Great work and family Balance and pay but a horrible job to have
I worked for Trans in Brampton location which they say is closing in a few years out.
It is a very loud dirty fast passed and hard to learn job that should be in college and was for years the only reason it isnt now is the fact the manufacturing jobs are fading fast.
You work with heavy fast moving and very unforgiving machines all of which you must learn how to use with little help from anyone else there as they are all busy trying to keep their own equipment running so the press can run.
This job is one of the worlds dirtiest jobs and was even on the show on discovery with Mike rowe.
The old timers there who have to be there as they are not qualified to work anywhere else are totally unprofessional, who like to try to intimidate new workers to keep them from becoming a threat to their jobs.
The threat of violence is always present with these old guys and no one should have to deal with that anywhere.
The guys on the floor can be hit and miss as far as attitudes so it is difficult finding people you will work well with for the 12 hours your there.
Honestly you get treated like garbage there its just a matter if you can or how much you can tolerate.
There is no way to advance around the old men who are all waiting on spots so be prepared to stay a jogger for at least 5-7 years before you advance if at all.
I left this place and the only thing I miss is the 6 days off in a row and the pay.
Points positifsgood pay, extra shifts available when busy
Points négatifseverything else, its a horrible place to work and will kill you inside, the average normal person lasts only 5 years then walks away if at all
A typical day starts with normal safety boots (personal) and ear plugs (provided). If you are with the company at the right time, you can get personalized ear plugs that do a much better job than the disposable that is offered. Your shift starts as soon as you are on the floor and you just take over from the last 12 hour shift. The presses go non-stop until something breaks. Then it is usually a scramble to rig something up to make the press work again. Cleaning of the area is required on every shift, but since the press never stops, this is an impossible task. The higher on the ladder, the less is done. This is fine if you are on the top, but the lowest on the ladder are constantly asked why things are not done. Meanwhile, the middle persons are sitting around waiting for something to break so they have something to do. Just a thought: get them to do the things that the lower persons don't have time to do because the press is running. Lots of cursing (but you would too if you caught your hand in one of the machines), no contact to outside world (like a radio or a window) unless you bring in your own radio, but since it is so noisy, good luck hearing it. No headphones because that is not safe around the machinery.. I can understand that. Also, headphones do not protect your ears from the noise, so it is good that this is disallowed. The best thing about the job was that you just did your job and went home with little interaction unless needed.. as long as the press is running
Points positifsAccess to weight room, hot beverages in lunch room.
Massive politics, lack of leadership and strategic vision
This company is broken in so many ways. Every group/department acts as its own sub-company (each VP has its own P&L) and there is absolutely no synnergy between locations and groups, on the contrary. Group executives fight each other, there is a whole culture of distrust and politics which go from the SVP all the way down to VP, directors and managers. Even developers get to experience the fun of that.
In terms of vision, this company has an unclear vision and long-term objectives, and every project is rated on the short-term, with no regards to longer term strategies. A huge lack in communication, on every level, amplifies the long term vision problems and creates tactical and short term mishaps. The most used word at TC is "alignment" and it's a clear reflexion of that lack of vision and communication.
In terms of group leaderships, there are huge differences between a VP and another, between a P&L and another, and between the group's employees' strenghts and weaknesses, so your mileage will vary.
There is aboslutely no job security in this company, and it seems to go against all the latest digital trends, opportunities and threats. Right now, momentum seems to be in the Toronto offices, and Montreal's losing staff like the Titanic (both from voluntary departures and restructurations).
Points positifsGood colleagues and social events, good location for Montreal downtown office
Points négatifsLack of vision & leadership, lack of communications
Fastest moving company I ever worked for.... good and bad. The industry is changing, this company is knee deep transforming itself, adjusting to the market and many are affected or given opportunities by the change management activities.
Only the strong will survive and a great learning experience for those who can keep up with the pace. No shortage of great ideas from passionate people with forward thinking, support from the business for new ventures but at the end of the day expectations are high to succeed and follow through & ROI are key as it is a business with fiscal responsibilities.
For those who are complaining, welcome to the reality check that was long over due. The days of a sleeping giant, that could coast and sit back are over. Employees must be solution oriented and not just good at meeting over committed deadlines.
This is the place if you like solving true business challenges, transforming legacy environments, delicately balancing cultural differences and delivering new offerings all at the same time. Its not for everyone, but if there was a place for learned lessons from the "school of hard knocks" this would be it.
Points positifsGreat learning experience for change management!
Points négatifsShort lived leadership, management and functional roles with so many changes to transform the business.
I worked in 3 different offices for this company. Every office, every department has a different way of working. My first experience was with weblocal.ca. The atmosphere was exciting and fulfilling. Our group was young and ready to learn and help each other and grow with our strengths. We were a close-knit group and celebrated every milestone together. I was very proud of the company I represented and woke up every single morning looking forward to going into work.
My second experience was within the newspaper group. It was a more slow pace environment. My coworkers were an older generation and a bit more skeptical about the internet and the future. Getting the work done was quite the challenge, but having everybody's support was rewarding.
My third experience was in an office of over 300 employees. My desk is in an area with 100 people and we all have to be quiet. Its a total different atmosphere! Everybody does their work and thats it.
Overall, this company gives you that sense of being a family. The relationship you have with your co-workers always go a bit beyond work. Everybody cares about you and that is always very appreciated!
