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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2006 10:27 pm
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Well, I own a coffee shop so I would say my firm is the best to work for! After that? I also work for Husky Energy who comes in a close 2nd

Good points (for Husky) First class remuneration package, good vacation, and benefits. Bad points. Like the Hitman says working downtown is a bummer. Expensive parking, and daily hassle from the panhandlers.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 8th, 2007 03:30 pm
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I currently work at Forzani's warehouse. 

Management....Is a little incapable of being upfront. They seem to hold back information and have trouble communicating to the staff.  I don't know everything that has to do with management but I think that I would be more social and work with staff rather than act so much supirior and just tell us what to do.

Working Environment....I'm part of the 'Health and Safty' board (I've only been on for a month and already putting my two cents in when I can) and I'm learning.  I guess it's pretty clean for a warehouse I mean.  dust is enevitable. We are currently working on safty issues : ie escape doors must be kept clear at all times and the arrow stickers above the fire extinguishers.  I think we're a little slow. lol.  Heaters: It's good once we get it going but when the temp changes outside it takes them a while to register that we're not in the front offices with airconditioning and what not.

Co-Workers..... Most of them I enjoy.  Even the truckers are nice most of the time, except THEY SHOULD ALL SPEAK ENGLISH!  I believe that we work together in the most.  Us 'lower' people work together very well. Issues and other problems we talk about together and work things out.  Management has this thing that when we come up with a good idea they don't really like it and then later use it as their own idea.  Totally, they don't really respect us. 

We compete with two other major warehouses....(Not going to mention because I don't know if i should or am allowed to discuss.)--(If you'd like to, pvt msg for more info) The other places got a two dollar raise across the board and we got like 40cents.  We also get PFP twice a year witch is technically added to our wage to make our total wage.  the thing is that the PFP isn't garanteed.  So it shouldn't be included into our total wage. It's like lying to us that we are actually getting what we're not.  AND we get f%$#ing taxed like hell on it when it arrives on our regular pay.  

Positions......Mostly you have to know people to get in. It's like 'family based'. but we're not much of a family really.  You have to be really assertive to get anything.  I got this Receiveing position by doing my own thing and teaching myself. Advantages of knowledge got me this.  A couple of months ago they 'made up' a position and gave it to someone who didn't really need it and the person that should have got it was furious.  She actually left work she was so mad.  Ripples don't just hit one side of the pond... Authority has gone out the window.  You cannot be respected unless you respect others yourself.  No one wants to listen to someone who thinks less of you.  All in all; knowledge is the key.

location..... Transit is only a few blocks away. 

Turnover rate......approx...one week.

CRAZY!

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 Posted: Sun May 6th, 2007 08:41 pm
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I don't know if you drive truck, but those who do should be able--and I hope willing--corroborate this.

By far and away the worst, in my long experience of such: (cue trumpet and drums)

Monarch Messenger Service, their city tractor-service division.

Just stay as far away from them as humanly possible. Chubb **BLEEP** is just another fat piece of Alberta good-ole-boy **BLEEP** who seems to think the Labour Code doesn't apply to his company. Their base wage is absolute garbage even by trucking standards, and they have--God knows how--gotten away without bothering to pay overtime for their entire existence (~35 years). You will be expected to work at least 12 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week, and not one dime of overtime, evn though Canada Labour Code clearly dictates that city truck drivers get O/T after 9 hours a day/45 hours a week. Note: if a company sends trucks out-of-province--which Monarch does--then they are under Ferderal law, not provincial law. Again, the Federal Labour Code is quite unambigous on this...

What's really pitiful about this is how their drivers just let this company walk all over them again and again--one guy I met there had taken this for 10 years!--but I digress...

Furthermore, their equipment is beat right to death, to the point of literally falling apart. I guarantee, the truck they had me in would never have made it past a scale if I'd had to cross one. I must stress: the scale officer would have been absolutely right to shut me down if it had come to that; most of Monarch's equipment is, literally, **BLEEP**, and has no business being anywhere but being stripped for parts at Empire Truck Salvage on 52nd St/~36 Ave SE.

These scum are far from the only ones like this in this town. Do your research very thoroughly, ask lots of questions on the phone, and remember: 99% of what you'll hear in/about trucking is lies, 99% of the remainder simply isn't true.

