TANK TRADERS Employee Reviews

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Boy, I tell you h'what!
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB16 July 2019
The job posting lies. You will be paid nigh minimum wage and you will most likely stay there. They advertise benefits after six months; you will not be here six months as the shop shuts down in September and only certain positions stay on. I can't imagine why you'd want to work here in the -40 winters, anyway.

You'll be breaking your back with 40+ pound bottles of propane — don't forget that you must take one in each hand! — 10 hours a day. Apparently, 10 hours a day is "optional", but they conveniently forgot to tell their staff that until just this month. Still hoping to "enjoy summer" like the ad says with those perfect summer hours? Lol, you're gonna be here six days a week and when you do go home, you'll be too tired, sunburnt, and sore to even think about anything other than sleep.

Your "cell leaders" are either mouthy teens or adults who act like teens, and they just finished a Jimi Hendrix experience or popping pills in their car on break. Stand still for a second and they're all over you like Amy Schumer on a glazed ham, but they'll spend the next 20 - 30 minutes standing around talking about video games with the forklift operator. Oh, and the longest any cell leader I met had been working for the company was just two months. Just about all their staff had quit in June, so the then-new guys were basically just given the new title.

Also, it's not really clear what the chain of command is. People with the yellow vests (cell leaders) constantly give conflicting orders, but as far as I can tell, none of them actually outrank each other. Cell-leaders get to park
  more... in the main parking lot, serfs get to park out back; back-in parking only in case the place goes up like the Hindenburg.

The break room is dustier than Dracula's castle, the coffee in the pot has been there for weeks, and they have a recurring problem of people peeing on the toilet seat. I'd feel less grossed-out eating in a McDonald's bathroom.

Also, don't be a sissy! Get up on the pallet of out-dated tanks that we stack 5-high (well over six feet) for some stupid reason! If you don't want to risk having that whole thing come down on you from climbing it, just do your best to lift that bottle over your head. Now, we get silly hats that have plastic armor in them, so that if a bottle does come crashing down on your dome, you'll just be a quadriplegic instead of dying! Because this company is all about seeing you suffer. Well, that and the company making it rain off spit-shined propane bottles.

In fact, it literally rains propane at Tank Traders! As they opt to puncture holes in Coleman propane canisters as well as butane and spraypaint cans, often full ones that then spray out everywhere into the air. Last I checked, this is illegal and the canisters should be flared-off before puncturing. It's dangerous, and a complete waste of propane.

Speaking of inefficiency, they make the sort crew go through pallet rows ONE PERSON PER ROW. This is is painfully slow, even for people who are good at it. Having one person identify current or outdated bottles on the pallet, cutting the sleeves off, and then passing them back to the others instead of making 10,000 trips back and forth between pallets yourself has proven to go way, way faster, but for some reason, the company refuses to adopt this mind-numbingly obvious strategy.

Constant turnover of staff, juvenile delinquents huffin' happy grass run the show, the work environment is bad, the pay is worse, the work is punishing and dangerous, the shifts are a vampire upon the summer itself (EVERYONE works long weekends), and if you put your ear to your muscles and tendons, you can hear them groan in pain.

