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Great company to work for. Good benefits, challenging work and goals. Compensation very fair and plenty of opportunities to advance. Management is fair. Work life balance can be a challenge depending on the role…can bleed often into weekends and holidays which is a major turn off.


Depending on job, work life balance is hard
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Great Organization with quality people

Safety is always in the front burner of every operation. Healthy working condition and great team spirit across the organization. Work life balance always encouraged.
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  • Time and location flexibility
  • Fair pay for job
  • Ability to meet personal goals
Areas for improvement
  • Trust in colleagues

Place has fell apart in management.

The unionized workers are getting less, and are being taken over by lower paid contractors. The staff/ management are horrendous. They try to set you up for a downfall when you're mining. They make it impossible for you to do your job by putting in rules that they know you're going to have to break to get your job done. And if there's an accident then it's all on you. Absolutely terrible place to work and money has dropped a lot.
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Great crew and supervisor

A little unorganized which can be frustrating but lucked out with a good crew and supervisor. Would recommend a friend to work there. Decent place to retire.
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Productive and fun workplace

Great place to work with a supportive team environment. Management is approachable and encourages professional growth. Overall, a positive experience.
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Not a good place to work because of incompetent management

Vale has clicks and silos that are irritating to deal with. Management thinks they know what is going on but really don't. For the first time in it's history, people are leaving the job after a short time - may be a clear indication as to how poorly Vale in Port Colborne is run. Management talks a good game about teamwork, safety etc., but rarely follows up on anything. Absolutely everything is for show. They care about their next promotion and that is it.


suitable remuneration


management ethics
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Org chart top heavy; the structure is not clear with many different groups. Difficult to get things done. People generally friendly and easy to work with.
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ok place to work

Some politics. If you are Brazilian, you will do good. Otherwise, you will have a slower career progression. Reorgs are not well planned. Good pension and benefits.
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Excellent company for learning and working. Excellent benefits, strongly recommend for new comers , lots to learn, helping work place, work life balance.


Free over time lunch
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Not great

Corporate structure doesn't make sense. Feels like everything is managed through Brazil.They try to standardize and centralize everything for efficiency purposes. Only to create shadow inventory and make it difficult to order parts/materials.Way too much overhead for the operations running.Constantly "restructuring"...
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A world of opportunities

There are so many areas you could develop and bring improvements, only need to understand the culture first. For starters and mid career moves, could be a great place given you have what it takes to develop and grow.
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Do no reccomend

Pay is below industry standard, very poor culture with entitled employees looking to do the bare minimum. Upper management struggles to understand their own operations.
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safety conscious employer where you are valued as an employee. decent pay, lots of overtime. working conditions can be harsh but no different than most mines
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Long hours, lack of support,

People are most of the time interested in finishing their tasks, not to work together. Management is not prepared to deal with their people so talents don't stay long unless for money. Salary and bonus are great but this is at the cost of your mental health.Disorganized, disrespectful, not inclusive. There are many programs to of learning and employee wellness, but no one can take advantage, so these are frequently with low or no quorum, and management pretends not to see. Great speech, nothing similar in the practice.




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Ok workplace

Days are long, schedule isn’t ideal and sleep deprivation can be a real thing especially after a day shift, and the bus ride is very long and dragged out.
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Nepotism at its best

Questionable ethics in management. Lots of backscratching and back rubs. Pay is good but you need to "play" to move up. Lots do. You can still keep your nose clean and ignore the management cults, long lunches and business trips and collect your bonus and earn a good coin. The Brazilian bosses talk a good game about ethics but ignore the behaviour here in Sudbury.
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Decent place

Good place to work. Home at night. Pay is lower compared to contractors. Workers are good to each other for the most part.Union politics can get a little much.


Home at night


Lower pay
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Good Place to work

Vale is one of the biggest mining companies in Canada. I worked at the Port Colborne refinery; they are all nice people. As an intern, I expected to have received more guidance, but I guess the covid situation made things quite different for the management. Overall, Vale is a great place to gain mining experience and grow in your mining career
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Not the greatest corporate culture. Lack of opportunities to progress or learn other roles. Enjoyed my co-workers, but didn’t often feel valued as an employee
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3 stars

What is the best part of working at the company?Good if you are generalist.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Leaders and org changes. No good job definitions.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Need to improve on inter departmental communications.Large variation between planning and execution. Good and smart people working with not so effective work processes.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Problem solving , attend meetings
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The managers do not listen and have no idea what is going on

The place has been going down hill for years and is picking up speed. I would be surprised if is still open in 5 years. Management has been letting people from out of town run it into the ground.
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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
4.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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