Vale
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A lot to learn. The load of work for an intern depends on how involved you want to become. If you don't reach out for work, you will end up being ignored. So show that willingness.
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Great coworkers, awful upper management

Terrific crew of people in operations to work with. Very knowledgeable on the floor level. Management provides less than zero support for operators, zero accountability, and looks for ways to blame process issues on operators despite dysfunctional equipment. Horrible commute

Pros

Excellent retirement and medical benefits, exposure to specific equipment

Cons

Long shifts, commute, raise structure is bad, management is worse
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Productivity and team work

My time working for Vale gave me a Team feeling and the knowledge to participate in all my training and abilities to do things that helped me in my job and pride in all job that I performed in the company

Pros

Training to succeed in life

Cons

The work hours were not the best 12 hour schedule
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It’s a good local job (if your a miner)

It is a difficult place to feel secure in your employment. There is minimal respect for tradespeople. In their eyes you field fixing a piece of equipment in a hot dusty poorly ventilated heading laying in a puddle doesn’t contribute to production and doesn’t warrant any incentive pay. This creates completely different attitudes between operations and maintenance departments and creates unnecessary friction and makes it difficult to have everyone working towards the same goal.Wages have fallen behind competitors. No post retirement benefits for new hires. No underground premiums or production bonus for maintenance employees. They expect everything to keep chugging along running on fumes. They are setting things up to fail as an excuse to contract out more work and bring in more contractors. They are always in cost cutting mode yet waste an incredible amount of money on silly things that do nothing to increase safety, production or morale. Their always creating new rules and often painting themselves into a corner once implemented.There is very little accountability especially with outside contractors.They are very set in their ways and anyone who’s worked elsewhere who tries to contribute meaningful change is met with nothing but pushback. Minimal interest in industry best practices. Not much changes because most employees have never worked anywhere else and therefore don’t know any better.

Pros

Alright schedule, lots of OT, good guys to work with on the floor.

Cons

Constantly changing & creating new rules, They treat contractors better then their own employees, No appreciation for maintenance employees
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Management try to preach the right stuff but often falls to the wayside for production

Very flavor of the month company cannot align on true goals for the company as they implement something 1 month and get rid of it the next month for something new so techs moral is at an all time low as most work gets pushed on them and taking away from office personnel

Pros

Good benefits

Cons

Way to much nonsense to get pay raises, and not all employees are treated equally
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Great place to grow & learn.

Awesome place to learn and grow. They give you the time to learn the plant and help you along the way. It is a large plant and they allow the potential candidates a say in where they will work.

Pros

Great experience.

Cons

The shift as a PPT.
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Great place to work as no two days are alike.

Takes a long time to become a full timer. 12 hour shifts and no benefits until you become full time. Great trainers, always willing to help and great co workers.
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They do not walk the talk

A poor environment where they will overload you and let you crack and then dismiss you. They do not walk the talk, they talk about diversity and Inclusion, care for their people and those are so far from the truth it's not even funny. If you are not Brazillian, you are not safe there and forget about getting a promotion.

Pros

Compensation

Cons

Poor management, don't practice what they preach.
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Enjoyed my time there

I learnt a lot during my time there. The office environment was awesome. Very Nice and friendly people. I gained lots of underground experience. Need to get rid of old out-dated underground equipment

Pros

Fixed Schedule, close to home if you live in Thompson

Cons

Clean Shaven Policy, underground smoking allowed
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Terrible place to work.

Worst company to work for ever. They waste so much money, then complain about cost per tonne. They keep cutting salaries and benefits from workers. Stay away!

Pros

None

Cons

No leadership
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Good guys to work with

If it wasn't for the guys that work there there would be no point in even going to work. Life matters most is just a slogan, especially when they are trying to take away benefits

Pros

I can't think of any besides being local

Cons

Everything else
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Stressful and bad work environment

Tradesmen are not appreciated at vale and are not at all compensated fairly. The Management does not listen to the opinions or ideas of the workforce.
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Mismanaged

Management cannot do their job, The company is always trying to lower the standard of compensation to that of the poorer countries in which they operate in order to maximize profits for shareholders. Management has no idea how to manage a mining company to maintain assets and processes. Every second contract results in a strike. The last one in 2009/10 lasted a full year.

Pros

Steady work schedule

Cons

Strikes, comparatively low pay, mediochre medical benefits.
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Company does not care about its workers. Only corporate greed

Used to be a good place to work but over the years they have not kept up with other industries in regards to pay, benefits, and fair treatment of its employees. They preach safety first but it’s all a front. In the 8 years I worked there 4 employees lost their lives at work and many others were injured.

Pros

None

Cons

Company does not care about its employees
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Not such a fun place

Poorly run company.very ruthless and greedy. Claim to care about their employees. But I find myself standing on a picket line for second time in 15 years. First time managed to break the Canadian strike record in mining. Nothing to be proud of as a company

Pros

Good people to work with

Cons

Poorly managed from a different country
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You are just a number. The company does not value you and wishes for you to just shut-up about everything and work til you die.

They talk the talk but don't walk the walk. They don't care about your personal development or wellbeing and see you as an overpaid nuisance. You may have special skills to enhance or improve your performance, they don't want to hear-it. You are overpaid as it is so shut-up already. Not recommended as a permanent job. You can make more money and at least get more respect virtually anywhere else. What were you hired for? Then shut-up and do it and get out of my office.

Cons

You fight for everything so they can take-it away
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Bully company that DO NOT care about their employees.

This is by far the worst company I’ve work for, always looking to cut cost, it’s their way or the highway even with a union to defend you, they will still go against the contract. Don’t bother fighting for your right cause you’ll get discipline till dismissal. The biggest waist of time in my carrier.

Pros

Nothing!

Cons

Bully mentality, corporate greed, no place for advancement unless you become a bully.
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You're just a number

This company doesn't value anyone who works for them. You're replaceable and once you retire, don't expect a good life. They have multiple fatalities a year with their poor health and safety track record.

Pros

Great union

Cons

Exposure to hazardous material
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The workforce has many good people

The people you work and direct supervision is very good, unfortunately management is very disorganized and there’s a disconnect between the workforce and management
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Vale has continued to demote is work force by cutting benefits and falling behimd the industry standard in wages.

Vale has made no effort to attract new people who are skilled in the industry and have chased away a lot of skilled workers. Management and supervision are extremely overworked and have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Pros

Close to home if you libe im the Sudbury area

Cons

Disorganization amd disrespectful towards their employees.
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Disorganized, culture clash with Canadian values

Indecisive local management, scared they will be held to account when things go wrong if its their fault or not. Difficult to get parts and tools to repair equipment. Every break down is a crisis. No training, erratic standards and work practices, very, very poor planing. Management from Brazil does not understand underground mining and how to run milling and smelting operations. Paranoid about security. CCTV and pass cards everywhere. Employees are recorded and watched everyplace except the bathroom.Workers are fearful of the future and long term viability of the operations. Management is more concerned with cutting costs and reducing liabilities like pensions and benefits, than the need to attract and retain employees with the right skills.

Pros

People are mostly nice and try work together

Cons

When things go wrong they don't learn from it
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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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