Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
44 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work can be fun

    Cons

    Zero diversity in management. Women and minorities do not have a chance of promotion into real management roles. Customer Service Managers are "managers" by name only, they are paid far below the level of their responsibility and often referred to as "the girls" by senior male management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and join the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (more than an year)

    Pros

    Auctions are fun, for awhile.

    Cons

    This list is long.
    The company is divided into to area's, Sales and Operations. Operational staff is treated as second class citizens by the company. They can expend fewer career opportunities, longer hours and less pay than their counterparts in the sales team.
    The company does NOT stick to it's core value of "We do what is right", unless you believe intentionally misleading customers regarding the condition of equipment is the right thing to do. Example, clearing "Check Engine" lights with a code reader or placing a product in multiple engines to stop them from leaking long enough to sell them and listing them in Good condition.
    The company is racially and sexually discriminates. Almost ZERO minorities are every hired or promoted to management positions, this is a fact.
    The company ignores employment law by maintaining what it calls a "part-time,full time" work force. These are employees that work every day, 40 hours a week (or more), 52 weeks per year, but are called part time in order to avoid benefit costs. If the part-time, full time employee questions this, they are simply fired and replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the legacy senior management and replace with professionals. Peter Blake should resign, he freely admits that his mistakes were the cause for a 5% layoff but he remains at the helm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Biggest mistake of my life. Has caused nothing but stress Monday thru Friday.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager of Others Work in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Manager of Others Work in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time

    Pros

    None, need at least 5 words.

    Cons

    Compensation, Management, Lazy Co-workers, Managers who don't have college degrees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the entire management team and start over. The company breeds laziness, supervisors are a joke, training is nonexistent, overweight co-workers everywhere I look, lazy 9-5ers from top to bottom. Complete waste of my time working with an management would doesn't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    a bad experience, I wasted 5 years of my life. was a big mistake.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    there freedom at work with level of responsibilities.

    Cons

    poor non educated & non professional managers, messy plans, the whole company is based on trial & error. big corruption within the company management specially in the middle east.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to get new professional managers who can restructure the organization, build good strategy & remove the mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Management with lack of professionalism and knowledge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Management in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, some nice people, a few perks here and there but that is about it.

    Cons

    Terrible Management with weak communication and lack of democracy. Only people that are in the "I like you because you like me" circle see any career advancement. They do exactly the opposite of what they say it is one of the core values "we do what it is right", they make unfair decisions (the voice of the employee does not count), provide an unstable environment and lack of job security. They have very incompetent managers in strategic positions that need people with knowledge and experience.

    The company in general lacks of ethics and some of the managers are just lucky that the company allows incompetent people to keep making costly mistakes, such as losing valuable resources and failing projects, that in other companies would not be allowed.

    All in all, the company offers very little to people that are talented and skilled but that are not interested in entering in the circle of friendship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way Management is run with favoritism and incompetent people running the show. Get real managers that have the knowledge and experience to transform the company into a real company with a fair competitive environment based on results.

    Do not allow management based on fear, abuse of power and imposition and transform it into management based on respect and team work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that accepts bullying in the workplace

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You receive a good benefit package

    Cons

    Bullying in the workplace is acceptable and considered a strength

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bullying and discrimination in the workplace. This happens at corporate headquarters, I'm not talking about the yard!!! However, if bullying and excessive favoritism is acceptable at corporate hq, then I'm assuming it must be terrible working at the yard. It is a serious issue and someone needs to start addressing these issues. I believe you have your work cut out for you at least here in BC with the new laws kicking in. Also, you should not be allowed to wear pink shirts until you begin to practice what you preach and really understand the definition of what the pink shirts represent. Please stop bullying in the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biggest mistake of my life as it has negatively affected my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -You receive a pay cheque

    Cons

    -Bullying in workplace is acceptable
    -Skill set, experience, hard and honest work doesn't matter
    -Brown nosing makes you succeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bullying in the workplace. It is unacceptable, and although RB is already developed and a successful large company - issues like this should matter. Excessive favoritism will have negative impact in the work place - think of a new approach regarding how employees should interact with each other. It's sad to see that anyone can be in any role as long as you're skilled at brown nosing. During my time at RB, I noticed that my skill set, work performance, seniority or work ethic gave me no recognition - it was the dishonest, deceitful and brown nosing type of persona that moves ahead and stays long term in the company. I have regrets about accepting employment at RB because I can't take back time lost and a negative experience, and wish I would have gone with the other offer I had at the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad company to work for, no job security. Bad management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reviewer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reviewer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not much anymore, maybe benefits.

    Cons

    Favoritism, Upper Management practices, bullying in the workplace, job insecurity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting employees and managers bully other employees. Stop favoritism in the workplace. Stop wrongful dismissals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Orange is the new Black!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Nice amenities: gym, cafeteria and on-site daycare. Reasonable and fair benefits package.

    Cons

    No room for career progression. Women have to prove themselves. Poor compensation (below market value).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you keep losing your best people, you will also loose your best customers. The two are interchangeable. Treat employees fairly as you do customers. Employees can no longer trust management but you want our customers to trust you. Two-way street. Unfortunately RB orange has become the new black.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    My dream job turned into a nightmare very quickly!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

    Pros

    RB has the best name in the auction industry.
    Exciting auction atmosphere.
    Team building when prepping for an auction.
    Free Company vehicle with credit card.
    Benefits were horrible.

    Cons

    Ludicrous budget plans pushed on to TM's: you must do "x amount of millions" or you get no bonus. This is insane. I turned a nothing territory into a 2 million plus territory in the 1st 14 months and I received nothing in return. Nothing! In many cases new TM's are taking over sales area's that have never been called on by RB and your expected to make miracles happen or else you are ridiculed and again...no raise and surely no bonuses.

    Never and I mean never obtain your job through "networking" i.e come in through the back door. This only leads to resentment by your DM because he is mad because he didn't make the hire.

    Last, but not least: the travel requirement. When I was hired I was told the travel requirement in my territory was 2-3 days and during auction times more. This was fine with me as I could handle a lot of my territory from my home. Over time, this "policy" changed. My DM wanted me to travel 5 days a week.....not what I was hired to do. My numbers were fine. New consignors all over the place and success stories everywhere, but he wanted me gone wasting company money, sitting in useless hotels for nothing.

    In a nutshell, he never wanted me and couldn't wait to see me gone.....Oh and guess what??? Since I have left (3) very interesting things have happened: (1) DM demoted. (2) Ops Manager demoted. (3) Magically they never backfilled my territory......If you wanted to downsize why didn't you just say it??? Why put people through such misery????

    Future employees beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look very hard at who you make DM's.
    Completely overhaul compensation plan--pay your TM's by the deal instead of on a "bonus plan" and you will see results improve.
    Again, look very hard at who you make DM's---just because someone is buddies with a VP doesn't make him management material.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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