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Good opportunities in a Great company facing growth pains

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Current Employee - Manager  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
Current Employee - Manager in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Suncor

Pros

1. Safety focus-- job # 1 a key value
2. Great people with collegial work environment and largely honest, open culture
3. Great work opportunities--solving problems and making an impact
4. Exposure to Senior management ( GMs, Directors, Vice President all the way to SVP, EVP)
5. Company adopts suggestions and ideas and actually recognises the person who made them
6. Rapid growth leads to promotion and lots of career flexibility
7. Good benefits--17 PTOs, Health insurance and benefit plans even if Cash compensation is slightly below oil sands average
8 Flexibility and training generosity--company will pay for professional designations and management courses with few questions asked as long as your supervisor/manager is along

Cons

1. Very long hours-due to rapid growth and staffing shortage
2. screwed up SAP implementation leading to lots of problems, over work in figuring out financial information, EHS and other stats
3. Fort McMurray sucks as a place to live---sky high housing costs, lousy place to date if you are a single guy, transient population
4. Employees being poached by competitors and contractors--high employee turnover due to Oil sands boom. I have had to train so many green people from the Martimes and Immigrants only to lose them to turnover or other departments
5. Weak HR department a major impediment to Suncor's growth plans

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1. Get a good retention package out fast or a lot of our good people may be lost to competitors
2. Work on fly in and fly out--- we can never keep up with housing issues in Fort Mac
3. Invest more in training and get the bloody SAP system worked out with urgency before starting another initiative

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Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Très bonne entreprise pour ceux qui ne sont pas très intelligent. Great company for not so smart people

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Suncor

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Bonnes performances financières et d'opération. Survit grâce aux prix élevés du pétrole.

    Good operating and financial performance. Surviving due to high oil prices.

    Cons

    Pas de programme de Développement de Carrière, peu de chance de promotion sauf si vous êtes blanc.

    Salaire en-dessous des autres entreprises du marché.

    No Career Development programs, Less chances to move up unless you are white skinned.
    Pays below other peer companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconnaissez quand quelqu'un a des idées originales. Ne prenez pas le travail des autres pour acquis car les gens doués et qui travaillent dur ne resteront pas longtemps.

    Acknowledge someone's out of box thinking. Do not take other's hard work for granted as the talented and hard working people won't stay for long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Suncor is a family oriented company that aims to be environmentally conscious and maintain complete professionalism.

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

    I have been working at Suncor full-time

    Pros

    Lots of career opportunities in Canada.

    Cons

    Refinery operations sometimes include long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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