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« on: May 07, 2009, 03:21 »
On 5/5/09 Noramtec brought in the first non-ACTS Rad Tech in seven years. This breaks the ACTS, Inc. sole source staff augmentation monopoly and Sheila (ACTS, Inc. Recrtr.) is majorly P.O.ed. It has gotten to the point of an under the table offer to keep any other shop out of SRS and keep ACTS as the ONLY supplier of techs to SRS.
Why is ACTS, Inc. so bad? Let me count the ways.
1. No cost of living passed to the technicians for over 7 yrs. ACTS will always pay the least amount for techs. And tell you about right-to-work laws – TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.
2001 RdTch$22.18/hr    HsTch$22.19/hr
2008 RdTch$22.87/hr    HsTch$27.47/hr
   RT +3.1%         HT +19.2%
WE DO THE SAME JOBS!!!!!!
2. Inflates your paycheck by pro-rating and hourly paying your holiday hours. If you miss any time, whatsoever, you loose forever that portion of your holiday pay. Higher weekly tax bracket.
3. Vacation pay is pro-rated and held in escrow to be lump sum (40% tax) paid on your anniversary date. If you leave or terminate early (1 yr. agreement) for any reason, you lose your vacation pay. Also if you miss any time, whatsoever, you loose forever that portion of your vacation pay.
4. GREAT MEDICAL/ DENTAL PLAN?????   $1200/mo. Couple   $1500/mo. Family Both are 20/80% PPO w/ $1mil cap
5. You get to go to a buffet Christmas party and listen to the ACTS VP brag about the new corporate jet and his ambition to play as many golf courses around the U.S.
6. You wonder how a small minority (Hispanic female) owned company making over $100 Mil./yr is able to maintain a 5 year, no-bid, monopoly contract for 8 years.
And you also wonder of the ethics of a company that managed to shutout Bartlett Nuclear in a partnership. HMMMMMMM………
SRS is not a bad place to be. Good weather, good hunting, fishing, camping and recreation. Atlanta is 2 ½ hrs, Charlotte and Charleston 3 hrs, and D.C. hrs away. Stay away from South Augusta (Da Hood). The rest of Augusta, Evans, Martinez, GA and  North Augusta, Aiken, Barnwell, Williston, SC are all nice places. The site workers are great, just don’t bring any G.D.Yankee attitude with you (ass kicked and you will look like a popsicle with that pool cue stuck up there). Some house techS(nakes) WILL NOT like you. YOU ARE THERE TO TAKE THEIR JOB OR CHEAT THEM OUT OF OVERTIME!! This is how they can afford the new car every year and take annual cruises or vacations to Europe!! Management is sometimes w/o a KLEW. You have 10,000 people at SRS and less than 2500 workers (do the math).
D&D just received $1.6 B to cleanup 150 sq. miles in 30 months. These people need a LOT OF HELP to pull it off. Management has a tendency to always re-invent the wheel. And  work practices here lag back to 2001 technology (we just went to electronic surveys site wide last year).
WELCOME TO THE ASSYLUM, but remember CHAOS PAYS WELL.
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009, 03:59 »
I am a teacher who has NO nuclear experience. I have a Bachelor's in Educational Psychology and a Master's in Counseling. Does SRS hire regular folks to be machine operators? Is there a such thing there? Where are the entry level jobs?

When this stimulus money was announced, the press releases said that around 40% of the needed workers wouldn't need a nuclear background. Well, I have been stalking the job boards for months and sending my resume' to different sub contractors with no such luck!

Where are the jobs for us "regular" folks who fit in to that 40% that they talked about?

TFE has an announcement for a Logistics/Expeditor that requires a high school diploma and 5 years experience or a college degree in lieu of experience. Well, I applied for it was was PROMPTLY told that I was not qualified. Thanks for nothin...now stop wasting our time.

Can anyone answer this question?  I'm so FRUSTRATED!  >:(

I was told that ACTS was looking for folk with college diplomas, didn't matter in what. Yeah, right! I have talked to every recruiter over there to no avail. There must be some secret to this that I don't know about. Help me out y'all, please.

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009, 04:23 »
I feel your pain, although my pain is a little different.  I have about 10 yrs experience in nuclear, doing various positions.... and because I don't have 'that' piece of paper, I don't qualify... they won't even look twice at me... VERY frustrating, indeed!!

