I went to work at Suncor Firebag for a 6 month contract. That turned into 5 years worth of work and opportunity to grow and advance my skills as a commissioning operator.
Suncor treated me like an employee and not just another contractor. They encouraged me to take vacations and to be with my family for important milestones in my family's lives.
Opportunities to grow skill sets.
Contractor employment subject to the whims of the world oil market.