Vicwest Building Products Employee Reviews

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Material Handler/Labourer (Former Employee) –  Stratford, ON13 April 2019
Stratford Ontario Lorne Ave location
Two very distinct cliques the dos and do nots, favourites played on all levels, unsafe practices encouraged to hit the numbers needed.
HR is a disaster and most of the time not present in the building but there is a recognized employee that will hear the concern to make it appear HR issues are of some level of importance.
Over all one of the most wasteful companies I have ever had the displeasure of working for, there is so much potential good this company could do for its communities but supposed red tape and rules prevent them from helping their community (ask the houses that are behind the Lorne Ave location in Stratford where the slamming of the press have to affect everyone in the area of that plant).
Temp workers are treated less than appropriate and are as disposable as wet wipes to the management and supervisors that actively encourage if they can't cut it make them leave philosophy, I lost count of how many I watched leave in a fit of rage or a fit of sadness with water works.
If you are a lady do not work on the shop floor unless you have very thick skin and choose to tolerate a very poor work environment where reportable incidents get shoved under rugs for the doers.
They like most in the area are bringing in Automobile factory people that attempt to bring in practises and procedures designed for that industry and unless it's a doers idea, you may get e terd in a monthly draw for a gift card but your ideas fall on deaf ears.
Training is minimal and if the machine acts up and the lead maintenence is busy, your on your
  more... own especially with 2 of the supervisors 1 will help and work hard with those that work hard with him or the numbers are low. The other 2 will allow you to flounder to test your resolve and see if the begin to push you out or bring you in.
In short unless you absolutely have to work on the floor for this company DO NOT they would replace you before the grass covered you cemetery plot and they wouldn't have sent flowers because of the expense unless you were a doer of course.
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Pros
Pay check with the chance of OT if they like you
Cons
Too many to list
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Good place to learn new technologies
Senior Systems Specialist (Current Employee) –  Burlington, ON10 June 2018
-Company is in a big personnel overhauling and IT transformation, this sometimes lead to rapid employee turnover rate, lack of staff training due to technologies rapidly being introduced to the business which the business doesn't have ample time to adjust and build training materials and schedule in knowledge sessions.
Pros
Free Coffee
Cons
Bad working office locations
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Excellent employee benefit package
Product Engineering & Development Manager (Former Employee) –  Oakville, ON26 May 2018
Vicwest offer excellent benefit package to employees. Working environment at Vicwest is very friendly. I would highly recommend people to join Vicwest.
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Handled all incoming steel orders. maintaind inventory and storage
Material handler (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB7 March 2018
Loved working foe Vic West, during a typical day I would unload the steel deliveries, prepare material for production, maintain inventory area report to managers keep area clean
Pros
positive
Cons
positive
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Great place to work
Marketing Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oakville, ON6 March 2018
Friendly employees that gave me the help I needed to do well. Job was helping with the Director of National Marketing and did what I was told to do for the company.
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learned many different work situations
Shipper/Receiver// (Former Employee) –  Stratford, ON12 June 2017
Although my time there was quite essential I found myself to be some what of a seasonal worker with not much chance of advancement and the chance to upgrade my qualifications were limited.
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PRESS LABOURER (Former Employee) –  Stratford, ON25 April 2017
Working there could be challenging, as the company expected that you know everything the first day and not forget how to do it. Was not encouraging when working well but blasted when not doing that well.
Pros
straight days
Cons
The envoirment
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Good wages, bad management
Material Handler/Mill Operator (Former Employee) –  Stratford, ON9 December 2016
This company pays well and has good benefits. The company is in a buy out transition which has stripped many long time employees and left the quality of management lacking.
Pros
good pay/bennefits
Cons
Poor management
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Branch Administrator (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK23 November 2016
My manager was a good person to work for, the girls in the office swore a lot and did not know how to manager a busy, stressful workplace.
Pros
Nice people working in the plant
Cons
Lots of swearing
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Good hours, Strong Management
Delivery Driver (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK18 November 2016
I worked there for 6 months. I found it to be a pleasant and helpful working environment with decent wages and lots of OT if you wanted to work extra.

Management was good. Didnt micro-manage or sweat the small stuff.

Only reason I left was because I got what was a better opportunity for me at the time.
Pros
Lots of OT and competitive wages, weekends off
Cons
Long hours
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this is my review
journeyman roofer (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK3 June 2016
start 7am get organized with the crew,put up fall protection roof barriers, made sure each employee had all personal safety equipment. made sure that there was fresh water avaiable & made sure each worker was sober. a little hard work is good for people in general. In roofing the weather is important because high-winds. Rain, snow &cold weather determines how much to do in a work day. In regards to co-workers some were not suited for this work & a few Foremen where not suitable to lead crews.
Pros
good physical work
Cons
bad weather
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Évolution
Acheteur (Former Employee) –  Victoriaville, QC28 July 2015
Une journée de travail typique commençait par la revue des niveaux d'inventaires, commander le matériel requis, faire le suivi des commandes, régler les problèmes liés si il y a lieu, répondre aux différents départements pour le bon fonctionnement de l'entreprise. Faire la revue des ententes annuelles et refaire le processus de soumission si requis une fois par année.

Vicwest est une entreprise axée sur la formation continue en milieu de travail ce qui donne plusieurs avantages tel que la possibilité d'avancement et l'acquisition de nouvelles connaissances.

Mes collaborateurs étaient principalement les contremaitres de l'usine pour leur fournir le matériel essentiel et la matière première. Le département des ventes était tout aussi important, les tenir à jour sur les produits, rechercher de nouveaux produits, les délais de réception.

Le transport était un important collaborateur pour ramasser ou retourner la marchandise chez certain fournisseurs.

Les comptes payables pour la confirmation des prix lorsque différents des commandes.

L'aspect le plus difficile de mon poste était la difficulté à obtenir des soumissions dans le format voulu et claires.

L'aspect le plus agréable de mon poste était une journée accomplie avec succès pour avoir comblé les besoins de tous en équipe et en harmonie.
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Great Company
Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Oakville1 April 2015
Great Company and great people. Good learning experience.
Work-life balance. Opportunity to grow and further develop skills.
Great benefits.
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Great opportunity to manage in en ever changing environment
VP, Supply Chain Management (Current Employee) –  Oakville, ON2 March 2015
The company is great to work for and the collaboration between the business units is world class. The culture is one of continuous improvement and values metrics and facts driven decision making.
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travail bien structuré.
Estimateur/techn (Former Employee) –  Boucherville11 November 2013
L'environnement de travail est bien encadré,
l'entreprise offre plusieurs opportunités pour évoluer
a différents titres et postes.
Les salaires sont très concurrentiels.
Pros
tres bons avantages sociaux, atmosphere agréable
Cons
pas assez de formation
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While here passed a business management course.
Shipping cordinator / production planner (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB12 December 2012
Productive workplace, good people.

Good pay very benefits.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
work is seasonal
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Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Delta, BC28 May 2012
Reapid expansion, a lot os acquisition to expand business. However turnover of personnel is large too.
Pros
good company culture
Cons
no loyalty to employees
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