Quote: Originally Posted by harleyhunny
My husband and brother, as I said has worked there, and unfortunately only choice was a camp. It is clean, but crowded, and the women are not debutantes most are more hard ass than the men, and not many good to look at, reason they are in a camp, they at least can get some. I would say look into it more, it is not a nice place for a woman,Not nice ones. I hear of manyh not nice stories. This year my husband is going to have the RV at hand in case he has to go back because he will not stay in a camp ever again.
Look in any Alberta Paper. If you want to work in the kitchen just google camp jobs in Alberta, or PPI. Good luck I would not let my daughter go there, not for a million bucks. No way.
I think harleyhunny offers good advice to you inexperienced hopefuls who want to make big money in Ft Mac. This is one ugly town -- I started in the oil-patch in Libya in the 60s, Benghazi was considered the asshole of the world -- well Ft. Mac can give it a run for that money.
I've not worked out of the city since January 2002 and even then it was hard to find a room to rent or get into a restaurant without standing in line. I'd suggest the camps are no worse than the city, although I only drove past them, or saw the herds climbing on the buses in the morning.
I saw some construction camp life when I worked on building a dam. Luckily my home was only a few miles away from the construction site. They reduce men to a tribal level -- prey for any bullies (or worse) unless they belong to strong group. That means you need to be a skilled member of a trade so that your buddies value you. Anyone unskilled should first work in a smaller league to establish themselves. Of course that means you have to become a beer swilling member of a clan group with brains like hockey pucks.
The women can get on quite well if they're tough enough. As some female soldiers from Iraq have written, even generally uninteresting women can become queens in a world filled with lonely men, but I wouldn't want my daughter there either. There are usually women there looking to hook up with the next guy with money to come along -- they'll be back on the street when the job (and money) ends.
When winter oil exploration meant staying in a camp in the Arctic or the wilds for the winter (30 years ago) I've stayed in smaller camps where the weed smoke coming through the heating system would choke you, where you need to clear the mouse droppings out of your bunk before using it, and the swill on offer in the mess trailer would turn your stomach. The only difference I see with today's camps is that the accommodation and the food is better. The company you live among is a lot worse.
I'd go to the Middle East again before I'd work in Fort McMurray.