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A glimps into First Line Supervisory work at Vale
Front Line Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON7 April 2018
Typical Day involves a morning meeting 6:45am with all supervisors and upper management involving the previous days production, safety talk, injury review, IM review, discuss work being performed that day, discuss high priority work required, 7:00am line up the crew with daily safety information followed by specific crew assignments relating to what their task is for that particular day .Field visits throughout the shift to ensure proper procedure's and safety aspects are being followed. Conversations with crew members on the Floor in regards to any concerns or issues they may have on that particular day, input payroll, documentation of daily activities, concerns or issues, discussion with DCS operator and Metallurgical Eng. to produce the highest quality of feed, adjust mill performance and Assays to achieve goals set by upper Eng. Things learned, adjust to worker behaviors and performance, employees are individual in comparison to others, getting to know them in order to be able to help them. Hardest part is not to mix friendship with work ethics. Most enjoyable, everyday is different, no two are the same.
Pros
Bonus
Cons
overtime
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Large bureaucratic company
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON6 April 2018
Large company that pays well but has very limited chances of development/advancement unless you speak Portuguese.

Morale is not great due to the declining market conditions resulting in continuous austerity measures.

There are good people working there however, and that is what makes it enjoyable.
Pros
Salary and bonus
Cons
Morale, Job Security, Management
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Challenging and Rewarding Work
Operations Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Long Harbour, NL18 February 2018
Vale is a great place to work. Every day is a challenge and you are constantly learning and growing. Would recommend to anyone that wants to expand on their traditional role.
Pros
Great shift and office schedules. Bussing provided from St. John's.
Cons
Location of Refinery.
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Strained work enviroment
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) (Current Employee) –  Thompson, MB16 January 2018
Could be a great company but a lack of leadership and direction makes it difficult to feel confident in your job security. They offer limited to no training, and it is difficult to want to advance as middle receives no support from upper management. However the schedule is excellent and the pay and bonus are very good.
Pros
excellent schedule, good salary
Cons
lack of comunication and strained relations between staff and hourly
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Great People
Planner/Turnover Lead (Current Employee) –  Copper Cliff, ON11 January 2018
My experience with Vale included two projects. The people that worked on these projects were always great. They accepted me as part of the Vale family.
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Good place to work
Tradesman (Current Employee) –  Ontario9 December 2017
This is a good place to work for the money you get paid. You are working close to home. As with all large companies, the bottom line takes priority to employees.
Pros
Good Pay
Cons
Upper Management
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Place was ok friendly people
Labour (Former Employee) –  Thompson, MB14 November 2017
The place was ok friendly coworkers , managment sucks they could use some trainning in people skills, great pay not really flexable with family/personal issues
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Great Company to work for.
Miner/Supervisor/safety training Superviosr (Former Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON13 November 2017
Very challenging job. As a supervisor you had to be a good planner and organizer. As a safety and training supervisor responsible for multiple sites and working with different managers was demanding and also rewarding. Good hours and salary.
Pros
Good salary and benefits and home every night.
Cons
None
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Cheerful and very respectful workplace
Senior Planner& Estimator (Former Employee) –  St. John's, NL24 October 2017
Being the most experienced planner on site I was asked for my professional opinion almost every morning and asked to help younger planner to achieve objectives. I learned that upper management did not always appreciate problems and issues of the project and made uninformed decisions. The hardest part of my job
was trying to get mgmt to receive information as layed out in schedules and plans. the most enjoyable part as time went on the
plan was self fullfilling.
Pros
Easy respectfull work environment
Cons
Travel between home and workplace durning winter
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Good people to work for
Contracts Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Long Harbour, NL2 August 2017
Good company to work for, wonderful people, learned a lot from my boss, really good with family affairs, always there to lend a helping hand. Very productive
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Unpredictable company
Underground supervisor (Current Employee) –  Thompson, MB31 July 2017
Only good when nickel is at 10$ Plus...Unpredictable market. Company is good to work for, lots of chances to go up the organization if your a go getter. Company does like to carry lazy employees. Probably the issue with all big companies.
Pros
Good benefits and pay
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Empresa dinâmica e agradável de se trabalhar
Estagiária (Former Employee) –  Ontario, Canadá28 July 2017
Empresa dinâmica e agradável de se trabalhar, com oportunidade de carreira e crescimento profissional.
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I work 10 hour shifts and only one weekend a month.
INDUSTRIAL MECHANIC (Current Employee) –  Thompson, MB11 July 2017
The company has gone through a number of changes in the past few years, especially since nickel prices are down. The mine I am currently working at is being closed down.
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Not what you expect.
Processing Plant Technician (Former Employee) –  Long Harbour, NL20 June 2017
They oversell and under deliver. The extensive interview process will make you believe the job is much more desirable than what it actually is. They are very vague about what the PPT position entails and do not give you much information until you are actually thrown into your area.
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Long days
Maintenance Planner/Scheduler (Former Employee) –  Long Harbour, NL16 June 2017
Learned all about job packages and how the mining industry works in todays world

Team was helpful and great to work for. Long days and driving was the only negative
Pros
Long commute
Cons
pay
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Great Workplace
ELEVATOR OPERATOR (Former Employee) –  Sudbury, ON13 June 2017
Enjoyed working at Vale; salary was good, encouraged a safe work environment and I preferred working the shift work as opposed to an Monday to Friday, 8-5 job.
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Great Company, pleasure to work for
Pipefitter/Fibrebonder (Former Employee) –  Long Harbour, NL6 June 2017
Working for Vale in Long Harbour at the Nickel Processing Plant as a pipefitter and fiberglass bonder. Was a great experience. Very approachable company, with a open door policy.
Pros
contests to win on a bi monthly basis
Cons
Cold in the Winter
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Willing to results
Sales and Distribution Analyst (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON3 June 2017
Good place to understand the mining business and excellent environment to get in line with the latest system management created to operate the complex transportation operations
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Ok
Processing Plant Technician (Responsible Care) (Former Employee) –  Long Harbour, NL30 May 2017
Management was not trained enough and the working conditions were often unfit. The work culture was not friendly and everyone working for this company was miserable
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Great place to work. People were fantastic.
SHE Administrator (Former Employee) –  Long Harbour, NL8 May 2017
Typical work day was 8-10 hours. Assisted the Health & Safety dept with various assignments. Friendly atmosphere and Supervisor was great to work for & with.
Pros
Flexible & friendly environment.
Cons
Job was sometimes repetitive, therefore monotonous.
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