Good Luck to ya... I sure hope something turns around for you and soon.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 01:07 »
If you have the teacher cert. apply for the training positions through VAS or Noramtec. ACTS will try to bring you in and give you the run around. Look for instructor positions and bone-up on science, biology and physics. SC Employment also has some training positions through Dave Walker. Good luck my friend. They are hiring 2000 people to work 30 months. Just remember...CHAOS PAYS WELL!! 8)

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2009, 05:34 »
BetaAnt,

I hate to let the cat out of the bag, but 10,000 YANKEE'S are currently involved in the conspiracy to replace the entire working population of SRS!  Life on the plantation just wont be the same and fortification of venue's will no longer be accepted under the , "My Daddy's, Daddy's, Daddy", rule! 

I'm thinking you need to do a little homework on the ACTS/Bartlett relationship, thing may not "B" as they appear!

RG

 




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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2009, 10:37 »
GLAD TO HERE INFORMATION ABOUT SRS.i don't quite understand negative attitude these companies are are enforcing.this area if they are who they professes to be contains God fearing ,Bible thumping believers.Now if you are just goning to church on sunday and raising hell m-s.question youseself. If they need help and refuse to hire people on their own misguided concept of what they want their supplemental staff to look like or be like they'll be in for a rude awakening in HEAVEN.(IF THEY OR ME MAKES IT) wE can only pray that their eyes ,ears and minds will be opened.something wrong with that picture and you desire chaos in youse life.just burnt grass not around long enough for d drama. oops  ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2009, 10:23 »
R-G,

We can only "Hope" for "Change" in September. Many of SRS personnel are being asked to submit a resume for the site restructure. As to the relationship, I have it on very good authority. :-X "B" still has no ACTceptable (sic) bid in for the ARRA projects. :o The plantation remains the same and 'my daddy's, daddy' hiring will remain as long as WSRC suppresses the wages. 8)

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 07:51 »
Hello Folks,   I have said it before and now I am saying it again.  DO NOT COME TO WORK AT THIS SITE UNDER ACTS!!!!! Sign a work agreement with NORAMTEC or any other company but never with ACTS.  Once again they are proving that they only exist is screw the techs who work for them.  A couple of buddies of mine completed their 6 month work agreements and then went with NORAMTEC to take advantage of the higher pay and better bennies.  Now ACTS is tellling them that they will not pay them their vacation pay which was due to them at the completion of their work agreement.  It is even written in black and white on the signed paper. I think that the Dept. of Labor will be getting a couple of calls about this latest act od "dirty pool" from this sewage pond of a company. 

I must also add that they also screw the engineers, work planner, instructors and all other innocent folks who sign on with them to work at SRS.  I talked with one fella about a year ago who lived 76 miles away from SRS and ACTS REFUSED to pay him per diem because they said that they only pay if you lived 100 or more miles away.  What a cold hearted company!!!!  I feel sorry for Sheila, I think she is actually an innocent bystander in this mess.  She has always been my favorite person to talk to in the office.  Wishing you the best Sheila.
 
I think it is time everybody gangs together and just plain boycotts this company.  BetaAnt you have my support too.

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Re: Savannah River Site ACTS, Stimulas, ETC
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2009, 10:27 »
1) If you want to apply for a permanent position at SRS, all external postings go through the South Carolina State employment agency. All state employment agencies have computers that will access agencies out of state. If you want to work at SRS, do what I did. Get off your duff and go down to the state agency on a weekly basis to see when the job opens up.

2) SRS is slow on stimulus programs. D&D is going s-l-o-w. This last Thursday they just came out with an organizational chart for D$D work. The Sec. of Energy has visited the site recently as well as our Senators. SRS is attempting to get even more money. My supervisor expects things to be in full swing by September. Planning is hit or miss at SRS. I have seen great planning and engineers that needed to be fired. Last week they decided to replace the decon shower. The planning has been going on for over 6 months. Ther first thing they do is to shut a valve to isolate the shower. As it turns out that valve also isolates the shower they were going to use as a back up for the decon shower. The engineer over the job finally showed up (first time at job site). No one had walked the system down. It makes things interesting. 

3) Everyone I know who have worked for ACTS, wished they didn't. The one time I went to apply with them, I was so disgusted with the people who operated the place, I wouldn't even submit through them.

4) I have worked for Dennis Trout (VAS) before.  I would rate him above ACTS.

5) ACTS is feeling the pinch. They have a sign outside that reads, "Preferred contractor since 2001."

6) Housing is available everywhere. The Aiken Standard had a full page of apartment rentals.

