Westcan Bulk Transport Employee Reviews

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No respect for their seasoned drivers
Driver (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB16 May 2018
They talk good about safety but they rush newbies when they are not ready to haul their dangerous products . Safety guys have bad attitudes towards the drivers. Big on recruitment and small in retention.
Pros
Lot of different products to haul
Cons
No respect
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rip of artis
Truck Driver (Former Employee) –  Lloydminster, AB13 May 2018
Treat Edmonton and Calgary employees with respect but the other districts not!!
Give us low pay can't support our families.
Over empesize on safty and give us less % on the hauling job. Never tells us what they make so we can compare the %.
We need to rush the job to compensate for pay decrease when they bought up all these extra good companies that are being run into the ground.
Pros
claim your meal allowance
Cons
very little pay
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Great Company
General shop and yard labourer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB18 April 2018
Great Company with lots of room for growth and advancement. Very well managed. Clean professional work environment. Safety is a priority and rightfully so.
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Great staff
Accounts Payable Clerk (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB23 March 2018
I learned a lot here, I loved the work I was doing at Westcan. I started as a rating clerk and moved into an Accounts Payable clerk role. Executives are awesome people as is most of the staff, I found middle management to be very cold, distant and not really big fans of positive reinforcement. Was told what I was doing wrong a lot, but never heard a "good job" from anyone in a management position
Pros
Allowed a job/life balance
Cons
Management not really big on positive feedback or reinforcement
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Minus rating
Driver (Former Employee) –  Canada21 March 2018
They don't pay waiting time .
You have to fight for pay.
You brake down don't plan on getting paid for it.
They say 1400 a week but it's averaged over hole contract so you will get 0.
Winter road wast of time long hours no pay .
The contract you sign makes it so they don't have to pay you for any down time.
They're quick to send messages about something you did wrong but takes months to strategy pay.
Contracts benafet company never the driver
Pros
Vaseline is cheep
Cons
You alway get screwed
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Dont trust them
Driver (Former Employee) –  Yellowknife9 March 2018
It's a army. Simply put. You are a solider in the army of westcan. If you are injured or different or ask question your kicked to the curb. If you are told something consider it a lie until confirmed. Pay is ok. Just the backstabbing is unbelievable.
Pros
Money
Cons
A lot.
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very stressful
Planner (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK22 February 2018
very difficult place to work for... Money was great and decent benefits but a very stressful environment to work in.. tough on the home life. Glad when I made the change
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Company changing for the worse.
Driver (Current Employee) –  Kamloops, BC8 December 2017
Westcan is a very large company which is in turn part of another very large company now owned by a Pension Fund. The attitude now seems to be to standardize everything, including the drivers. In other words, lowest common denominator. They are quite capable in the standard work environment in standard terrain, but are incapable of adjusting to different more challenging circumstances or terrain. They are a 'cookie cutter company'.
Payroll can only handle the 'cookie cutter' part of the company, anything out of their normal, paychecks will constantly need correction, a slow process.
They run safe equipment, training is good. Although, as with all large companies, the political people that talk the right lines will rise to the top, regardless of how competent they actually are in real life.
Pros
Steady work, good equipment, safe environment.
Cons
Will push to be on the road long periods, payroll constantly wrong on 'out of ordinary' runs.
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Poor management, bad training
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Alberta6 November 2017
The Lloydminster Management was able to push away the majority of its employees. They also showed incredible favoritism to certain individuals.