Again, just steer right clear... 
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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2007 01:03 am
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Starbucks is a great company that works their salaried managers to death! All of the respect and dignity and work/life balance is bogus. Keep in mind that people work for people not companies. My experience at Starbucks was less than gratifying and they make their store managers work like migrant workers, you get promoted based on who you know not what you know!

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 Posted: Wed May 30th, 2007 12:05 pm
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Anyone ever heard tell of "Empire paving" based in Calgary(out by the airport somewhere I think) I was offered a job by them.


This is YOUR decision. Never let anyone do your thinking for you. It's like; "Do you think I should buy this stock?" (The fundamentals are good and earnings increasing and they just increased the divvy) Your ''Advisor' says too risky. You don't trust your own brains and you decide to pass on the stock, which rises from $24 to $41 in 8 months


TAKE THE JOB!!


And remember, most of today's experts and advisors aren't any smarter than you. They just know how to make you think they are

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 Posted: Wed May 30th, 2007 12:16 pm
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The Home Depot not only do we have legions of angry consumers we now have school kids as employees. Home Depot used to have qualified personnel to provide expert advice. Not any more, we essentially canned them all to hire cheap labor. After firing all of our decent staff, H.D. took or severely cut back any worthwhile employee benefits and incentives; merit badges worth $20 each, tuition reimbursement, dental, employee discounts, Christmas bonuses (now just a coupon) credit signup bonuses etc.
 

Their stock has been in the dumpster for over 2 years. It is catching up with them. Shareholders are the ones who rock down the house. AKA HOUSECLEANING

They recently handed one of their retiring exec's over 50 million dollar severence package.  These are stupid people.

(and we gripe about an MLA getting 110 thousand/yr for life)

 

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 Posted: Sat Jun 2nd, 2007 11:18 pm
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They should be running three south trains to every one North

 

Good idea, but what happens after they run out of trains? Do the math ;)

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 Posted: Sat Jun 2nd, 2007 11:22 pm
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MODS: Please ZAP this. Tk's

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 Posted: Wed Jul 18th, 2007 10:57 pm
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In general, avoid city tractor services (IE day-cab tractors, pulling other people's trailers, doing their deliveries/pick-ups).

They all seem to think that just because their customers:

A) don't want to pay extra for a driver's overtime

B) they don't have the balls to stand up vis-a-vis the above

that they don't have to pay overtime, in flagrant violation of even the company-dictated Alberta Labour Code...and believe me, you usually won't be cut loose after 8-9 hours, and it will be much more than 44/45 hours per week.

All my soon-to-be EX fellow truck drivers: you are either part of the solution, or you are part of the problem. Choosing this in light of knowing the above lands you squarely in the realm of the latter. And if that's what you choose, then your are a piece of craven chickens---, and you deserve what you get (which will be, namely, LESS in exchange for MORE).

A Public Service Announcement from a proud former trucker...:dude:

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 Posted: Thu Aug 2nd, 2007 03:09 pm
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The worst company I ever worked is Ideaca.

Good stuff: salary

Bad stuff: everyting's organized pretty bad. On the interview they say one thing, but on your first day you can find out some new details. I was told about travel - just for the first couple of weeks... Surprise! 50/50 of time. And this is only tiny part of that!

Work environment: well, it's consulting company, nobody has his own cubicle or desk. If you came early, you can take any seat in the room. Maybe it's a good idea, I don't care. No kitchen, the walls are unpainted, just bricks, sort of new design.

Management. I have 5 bosses to report to. And each of them wants me to do the same thing but I should do it in 5 different ways. If I need to prepare a document for all of them, it's better to prepare 5 different copies. I don't know why, but they don't like to talk to each other. And too many politic.......

 

 

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 Posted: Mon Aug 6th, 2007 10:20 am
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Worst employer I worked for in my life was the Sleep EE Are. Meaning a big Canadian Railway company. HINT: They were broken into components in about 2001, the best piece being the coppermine in Trail and Highland Valley.

Sleepee were brutal, and treated their workers like crap

 

 

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 Posted: Mon Aug 13th, 2007 11:24 pm
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I work for SNC Lavalin and I think that it is a great company to work for. Currently I am up in Edmonton doing field work but in September I will be back in the office doing electrical drafting/design.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 22nd, 2007 08:03 pm
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Water Solutions, Calgary

It wasn't that bad working there.  However when you move on, my employer tried to keep my vacation pay.  I almost had to take them to the labour board.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 23rd, 2007 06:06 pm
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Acculogix is not a big place (though it has big influence- the dominant magazine distributor for all of western Canada!) And the wages aren't royalty. But the policies and management are more than simply accurate logic, they're also very understanding.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 12th, 2008 12:40 am
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XENTEL DM

 

do not EVER WORK THERE!!!!!!!!

drugs,skids,low pay, rip off hours and a total scam!!!