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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2009, 07:53 »
The sign should read "SRS MONOPOLY SINCE 2001-THE BEST MONEY CAN BUY" :P

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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2009, 11:25 »
05-18-09 Can Anyone Out There In The SRS/Nuclear Community Tell Me The Salary Range             
              For Quality Engineers At SRS? Other Nuclear Sites In The Southeast?
              What Is The Salary Range As A Contract Engineer Through ACTS?  I am hearing
              $45 to $65 Per Hour For Contract Engineers.  Is This Correct?  Please Advise...

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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2009, 02:19 »
GLAD TO HERE INFORMATION ABOUT SRS.i don't quite understand negative attitude these companies are are enforcing.this area if they are who they professes to be contains God fearing ,Bible thumping believers.Now if you are just goning to church on sunday and raising hell m-s.question youseself. If they need help and refuse to hire people on their own misguided concept of what they want their supplemental staff to look like or be like they'll be in for a rude awakening in HEAVEN.(IF THEY OR ME MAKES IT) wE can only pray that their eyes ,ears and minds will be opened.something wrong with that picture and you desire chaos in youse life.just burnt grass not around long enough for d drama. oops  ;) ;) ;)
Posting mindless garbage like this makes you look like an idiot and drags the rest of us down.

P.S. You are someone who could definitely benefit from spell checker ..not sure if even that tool could have fixed this mess, though.

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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2009, 04:26 »
I do not know about contractors, but on site I know some QA inspectors that are grade 20 about 63K per year 40hrs. :)
And some QA's that are Grade 34 90+K per year salary. So I guess it depends on Education, work habits, Company needs, etc.  Not much but I hope this helps.
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2009, 07:13 »
Does anyone have contact information for specific recruiters that are hiring for SRS. I've applied using the general nameless HR email links for a Waste Remediation position and a few other similar jobs, but really wanted to follow-up and talk with a real person.

If anyone has any info or suggestions for landing one of the more entry level type of positions, that wouldn't necessarily require commercial nuke experience to qualify for, and wouldn't mind sharing I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2009, 07:30 »
For the engineering rates ACTS pays $30-40/hr, others pay $40-65/hr depending on specialty and pedigree (i.e. letters behind your name,-PE, CSP, CIP, CHP, etc.). ACTS will always lowball the payscale and try to keep all others out.  :'(
AND WITH ACTS, YOU GET NOOOOOOO BENEFITS.  >:(
Except your paycheck and the prividge of working with a $125M/yr minority owned 'small' (?) business. 8)

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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2009, 08:16 »
I have seen alot of jobs posted, do they have any of the hires on site yet? How many techs are they looking for and when are the report dates


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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2009, 10:35 »
Just a handful of rescent (gone <1yr) returnees have been. The majority of 'sub' hires (about 60) will probably occur next week. Training and logistics are having to get up to speed (no training scheduled and no place to park you once you get here). There is a lot of turf fighting going on and everyone is preoccupied with preserving one's own little kingdom. 8)

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« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2009, 11:58 »
Posting mindless garbage like this makes you look like an idiot and drags the rest of us down.

P.S. You are someone who could definitely benefit from spell checker ..not sure if even that tool could have fixed this mess, though.
 
 
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2009, 08:19 »
Something is amiss at SRS. The buyer (SRS) is assigning personnel to different companies than the ones submitting resume's. Example, a Sr. RCT resume submitted by Noramtec was reassigned and detailed (i.e. employed) to ACTS, Inc. :'(
Boys and Girls, the fix is in and ACTS has probably paid-off someone to maintain their SRS monopoly. >:(
Low wages, no benefits, and crappy HR are what you can expect from ACTS.
Almost like Bartlett in the bad ole days before DOL/NLRB whacked them with a ruling and a fine. This time, for a proven violation, ACTS can loose the entire contract for misconduct under provisions of the Service Contracts Act. The only question is will SRS condone the conduct or do the right thing. :-X

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Re: Savannah River Site ACTS, Stimulas, ETC
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2009, 10:08 »
RL,
Maybe so to everything you're saying, but, it's off-topic, and you being a gold member and all, you know you can start a thread for this elsewhere on the boards.
Folks are talking about "Facility & Company Information > Region II (South East) > Savannah River > Savannah River Site ACTS, Stimulas, ETC" on this thread, the ETC still expects we stay relevant to the intro,...

just a friendly nudge from a fellow GM on the proper use of the open forums,... Wink

Thanks, Marssism for catching this. Note to Snowman and RL and all others....

