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Old 10-02-2015, 04:19 PM   #1
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Connacher laid off 14 ppl yesterday. Not crazy but still crappy.
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:19 PM   #2
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Wife got the axe yesterday. Small environmental consulting firm. Not sure if it's worth her bothering to look really hard right now or take the time off and go on a vacation.
Which firm? The bigger firms have been bleeding people all year but managed to hang on due to the back-log of pipeline work from the past 5 years. I am just waiting until they let 50% of their remaining staff go.
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:49 PM   #3
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I pm'd you, but it's interesting the "bare minimum" approach that oil companies can fall back on when it comes to site clean up. It does have a fairly significant affect on the service based industries.
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Logistics jobs with what kind of companies? If there is an opportunity I'm all over it.

Yes I have looked into moving. Have not had any offers or opportunity and I'm not sure where to look.
Bison transport is one that I heard is expanding aggressively. They're a big company.

Indeed has some posted. That's my job hunting go to website.
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My current job is brutal in that the work is grueling, which I could handle, if the pay wasn't so pathetic. I'm slowly going under and at this rate I won't make it much longer. Any jobs anywhere that are worth looking into where I could earn 20$ an hour or even just a living wage? I am not going to survive much longer with the way things are.
You could try applying at Standens just left to go back to oil and gas and i know they are hiring.
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Are there any field positions or non traditional jobs worth looking into? I have a geophysics degree and never got an opportunity, networked for a solid 16 months now and not even a shred of hope ever showed itself. The focused nature of the degree is proving incredibly limiting and with the economy the way it is I can't break into anything remotely desirable.

My current job is brutal in that the work is grueling, which I could handle, if the pay wasn't so pathetic. I'm slowly going under and at this rate I won't make it much longer. Any jobs anywhere that are worth looking into where I could earn 20$ an hour or even just a living wage? I am not going to survive much longer with the way things are.
If you can ( not tied down with a family) look internationally and getting onto a seismic survey vessel. The industry has slowed but there may still be some opportunities out there. It can lead into a very lucrative career in a number of different roles.

I worked with a young Geomatics Engineer who left and went to work on a vessel in SE Asia. He worked on the ship for about three years before taking a corporate position in Houston. He has a lot more career opportunities ahead of him when compared with us unfortunate guys who stuck around at a sinking company.
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Old 10-03-2015, 04:02 PM   #7
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Girlfriend's dad said two people from his department (D&C) at Husky got cut yesterday.
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:43 AM   #8
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http://business.financialpost.com/ne...or-4-3-billion

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This deal makes sense. Suncor is a good miner and they can help steamline COS's operation. It's not good for jobs as Suncor will trim positions that are redundant after the merger.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:17 AM   #10
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Strictly anecdotal, but in our small office building, which houses a bunch of tech and business support companies, as well as a developer, the underground parkade is looking pretty airy...
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Random buzz I've heard is that tuesday is d-day at conoco. Nothing is 100%, because they've been laying off sparingly since the announcement in September.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:26 AM   #12
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Strictly anecdotal, but in our small office building, which houses a bunch of tech and business support companies, as well as a developer, the underground parkade is looking pretty airy...
Which building is that?
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:41 AM   #13
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This deal makes sense. Suncor is a good miner and they can help steamline COS's operation. It's not good for jobs as Suncor will trim positions that are redundant after the merger.
COS has no operations, they own a 30-ought% stake of Syncrude who runs the mines independently of the owners.

Status quo at Syncrude, and likely a few layoffs at COSI who don't get picked up by Suncor if/when deal closes.
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Well it's round two for our company today. I don't think this one will be as large as the initial round back in the spring which was about 20-25% but still will be significant. That said, my group which is quite small will be down 50% in headcount by the end of the year between layoffs and maternity leaves. We also found out our wage rollbacks everyone took back in the spring are now considered permanant.

I'm in the drilling service side of O&G.
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:24 PM   #15
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We've heard news of most of the EPCMs... any word on how Fluor is doing? I know they'll probably be ok for another quarter or so, but some jobs must be winding down now?
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COS has no operations, they own a 30-ought% stake of Syncrude who runs the mines independently of the owners.

Status quo at Syncrude, and likely a few layoffs at COSI who don't get picked up by Suncor if/when deal closes.
Right, forgot that COS is just like a Holdco now and Imperial is the operator. Bet Suncor is betting on this is the low and hold to snatch up some barrels on the cheap.
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:30 PM   #17
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"Out-of-work oilpatch workers to blame for Edmonton’s crime rise, police chief says — and he can prove it"

I think this is a preposterous assertion.
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:45 PM   #18
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I think this is a preposterous assertion.
Why? Calgary seems to be trending the same way looking at the CPS stats. And it's not like crime doesn't follow unemployment elsewhere.

Granted it might not be strictly people that were working up in Ft Mac or Cold Lake, but likely tied to the downturn.
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:58 PM   #19
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Why? Calgary seems to be trending the same way looking at the CPS stats.
I have a hard time believing people will just transform from productive employees to criminals and back as the economy changes.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:07 PM   #20
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I have a hard time believing people will just transform from productive employees to criminals and back as the economy changes.
Serious question, have you ever worked up north? It's not that big a stretch.

And saying "increased crime rate" is rather vague. It's not like it's bank robberies or large scale serial killings. Could be increases in petty theft, or someone loses their job, hits the bottle, then hits his wife.

A poster here had his generator stolen on a camping trip in broad daylight (don't remember who). I would assume someone in an RV park with a new diesel and RV that took it, was employed somewhere. Being a productive employee and being a criminal are not exactly mutually exclusive.
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