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Shady company
Professional Driver - seasonal, rotational. (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BC2 August 2018
Watch Westcan, they could be a shady company to work for. They had two on highway sulfuric acid spills in Trail BC, where 400 cars are either a right off or damage, and kept it from the public for almost two months.
Pros
None
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crummy pay cheap bosses and company
Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentice (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 July 2018
Westcan will underpay you they made there boot allowance a part of youre pay check and its only $50 ish dollars then it gets taxed so you can get the best used boots from a dumpster. the upper management is so worried about money they cut corners push every one and every week in there meetings they threaten to fire you because in there words you are replaceable but if you or any one else leaves they tell you that they are the greatest company and that the grass is not greener on they other side. then they try to hire new people but cant because they wont pay the standard rate. worst company i have ever worked for.
Pros
they pay you're schooling and 95% of youre pay while in school.
Cons
never any overtime.
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terrible work place culture
Lease Operator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 June 2018
they will eat you alive with their safety nonsense, consider anything you do for them never up to their standards - whatever you do will not be enough. making every excuse to strip you of your hard earned money.
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Quality Company
Truck Driver (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB27 May 2018
This is a top notch operation. The only company i worked for that even cared about fatigue management. Good contracts ensure steady work. Never heard of anyone getting laid off there.Equipment is top notch .
Pros
Benefits, Safety Culture, Quality Equipment
Cons
actual pay is complicated, could be alittle more, but the benefits make up for it.
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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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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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Very discriminatory place to work
Truck Driver (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 April 2018
Lot of empty promises, seniors drivers pick what they want and when they want, new drivers get what’s left.
Frist 12 months you will pay what every they offer you because we are on 95% pay, so nothing is free!
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Pros
Schedule time off
Cons
To much favouritism to senior drivers
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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
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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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