Resistant to change. Challenged executive leadership. Low job stability.
Finning is a historic brand in some circles. It has operations in a variety of countries which can provide exposure to international perspectives, in some circumstances. However, it has some challenges that it must constructively address in order to mature as a business.
- Disconnected executive team. Executive management is loosely connected to the heartbeat of the organization. This leads to poor strategic decision-making when it comes to investing in IT infrastructure, marketing and pricing. This is evidenced by the company's decreasing margins in its public financials. Competitors are gaining ground.
- Low innovation. Finning is not adequately equipped to innovate. It can invest money and buy IT systems, but it has difficulty pulling it together in a strategic way. Very poor return on investment (ROI). Innovation takes consistent leadership, honest communication, empowered employees and a competitive drive. Unfortunately, Finning falls short in these categories. IT/SAP implementation failures, write-downs, missteps (digital strategy) have all occurred in recent years.
- Challenged leadership. Some executives (within IT and Canada) have poor leadership skills with behaviours that can be described as belligerent and bullying. This contributes to poor morale and people not wanting to speak up in meetings for fear of being persecuted.
- Low trust environment. Being associated with the correct team is critical at Finning. Work ethic, competence, innovation and productivity
ProsLong company history
ConsHistory of closed-minded thinking and bullying in some circles. Disconnected executive leadership.
Very frequently at quarterly meetings or "state of the company" addresses, the executive management of this company likes to spew buzzwords like "Finning Family". The Sparwood branch laid off 30+ mechanics early in November 2015. ONE day later there were emails sent out by management, requesting overtime. Very "Family" driven, i'd say! Not.
The "Employee Opinion Survey" (EOS) from the last couple years have shown the staggering decline in confidence of the Executive and Branch level management has deteriorated drastically year to year since 2011. Just ask any 5+ year Finning Employee how they feel.
The decisions made to close branches, move branches and divert work to other branches is tearing this company apart. And it is the customer who has to suffer because of it. The shareholders however, continue to be richly rewarded. The executive management are very large shareholders.
The instant there is a whiff of a rumor that work in an area might slow down or shift elsewhere - this company will lay you off. Even if it is for just as short of a period as two weeks. They'd rather waste time on paperwork to lay you off, than have you push a broom and try to retain you within the company.
Local management will try to swindle and circumvent their collective bargaining agreement as best as they can. Very little is done without absolute secrecy and there is zero transparency - until the day they decide to shut down your branch and escort you off property.
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This corporation is a sad machine that runs on a very dated and delusional image of its name and brand.
While constantly downsizing, disposing of good people and closing branches, the fact is that this ship is sinking while trying to maintain yesteryear's revenues and ideals.
99% of managers are overpaid monkeys, puppets, or actors that report to higher-up clowns, all of these arrogant moguls with absolutely no credibility yet yammer and yap like they do.
Where they should inspire, build people and teams we instead learn to tolerate and even pity them as just another tragic part of our Finning existence.
They have not and could not perform your job but somehow know what’s best for you and that your performance is constantly lacking.
Yes, this aged tyranny still believes in getting the most out of people by overloading with completely unachievable goals then motivating us through guilt, shame, threat, and unbelievably .. still bullying nowadays!!
The toxicity and animosity here runs deeper and deeper year over year.
Where mental health is declining and destroying people, families, and society, companies that operate like this need to be exposed for their abuse.
This is not a positive nor inclusive place to come to daily.
You will regret then despise working for this cult well within a year of your start date - guaranteed!
Prosgood comradery among us lowlife disposable employees
Very supportive management especially during pandemic and on my most difficult time of the year
I've heard stories regarding Finning Canada about how they treat their employees and focus more on revenues of the organization which I presumed is a given fact, it is the other way around, I have had personally experience working for this organization, all I can say that the management team headed by the general manager, supervisors down to the charge hand particularly the D_ _ team were all superb. I never had experience being supported by the management during my entire life by any organization in Canada, with Finning I was extremely supported all throughout, I was expecting that an organization like this massive would easily let go a low level employee but instead was being supported mentally and emotionally especially during the after effect of the pandemic, I hope and pray that economy would still be stable to sustain the continuous growth of the organization. I would prefer to stay working for this organization if the health of my family permits me to work until my retirement.