Please remember that this is an open forum and do not post rude comments which can cause harsh feelings leading to an all out war. This will cause the thread to be moved to a Gold Member Only area.

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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2009, 10:46 »
[quote BetaAnt Something is amiss at SRS. The buyer (SRS) is assigning personnel to different companies than the ones submitting resume's. Example, a Sr. RCT resume submitted by Noramtec was reassigned and detailed (i.e. employed) to ACTS, Inc.

Before you start pointing fingers at anyone there is one thing that some people seem to forget at times. Only one company can submit your resume at SRS. Therefore if two or more companies submit it they will make you work for the one that submitted it first. This may be what happened to this person.


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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2009, 01:17 »
[quote BetaAnt Something is amiss at SRS. The buyer (SRS) is assigning personnel to different companies than the ones submitting resume's. Example, a Sr. RCT resume submitted by Noramtec was reassigned and detailed (i.e. employed) to ACTS, Inc.

Before you start pointing fingers at anyone there is one thing that some people seem to forget at times. Only one company can submit your resume at SRS. Therefore if two or more companies submit it they will make you work for the one that submitted it first. This may be what happened to this person.


I KNOW THE TECH AND I KNOW HE ONLY SUBMITTED THROUGH NORAMTEC. WE ARE TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM ASTRID AND ACTS!!!!!!!!!!! >:(

He was screwed by the buyer and ACTS. :'(

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« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2009, 01:25 »
This is late in the game, but here is a link to all the contractors supplying personnel to SRS for the ARRA money.

http://65.161.194.155/Employment/tabid/79/Default.aspx

And for the lazy folk who don't know how to cut and paste...

To apply for positions at SRS available under the American Reconstruction & Recovery Act, please send your resume to one of the following Staff Augmentation Providers:
 
Professional

Astrid Contract Technical Services, Inc. (ACTS, Inc.), Contact: www.actsincorporated.com; siteresumes@actsincorporated.com

Edgewater Technical Associates, Contact: Leslie Kane, resume@edgewatertech.net   

National Engineering Services Corporation, Contact: Larry O’Keefe,  LOkeefe@natleng.com

Noramtec Consultants, Contact: Jenney Bae, jenney@noramtec.com

Project Services Group, Contact: Leah Boehm, leah.boehm@PSGInfo.com

Value Added Solutions Inc, Contact: Dennis Trout, dennis.trout@valueaddedsolutionsinc.com

Non-Professional (ex., Clerical, Administrative, Lab Tech, Emergency Response, Operations)

Career Personnel,Inc., Contact: Barbie Yonce,  byonce@careerpersonnel.com

To view available openings and apply for permanent positions with SRNS and SRNL, please follow the directions below:

All of our open positions are posted with South Carolina Employment Security Commission (SCESC)Job Service. To register with SCESC Job Service and to view SRNS and SRNL open positions:

Go to www.sces.org

Click on Jobs (left hand side of home page)

Click on South Carolina Job Link

Click "create job seeker account"

"Once you have created an account you can search for jobs by several different methods."

To search for SRNS/SRNL positions

Return to Job Service Home Page  (www.scjoblink.org/ada)

Log in with Username and Password

Search Jobs

Search By Employer

1. By Company Name

Type in "Savannah River" and enter Click "Savannah River Nuclear Solutions or Savannah River National Lab"

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2. By Alphabet... Click "S"...Click "Savannah River Nuclear Solutions or Savannah River National Lab" [/b]
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« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2009, 02:48 »
Beta, I don't know why you are yelling at me I was just posting to let other people know; that may not know the way it is there. I take offense to being yelled at when I don't even know who is doing the yelling. Hope you have a better day. Henry

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« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2009, 03:00 »
Beta, I don't know why you are yelling at me I was just posting to let other people know; that may not know the way it is there. I take offense to being yelled at when I don't even know who is doing the yelling. Hope you have a better day. Henry

I turned the volume down for you Henry.  8)

And for the lazy folk who don't know how to cut and paste...

I fixed your cut and paste for you Beta  ;)

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« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2009, 03:11 »
Henry I was not aware of any such policy. What I just read said " submit your resume to one of..." not "submit your resume to only one of..."?

