Stantec

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Stantec Reviews

Updated 24 January, 2015
Updated 24 January, 2015
205 Reviews
3.0
205 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain, as i was ineligible as an intern) (in 16 reviews)

  • Large company great people always busy (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The "PC structure" (profit center) of the company (in 8 reviews)

  • Publicly traded company, so mass layoff occur when work isn't being won (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Architectural designer involved in multiple project types.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    Travel opportunities, positive work environment, A-type personality leaders

    Cons

    A very large firm spread out across many project types which sometimes compete for people. Maybe that's a good thing, too?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Biologist

    Current Employee - Biologist in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Biologist in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, telecommuting opportunities

    Cons

    Salary isn't the best, can be stressful at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Greatly exaggerated status as a good employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technician in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Technician in Markham, ON

    I worked at Stantec part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some very interesting projects and decent working experience and some of the people are great.

    Cons

    Management is a joke. Bottom line seems to be all that matters even when they try and portray themselves as people focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is way more to making a business successful than empire building and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Be prepared to be laid off as soon as workload goes down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kitchener, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kitchener, ON

    I worked at Stantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A large consulting firm such as Stantec does provide you with a good variety of projects to work on and be able to have access to a wide variety of people with different skills and abilities. The atmosphere on a regular basis is quite casual. A good place to get experience before finding some more stable.

    Cons

    Stantec is a very unstable work environment. Work fluctuates regularly despite Stantec being a large company. People are laid off as soon as profit margins aren't up to expectations of management. But then everyone else that is still around is expected to still deliver projects on time.

    A lot of people are quite rude and demanding. Swearing, verbal confrontations, and general rudeness is a daily occupancy. Work hoarding is another issue due to the fact that your worthiness to the company is based on how much billable hours you can generate. The tolerance for people's behaviour is a problem.

    When I resigned, my manager said I was a waste of her time and that it was my obligation to inform her that I was looking for a job elsewhere. This was said out loud in our open concept office and of course everybody around us didn't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I find it difficult to give advise to management since I doubt they will even care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Best Place for Coop Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Stantec as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are patient, kind and helpful and respect the opinions of everyone.

    Cons

    The pay relative to other consulting companies in vancouver was low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing the compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    You do not want to work for them

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    They are Big, Good benefit

    Cons

    Arrogance, Politics, unethical practice and no delegation in authority
    Hiring people on need basis and let them go when they do not expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut down your Yellowknife office, these people are practicing without any ethics. charging clients for the work they did not do and putting company at risk of auditing.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanagement sucked the life out of me

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Regina, SK
    Former Employee - Employee in Regina, SK

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Variety of projects. Parking near office. Office is modern but interior open concept sucks. 7.5 hour work day if you don't care about productivity

    Cons

    Micromanagement crushes your spirit and your desire to be engaged. Compensation and raises are horrible no raise in multiple years. Networking supersedes intelligence and knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get real for future employees. Stop the bait and switch. Think consistency in application of standards and treatment of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst employers I have ever worked with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at Stantec full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, flexible work schedule. good work life balance

    Cons

    Horrible management, no respect for senior people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you have enough project to work on and don't bring engineers from their companies promising them a lot of work and them send them home pretending shortage of projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for vairety of projects
    Varied experience and learning for young employees - solid technical advice
    Good leadership and mentoring program
    Team orientated

    Cons

    Company is Big
    Management talks big but falls short on occasion. Seeing a turnover rate on the rise. Could jsut be the job market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A tendency to over promise at a higher level and then expect results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all depends who you're working for and where

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits (from my experience). Work Life balance can be good if you can turn off your desires to execute good work and resign yourself to disorganization and mediocrity.

    Cons

    Publicly traded company, so mass layoff occur when work isn't being won. As the title suggests, I believe the work experience will largely depend on your Sector, Office and Manager (as it would in many other large companies). Oil & Gas is a chaos. Too many chiefs, too many egos, too little organization, poor planning.... In terms of internal processes, what is right one day will be wrong the next, or maybe still right depending on which manager you talk to. You never really know. This could be said of many large corporations to some degree, but this is worst I've experienced in my professional career. I would never recommend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try and get on the same page before misdirecting their employees into frustration and despair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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