There were awesome managers there, but they were outweighed by the bad ones
Pros
Co workers awesome
Cons
Bad management
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Very good place to gain experience.
Heavy Duty Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Lloydminster, AB3 November 2017
Very good support while going to school. Provided opportunities to work in the north, as well as a sufficient full time work. Pay and benefits weren't the best.
Pros
Very good support while going to school.
Cons
Below average pay and benefits.
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Good Job
TIRE TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB5 October 2017
Good work, very independent. good supervisors and employee's. Not overly stressful work with pretty good pay. good amount of room to move up in the company.
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Tensions are high. Very poor management.
Fluid Hauler (Current Employee) –  Lloydminster, AB11 August 2017
Most importantly, management sucks (too top heavy) quick to blame drivers for financial woes. Very high turnover rate. Supplies requested were not given. To many out of pocket expenses. Huge emphasis on safety. Very little driver support. Team player environment is not really prevalent. This company does not follow the employment contracts given to employees. Highly recommended if you want to work in a high stress environment. Long hours and poor pay.
Pros
High level of safety.
Cons
Poor pay, high stress, frequent equipment breakdowns. Very poor upper management.
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Not as good as used to be
Fluid Hauler (Current Employee) –  Wainwright, AB20 May 2017
Previous management obsession trying to get all of husky work by renegotiating new contract with greatly reduced rates causing a lot of good drivers to leave leaving company under staffed in certain areas which has led to working being lost due to not being able to get loads in a timely manner.
New management is tryin to make things better but I think they hired him to late.
Good quarterly safety bonus for working safely
My wages down by 3k a month from 12-18 months ago but can still earn a living if work hard
Pros
Bonus's
Cons
Rates
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Organized chaos
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) –  Lloydminster, AB29 March 2017
Very disappointing, broken promises. Poor management and very unorganized. Most upper management has no experience with or knowledge of the oil patch. Newer equipment and spare equipment is a plus. The pay is % which is good when it's good but also bad when poor planning slows you down my experience with this company was on the oilfield side not the highway side
Pros
Benifits, equipment
Cons
Management, communication
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Going down the hill
Driver (Current Employee) –  Alberta23 March 2017
Worked there for around 5yrs now. Average pay if you lucky to get on the right product. There is very little driver appreciation here. Witnessed a lot of really good people leave because of the way they were treated. You are only a number that will get replaced. Thats their strategy. Thus, company will hire just about anyone which in turn leads to a number of incidents and very high turnover rate. Safety became very heavy handed, threatening to cut your bonuses for every minor reason. Payroll has to be mentioned too, every pay there are "mistakes". Many of the perks have been cut or replaced with something to little value.
There is too much focus on PR, score card numbers, targets and not enough attention to basic daily operations, planning, driver support and appreciation.
Not recommended.
Pros
Free training
Cons
below avg pay, payroll "mistakes", heavy handed safety dept
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Just a number
Employee (Former Employee) –  Coquitlam, BC23 December 2016
First...I was surprised at how many GOOD reviews there are of Westcan. Then...I looked at how many NOs there were checked off under almost all of them. There is a reason for that. Because for all of these probably bogus reviews by actual current employees...just as many people give negative reviews. The Coquitlam location has gone down the tubes ever since they bought Wheeler Transport, which was an AWESOME company. These Westcan managers are idiots and half of them don't seem to have the credentials to BE management. Getting things done is almost impossible since there are so many stupid procedures now involved with any job. 1 hour jobs now take 2 hours. Even changing tires takes forever. Kal tire would think were nuts. It is obvious that there are SO MANY "safety" procedures because there are so many safety issues with this company. And....if you are unlucky and they just bought YOUR company. ...and they want to cut back, look out...because they'll just call you into the office in the middle of your day....and even if you were well respected in the previous company...they'll just kick you to the curb on the spot and "eliminate your position". That way....they can fire you on the spot "without cause". Great company.
Pros
Getting out of this place.
Cons
Having to work there.
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Busy place and always new changes
Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB23 November 2016
As an Operations Supervisor, I was incharge of approximately 104 drivers and about 60 - 70 trucks and trailers used to deliver Gas, Diesel, Salt or Propane. It was a very busy place which I enjoyed.
Pros
Awesome personel
Cons
Long days, 11 hour shifts
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A well managed company that was great to work for.
Was also lead hand at lumber re-loading facility (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB21 November 2016
Job security was important. Safety was more than a just a word, it was an attitude.

The people were friendly and helpful, making the work day enjoyable and engaging.
Pros
Great atmosphere, good people.
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It's Alright
Heavy Duty Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK27 October 2016
Westcan provides good benefits, decent wages in a safety sensitive environment, and opportunities to make good money as long as you are willing to work for it.
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No Communication and low pay and long hours
Driver (Former Employee) –  Lloydminster, SK14 August 2016
This company needs to give their head a shake and maybe should have stayed out of the oil business. You work long days at low rates and then have to fight with the payroll department to get paid even when you have submitted all the paperwork. My coworkers are good but dealing with the head office in Edmonton is difficult and never ending. They just don't seem to care about what goes on outside of the Edmonton office. Perhaps if they paid their drivers and employees better wages and maybe got rid of some of the excess in the Edmonton office things they might have employees will to stay.
Pros
Good Benefits
Cons
Long Hours at bottom dollar rates
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