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« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2009, 04:03 »
Henry,

I didn't mean to offend, just trying to make a point. I just talked to the tech and he is still P.O.d since his friend was hired by Noramtec with an $8/hr pay increase FOR DOING THE SAME JOB. Both submitted Noramtec and told ACTS not to submit their resume's. One slipped under the radar but the buyer was directed (threatened-?) to place tech #2 under ACTS.

ACTS - No real pay raise for 8 yrs.; medical as a joke ($1200-$1500/yr), no real vacation or holiday pay (all pro-rated on a per hour basis-miss a day and you lose that hourly holiday and vacation pay), and , best of all, you get to listen to David S. brag about the new ACTS airplane and playing golf, while you struggle with bankruptcy due to high energy prices. Ain't they special??
A friend of mine was submitted by BNI but pulled out by ACTS since she quit on them 5yrs ago. I thought SC was a right-to-work state. I guess Astrid hasn't heard of that rule.

I've been missing ya' Henry. I keep looking on SHRINE for your name. We'll have to catch up when you get back here. TTYL 8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2009, 05:21 »
Henry,

I didn't mean to offend, just trying to make a point. I just talked to the tech and he is still P.O.d since his friend was hired by Noramtec with an $8/hr pay increase FOR DOING THE SAME JOB. Both submitted Noramtec and told ACTS not to submit their resume's. One slipped under the radar but the buyer was directed (threatened-?) to place tech #2 under ACTS.

ACTS - No real pay raise for 8 yrs.; medical as a joke ($1200-$1500/yr), no real vacation or holiday pay (all pro-rated on a per hour basis-miss a day and you lose that hourly holiday and vacation pay), and , best of all, you get to listen to David S. brag about the new ACTS airplane and playing golf, while you struggle with bankruptcy due to high energy prices. Ain't they special??
A friend of mine was submitted by BNI but pulled out by ACTS since she quit on them 5yrs ago. I thought SC was a right-to-work state. I guess Astrid hasn't heard of that rule.

I've been missing ya' Henry. I keep looking on SHRINE for your name. We'll have to catch up when you get back here. TTYL 8) 8) 8)


"Right to work" doesn't mean the worker has any rights. It means the employer has the right to bust unions. If it was me, I would play my trump card and bite my nose to spite my face. I would simply say, "I am not working for ACTS." If enough techs (about 3) had the kahunas to do that, SRS would get the point. There are long term DOE outages besides SRS.
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« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2009, 12:39 »
forgive me Camella and Marssim for my of the world remarks. As for the situations at SRS maybe its smells like a rat,looks like a rat,so it has to be a rat.Right to work to often depends on who's rights they are defending,seems to me the common man has little rights if any.It would be nice to enjoy the work of your hands. (whoops more scripture, ;) ;)I have heard from one of the contractors about potential hiring this week,anyone else heard the same???


« Last Edit: May 26, 2009, 09:35 by Camella Black »
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« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2009, 08:00 »
BetaAnt,

The prime contractor reassigned an individual to another company, without the individuals knowledge or consent?  I'm finding that hard to believe!  I'm thinking that, that individual sent a resume to ACTS in the past and ACTS listed him/her as an existing asset, otherwise known as, "Resume on File"!  Obviously that individuals name was on some sort of list and the section 8 company played their trump card.  If that individual accepted the job and reported to work under the ACTS venue, then they validated ACTS claim and screwed themselves!

A simple letter to ACTS, via US Certified Mail, (RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED, the GREEN ONE), disallowing ACTS any further representation on his/her behalf, would have yielded better results and probably a better wage!

Best of Luck.... ;D


PS:  They HATE those Green Cards................ :'(

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« Reply #30 on: Jun 01, 2009, 02:32 »
Not so much as the resume being sent by the wrong company, BUT an ACTS, Inc. subcontractor in procurement directing the purchase process. Yes, Astrid, we have found out and so has DOJ. ;D

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« Reply #31 on: Jun 04, 2009, 09:13 »
Anyone have info on the pay scale, diem, and travel pay under Noram Tec?

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« Reply #32 on: Jun 05, 2009, 04:11 »
Right now, Noramtec and other companies pay and offer PD whenever ACTS allows it. Doesn't matter if you have a signed agreement, the ACTS procurement officer has changed the terms of tech contracts. It Sucks!!!! :'(

Until DOE, DOJ, or DOL do something, ACTS will control site access. Kind of reminds you of the bad ole' Bartlett days ("YOU'LL NEVER WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY AGAIN!!! >:( >:( >:( - until I need you for the next outage :D). Did I mention that ACTS, Inc. is under the mentor program with Washington Savannah River Site? I know that Flor and company have taken over (e.g. SRNS) SRS. The Westinghouse/Washington people have stayed on site, only the company name has changed to throw off the lawyers.  8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #33 on: Jun 06, 2009, 06:12 »
Supervision at SRS is well aware of the problems being caused by having two contractors with vast differences in pay and benefits. I was told the solution is going to be is to limit what Normal Tech can pay. I was specifically told $26.00 an hour, but that may be incorrect and might change by yesrterday.

