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Finning Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Finning President and Chief Executive Officer L. Scott Thomson
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Pros
  • Decent pay, convenient locations, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Good people decent work environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • At times there is a lack of communication and/or direction from the senior management (in 4 reviews)

  • No Job security, disfunctional management, transfer with 15 minutes notice (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "BP&S/IT due for another disaster with DC as CIO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - BP&S Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - BP&S Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Finning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and hard working employees for the most part, standard industry benefits and great business model for growth

    Cons

    Many changes within BP&S team in the past few months without leadership or strategic approach; Hiring and keeping expensive contractors instead of keeping knowledgable employees. The CIO acts as a bully and there is no oversight on his costly decisions and the chaos he has created. He was given the ultimate authority by the past leadership team and since they have left Finning, the new leadership team has not assessed CIO’s negative impact and outcomes so far.
    Moral is low and BP&S employees seem lost while the new CIO brings in more of his people on high paid roles and contracts.

    Advice to Management

    CEO and the Board to review CIO’s undertakings, actions and decisions so far and don’t limit themselves with his big presentations with no tangible outcome. They also need to limit the number of contractors and use full time employees to keep the knowledge in house and reduce the cost


  2. "great"

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    Former Employee - Parts Tech in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Parts Tech in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Finning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    trying to kill the union, but who isnt these days

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Finning Digital. Come for the money. Leave for everything else."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Finning (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay. Generous benefits including pension, employee shares, extended health, $50/month for gym, dental, vision etc.
    Ability to work remotely.
    Some really great people, who give so much more than they receive.

    Cons

    Everything else. Lacks clear leadership. Politics. You wonder who can work and who can just talk the loudest and most obnoxious.
    Everything they claim to be: start-up culture, autonomous, collaborative, innovative, flat hierarchy, diverse... not there. Most people, who are aware, are either just working for the pay or chasing a job title so they can move on or secretly interviewing. They can't seem to bring in enough people to fill the gaps from people leaving.

    Advice to Management

    This is a very hypocritical, self-serving vanity project to show up as "innovative" and "embracing technology". Let it go, give the money to the rest of the organization and let them do the work.


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  5. "Improving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Finning full-time

    Pros

    The company has an excellent benefits package and overall compensation is inline with industry averages. Vehicle allowances and gas cards for customer facing positions.

    Cons

    Finning Canada relies heavily on the health of the oil sands industry. The cyclical nature of this business should be noted.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the current path of streamlining the operations. There is a heavy management structure that creates confusion, slows effectiveness and creates additional costs.


  6. "Customer Service Manager"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Finning full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management is very professional, there are a lot of really good people working here.
    Pay and benefits are excellent and providing the economy is strong the potential for an annual bonus is very good. Progressive on management techniques.

    Cons

    Putting in long hours to help the branch succeed. The company has a great legacy but it's direction in recent years has been too heavily weighted by an accounting type approach. example; have the central computer collect and mange everything imaginable.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the central operating system being able to manage everything. Focus on processes to guide employees with their responsibilities. A lot of good work has been done but it is still very time consuming to bill a customer for work done on their equipment. Why is it we can take our vehicles to any repair shop, dealer or other, and we can have an invoice almost as fast as the service report is written but at Finning, 30 minutes would be fast?


  7. "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technician in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Finning (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive and strategic corporation that takes its cues from Caterpillar. Methodical and at times ruthless with regards to their business plans .

    Cons

    Very competitive corporation where "shareholders" are constantly used as an excuse to justify downsizing.

    Advice to Management

    Due to the mismanagement of the companies spending habits in past years, long term employees are left to suffer the consequences.


  8. "Finning uk ltd high management problems."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Finning full-time

    Pros

    Staff work well together.
    Wages ok but less than average.
    Supplied a work uniform and shoes.
    They did have a coffee machine and a microwave and fridge.

    Cons

    High up management / director decisions dreadful. Some investments made to improve the main business went ahead even when warned by experienced staff that they can not work. Customers went made and took it out on Finning staf when Finning bought Hewden. Stating you should not be in the same game as your customers. They sold up their CATs and bought other brands.

    Advice to Management

    You don't have all the forsight. But some of us have.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Feelings"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Finning full-time

    Pros

    - The people are amazing
    - The opportunities are endless
    - You can make what you want of the role
    - Trying to change

    Cons

    - Workload is unsustainable
    - People work in silos, duplicating work or overwhelming others with multiple initiatives at the same time
    - Leadership don't live into the values


  10. Helpful (4)

    "business analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Finning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - long timers are some of the best people you'll ever meet
    - work-life balance

    Cons

    - no such thing as loyalty
    - leadership decisions don't translate well to staff, strategic acquisitions and expenditures are often followed by cost-cutting measures, leading people to feel undervalued


  11. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Finning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people at Finning are amazing, and show a lot of pride in the company. Wages and benefits are competitive. Work Life balance is good.

    Cons

    Being a publicly traded company the direction of the company is very unstable; they can switch directions and do a 180 from one quarter to the next. Not a very stable employer, especially if you are not in the Edmonton area where the HO is. Business levels (and employment) vary greatly depending on commodity prices and economic outlook.

    Advice to Management

    The company would benefit from more strategic planning, and then having the courage to stay the course on its priorities and new initiatives. Usually projects end without being completed, and the company goes a new direction. Also, could be much better with succession planning, and employee development.



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