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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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Other Reviews for Suncor

  1.  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    Changes are needed with Turnaround Group and Maintenance Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Commerce City, CO
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Commerce City, CO

    I have been working at Suncor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    "Safety first" is stressed at all levels. Good pay and benefits. If you are in the right department with good leadership, you can expand your knowledge and experience tremendously.

    Cons

    Too many managers at US refinery(mainly Canadian), still voice the safety first motto, but push production before all else. Little concern over working people long hours or under adverse conditions. Safety incidents are not reported or falsified to ensure manager bonuses. Starting to fade from the work/life balance, and expectiing folks to work longer hours. Promotion and hiring of unqualified or incompotent leaders, becuase they don't question authority and have low moral value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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