Process Technician | Long Harbour, NL | Mar. 16, 2021
Good Pay & Benefits, Poor Management
A typical work day can vary greatly depending on what area of the plant you work in. Many areas do equipment rounds and samples, and technicians may have to interact with some equipment throughout their day. However there are some areas that are purely physical labour with very repetitive tasks. Work areas are assigned randomly when you are hired and your experience at Vale will heavily depend on this.
Management are inexperienced and do not listen to concerns of technicians. Technicians are not involved in any decision making even though they are the ones who know the process/equipment best. Members of upper management who started as coaches will now often preach things that are contradictory of their own behaviour when they were floor level supervisors. It feels like most management could care less about the technicians as long as the work is being done. There are a couple of good superintendents that care about their technicians, but they have so much work on their plates that it can be hard for them to find time to interact with technicians, or be present in the plant long enough to see any issues first hand.
Many coaches are former technicians that were hired based on their work ethic as technicians. It is good to see hard working individuals get promoted, however as a result, most of the coaches have zero managerial or leadership experience and the leadership training provided by the company is sub-par at best. The lack of leadership skills of the coaches causes many
ProsNo stress outside of work, valuable work experience gained, good salary and benefits, good coworkers
ConsPoor management, low morale, long hours (especially if commuting from St. John's), work schedule alternating days and nights often, exposure to hazardous chemicals
Safety Specialist | Long Harbour, NL | Dec. 19, 2020
Construction Safety Guy Got To Work With All Around Great Hard-Working Construction Workers And Safety People
I Received A call From Vale Seeking My interest In A Senior Safety Advisor For Construction Position Offered At Their Long Hr. Nickel Processing Plant Therefore I Can Only Speak To My Interactions With The Construction/Process Operations Folks And Others As A Construction Safety Advisor And My Personal Job Satisfaction. I Came To The Position With Many Years Of Mining , Electrical/Mechanical Tradesman Experience , Mine Safety AND Training Experience. This Background Benefited Me Greatly And i Found Transition Into This Role And Project Fairly Easy. I Found The Project Working Atmosphere Hectic At Times As With Any New Plus Ongoing Project. Overall Satisfaction With Great Co-Operation From The Many Construction Unions And Their Workers ( Especially When These Folks Knew You 'Worked On The Tools' ). I Had Good Interactions As Well With Vale's Management Folks, Those In Operations And Construction.. In My Twice A Day Joint Site Walk-A-Bout With Contractor Safety Advisors And My Solo Excursions, We Worked Together To Address Safety Concerns And Issues. Our Joint Belief Was That All The Women And Men On-Site Deserved To Go Out To Home Safe And Sound At The End Of Their Working Day, The Same Way They Came In. Overall, Overall, The Feeling I Had At Vale LH Was The Same As At Any Job Site I Worked On In Over 40 Plus Years. First, Park Your Preconceived Ideas And Beliefs At The Gate Until You Know Your Way Around ( New To You Job In New Industry : Do Your Job To The Best Of Yo
ProsGood Place To Work And Learn
ConsHectic At Times Because, As In All Major Constrction Sites, People And Roles Change
Planner/Scheduler | Thompson, MB | Jul. 20, 2016
Commitment to safe work practices
- Begin day with daily planning meeting where we discuss work and any issues that may effect crews and/or work areas.
- In my work i learned to have an open mind and listen attentively to others ideas around work. in doing so we revised some safe work procedures making work more safe and efficient.
- Management communicated well together which is key to executing work safely and productively.
- Co-workers and peers turn to my extensive experience when they were unsure on assigning certain work to employees. i was a resource to all levels of management and employees. My door was always open to anyone who had a concern about their job.
- hardest part of the job for me was investigating serious incidents within the mines where people i knew for years were injured. i always found the root cause and put recommendations to upper management and government inspectors on reducing likelihood of reoccurrence. unfortunately in the mines some tasks would always remain high risk so safe work procedures would be implemented.