Unless of course you like overeating,chain smoking and selling useless goods to old people...

oh and dont forget the pressuring seniors into giving donations and then TAKING OVER 50 %) PERCENT OF THE MONEY!!!!!!

 

XENTEL DM IS EVIL EVIL EVIL!

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 Posted: Mon Nov 24th, 2008 07:23 pm
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Paladin Security

For the moment, a terrible company to work for, unless they get it together. Here is a list of my complaints:
  1. My job involved sitting in a chair, with NOTHING to do, for 8 hours at a time. I was not even allowed to read a book, rarely allowed to answer a phone... it was degrading. A certain amount of this I'm prepared to accept in a security job, but this was gruelling....  I'll do almost anything, as long as it's SOMETHING.
  2. After two weeks of toughing this out, it was payday. I arrived at work to hear most of the other employees saying things like: "They did it again" "It's like they don't care"
    ...each of them had been underpaid by as much as 30-50% on their paycheque, and it had been going on for several MONTHS. I had a sinking feeling as I feared looking at my balance... after work, went to the bank, and they had paid me less than 50% of what they owed me, at a lower hourly rate than they had quoted.
    ...So, I called the HR fella, and it was very, very difficult to pin him down. I had to almost harass him for the money he owed me.
  3. While the problem in number 2 was being sorted out, I asked for a transfer to another department:  mobile patrol. It involves 12 hour shifts, from 9pm to 9am. They had originally told me that the schedule works like this:  3on, 2off, 2on, 3off. Basically, you get every other weekend off.
    ...Well, during my first training shift, the other fella told me that in the 4 months he'd been working there, they'd never got his pay right... the company owed him thousands of dollars. Not only that, but apparently the mobile patrol had been under-staffed for months and most of them had been working for weeks, if not longer, without a break. They wanted the same from me.
  4. When I spoke to the scheduler, he referred to his employees as "pieces of **BLEEP**" and "idiots". They were extremely hard to pin down.
Now, I eventually did get the money coming to me, but only after a whole lot of harassment on my part. I had also researched Canadian Labour Law and discovered just how ILLEGAL all of this behaviour is.

I suspect a few things are going on:  1. they are hiring a lot of immigrant workers, and abusing/exploiting them; and, 2. They are taking on more work than they can handle, their employees get overworked; and, 3. Someone is taking money belonging to the employees and keeping it themselves.

In short, I recommend that you avoid working for Paladin Security.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 30th, 2009 12:17 am
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I worked for Initial security in the summer of 05. I was in the hospital part(now I believe they security people are hired within the hospital system).

When you start out you sit in their head office and watch videos/orientation papers.

They then will tell you if you are qualified for basic duties(malls, appartments etc) or the hospital system. They threw me into the hospitals. This includes all hospitals in calgary. After purchasing over $200 in PPE they tell you that your on-call. Fair  enough.

So after your done working 1 week in training they send you to the hospitals. Of course you have to go through each hospitals procedures. Once you have your training and orientation in all of the hospitals you are then qualified for an 'upper' position(which means nothing).

After getting paid for the first week of training at a reduced pay, they will tell you that each employee must call in before and at the end of shift to log in/off. So usually one person will log in and out. Of course this is the main root of getting paid. I would get pay cheques for 110 dollars when i worked over 60hrs in one week. The excuse was that it is a computer issue. On July 1 I worked 13 days in a row and got a verbal saying I cannot work any more shifts for 8 days. 156 hrs I worked so on my week off I should have got paid a couple grand. I looked into my bank account and they paid me 100.00 even. Hmm so i called in and told Initial Security that I was under paid big time. They told me that all my shifts werent called in. So I was livid. I went to the Foothills Hospital to see what was going on. The 'security guards' told me to relax and understand the situation. So the excuse was that I was newer and wasnt on the list for 'call in'. The lead hand told me I 'wont get paid because new people like me need to be more strict with head office.' What? So I grabbed the phone and told them to call in my hours for that full pay period. They got all hostile. I called head office and told them to pay me...so they told me wait 24 hrs. It finally went through. The next day they called me and told me to work for them, after them forcing me to take 8 days off. I told them I was occupied and had plans. Everyday they called me to work when I was off. When I went back to work most were very very angry because I worked a lot and got 8 days off. So as childish as they were they started to rebel.