ProsHilarious colleagues which makes this organization a better and fun place to work, lots of parking and a 50" TV at the lunch room.
ConsI have never experience "Cons" at all, except for occasionally we ran out of free chocolate powder for snacks
I enjoyed working for Finning, the pay and benefits are outstanding and there are regular increases as well. The company itself takes employee concerns seriously, and takes safety seriously. I always felt comfortable talking to my supervisor or my manager about anything. For the most part co workers are friendly and easy to get along with but like anywhere there are people who's life mission is to cause drama. Employees have a lot of freedom to do their job how they want, and there is very little in the way of micromanaging from superiors.
Hourly staff have good protections from the union, but finning lays people off readily. it's frustrating as a new employee to be motivated and willing to go the extra mile only to be laid off during down turns. It doesn't matter how hard you work if you're not up there on the seniority list.
Advancement is challenging if you're looking to move from an hourly role to a salary role. If you're qualified for a posting you will get an interview with the manager, but jobs tend to be posted with a specific candidate already in mind, so it's mostly a formality. Your qualifications are less important than having a good relationship with the hiring manager. On the bright side, it's a great way to hone your interview skills.
The Kearl moto is Nobody gets hurt and protect today for tomorrow, you can see straight from the get go once the oreintation starts to kick off this is not like the rest of the sites, safety is not just a bargaining chip for admission to work, it is taken seriuos at every level and if you think that you cant work safe this is not the place for you. The teams I work with are from all over Canada and have the exeprince and knowledge that you could only dream of having in your work environment. Everyone brings something different and everyone brings something weather knowlege or just good humour. The attitudes are far superiour to anywhere I have worked and really hone in the great attitudes that everyone brings to the table.There is lots of opertunity on thois site and I believe I will probably be here for a while, but there is always opertunities with other great companies to, which make my job and scope so dynamic. Safety is not for everyone but if you are a team player and you enjoy interaction, as well as good interventions the list are endless.
Prosflights from edmonton to camp
Consthe rooms were executive but they were taken away as the truck drivers were promised the delux room, so that has added pressure to the job.
Coworkers are great, management is questionable at best.
It’s hard to describe really... imagine if someone who new nothing about business, technical repairs and personable skills owned you. Tells you what and how to do things they do not know how to do and then tried to judge your profit margins at the end of the day. Then, said manager, will throw you under the bus for failing when it’s a fundamentally flawed system to begin with. You take the heat, manager takes the verbal from corporate and the company still suffers margin losses because no alterations are made to the process. Route cause, though identified, isn’t corrected and the square wheel keeps turning (barely because it’s square) but the the shareholder see an ebit difference of .01%(new NEP deal goes through). They’re happy because stock goes up even though there is still the same problems and nobody does anything to fix the route cause of failure. Honestly the worst company I’ve worked for and I don’t see a happy ending for this (the largest CAT dealer in the world) company. Questionable management from the executives down. Glad to be off the sinking ship and recommend all to avoid.
Corporate atmosphere with good pay and opportunity for growth if you fit the mold
Great career based company, backed by a historic brand. Good benefits and long term employment, if you aren't laid off during a downturn. It has the nature of publicly traded company where profits are above all else, though safety and work-life balance is touted routinely.
Finning changes their strategies and goals frequently, it's almost cyclical along with new management, 4-6 years. Customers and employees alike find it hard to keep up with constant new strategies and frequent change. Communication from senior leadership is often lacking leaving employees unsure of the company's direction, scrambling to keep relationships in tact with clients who are equally confused with the untimely changes.
The atmosphere always has a sense of urgency and pressure to keep achieving more is ever present. There is little personal engagement amongst staff; it's a large, departmentalized corporation and very much so feels like one.
Overall, you can find a good paying career here if you're willing to take the bureaucracy and stress along with it.
For me, Finning is a great company to work for. I work in the parts and warehouse with a great bunch of people and we've really become a team over the past years. Unfortunately the company has laid off people due to the economic downturn and need for restructuring and realigning of resources. For job security I would say it has stabilized now and hopefully smooth sailing going forward. As for management, they do have rules and protocol to follow and enforce. Not all managers are alike, Some are good and some not so much. I've had the odd issue with some but rarely and not anything big enough that couldn't be worked out. You take the good with the bad and get by.