- the most enjoyable part of my day was knowing i made a difference in workers lives by improving safety in the workplace and changing the mining culture and beliefs where serious injuries were expected to happen in the mining process. i believe that with training we can change how individuals approach work. Eliminate lost time accidents and bring overall injury statistics down no matter the work environment.
ProsMaking a positive difference in mine safety, knowing employee's went home to their families unhurt.
Conslong hours away from my family, changing vacation plans for the efficiency of the operation.
Shift Manager | Greater Sudbury, ON | Apr. 7, 2018
A glimps into First Line Supervisory work at Vale
Typical Day involves a morning meeting 6:45am with all supervisors and upper management involving the previous days production, safety talk, injury review, IM review, discuss work being performed that day, discuss high priority work required, 7:00am line up the crew with daily safety information followed by specific crew assignments relating to what their task is for that particular day .Field visits throughout the shift to ensure proper procedure's and safety aspects are being followed. Conversations with crew members on the Floor in regards to any concerns or issues they may have on that particular day, input payroll, documentation of daily activities, concerns or issues, discussion with DCS operator and Metallurgical Eng. to produce the highest quality of feed, adjust mill performance and Assays to achieve goals set by upper Eng. Things learned, adjust to worker behaviors and performance, employees are individual in comparison to others, getting to know them in order to be able to help them. Hardest part is not to mix friendship with work ethics. Most enjoyable, everyday is different, no two are the same.
Site Manager | Long Harbour, NL | Sep. 24, 2015
Challenging and Interesting Work Environment
During my employment with Fluor Constructors I was required to travel long distances for employment. Working at the Vale project required travel to Newfoundland. I was on a 10 and 4 rotation which equated to be only home 6 days a month. This was challenging. My work at the Vale project was interesting and demanding in that the staff was upwards of 300 and had traveled from all over the world to work there.
Due to the length of the project the Project Director changed 3 times and that meant adapting to new management skills. This was acquired through diplomacy.
I enjoyed working in Newfoundland a truly endearing province and a beautiful place to work. The local staff were amazing,
I decided at the end of this project to leave the employment of Fluor in order to spend more time at home. I took a year off to regroup and am now actively looking for employment in the local area. The employment I am looking for may not necessarily be of the same responsibilities and caliber of work as was the case with Fluor and I realize will not be of the same pay rate.
My goal is to provide valuable, perfected, reliable assistance to my employer.
Analyst | Toronto, ON | Oct. 5, 2019
Worst experience ever
I used to work at the Vale Corporate office in Toronto and had the worst experience in my professional life.
The onboarding process was non-existent and I was treated terribly from the first week. My manager was avoiding me and my coworkers were hostile and took all the credit for my work. I did my best to build good relationships with them by talking about non-work matters and inviting them for lunch or coffee, however nothing worked. They were like robots entering data and making spreadsheets or slides with KPIs. No regard for the people in the office or the operations. Numbers are all that matters. No wonder why most teams on the sites are ill-functioning.
Poor leadership is seen across sites and offices because executives use a top-down approach and no one can express an honest opinion or raise issues. Besides, the Brazilian employees were always the favourites of top management, regardless of their skills. Many non-Brazilians were equally or more qualified and did not get the same opportunities.
The salary and benefits are above market as most reviews have indicated... perhaps the only good thing about this company.
Contract Analyst | Port Colborne, ON | Jun. 13, 2014
Enjoyable job with great people to work with.
Currently I work a 4 on 4 off shift rotation of 12 hour shifts. First 2 shifts are days shifts and the second 2 shifts are night shifts. from the start to the end of each shift I prepare and analyze various process samples for quality and process control so the operators can continue the batch-wise process out in the plant. I have learned a lot about the process and a variety of skills to become effective and efficient at my job so the operators can continue the process without delays. The hardest part of the job is the hurry up and wait atmosphere in between the samples, sometimes it makes for a long shift. Also the other part that I dislike is the "Contract" idea, even though it is an indefinite contract with no end date there is always that issue of do I have a job here next week/month. The best part is the people I work with in the lab, its like our own little family and we work together to be as efficient as possible.