Next day I called in at 2am and told them I was done. They asked why, I told them and told me that I had no future in anything. I had to wait 6 weeks to receive my vacation pay and turn in my stuff. Which I gladfully did.

I am happy that Initial Security lost its contract with the Calgary Health Region. It deserves to do only malls and empty buildings.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2009 09:18 pm
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I must say i have never been more discouraged and dissapointed to work for a company called combo energy services.Worked there for over a year and it was lie after lie.A very selfish company with a large turn over.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 29th, 2010 12:55 pm
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Curtis Collision
well what can be said, this company only cares about the money to be made, and not the people making them that money.
This has to be one of most unsafe shop i have ever entered, the fumes from the products they spray will knock you out as soon as you walk in the door. they spray the products out in the open on the shop floor, because they do not have the proper booth for painting large trucks. the boss and the employees smoke in the shop and office, which is a no no for any work place in Canada, so if you are a non smoker you still have to breath this in. the equipment used is old and unsafe, example ladders: the step ladders are falling apart and pieces are missing on them.
Then you have a boss who thinks he knows everything, when in fact if you seen how he does body work you would laugh... he has none of the proper tools for doing auto repair, so how they can call it a auto body collision shop is beyond me....
the only upside to working at this place is the pay, but for the pay he wants you to keep quiet about the place of work...
if anyone else has had experiences with this place we would like to hear from you, as complaints are in motion with workers compensation, and labor board. :D:D

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 Posted: Fri Oct 21st, 2011 09:03 pm
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Well!
I can for sure say, Working for little caesars would have to be my worst experience. The lady I was working for is very ignorant and likes to mistreat her staff to make herself look like she is a better person then she actually is.
She sits there and yells at you for no apparent reason.
No normal breaks like you are suppose to get in every other company. Usually in a 8 hour shift you should get a 30 minute lunch break...NOPE not there....She likes to treat her staff right to the bone.
If there is no cooking that needs to be done sure I done mind cleaning up...and that was one of her musts to do...Cleaning the walls, Cleaning the bathroom, Cleaning the windows, Cleaning up in the back where the floor is where everyone has a quick maybe 3 to 5 minute break every 4-5 hours.
But the thing is I dont like being disrespected in front of other workers let alone in front of customers and this is what she had done to me.
So in essense If you want a job and are looking I warn you there is on little caesars that is the worst in town and she is not good to work for...
So in essense if you look and come across one of the little caesars and you put your resume in and the owner is a chick.....I advise you to keep looking..If you wish for more information I would gladly tell you what one it is.
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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2012 03:36 pm
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The worst place to try and get a job at is Borgo. The manager is weird and I did my interview and then a few days later went in for a trial run.
He said that day that I did do a good job and then said he will get back to me the next day ...
The next day was April,11,2012..
And he said he would give me a call by 1:00 in the afternoon but 1:00 went by and there was no phone call ..
So at around 3:30 I gave him a call and there was no answer three times...
So the way he reply's back to me is ...
By (TEXT) how lazy can you be...?
And says sorry we went for someone else.
Thank god he went with someone else the short little idiot ...
Dont know how he got the manager position...
Texting people to say they did not get the job ...
Well all I can say is this restaurant is all crap let alone check on urbanspoon and lots of people hate the food there...
And I would seriously only make the place look good...

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2012 10:18 pm
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Worst place to work is Clearwash Carwash and Auto Detailing. They dont pay any overtime, no benefits, very few days off, the owner has no respect for his employees and it's just a horrible work environment.

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This is a new blog about my company.

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I've worked for several companies from good to great like Telus & SNC Lavlin). The ultimate worst employer has to be The City Of Calgary. Spent 5 yrs trapped there working in several different departments (each one a horror show). Abusive arrogant uneducated management, mismanagement of budgets, corruption that would make the mafia look tame. Benefits provider (new) that trys hard to deny every claim & makes employees resubmit endlessly in the hopes of part repayment. Mistreatment of employees with sr mgt approval & encouragement (see Cgy Sun articles on woman assaulted by her mgr). Pay is below scale. Working there lowers your skills (old equpt, zero productivity) & you will have to upgrade your education to work at anywhere after. If you like abuse, low pay, corruption & seek to be a slave it's the place for you.

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