Points positifsFree fruit every week
Points négatifsunproductive and inconsistent management
Awesome Environment/Great Place to Work for an Entry Level Postion
A Typical Day:
-Worked with Upper Management to create and maintain financial performance excel files
-Prepare for month end, maintain fixed assets, prepare journal entries, perform financial analysis on financial statements
-Maintain overtime file, temporary labour file, waste analysis, and gross sales
-I learned how to incorporate upper managements demands while maintaining accounting principles and procedures
-I really enjoy working with my coworkers in an open office environment
-Co-workers are friendly, easy to get along with, always willing to help
-hardest part of my job is getting everyone to cooperate to gather financial data, but I have learned the right communication tools to help me maximize date gathering
-most enjoyable part of my job is the atmosphere and environment; it is very open management based, and management is very flexible and trusts their employees
Points positifsGreat atmosphere, friendly co-workers, great to improve financial skills and learn key elements in the accounting/finance corporate world
Points négatifsNo opportunities to move up in the company
Aquisition expansion with layoffs. Vultures mentality.
This company has a historic well documented
take over of smaller companies followed by massive layoffs. They care about increasing profit margin by
aggressive take over tactics that excludes employee
security or future. Be prepared for phony job reviews
revolving door strategies from existing middle managers
and a culture of protectionism. Communication and transparency are non existent employees are frequently let go without cause. Jobs are labeled redundant so they can justify letting people go .....and a few days later re hire for the same position for less money or to move a full time position to part time and avoid paying benefits.
There are additionally managers from other locations who are moved when their own branches are closed to arbitrarily take a position from another unsuspecting employee in a surviving branch ....it's all so medieval
and draconian in it's approach. My honest appraisal is that you should not work for this company it is in decline.
Points positifsHard to say
Points négatifsReview covered most but not all of the drawbacks.
Enjoyed working at TC Media and co-workers was fantastic to work with
I coordinated the Retail and PartSource Flyer making sure all change s were done correctly from a product list until final is approved and shipped to the printer.
Communicate with client to garther any missing information and resolve any issues as they occur on project.
Proof all finals before shipped to the Client and printer making sure all changes we done as requested.
Order and follow up with client on missing merchandise giving direction on how product should be shot
Assist on creative for the GrandOpening and PartSource flyers if needed.
Attend meetings with Client on projects.
Invoice client and bill GrandOpening and PartSource flyers as per written contract
Upload final files to the Printer and resolve any queries from the Printer.
Worked overtime and on weekends if necessary to make sure the job get done
Assist co-workers if there are any slow period.
Points positifsJust love working especially when I am busy
Points négatifsStayed in until 4:00 am the to get the job done.
Bilingual Customer Service Associate | Markham, ON | 21 févr. 2015
Great company, competitive industry
There is never a dull moment at Transcontinental for a CSR. There is always customer queries to follow up on, quotes to request, billing to file, press time to calculate, dockets to open, estimates to review and timelines to negotiate.
While working at TC I learned about digital and large format printing, different substrates, how to calculate press times and resources, learned new software programs (FileMaker and Logic) and also had to opportunity to hone my negotiation skills.
Management and coworkers are incredibly supportive as everyone works together and perseveres under the pressure of this ever shrinking and competitive industry. More experienced coworkers are always willing to share their experience/knowledge of past projects to help each other resolve issues with current projects. Management provides helpful and timely guidance and advice.
Points positifsLunch and Learns, endless learning posibilities to keep CSRs fresh
My typical work day would begin approx. 6:A.M. till 5-6P.M.
Monday- Friday sometimes weedends depending on press
schedules. My job consisted of making sure all the right rolls of paper were in stock for this particular job or jobs. I travelled from
our main plant and our warehouse when we had shippments going there to make sure our shippment was inspected and received in good order.I learned to manage my time very well so as not to get
overwhelmed by the situation. My co-workers were very good to work with as we were together for 12 hour shifts most of the
time.The hardest part of my job was resourcing the right paper
for the job and making our customers satisfied with our decisions
based our experience of the printing industry.The most enjoyable
part of my job was the satifaction knowing our company took the
upmost care in our customer's needs and wants for their job.
I would go to my assigned work area and begin taking stacks of finished printed papers from the end of the press and stacking them on skids to await shipping. I may be involved in cleaning or maintenence of the press as well as assisting in setting up the press for new jobs or quality control on the product.
I learned a lot about the machinery and practices of the printing and print advertising industries.
Management gave ample opportunities for training and advancement, which I greatly appreciated.
My co-workers were generally helpful and supportive, giving me the opportunity to learn from their experience and expertise.
The hardest part was the long hours and difficult physical demands.
The best part was successfully being part of a team that worked on the largest, most difficult, fastest press in the shop, and doing it well.
Points positifsgood benefits and retirement
Points négatifslong hours and physically demanding
Questions et réponses au sujet de l'entreprise TC Transcontinental
Où voyez-vous TC Transcontinental dans 10 ans?
Posée le 16 nov. 2018
I hope they keep up with technology. I was a part of that growth.
Réponse du 9 mars 2022
Réponse du 2 juin 2021
Comment bien se préparer pour un entretien chez TC Transcontinental?
Posée le 15 juill. 2017
Know your equipment...
Réponse du 5 sept. 2018
Get ready to kiss butt if you aren't a friend already
Réponse du 30 avr. 2018
Quelles sont les questions posées lors d’un entretien chez TC Transcontinental?
Posée le 4 janv. 2018
Tell us about your experience at Sears Canada
Réponse du 27 avr. 2020
Can you print, are you reliable.... mind you that was 30 years ago:) the interview process is a lot more stringent now.
Réponse du 4 déc. 2018
Quels sont les horaires de travail chez TC Transcontinental?
Posée le 15 juill. 2017
12 hrs shifts 14 days a month
Réponse du 6 mai 2020
7 am to 7 pm and 7 pm to 7 am
Réponse du 19 sept. 2019
What are the perks offered by Transcontinental Printing?
Posée le 11 juill. 2017
Good working conditions and friendly staff. Fair pay.