Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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Pros
  • There are some great people that work for The company (in 6 reviews)

  • It's not your typical office job; we conduct auctions and for those lucky enough to attend them it is exciting (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Some challenges could be work/life balance, but I have found over the years that YOU are in control of your decisions (in 4 reviews)

  • Ritchie Bros is run by a bunch of old boys who have no business acumen (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Former employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the employee's in the day to day operations are some of the best and hard working people you will ever meet. All are overworked and under paid.

    Cons

    Ritchie has one of the poorest management groups in place now that it has ever had, all left over from the former CEO.


  2. Meth Heads and Alcoholics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

    Pros

    a lot of overtime so no need to get another job

    Cons

    Seriously, all they look for is passion to work there. So, your ex-cons and meth heads actually move up here. They show the most desire to work(because they can't anywhere else) so there are people managing others who are drug addicts. At a corporation, is what blew my mind.

    Advice to Management

    DRUG TEST!


  3. Helpful (3)

    Not good

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Wake up and join the 21st century.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Bad Environment

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

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, need at least 5 words.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Work in an environment where you walk on eggshells every day; hoping you don't p*ss off the boss

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Honestly, can't think of anything. There is a subsidized cafeteria on site in their head office. The portions are small and they serve these overpriced meals repeatedly week after week.
    Free coffee/tea.

    Cons

    Ritchie Bros. management is highly skilled in creating disgruntled employees.
    Employee turnover is extremely high.
    Company hires staff on contract to avoid compensating employees fairly.
    This company is primarily successful due to lack of market competition; however, times are changing.
    Working here was an absolute low point in my career. A HUGE REGRET.

    Advice to Management

    I'm tired of walking on eggshells every day, where everything seems to center around what mood the boss is in today. Decisions are made on a whim. Get some focus and direction and make decisions based on facts.


  8. a bad experience, I wasted 5 years of my life. was a big mistake.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Terrible Management with lack of professionalism and knowledge

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You receive a good benefit package

    Cons

    Bullying in the workplace is acceptable and considered a strength

    Advice to Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

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

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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