Stantec

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Stantec Reviews

Updated 25 February, 2015
Updated 25 February, 2015
216 Reviews
3.0
216 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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  1.  

    work satisfaction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with all across the company

    Cons

    downsizing when times are tough , understandable but tough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good big company with big corporate problems

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Technologist in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Civil Technologist in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of events that involve the employees with the community and with other departments of the company. They also have a bunch of volunteer opportunities. It seems that the inter-office culture is very strong.

    Cons

    Like any big company, bottom line is most important. if they need to cut employees to maintain profitability, they do it ruthlessly and without warning. There are no chances to take time off or minimize work time with low work load.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Exciting but Short Lived

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Well respected company. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Management heavy. Poor mentor ship. Low work to life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to develop and have a quicker response time for poor employee situations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Architectural designer involved in multiple project types.

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    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Met some great people, many of whom are still very good friends. Of course, all the smart ones left for other opportunities and are doing much better, with more career advancement than they would have had at Stantec.

    Cons

    Management system is driven by predominantly male, testosterone saturated motivation and politics. If you are female with ambition and career aspirations, look elsewhere. When I was there, the only women in senior roles were women who had been brought in through an acquired company (prior to one major acquisition, only 5 women vs. 92 men in positions of Associate and higher). If you are a female over 50 in a management role, they will look for any reason to turf you. If you have any health issues, be prepared to be fired within one month of returning from medical leave. Note of advice: Don't trust HR - they are there to keep Stantec from being sued. They are not there to help the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why would I provide advice to this company? Let them continue to dispense highly-talented disillusioned staff out the door. It can only help their competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Greatly exaggerated status as a good employer

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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  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.  

    Best Place for Coop Experience

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

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