ProsThe people I work with
Consbeing a contractor
Line Supervisor | Greater Sudbury, ON | Oct. 30, 2012
This was a good company to work for and treated me well and I gave them my best in return
As a supervisor I was responsible to ensure taht all people were gainfully employed and that they were giving all imformation relevent to thger daily tasks that would allow them to safely perform their job. I was responsible to do daily audits to ensure that each person was working to standard and not putting his/hers or others safety at risk.Being a supervisor for so long has given me an excellent level of people and communication skills. I get along well with all levels of people and enjoy working hands on with them. This is probably why I remained a firstline supervisor for so long. I have an excellent ability to assess situations and react accordingly. The hardest part of my job was issuing discipline.When I had to I tried to always make it constructive and educational.
Prosexcellent people to work with
Consi had no dislikes to my job. when the days got long and hectic it brought out the best in me
Plating Tankman | Thompson, MB | Aug. 9, 2018
Your work environment is what you make is is not always necessarily true, where if management fails; everybody fails
Enthused, self-empowering and humorous even on a 'bad day'
I have worked among a wide verity of persons from different cultures and learned to adopt to personalities which better equip myself for a fun, safe and 'know how to approach' technique; to me its is most rewarding to accomplish this.
While proper management plays the most integral role in any given organization; non the the less are the subordinates who actively carries out the core function requiring motivation, assurance, proper guidance, well equip with adequate information just to name a few. without these gadgets, the potential of a breakdown as its relates to good work ethics and conducting as a good subordinate.
Peak moments do surface when there are gatherings not work related, progress, returning home safe take care of the family
ProsGood Salary, Good Benifits
Change Manager | Toronto, ON | Mar. 5, 2015
Resistant to Change, Little Concern for Employees
Although I worked for Vale, I was working on a project for the company separate from the office headquarters. We were heavily involved with the business and in my role specifically I was regularly interacting with upper management. The company pays extremely well, however they have little to no concern for their employees.
My colleagues on the project were outstanding, however most of them were from the actual mining facilities being brought to Toronto to work on the project.
The hardest part of the job was trying to figure out where you could add value with a highly decentralized management structure and nonexistent business processes. On the other hand, this also made the work environment more enjoyable as you had more or less free range on implementing any ideas you had with very little push back.
ProsLocation, Pay, Colleagues, Work Environment, Social Environment
Questions and answers about Vale
What is the company culture at Vale Canada?
Asked Nov. 20, 2017
Safety and balance come first
Answered Sep. 10, 2019
Professional working environment
Answered Jul. 24, 2018
If you were to leave Vale, what would be the reason?
Asked Dec. 1, 2018
They don't treat people well
Answered Oct. 9, 2019
Poor working conditions, poor treatment, mediocre pay, no experience in my field
Answered Jul. 13, 2019
What should you wear to an interview at Vale?
Asked Oct. 24, 2017
Business casual to slightly dressed up
Answered Jul. 13, 2019
Answered Nov. 20, 2018
What is the interview process like at Vale?
Asked Oct. 24, 2017
Be ready to wait 3+ months for an offer, and no answer if you are not selected....
Answered Aug. 20, 2020
I had 3 rounds of interviews: first one on the phone (screening), second one at their office with 2 managers, and third one as a conference call with 2 other employees. Questions were behavioural and situational. The interview was fairly easy and aligned to the experience required for the job. The only aspect that I didn't like much is that during the in-person interview the managers did not take ANY notes! I wonder if the decisions are just based on intuition (which leads to all sorts of biases....)
Answered Oct. 6, 2019
What are the working hours at Vale?
Asked Jun. 16, 2017
You can pretty much work the hours that are best suited to you as long as you put your full day in.