I suggested that techs working with different companies be isolated from each other on different projects. Having someone on site making more than you on a different project is easier for a roadtech to digest than someone working side by side.
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« Reply #34 on: Jun 07, 2009, 09:56 »
I'm sorry, who's setting the compensation package?

Savannah is looking for 150 RP field techs, that's close to an additional 50% of their already existing HP staff.... ::)

Just about every contract company under the sun is advertizing for resources and they still can't fill them!

What Fair.... ::) 

I believe the grade 20 wage is about $30.00+/hour, plus benefits!  I'm sure most of the RP management will say that's totally ridiculous, Contractors aren't as Qualified as the House Techs!  The only reason they aren't as Qualified, is due to the past and current managements ignorance to qualify them, (A.K.A. PLANTATION MENTALITY)!

If your already there, drop a two weeks notice in the company mail box!

If your not, keep your distance for the better bucks!

I'm Thinking:

$30.00+/hour,
$3.00/hour for Health Benefits,
Vacation Time converted to PTO,
Holidays, Paid on Holidays...Not an hourly pile of bull to make the checks look better,
Per Diem paid on a weekly bases, not hourly!

That's about it, seems fair...

Have a Great Day....RG

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« Reply #35 on: Jun 07, 2009, 11:55 »
Rad-Ghost, the current actual level 20 pay grade is just under $30 an hour. That will change with the new cost of living wage to just above $30  an hour. I disagree with dropping the notice until you have positive options. ( I am speaking from too much experience in this area.) You need to "make before break" if possible. I also examine my options and make sure the pot I am getting into isn't worse than the one I am in. I hate working next to some slug making more money than I am, but if my option is either not working or working for less, I bite the bullet. While one would argue this isn't what is best for the industry, it is what is best for me. The only one in the industry which watches out for me is me.  I can not rely on the goodness of strangers.

I have worked with contractors, or a contractor at SRS who has been qualified to the basic level of a house tech and in many ways was considered MORE qualified than house techs, having responsibilities we did not have. It is not a site policy, but one that is up to the facility manager as to how much they want to invest in the short term for someone who is not going to be here in the future.

Not only is SRS looking for 150 contractors, they want them all to be experienced seniors with CORE certification and can jump right in and start from day one (after a few days of JPMs.) House techs who have worked here before and left under dubious circumstances have been hired back. These are people I would not of hired back with my low standards.

So, I guess the bottom line is, if you can swing a meter, but have been a problem child in the past, welcome back. Reminds me of the times when Bruce would give "blanket amnesty" to people on the "double-secret probation list" so he could staff outages without having NSS doing a backup.  ( Yes, Eric, we know there was no secret about who was on the list, it is just something we called it because it had that same "Animal House" stupidity to it.)
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« Reply #36 on: Jun 15, 2009, 06:18 »
  My wife and I have both receieved start dates with ACTS at SRS as RCT's.I was wondering if anyone has started recently and found a significant difference in pay between companies for RCT pay.Thanks for any replies.
 

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« Reply #37 on: Jun 15, 2009, 06:54 »
New contract RCTs would be well advised to study the SRS CORE study guide before arriving. They are having a pretty high failure rate right now. It's not worth coming here to get turned away over the test.
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« Reply #38 on: Jun 17, 2009, 03:17 »
Does anyone have contact information for getting on at SRS as a Senior RCT? I would like to talk with someone that actually makes the decisions to hire someone or not. Can anyone help?

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« Reply #39 on: Jun 17, 2009, 04:16 »
Each area out here has a hiring manager.  The resumes are submitted to the manager when he/she asks for them.  As far as contractor/vendors go, only send your resume to the one you want to pay you.  Procurement will award the contract to the contractor who pays the least.  Out here that is usually ACTS.  Most folks seem to be happy with NORAMTEC.  If you need to talk with somebody on site then I would talk with Jerry Denton at 803-208-0969.  He should be able to give you some good info.