In closing, I have worked at many other jobs that are worse and a few that were much worse. With that comparison I can say this is the best employer I have worked for and expect to finish my working days here. There is no such thing as the perfect job but this is pretty good.
ProsUnion and non-union positions, good benefits and pay. Good employee share plan.
ConsResource industry based business that is susceptible to down turns
I enjoyed working with Finning for its people and the opportunity to grow within the company. The benefits are good and the salary is fair (depending on which position you apply for) I learned quite a bit and left as a more mature professional. The company is making big efforts to become more in touch with its work force however the bottom line is the bottom line and corners are cut to maximize on profits or high expectations are to be met with little support. It can be challenging at times to find a work-life balance as there is so much to do and because the company is so big it can be frustrating to coordinate with other departments to ensure that customer requests and purchases are handled effectively. Salesforce is highly valued..sometimes to the detriment of personnel and company protocols.
Overall I am proud to say I worked at Finning. Apply if you are a hardworking person who doesn't mind putting in a little extra.
ProsPeople, benefits, room for advancement
ConsLot of pressure, long hours, Confusing processes
Ambiente de trabajo con grandes desafíos profesionales
El día de trabajo comienza realizando la recepción de trabajos realizados en turno de noche, luego nos trasladamos a sala de reuniones para recibir la inducción de seguridad diaria, luego verificamos el consumo de componentes según programa establecido, verificando cumplimiento de cada detalle programado, luego realizo reunión con mis subordinados indicando los desafíos y tareas del día, siguiendo nuestra planifiación anual y resolviendo los temas propios del cargo (Solicitud de componentes, devolución de componentes de intercambio, coordinar reparación de componentes en talleres propios ó externos, dar soluciones a requerimientos de cliente,etc).-
Luego realizo un seguimiento en terreno acerca de las necesidadaes de operaciones e ingeniería para ajustar y mejorar las condiciones que dan una buen desempeño de componentes y por consecuencia buena disponibilidad de flota nominal que muestra un buen grado de confiabilidad de los equipos mineros que deben cumplir con plan minero de nuestro cliente.-
Todos los días se aprende algo nuevo, en cuanto a la parte técnica como de la interacción diaria del equipo de trabajo, en parte técnica lo último de mie aprendizaje fué cómo se realizaba en tracking de componentes en una empresa de nuestra competencia realizando marcas en los componentes con códigos RQ.-
Respecto a la dirección y gerencia tenemos una organización horizontal y con un estilo de liderazgo liberal, en donde podemos tomar decisiones de manera autónoma basado en modelo
A company that punishes the talented and praises the weak.
They push equality, but only favour it in one direction and if you want to “progress” you better match that criteria.
They ask for your improvement ideas and if it doesn’t match there ideas or plans they will brand you as “negative” and single you out in-front and too your colleagues .
The management style is very much a strange spectacle. They have so much middle management you can’t decide what the middle ground even is.
They try to run successful departments and make them as profitable as possible at the customers expense. They cut out the human impact and base all of there data through incalls and outcalls but but forget what the customer really wants and use equations to make there plans instead.
As a staff member you will find direct management extremely frustrating as you cannot go to the for help as none of them come from a plant background nor mechanical. They will make you do all donkey work and sit in teams meetings all day and you won’t be able to reach them and patronise you constantly on subject they have no knowledge or little off.
The worst part of the company by far is there fakeness during my employment I continuously jumped through hoops for my direct manager and their manager too. Being told if I done “x y z” I would be rewarded with “b c d” this happened and on 6 occasions and more full me for believing them however the time I did question there constant lies I was then branded negativ
buena empresa para poder desarrollarse en todo ámbito
un día típico de trabajo es levantarme a las 04:25 am. para tomar el bus a las 05:00 am. para subir al contrato el Abra para resivir información del turno saliente a las 06:40 am. después realizar charla de seguridad al personal a cargo ya las 07:00 am. a 07:10 am. entrega de trabajos al personal y de hay 08:00 am .reunión con personal de turno del área de mantencion palas y perforadoras para entregas de trabajos a realizar durante el día en sistema de aire acondicionado, realizar rondas a terreno para chequear trabajos y ver deficiencias que se pueden mejorar y corregir lo que se encuentra en el momento.
