time in a federal instution. Worst management ive ever seen or heard of in my 35 years as Fabricator. Dont trust anyone!
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Revolving door at Seaspan. Ver high risk company to work for.

Management does not promote from within, they do not help you in meeting goals or providing support for growth in the organization. Revolving door, letting good employees without cause and hiring for cheaper.

Pros

Good benefits

Cons

Poor management
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Management killing Mr. Washingtons business

Management hasn’t got a clue about the marine industry. Management is grossly over paid . Only real experience most of management has is in union bashing . No employee health and safety committee . Employee relations is terrible .

Pros

Great boats and the engineering dept.

Cons

Most of middle and upper management are faking it, They no little to nothing about the marine industry
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Like drinking bleach and expecting to live

Changing CEO’s and Presidents like dirty underwear. They only care about trying to screw their employees. Profits over people, the general rule of the Washington family, is immensely prevalent in every aspect. They hire managers with zero relatable experience and use intimidation as their only recourse. 11/10 would never recommend
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day shift starts from 6am till 2:30

Hardworking place with benefits and high hourly salary. Early morning shift.Great people, great supervisors. Just big problem is the way to back home, alwasy traffic jam
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Good company but lots of politics

It is a good company with good benefits and good pay. However the work is stressful and people are extremely competitive. Lots of politics and male dominated environment
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95% of fourth floor management are inept.

The only way to keep your job at this employer is brown nose to the forth flour managers who are inept. They will then make you a charge hand (foreman) then lay off everyone else keeping the brown nosers behind. They'll then put them back on the tools after the seniority list layoff. Theres been several times where they've called trades people from all over Canada to work at the location. Only to lay those workers off within a day or 2 of arriving. No foresight and careless attitudes about people traveling long distance for the job. Words out now...This employer is the epitome of nepotism and anti union actions upon the working folks there. Most the 4th floor managers are weak minded and inferior trades people leading from one mishap to another. They are well protected although, because these folks protect their positions by pointing fingers at labour who they continually mismanage.Currently they are offering a large LOA to people across Canada to come work there. But unfortunately the jig is up, words out... no one wanna work at dirty politics jobs. The 4th floor managers with their inept management skills are costing upper management and ownership huge issues that upper management is blind to. 95% of these 4th floor managers need to kick rocks. House needs cleaning.
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Disorganized and unprofessional

Revolving door workplace, poor culture, union protects people that would be dismissed anywhere else, and management makes promises they have no intention of delivering on.
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Good pay, low satisfaction, minimal growth, abundance of bias

Pay on the higher end of industry, but watching the way leadership mismanages the increasing costs on the NSS projects and don't accept ownership knowing it is our taxes is discouraging. Management and HR allow bias to influence decisions, whether intentional or not doesn't matter. Promotions are not based on capability; especially in the trades as well as the office. Mostly foreign senior leadership, and female management only in the office and more for visible equality than actual capability.

Pros

Good benefits, minimal overtime unless paid

Cons

Low job satisfaction, minimal opportunity for real mentorship
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Horribly managed , toxic culture

Have been on and off with Seaspan for years the additional management and under qualified experts they continue to add us truly astonishing . Not only do they struggle to provide steady work, they have added multiple positions that previously never existed in hope of ramping up production ( for the job that was most likely bid too high to begin with so the ship isn’t coming ) Good place to be broken down as a tradesmen , if you are a qualified ticketed tradesmen , DO NOT waste your time here .
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Super management, super culture, incredible location

Great company, the people were supportive and balanced. VSY was a startup for all intents so things got a little crazy at times, but it was fun delivering solutions that bolster efficiency. One improvement opportunity for the team at Seaspan would be to do competitive benchmarking, and be cautious about vendor solutions. Sometimes vendors will try to dictate your business systems landscape leaving optimal solutions on the table.
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Stressful work place with management destroying moral

Good work life balance with decent pay and benefits, co workers are good when they aren't in a bad mood from the awful moral that runs rampant, Not recommended, they pay good but own your soul
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Wage, double time, and people are the only thing that make this place worth it.

Poor management. Very inefficient. The "multimillion dollar facility" is a tent that floods and smells of seagull **** when it rains. The hardest part of the job is staying there for a full shift or a full week. The most enjoyable part of my day is when I punch out and I know I don't have to go back for another 15.5 hours. Safety is a joke. The cranes are constantly lifting stuff over people's heads.
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Avoid at all cost.

Seaspan is a mess. Management are under qualified and barely capable of completing most projects. The workforce is left to deal with their lack of organizational skills and ability to plan a job properly. They manipulate time loss numbers to reflect an inaccurate safety record. The equipment on site is old and in poor condition. Promotions are made on a friends and family basis. They promote a green marine program while the site and the pollutants it produces are disgusting and toxic. Apprentices are treated like journeymen and expected to do all the same tasks with no training or supervision. In short, avoid if at all possible.

Pros

Coworkers will save your life.

Cons

See above. Just the tip of the iceberg.
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Great company, Great Owners!

Great company to work for in my opinion. It's an honor to help build military ships for our country's Coast Guard and Military. Seaspan has a great safety program and ensures workers are well versed in the job's safety requirements. There are regular training programs to keep employees up to date with equipment and safety including certifications on machines and equipment used to carry out our jobs. Quality control and Quality Assurance are high priorities at Seaspan's VSY and their personnel are very professional.Further, Accuracy control uses the latest technology to ensure things go together properly. Seaspan has a diverse workforce from all over the world that comes together to build these ships, Very inspiring!

Pros

Great pay for an in-town job

Cons

Environmental toxins during the construction of Vessels. Respirators are definitely needed.
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Great place to work

I enjoyed working there it’s very competitive and fast paced but there is job security. It a great place to learn new things as everyday is a challenge.
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No job security. High staff turnover. You’ll never know if you have a job from one day to the next.

Awful culture. Their best safety managers and advisors were all fired by the dozen. Fired for working too slow, fired for working too fast. Be prepared to be replaced by an American ship builder, as they’re all being hired to replace us Canadians. This is an American company that pays their way out of any legal matter. I would highly recommend avoiding employment here.

Pros

Free parking.

Cons

Too many to list.
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No concern for the workers.

The company meets most minimum standards as set out by the government. They offer a few little perks to entice people to join or stay on. They don't have much actual respect for tradespeople who do the work there.

Pros

Free mediocre coffee

Cons

Toxic work environment
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Based on 158 reviews

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3.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.7 out of 5 stars for Management
2.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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