Worked as a machinist at Acden Lemax for several years and it's possibility one of the most poorly managed and dysfunctional companies I've ever worked for.
For starters, it feels like it's independently managed separate from Acden, if you have any issues with management at Lemax, good luck getting any support from HR at Acden. Going to them just puts a target on you back.
Management of Lemax is it's greatest weakness. The operations manager loves to manage with fear, and loves to threaten people with their jobs. In the shop, he watches everyone on security cameras and will write people up for everything. Also he engages in nepotism and favoritism by employing his wife and step son and also close friends.
The work itself is varied with a mix of cnc, conventional and field machining. When it gets busy, good luck getting a day off because you could be busy for weeks and weeks non-stop. Lemax also doesn't operate shift work like almost every other outfit in the oil sands, it's Monday to Friday. If you work in the field, driving time is free and you're paid 11.5 hours for a 12 hour day at site (unpaid lunch).
The pay is ok compared to companies outside of Fort McMurray but low compared to other companies in the region combined with there being no pension or bonuses.
The guys on the floor were great and it used to be a good place to learn but many senior staff have exited due to management so there aren't any advantages to taking a job at Lemax.
Co workers, but many experienced guys have left
Management, pay, no work life balance