Aprendí manejo de personal , como poder resolver problemas que se presentan dentro de la jornada laboral y tomar sediciones en el momento.
De la gerencia aprendí lo que realmente es un gerente comprometido con su compañía y con su gente a cargo.
De los colegas aprendí que nunca se deja de conocer a las personas y de lo erróneo que uno tiene para catalogar algunos compañeros.
La parte mas difícil es tener personal a cargo ya que debes ser como un segundo padre para cada uno ya que todos tienen distintos problemas y distintos caracteres los cuales se van conociendo interartuando con cada uno.
Lo que mas me gusto fue que la empresa y mi jefatura directa fue muy buena ya que con un cuarto medio como el que poseo me dieron la posibilidad de superarme dentro de la empresa y la confianza cuando era técnico ya que nunca me cuestionaron ninguna de las decisiones que tome ya que
buen ambiente de trabajo , buena jefatura y buen grupo de trabajo
el día típico de trabajo comienza con un desayuno,posteriormente se junta el grupo en la sala de reuniones para dar a saber algún acontecimiento relevante y los trabajos a realizar,se designan las tareas y se realizan los documentos de seguridad para comenzar los trabajos,se realiza la hora de colación y en la tarde se continúan los trabajos para finalizar la jornada realizando el orden y aseo del área de trabajo y la documentación correspondiente a la atención y trabajo que se realizo en el día de los equipos.
lo aprendido es que se ha conocido otros tipos de equipos,otra maneras de ejecutar los trabajos,por parte de la gerencia es accesible se pueden hacer llegar sus inquietudes o alguna opinión que se tenga como trabajador.con relación a mis compañeros de trabajo es uno de los mejores grupos que puede haber ya que todos trabajamos con el mismo objetivo para poder cumplir lo que se nos pide,la parte mas complicada del trabajo es relacionarse con gente que no quiere los mismos objetivos que el grupo de trabajo en la cual se generan malos entendidos,y lo que mas me gusta del trabajo es que todos los días aprendo algo nuevo y en la empresa siempre te da la oportunidad de seguir aprendiendo y creciendo como persona así como profesional.
Prosoportunidad de crecimientos como estudiar
Conses poco el tiempo que hay para tomarse un respiro
Empresa de servicios a la minera que ostenta la representación de Caterpillar en su linea minera, energía y forestal de gran nivel respecto de sus pares en Chile.
En el área que me toco desempeñar mis cargos siempre observé la preocupación por la calidad, ordenamiento y transparencia hacia nuestros clientes finales, sin embargo al interior de la organización no existe un sistema de gestión integrado que permita administrar con eficiencia la compañía y responder con una velocidad que el mercado actual exige para competir con escenarios cambiantes.
Company of services to the mining company that holds the representation of Caterpillar in its mining, energy and forestry line of great level with respect to its peers in Chile.
In the area where I work, I always observed the concern for quality, order and transparency towards our final clients, however within the organization there is no have integrated management system that allows us to efficiently manage the company and respond with a speed that the current market demands to compete with changing scenarios.
ProsBuen estándar de ingeniería mecanica. Good standard of mechanical engineering
ConsBad selection system for recruitment and promotion of career staff to higher positions.
Questions and answers about Finning International Inc.
What benefits does Finning offer?
Asked Apr 24, 2019
Benefits are good, just as long as your employment is current.
Answered Feb 20, 2020
Good pay and benifits
Answered Oct 24, 2019
How are the working hours at Finning?
Asked Oct 11, 2017
Make a life out of it because the business needs to run
Answered Oct 28, 2019
12hrs days off nights off repeat 7s or 14s days
Answered Apr 25, 2019
If you were to leave Finning, what would be the reason?
Asked Aug 11, 2019
Being laid off would be the reason
Answered May 30, 2021
More fulfilling environment
Answered Jan 3, 2021
Is there travel involved, with the job
Asked May 7, 2019
Yes. Some travel.
Answered Aug 13, 2021
Yes. Some travel.
Answered Aug 12, 2021
Is there a way to follow up on an application submitted online?