Thread regarding Husky Energy Inc. layoffs

Next week

Am I the only one who thinks corporate layoffs are coming next week? I haven't heard anything concrete, but it's a lot of small thing that seem to be coming together to indicate it.

Personally, the sooner they get it over with, the better. I always prefered knowing where I stand, wherever that is, to waiting.

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Post ID: @OP+17riJwpA

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Think about it. Husky has no assets in Rainbow Lake. The plant is outside the town. Even the Husky office is leased from someone else.

They have value in all the houses they own. They widened the hwy bridges a few years back to move the homes out and sell to mining operations

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Post ID: @6ctm+17riJwpA

Superior is in Wisconsin. Lima is in Ohio. Husky has no operations in Colorado or Texas. Encana/Ovintiv has North Dakota, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. They moved to Denver.

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Post ID: @5yyt+17riJwpA

Encana moved its operations then eventually changed its name. Makes total sense with the joke of a federal government we have. Honestly, why would Husky stay?
Plus last time I checked Husky did have assets in the states. You ever hear of the refinery in superior?

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Post ID: @5fdd+17riJwpA

I just saw the Rainbow plant for sale on kijiji...

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Post ID: @5vyf+17riJwpA

Why would the company move its head office to a state where they have zero operations and a couple years after they re-upped the lease on the Calgary building? That makes zero sense.

Continuing to consolidate operations and shrink the org chart as much as possible is really the only way forward that makes sense.

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Post ID: @5huu+17riJwpA

Heard from a reliable source that the LRP for RBL is to reduce ops staff 15 percent by Q1 and relocate all admin staff to more central location to align with org charts and efficiently make use of facilities. This will in turn drastically reduce the need for facilities in smaller or remote areas and in turn save money.
Also heard from the same source that Husky is looking at moving headquarters from Calgary to a US base like Denver or Huston like other companies are doing due to government royalties and regulations. They see opportunity there.

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Post ID: @5qsk+17riJwpA

Fly in / out? Why are flights being cancelled in Nov then?

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Post ID: @5agk+17riJwpA

They've been looking at closing down the town of rainbow lake for a long time now, might see flyin flyout crews up there.

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Post ID: @5nhk+17riJwpA

I heard rainbow lake is Wednesday....

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Post ID: @5qyi+17riJwpA

False alarm I guess... maybe next Tuesday? 2 days before Q3 results.

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Post ID: @5xby+17riJwpA

working from home today ....it seems quiet.... anything happening on the floors ?

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Post ID: @5spe+17riJwpA

“Bring ’em on! I prefer a straight fit to all this sneakin’ around!” Han Solo

In the office as well, nothing unusual so far. I am assuming we have to do the layoffs before the quarterly results announcement next week.

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Post ID: @5abx+17riJwpA

Who knows, what if nothing happens at all

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Post ID: @5lvz+17riJwpA

anyone heard what's happening and how bad tomorrow is going to be ?

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Post ID: @5khh+17riJwpA

Word of advice. Go in and clear out your personal belongings from your working space tonight. Say goodbye mentally to the office and let it go on your own terms. Then go home and pray for yourself and for others, whatever the outcome may be.

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Post ID: @4fhd+17riJwpA

I agree there will be many layoffs soon(not sure of timing though) The Sylvan lake gas plant was shut down permanently on Oct 1. The Galloway plant in Edson is shutting down in next week or so. There will only be one plant running in Edson soon last Nov there were 5 in total!! Moose and McLean area have uncertain future. The east coast has a uncertain future.. See what the future holds

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Post ID: @3ngp+17riJwpA

The people drawing attention to names and belittling other colleagues are the worst thing about Husky. Critics in the shadows that are obviously so fragile about there own standing they feel the need to try to draw negative attention to others.

Report them in the proper forum and give them a right to reply, as opposed to posting anonymously, some of them you may be right about and some you may be surprised about the volume of work they do, it’s kind of an oxymoron to be posting in a forum about layoffs which might happen due to a lack of projects and work going on right, while criticizing others for not doing work, I’m sure many of them would like to have a stack of work to get on with, however that’s not really an option In some departments and you can’t criticize anyone at this time, it’s one of the hardest times for the Canadian O&G sector with capital budgets being slashed across the board and every company suffering.

Overall Husky has been a good experience, I’ve worked with a number of great colleagues, great managers and I’ve found the vast majority of people great to work with.

Hopefully if layoffs do happen they keep as many of us as possible for the next boom cycle. And those that don’t have a lot on there plate right now get to show us what they can do.

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Post ID: @3cbj+17riJwpA

Instead of laying off people, Husky must think about other ways to retain people. Salary cuts is another option. But executives need to take an initiative and get higher portion of salary cuts

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Post ID: @3tfp+17riJwpA

The culture has changhed at Husky in the past few years: it matters now most who you are friends with, rather than the quality of work you provide. Unfortunately I've seen that in other companies where I worked before, and that was the start of their decline. The big boys stick together in their exclusive club... and that may be the end of it. Husky is a great company, and it would be so unfortunate to see them following the path to self distruction. Once people become frustrated , motivation is gone, iand it simply distroys the effectiveness of an organization.

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Post ID: @3gca+17riJwpA

Totally agree with you regards the socializing.
It makes you wonder how they get away with it?
A few other come in for only a few hours a day, yet still manage to be to go on 5 vacations a year. The perks of having an ex VP as your father.

Without drawing to too much attention to certain names, this is not what these discussions about, but you simply have a lot of people taking advantage while others are working their a– off and it makes you wonder how this is allowed?

