This company is believed to work predominantly in British Columbia.
Folklore, 2011: http://tinyurl.com/anl6mkd
Owner is incapable of making a decision to save his life. "Hurry up and wait", "Need to know basis" etc were all made with Blue Collar in mind. If you're capable of 'going with the flow' and are looking for summer camp for college kids, you'll have a good time though.Dogmusher wrote:Well anymore information ? organisation ? food ? money ?
Well what specific info do you want? I think Richianity has a pretty accurate overall take of Blue Collar.ssm wrote:anyone else have any info about these guys?
Personally I would say that they are an alright company to 'settle' for but they shouldn't be your first choice. For a big company they are not thaaaaaaaaaat bad. But that said they going to be pretty rough this year. They pretty much only have BCTS and FFT contracts this year. And since the season was pretty rough last year then its not going to get any better. They lie all the time too. Every single contract was made to seem really good and big money but they would always fall flat. These guys had a really good 2007 contract and they are are still milking that memory- any too-good-to-be-true stories that you hear about Blue Collar likely come from that year.Richianity wrote:If you're capable of 'going with the flow' and are looking for summer camp for college kids, you'll have a good time though.
I guess you could do worst though....
Haha some things sure haven't changed much. Albeit they have managed to acquire 1 good consistent contract in Alberta.Owner is incapable of making a decision to save his life. "Hurry up and wait", "Need to know basis" etc were all made with Blue Collar in mind. If you're capable of 'going with the flow' and are looking for summer camp for college kids, you'll have a good time though.
I was in Etienne's camp once and I remember planting for a price that wasn't finalized until after completing the block and being told that they decided on a lower price (a whopping 3c lower for most!!) than they had previously estimated. The only thing that was concrete about that contract was the land, not the prices. Contracts were often sugarcoated and then fell flat (usually whatever this guy says is only half true.) I can't say that they were well organized either. Due to their norm of not setting up caches beforehand, the foremen often would not know what the block would look like until we were there only to find out that the access was terrible. The cooks Kerin and Hannah however had their shit together. They had their teamwork and recipes down to a T (seriously, they fed me better than my mom ever has), so more often than not, I'd feel better after a rainy day by the time dinner was over.
Kim is an absolute boss of a woman who tries (I say try because Blue Collar has many higher ups, boo!) to put the planters first and was far more honest when talking land and price. Having worked for them briefly and having friends who have worked for them I got the impression that the foreman in this camp were more professional, frank, and better organized. Planters generally had a more chill and relaxed vibe around here in contrast to the crazy frenchies in the other camp. Food was not as good in this camp (hard to compete with K&H), but James is as fine a specimen of a man as he is a cook.
All in all through its flaws, and I'll quote Gualbert on this, "they are an alright company to 'settle' for but they shouldn't be your first choice." My experience here wasn't great, but I've encountered problems far worse as I'm sure other planters have as well. Tree prices could be better, but I'd recommend Blue Collar to rookies if they're looking for delicious food and some intense dancing and partying. The people are hilarious there, S/O to the 24/7 drunk frenchie vets and both the camps are full of light hearted people. But if you're looking for some serious work and cash, I'd suggest you take your shovel somewhere else.
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