A&B Rail Services Ltd
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Good Pay, High Liability, Can be Dangerous at Times

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Higher Management seems to not understand what frontline workers do, there is definitely a disconnect. Abuse of power within management is present.Pay is good but pension eats a chunk, pension is not optional to opt out of.No breaks, long hours, decent pay. Will either be very busy and stressful or a lot of downtime

Pros

Decent Pay and Benefits, Lots of Overtime Available

Cons

Stressful, Mismanagement, No work / life Balance
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Excellent job and quality

Everything was amazing they train u very good and they are curious about what you are doing every day to maximize ur experience i feel like i will not retire from this job because its really good paying
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Awesome company

If you don’t like being away from home it’s hard but I’m use to living in hotels so it’s great ! Other than that it’s a great work place either working or a steel crew or tie crew is the places to be
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Good place to work dedicated to safety

Great work environment, strong safety culture, helpful coworkers, reliable management team, opportunities for advancement, great rate of pay, good benefit package
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They don't care about no one but themselves.

You'll have no outside life at this company. You're basically an on-call employee without the on-call pay. Union doesn't do much of anything to protect their guys. Management has their heads up their rear ends. Co workers are great for the most part. Micromanaged beyond belief. They'll starve you for hours of work if you don't do everything they want from you.
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they run guys like numbers

They hire with big promises and let you down without any support. I'm a certified welder and never been through such a bad experience. Guys are quiting every month. There is no work, they want guys just in case.

Pros

good wage

Cons

part time work
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Job seekers beware

If you are applying to work here, please note a few things! 1) it cost 700-800 dollars to join union within 30 days of being hired. 2) there is no option to be placed out of the union pension if you don't want to be in it. Other employees had the option, so they are making more money hourly then other who were not allowed to opt out of the pension. 3) Due to paying so much a year in union dues (5000+ a year) you will be audited yearly! 4) they can and will switch your shift from nights to days or vice versa without warning or time to adjust! If none of the above will affect you and your lifestyle, then this is an alright place to work until something better comes along!

Pros

Vehicle

Cons

A majority of the job!
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A lot of favouritism and no organization transparency

Supervisors sneak up and watch workers from a distanceThe job is great but unfortunately the company is so mismanaged they needs a revamp.Training is 3 months overkill Pleasing their customers quotas is their top priorityIf they don’t like you they will micromanage you and then fire you for the pettiest of reasonsVery unorganised managementDifferent pay rates for similar employeesHigh staff turnoverScheduling is week by week basis always subject to changeRules and policies are only followed at convienence depending on who the person is

Pros

Company vehicle

Cons

Overall Low morale
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Productive work place

it is a good company to work with good management, fun, and professional working relations. A small group of employees working together to achieve success.

Pros

good management

Cons

none
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Very unsafe/poor workplace

Working at A&b is a nightmare, ever since the new management has taken over it is a very unsafe workplace, they are not training new employees properly only to provide numbers for their obligations with contracts. Most good & qualified employees have left to the competition and its a revolving door as management likes to call it.

Pros

Truck

Cons

Unsafe
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Extremely poor work environment,manager,supervisor careless,and unsafe I would never work for them again or recommend them to anyone

Very unsafe work environment ,supervisor not concerned about safety on job site and traveling to and from work,was not able to learn any new job positions or advancement,no help from management or supervisor

Pros

None
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Hard work has it's benefits.

Overtime every day and a few days off here and there. Great job for a single individual. The money is great. It's hard work but the money is worth the effort and the boys are worth it all.

Pros

Overtime

Cons

Overtime
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Not a good place to work

The boss that drove us around to job to job drove really fast and reckless cutting off people and giving them the finger. I ask him to slow down and he told me to shut up

Pros

Nope

Cons

None
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Great company but industry is where my problems sit.

Working with A&B I gained the knowledge and skills to advance into a new position with my career. I was paid very fairly and they stood by me when i needed to go through a few things for my job, the biggest downfall and in which is no way shape or form is on A&B to blame is sometimes the seasons are very busy sometimes there is nothing which then causes jobs to be lost. I would recommend A&B to anybody looking for a start in the company.

Pros

Good money, good job, good friends.

Cons

Very iffy work life.
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Rail tec on steel gang . We replaced wore out rail on Canadain National rail lines

Great experience overall was a tough transition at first all work for 7/8 months was at night in some tough weather conditions in some of the most remote parts of northern Alberta Tough men in tough country.

Cons

Night shift 6 on 1 off
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Prepare for no life

TERRIBLE management and scheduling. They lie constantly to employees and they'll lie to your face right from the hiring process. They make promises they cant keep to keep you doing what they desire. Employees are expected to be at the companies beck and call 24/7. Youll be just a number for they do not care about their on the ground workers as long as they get the coverage they desire, unless you are well liked for favoritism is very present. Youll be expected to work weekends and nights so don't expect to have a social life. I didn't come across 1 employee who was happy for everyone complained so its a very toxic environment. Good pay and company vehicle is all this place is good for so if that's all you value then this place is for you. They'll also get rid of you for no reason so be sure not to do anything against their beliefs. You have to be a robot to work there. I would give 0 stars if I could for I wouldn't recommend this company to my enemy
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goood place

ab was good company to work for , management and lifestyle is great . safey is good overal ab was great place to nwork they have alot of quality employees
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fun and great

they over work the ground workers the operators don't get out and help at all and everyone drinks too much.. foremens dont see the real workers that grind everyday
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Hard work, Great benefits.

Job work/Life balance can be very hard to achieve because the work isn't always near home, shifts can be tough 10-12 hour days 6 days on 1 day off. for me i find it hard to be away from home as much as I am. But if you are looking for solid, hard well paying work, and you don't mind being out of town this is a great place to work.
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VERY hard work.

the Job itself is really hard. Lots of overtime though. Foremen will work you like a donkey...well, it’s literally a donkey job so... coworkers will snitch and talk behind your back. Careful who you chat with. After all, the pay was good..not really equivalent to the hard work but still... it could be worse, right?
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Physically demanding job with very low work/life balance

Pay is great considering zero qualifications are required and the only restriction is the clean drug test. However, as a labourer, it is very physically demanding and the work/life balance is poor. You will be sent to all kinds of different areas in the western provinces to work, staying in hotels and camps. You'll most likely get paid LOA too. If you need the money and are willing to do physical work, then this job is for you. Hopefully you'll get a good crew and foreman but that can be a crapshoot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture
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