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« Reply #40 on: Jun 18, 2009, 09:26 »
I have never worked at SRS and if even half of all the BS in this thread is true I never will.  It seems to me that anyone who submits their resume to that nut farm deserves what they get.  McDonald's is hiring for God's sake.  Have some pride, let the boys drop.  Makes for interesting reading though.  Kind of like cartoons for adults.

Looks like D&D is working 4 12's with a fifth day option. I have heard SRS is attempting to spend a million dollars a day on D&D operations, which is about what they are alloted. for the next 30 months. Cost of living in this area is one of the cheapest in the country.  They will be handing out money in wheelbarrows, which buys alot of pride down the road.
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Re: Savannah River Site ACTS, Stimulas, ETC
« Reply #41 on: Jun 19, 2009, 10:47 »
Anyone headed to SRS beware of certain real estate rental companies.

1.  Haltermann Properties
2.  Rex Properties

They both rent in Augusta and are lousy.  I've rented from (1) for two years,  moving next month because of slumlord behavior.  Both are overpriced badly.  (1) won't fix ANYTHING once you move in.....no exaggeration.  Most of their places are downtown or in Old Town and appear good neighborhoods by day.  Every weekend night is like Halloween.  Crime is pretty bad down here, too.

Just thought I'd warn ya'll.  I'm a local.  Yes, I can read and have all my teeth.
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« Reply #42 on: Jun 27, 2009, 01:06 »
OH HAPPY DAYS :) :)
A new wage determination is on the way ;D ;D ;D

ENJOY YOUR NEW WAGES 8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #43 on: Jun 27, 2009, 04:56 »
I have tried getting info on the new wages.Haven't found out anything yet.

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« Reply #44 on: Jun 29, 2009, 05:38 »
CHA-CHING

DOE IS ABOUT TO SIGN OFF ON A $4/HR PAYRAISE

CHA-CHING, CHA-CHING
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« Reply #45 on: Jun 29, 2009, 06:27 »
CHA-CHING

DOE IS ABOUT TO SIGN OFF ON A $4/HR PAYRAISE

CHA-CHING, CHA-CHING
8) 8) 8)


All I can say is... its about time!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #46 on: Jul 02, 2009, 11:24 »
:)THIS JUST IN (FROM LAST WEEK) :)

SRS IS STILL SHORT ~45 HPTs

MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!

READ THE POSTED QUALS AND DO THE MATH (i.e. 3 YRS MEANS 36 MONTHS Sr. HP EXPERIENCE, NOT Sr. DECONNER, NOT Sr. ALARA TECH, NOT Sr. DOSIMETRY TECH, NOT Sr. ASSISTANT SITE COORDINATOR, NOT Sr. LAUNDRY TECH, etc.)


(Sr. HP TECH TIME ONLY!!!!)
(Sorry for yelling, just passing along the resume review frustration)

MAKE SURE YOUR RESUME ANSWERS ALL THE POINTS FOR THE POSITION REQUIREMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERE ARE 3 LISTS:
1. SRS RadCon Inspector EXPERIENCE
2. DOE RadCon EXPERIENCE
3. COMMERCIAL HP EXPERIENCE
SRS IS STILL ON LIST #1 AND ABOUT TO HIRE FROM LISTS #2 AND #3 NEXT MONTH. SRS IS BRINGING IN 5 HPTs A WEEK.

ALSO, STUDY, STUDY, STUDY, STUDY, FOR THE DOE CORE TEST (40% FAILURE ON BASIC STUFF, READ THE FREAKING QUESTION).

GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU SHORTLY @ SRS.  8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #47 on: Jul 02, 2009, 01:19 »
What's the scoop on Jr Techs being brought in?  I spoke with one of the managers there and he said he was trying to get that done.

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« Reply #48 on: Jul 04, 2009, 10:22 »
Very slim to none. But maybe next year when the pool dries up or techs start bailing for higher paying outages.

Good luck and See Ya' DTR,

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« Reply #49 on: Jul 05, 2009, 03:07 »
Hey hey BA,

Have you forgotten about the folks having Navy ELT experience and also the folks who are currently have been NAVSHIPS 389-0288 or 0153 qualifications??  I do believe those count toward SR HP experience!!!!!!  Just a friendly reminder buddy.

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« Reply #50 on: Jul 05, 2009, 05:11 »
It's been 2 decades since I was one of those. Yeah, ELTs are welcome too.