This place ruined BBQs for me. 0/10
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Pros
There are no pros to be found here; the staff are all newbies.
Cons
There are, however, many cons to be found
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Only if your hurting..Very fast pace, body crippling slave work, underpaid, such a joke
Slave (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB6 July 2019
It is completely ridiculous, the "cell leaders" all they do is give orders and stand around and talk while the new people do all the work. They say team work is key but that is not the case here. It's kind of a complete joke the way they run the place. One will give orders then another will come and not like how it's done so they make us redo it. To many people giving orders
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Only if you’re desperate
Slave (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB2 July 2019
At Vomar/Tank Traders, first and foremost they do not believe in safety. They will say they do, but that is a lie.
The MSDS hadn’t been updated in nearly a decade, until the now previous management team. They hadn’t had a safety meeting for over 2 years, before the previous management team. They reprimand employees (from management down) for “rocking the boat” and suggesting new ways of doing things. They want “yes men”.
The equipment is almost always in a state of disrepair, or working at below full capacity. The head office will often refuse to have things fixed if it’s cheaper to run at the diminished capacity — not thinking about how that effects the employee.
Kiss your summer goodbye, as long weekends are mandatory no matter what the stock counts are at.
Beware the full shed as often times refurbished tanks from head office will be sent with holes in the bottom that you get to “discover” when propane blasts are burning you — through the fire retardant coveralls.
Oh, and if you like coffee during breaks, be ready to buy that yourself as they can’t even be bothered to buy the working guys a couple tins a month.
“The juice isn’t worth the squeeze.”
Pros
All the hours you could want — mandatory.
Cons
Almost everything.
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Head Office is one of the worst I've ever seen
Labourer (Current Employee) –  Red Deer, AB29 June 2019
They do not care about you or your safety, all they care about is numbers and their own butts. They either A. Make you work with broken trucks and equipment that can cause severe accidents or B. Send you bottles to fill with huge holes that burn your skin and tell you to deal with it.
Pros
Work friends
Cons
Literally everything
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Stay away
Driver/Delivery (Current Employee) –  Red Deer, AB31 May 2019
Long hours under appreciated been here for two seasons and no raise or benefits low pay for what your doing if you have a family kiss them good bye you won't see much of them working here. If they put you on the board for 3 days and then call you to work another day they expect you to do it trucks aren't the best and are falling apart
Pros
None
Cons
The company
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Ergonomically incorrect labour
Grunt worker (Former Employee) –  Bowmanville, ON9 May 2019
This job will break your body for next to minimum wage. You will be lifting 40 pound tanks in each hand at the same time, and lifting them above waist height. You will produce 2000 tanks typically in a day, and usually there is just one person doing the lifting. When you are not doing the physical labour on the dock you will be sorting through propane tanks, and you won't be provided with a mask when ripping off rusty ancient labels. The paint chips become airborne, and could become a health issue if you inhale them. Forklift drivers typically tip over four stacks of tanks a day on site, and they usually tip them close to employees which is dangerous. Be careful this place might injure you.
Pros
People are nice
Cons
Unpaid lunches & ergonomically incorrect labour.
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Great environment in which you are valued
Production labourer (Former Employee) –  Manitoba4 April 2019
Tank traders is a great place to grow. Tank traders is a great company because they choose to invest in their employees regardless of the experience. Tank traders is all about attitude, if you have a positive outlook and you want to work with other positive people, this is definitely the place for you. The work can be physically challenging but at the end of the day you are stronger than what you were before and you got paid for it. If you are wanting something physical while working with other great people, this is a great place for you.
Pros
Great atmosphere, great coworkers, growth, development, open office, and a good wage
Cons
No sick days
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Terrible place to work
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB21 February 2019
Terrible place to work the company does not care about you or your health they do not fix machines properly and the expect to you to reach very unrealistic goals they expect you to give most of not all your weekends in the summer to the company and will not give u time off so you can kiss your summer goodbye the heads off the company have there heads so far up there butts I'm scared there going to turn themselves inside out there is zero safety and its very easy to get hurt I could go on and on but if you still think you could work here after the review this far nothing I say is going to stop you.
Pros
People lots of hours in summer (but they are mandatory)
Cons
Head office sucks, not a safe place to work nothing works right
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bad place to work
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB12 February 2019
bad pay for what you do , they pick fav people and let them get away with everything. and equipment is always breaking down they never fix it. then when they do its the workers fault. they had a lunch room witch was always dirty and not enough room for half the workers they have your not allowed to park on the parking lot either.
Pros
they do buy u lunch sometimes
Cons
