This company is believed to work predominantly in British Columbia.
Their last known contact information is:
#204 1801 Welch St,
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 731-0526
FAX: (604) 980-1394
The food and equipment is good at Zanzibar, but there is too much favoritism. Working for other companies I made more money because I wasn't given crap ground by some of Zanzibar's foremen. I don't recommend Zanzibar at all due to their cult like behaviour.
I'd need this guy to back up his claims a little more, and identify himself a little bit before I gave any credence to his claims. Not saying he's lying at all, just saying he needs to back it up a little more.
Is it the land of milk and honey 24/7? No.
Do you have to work your ass off to keep up with the h-ballers? Yes.
There have been some amazing contracts, and some tough ones, yes-just like most companies.
I will say this though- over the past 3-4 years they have worked harder to increase the consistency between contracts, and there has been closer attention to ensuring that administration and supervision is executed according to plan. Knowing the crowd here, and the way the company does operate, I know there will be a quick response for some to argue against this person's portrayal of Zanzibar. I would be the first to say this person has it wrong. But that would kind of be beside the point.
Reviews are just limited snapshots from limited perspectives (my own included). If you work for what you think is a great company, and someone dumps on it, it doesn't really make a lot of sense to argue against their experience. Take it in context with all the other posts. Remember, there are companies with rather questionable reputations, about which some people have really good things to say. THis doesn't necessarily mean that they're lying. They just had a different experience than you, or the person you know who worked there.
Perspective is a funny thing, if you come from a really good set-up at one company to learning the ropes at a new one, it might seem like the new place is over-rated. When it comes to highballing, a lot of it can be comfort level. I plant way faster at Z-bar than other companies because I know exactly what to do, and what the tolerances are. When I go elsewhere, I expect to be checked a lot more closely (cause I'm the new guy) and I don't want to have them crap on my quality, so I tend to have lower numbers. It probably took me 3 seasons at Z-bar before I could just totally let it rip and go full throttle. Their quality expectations can be very particular. Not necessarily tighter, but particular. As for good ground, everyone knows perspective on that subject is a bit dodgy. I can say this though, I pay attention to my ground, not the ground of the person next to me, that's what matters most.
When you hear a profoundly negative review on what you think is a good company (perhaps one where you worked a lot), think about the perspective it may be coming from, and how your own view might even be a bit jaded. All I can say is that I'm sorry retired-planter didn't have the same experience I did, I love Zanzibar, but I'm open to the fact that not everyone goes for the same ride.
I'd love to hear more from you though, you have worked 3 seasons for them so I'm definitely open to your take on this company. I only worked a Spring season for Zanzibar so I am in no position to confirm or infirm what you are saying, but with that I am still open to what you have to say and would like to get more insight (if possible) from you.
Plus, I tried to hit on one of their planters last year in Victoria, not realizing her boyfriend and said boyfriend's posse were sitting next to her. They were kind enough not to throw me through the window, which I appreciated.
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above is a link to info on a project zanzibar is working on. it's really nice to see a company thinking outside the box like this, and being creative in how they source their work. i think this sort of think is almost a knee-jerk reaction to falling bid prices industry-wide, by moving towards more specialized work that not necessarily every outfit can obtain. this is just one reason that zanzibar will, in my opinion, always be at the cutting edge of our industry.
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