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« Reply #51 on: Jul 15, 2009, 07:03 »
There are 11 RCT house job positions available through the SC employment agency.
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« Reply #52 on: Jul 17, 2009, 09:18 »
It appears that there are "people on the inside" here.So,I have a question.My buddy and I are both coming to SRS,but with different companies.We took the CORE test at the same place in Feb of this year.We both passed the test and have paperwork to prove it.The company he is coming in with says he does NOT have to take the test when he arrives at SRS.I am being told that I have to take the test.Anyone got any ideas on why this is happening?? I would rather not mention the companies involved.

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« Reply #53 on: Jul 17, 2009, 09:28 »
Hi, Unless you took the Core Test at SRS you will have to take it again. They are the only DOE Facility that doesn't recognize any other  site's test. It's a long story as to why this is but I would tell my friend to study because when he gets there he will almost certainly have to take it again there. Its not up to the company that you work for, it is a SRS thing, and the decide who takes it. I have been there with companies that told me that too just to find out when i got there that the Oak Ridge test is no good there. Hope this helps.

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« Reply #54 on: Jul 17, 2009, 05:28 »
Mr. Black is correct. SRS does not acknowledge your DOE CORE Exam score from any other DOE facility. One is required to take the DOE CORE Exam upon arrival at SRS [the exam is given off-site, at the Jackson (SC) Municipal Building]. In fact, your DOE CORE Exam is given first, and depending upon whether or not you score > 80 (which is passing), you move on to the GET class and exam.

I would encourage everyone who's coming to SRS to get a hold of the DOE CORE Exam Study Guide (SRS has been providing it to the recruiters), study it, and be prepared to take the exam when you walk through the door. Do not bother bringing your own calculator (programmable or otherwise) to the exam. SRS will not allow you to use your own calculator; one is provided for you.
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« Reply #55 on: Jul 17, 2009, 06:45 »
There also seems to be some initial security clearance issues if you work for a foreign company who has not learned what paperwork is required for clearances "L" and above. Hint: Canada is a foreign country. If you are going to work D&D in any area that does not require a clearance, things should go well. Hopefully they will get their stuff together shortly.
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« Reply #56 on: Apr 11, 2011, 05:53 »
A few weeks back, I drove by a certain office in New Ellenton of a company we all know and love only to see multiple police units parked in the driveway. I thought maybe they were conducting a training exercise or something. Today when I drove by (I don't drive by everyday) their roadside sign was down and the residence looked very closed up with no cars in the driveway. I haven't seen anything in the paper or on line. Did they finally do it?
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« Reply #57 on: Apr 11, 2011, 08:34 »
A few weeks back, I drove by a certain office in New Ellenton of a company we all know and love only to see multiple police units parked in the driveway. I thought maybe they were conducting a training exercise or something. Today when I drove by (I don't drive by everyday) their roadside sign was down and the residence looked very closed up with no cars in the driveway. I haven't seen anything in the paper or on line. Did they finally do it?

Try calling their number, see what happens.

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« Reply #58 on: Apr 15, 2011, 11:55 »
Mike, I don't have their number. The sign, which they had outside of their establishment, which had their number, has been totally removed. Today when I drove by, again no sign, no cars.
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« Reply #59 on: Apr 16, 2011, 04:53 »
Mike, I don't have their number. The sign, which they had outside of their establishment, which had their number, has been totally removed. Today when I drove by, again no sign, no cars.

For what its worth...

I called the number I had on file for them from back in 2003 and its now a Direct TV phone number.

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« Reply #60 on: Apr 16, 2011, 05:45 »
Wellllllllllllllllllll, YEA!

That's part of the business diversification program.  Call back tomorrow and you can schedule a prostate exam..... :o

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« Reply #61 on: Apr 16, 2011, 05:58 »
Hmmm. The last time I saw said sign back in January (2011) , it read "EGS". Scuttlebutt at the time was that ACTS no longer met the requirements for being a small minority-owned business, hence they changed their name to EGS (though the physical address remained the same). Given the raid by law enforcement, it would appear the were charged with defrauding the US Department of Energy, and had charges filed against them buy the US Justice Department.

I benefitted from the ARRA project at SRS and am grateful (I had a job when others didn't) , but a great deal of that money (OUR MONEY) was misspent.

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« Reply #62 on: Apr 17, 2011, 12:29 »
I do believe this is vindication for all the cr@p ACTS, Inc. put me through.  :) :) :)

Ain't ARRA fraud a Pelosi and now ACTS is Baroke.   ;D ;D ;D

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