you gets wet in side they make you go out in the cold and keep the dry people inside. they pick av, they never have good ppe place floods all the time becasue of the bad equipment.
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new trucks, great dispatch
Truck driver (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB8 January 2019
although a seasonal position, i enjoyed working there. Lots of hours and exercise, got to see alot of alberta . their tractors have low miles and are only a few years old.
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Part time summer job
General Labourer (Former Employee) –  Smithville, ON10 December 2018
Seasonal work filling BBQ tanks. Entirely outdoors from about March to September, with some work all year round. Unloaded and loaded delivery trucks, and then sorted returned cylinders into those that could be washed/painted and refilled for sale and those that needed to re-certified.
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bad place to work
Lead Hand (Former Employee) –  Smithville, ON21 November 2018
would not recommend working here. bad management, work outdoors just another place that does not care about it's employees. job safety is next to none.
Cons
terrible work conditions
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Fun place
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Smithville, ON15 August 2018
Boss wasn't very nice shortage of work there , very hot in the summer. Dangerous place to be with all the propane tanks around you. Good people there to work with
Pros
People there
Cons
Boss
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Good place to work
Production Laborer (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB9 August 2018
very good place to work overall, you start at 6am, you get breaks through out the day, two 15s and one 30, youll either be sorting tanks, washing them, or filling them, they let you use headphones unless you are filling tanks, for obvious safety reasons
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Good place to work, physical and rewarding
General Labourer (Former Employee) –  Ontario28 March 2018
The job is physical but it is rewarding. If your able to lift 40lbs and give it your best you will succeed working here. Training provided was on spot with the industry standards. Its a real team environment which i enjoyed working in. If your looking to strive daily and exceed your goals this is a place to learn and grow. Management and supervisors were good to work with, fair and understanding. If i did not move away i would go back.
Pros
Getting paid to work out
Cons
Working holiday weekends
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Dodged a bullet!
Driver (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB20 March 2018
Considering the business profile is simple, your just providing the customers with propane. The challenges come when you learn about the company. Training could’ve been easier if management had integrity and held a professional attitude. If you’re brain dead, young, desperate or have no experience as a vendor, then sure, this place is for you. Trust me, this place shown it’s colours after two shifts, and it’s embarrassingly obvious it needs leadership.
Stay away!
Pros
Valuable experience
Cons
Poor management
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One of the toughest jobs out there
Commissary Driver (Former Employee) –  La Salle, MB6 March 2018
You deliver 40 lbs propane cylinders to gas stations, 711s, Walmarts Etc. Count the stock with an invoice machine, swap the tanks, give receipt to customer, do your paperwork then off to next client. Roughly 10-25 stops a day (300 to 500 tanks a day). Job is very physically demanding, pay is alright. I left after 4 years cause I felt I was underpaid for what my output was. Management is pretty good, generally understanding supervisors. All I would say to prospective drivers is don’t work harder than necessary, they reward loyalty more
Pros
Decent Pay, home every weekend
Cons
Physically demanding, hard on the body
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Logistics Coordinator is great
Delivery Driver (Current Employee) –  Surrey, BC25 February 2018
Great fun if you like driving trucks and getting paid to lift
Lunch whenever you like
Lots of hours
Work autonomously
Go out of town like to the Okanagen
Pros
Paid to workout and drive trucks
Cons
No advancement
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Unless you're desperate, stay away
Class 1 Truck Driver (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB21 February 2018
The wages are low, the work is heavy, and the equipment needed serious repairs and updating. The trailers are all used, and the company-owned tractors seriously need replacement (the leased units were OK).

The worst part of the job is that the wages are LOW - very low. There's no way a Class 1 driver hauling dangerous goods should be getting paid $22/hr. You also pay for ALL meals while on the road, and there's no allowance for it. You DO get a small allowance for your cell phone, but $10/month doesn't even come close to covering your use on the company's behalf.

Dispatch is extremely optimistic when it comes to scheduling your route, there's no time allotted for things such as meals, accidents, detours, not being able to park close to the cages, etc, etc.

You're also required to go to landfills and sort through propane tanks to pick out ones the company can repaint, put a new valve in, and sell as their own - this is part of their business model.

All in all, unless you desperately need the work to keep a roof over your head, stay away, stay FAR away. I worked there for the summer of '15 and would never go back.
Pros
Very little
Cons
Low wages, poor equipment
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it was an OK company to work for
Truck Driver - Class 1 (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB4 October 2017
working for Tank Traders wasn't that bad, the routes were very well organized, The equipment was kept in good shape and Management was good to work for , They were kind of set in how things should be done and how long it should take you with not much understanding about how other factors can affect your day
Pros
Bonus at the end of the summer
Cons
lifting full Propane cylinders
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