Many good people let go over the last year. It’s sad really. For any genuine change it needs to not only start at the top of the organization but also at the top of the respective departments.

Husky isn’t a racist company.
We’ve many managers of colour work on our floor and within our larger teams and business units.

Good luck everyone for next week.

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Post ID: @2zav+17riJwpA

I’ve seen some amazing people let go over the last year, who in my opinion were huge assets to Husky. There are still many great people where I work, but you can see on a daily basis who is busy and who is not, who wants to be there and who don’t. It’s definitely a punch in gut when you see the people that are working their butts off being the ones that are let go, and the not so busy ones still around afterwards. I realize that every job has it’s busy and slow times, but when you see the same people day in and day out socializing 6 hours a day in plain site, sure makes you wonder.
Good luck everyone, and if it does happen, hopefully they get it right!

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Post ID: @2yqv+17riJwpA

Nice try to hijack the thread, but we won’t bite.
Anyone else hearing about layoffs next week?

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Post ID: @2ibv+17riJwpA

All 11 members Husky management (Peabody, Hart, Alexander, Annesley, Brown, Dahlin, Gardner, Girgulis, Hinkel, Rinker, Rosenthal) are white.

They are the ones who are in control and have all the power. Doesn't mean they are racist, but it is a perfect example of systemic racism and white privilege.

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Post ID: @2nuw+17riJwpA

I worked in different companies other than Husky and can tell that Husky is more diversified than any company I worked for (Nexen, Pembina, TransCanada, Keyera were all way more racist than Husky). I was a contractor by the way.
I know few people at Husky that were not white and became managers and moved on and still working as managers in other companies.

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Post ID: @2mtn+17riJwpA

As noted in some of the posts earlier this Summer, contractors were not having contracts renewed, and some even had their hours cut. This has NOT changed.
Last year, Peabody eluded to Husky having too many managers and senior figures at the company, and changes were coming. Many of those cuts happened and has NOT ended yet. If we don't have so many projects on the go, do you need so many people? Probably not.

With those who have already departed this year, have those positions been filled, or has someone just taken on more of a workload? Probably more of a workload. A manager simply doesn't need 1-2 reporting into them either.

I am also tired of reading racist comments or remarks. Husky is NOT a racist company. They actively promote diversity and have several groups representing their employees. However, most groups aren't inclusive to all. As a male, I am unsure how the WLN is something I can resonate with, perhaps if they renamed it to LN or Leadership network, everyone would feel part of that group? Just saying, lots of money spent on cupcakes, placements, and swag, but it you think about it, just have one Inclusive and Diversity group that represents ALL.

I have worked here for going on 10 years, and it seems at times that it is a case of who you know as well as what you know.

We've senior advisors for example with little or no experience working here, that moved over last year from a different group who magically appeared in a team with an internal posting that was only made available for 1-2 days. These people are often on social media, promoting brands and accessories for your ears, or 'WFH' with the 'Do not Disturb' on Skype for extensive periods throughout the day.
Like, COME ON MAN. It is so obvious who is working and these people receive special treatment over others.

If you think about it, Husky could cut another 10% and in time, you wouldn't feel there were cuts 6 months down the line. Take a look around you and ask yourself who is delivering value? We seemed to managed fine after the cuts last year, so cutting more wouldn't be a problem long term.

Look after yourself, and don't be naive if you think you are protected. I am worried this time around. Maybe it is time to move on without living with the uncertainty every year.

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Post ID: @1sjs+17riJwpA

Great company. Really cares about diversity and inclusion. I myself declined a promotion ( I am not white or a Christian).
I hope layoffs won’t impact too many. Husky needs to stay in business.

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Post ID: @1bnk+17riJwpA

To be honest, this site should be for helping others not a site to vent frustration about other workers. If they are getting away with not working, let them get on with it, just worry about your self. They will get found out someday.

I have worked at husky for 8 years and in my time with the company I have never once have I experienced racism.
Look around you, there is so much diversity, people of colour, women’s leadership. Husky are making great strides forward.

Yes, many people are protected, have close relationships with upper management but that doesn’t mean that they are safe. At the end of the day Husky should be interested in those that provide genuine value to the company, regardless of who you are.

And for those wondering, i am a 52 year old and do not classify as a white individual.

Please be respectful of others.

If you are one of the unfortunate few that do happen to depart next week (if there are cuts) , unfortunately, this is the nature of the beast. It’s happened before and this will happen again. The company is top heavy on management, that is for sure and I expect this to be the first place to see cuts, just like last year.

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Post ID: @1dzl+17riJwpA

No, you're not the only one. It's the number #1 quietly discussed topic in my team, and everyone thinks something is definitely up. I believe layoffs–not productivity –was/is the primary reason Husky had us all return to the office so early anyways. It's likely that Husky had already planned for further layoffs last spring, but COVID interrupted those plans. As a result, many of us have been fortunate to have several extra months of work that we likely would not have received in more normal times. Husky is just playing catch-up on what should have happened 6 months ago. As to when and how the execute the layoff process, my guess is before the end of this month. Gut tells me next week, and it'll be stealthy and quiet. I'll be surprised if half my team, myself included, is still around in November.

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Post ID: @juy+17riJwpA

The management at Husky seem to think that grown adults can't handle knowing information that directly impacts them and their families; they much prefer the sneak attack approach in the middle of a global pandemic riddled with instability and stress. Thanks for caring about the mental health of your employees, RP!

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