driver (Current Employee) – Coquitlam, BC – 21 January 2019
The great part of this company is there is always work. The equipment is well maintained and the mechanics are pro active and listen to the concerns reported by drivers. They adhere to strict safety policies and award compliant drivers with bonuses for doing so. The flexibility is awesome and works very well for a family. The people here are great making the atmosphere a great place to earn and learn The cons....Edmonton based management manage terminals across across the country not always making the best local decisions. Changing pay structures to what ever they choose and when they choose with out any employee input . Payroll is very confusing, inconsistent and is always making errors.
Company Driver (Former Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – 8 January 2019
If your looking to learn the bulk hauling, this is the place, but get your experience then get out! , . It will pay better than pulling van`s by double, to triple. .. Westcan will teach you all kinds of hauling. If you have experience don`t work here.
Westcan will short you on your pay, if they can. They will put you in constant Safety Classes which do nothing other than take up your time They will spy on you. They will send you to Yellowknife to drop a load, and sit you up in there for a week, and let the O/O take all the loads out of there. If you have experience work at Q Line Trucking these folks are 100 times better including pay
Driver (Former Employee) – Neilburg, SK – 28 August 2018
I worked there for 5 years.it was okay with Silverman but when Westcan took over everything went down hill.Pay went down without notice about 16% even they said it went down 6%.Another lay.Lots of new rules.Ofice stuff doesn’t know what is happening in the field.Ofice will tell you one thing and dispatch another. I wouldn’t recommend working there.It is very stressful.
Driver (Former Employee) – Sarnia, ON – 23 August 2018
Lots of lies at this company Equipment is 3 million kms plus for one with constant repairs. They promise you 28.00 per hr but when you get your pay the hours are not equal to your hours of service according to E- Logs. They start to talk nice to you at first then after training you drop in wages from 28.00 per hour to actual 24.12 per hour Pay statements are hard to read and Payroll do not like to pay everything you put in a days work your constantly pestering for monies you worked for takes weeks to solve anything. Schedules are Sunday to Saturday and if you start the days off are middle of week you will not see overtime paid on your check. Only Good thing about Westcan is the trainers they are the best.
Top notch trainers
Management, Paychecks not correct have to chase. Long hours 12-14. Management lies
Driver/Operator (Current Employee) – Ontario – 20 August 2018
Constant " LIES " here in Ontario ,They don't pay there promised rates ( its always different ) .When you approach management about this its always a sound and dance .and yet when you show them in black and white its always your wrong. They preach safety -Only when it benefits there needs . There Corporate Policies seem to always be in conflicts of Federal labor laws. Worst Company I have ever worked for in 30 years as a Driver . Trust me when I say don't work here .
Administrator (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 15 August 2018
A growing company that cares about the safety and wellbeing of it's employees. The culture of actively caring and the new Health and Wellness committee in each location is a plus. I work with a great group of people and like coming to work each day.
Professional Driver - seasonal, rotational. (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 2 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.
Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentice (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 26 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.
they pay you're schooling and 95% of youre pay while in school.
Lease Operator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 28 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.
Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 27 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 .
Benefits, Safety Culture, Quality Equipment
actual pay is complicated, could be alittle more, but the benefits make up for it.
Driver (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 16 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.
Truck Driver (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 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! Y
Accounts Payable Clerk (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 23 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
Allowed a job/life balance
Management not really big on positive feedback or reinforcement
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
Driver (Former Employee) – Yellowknife – 9 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.
Driver (Current Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 8 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.
Steady work, good equipment, safe environment.
Will push to be on the road long periods, payroll constantly wrong on 'out of ordinary' runs.