Stantec

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Stantec Reviews

Updated 14 November, 2014
Updated 14 November, 2014
189 Reviews
3.2
189 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain as I was not eligible as an intern) (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits package, good management (in 10 reviews)


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

  • Work-sharing doesn't really work - offices fight for revenue (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 an 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
  2.  

    A very unstable environment

    • 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

    Stantec is an interesting place to work with a variety of projects that makes it definitely a place where you won't get bored easily. Most of the people are nice and you have the flexibility to accommodate family events and kids. The Kitchener office is currently located in a building that is centrally located in the city and is a good commute if you're living in the tri city area.

    Cons

    Stantec is a very unstable work environment. When there's tons of work to be done they hire quickly. When work gets sparse they will fire people immediately. A lot of people get away with being rude and that is a function of management not caring how employees treat each other. Co-workers will often condone other people's rude behaviour towards each other, including poor attitudes, coarse language, and arguments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify projects to make a more stable work environment and stop condoning people's behaviour in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Networking Matters More than Knowledge or Skills

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

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with. Pretty good beneifits, though expensive.

    Cons

    Network with the powerful and right people and you'll get promoted regardless your knowledge and skills (from another review, but I thought this fits perfectly). Women are generally treated as administrative peons regardless of their experience or skill level. If you don't know the right people you will get lost in the shuffle and never advance. Administrative people are often treated rudely or not acknowledged by management. Squeaky wheels get promoted/choice positions over those who work hard. Technicians are often shuffled about from project to project and get no follow through or choice in the matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure all jobs are posted at least internally. Not posting positions and then handing them to ass-kissers shows other employees that they don't even have a chance at a position no matter how skilled they are. Stop buying companies and then laying off dedicated employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Stressful and unfriendly work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Well-known consultants
    Good on the resume
    Gained experience within the first year. Almost no experience to be gained after the first year

    Cons

    It's all about profit regardless the work quality !
    Several technical mistakes are covered behind fancy colorful reports
    No hope to raise to high or intermediate level management if you're relying on your work only. Network with the powerful and right people and you'll get promoted regardless your knowledge and skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    One of the best places I ever worked

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

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

    Pros

    Canadian company, strong team, despite the size, feels like a small company with relatively close relationship with almost any level of management...

    Cons

    Very competitive, hard to get in, not even sure what else to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make better decisions in the future (upper management, you know what I mean)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    managements combined IQ may be close to that of a Donkey

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

    I worked at Stantec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flex hours and being that you are by far smarter then all management, you could easily get away with pushing the limits on when you really showed up. Outsmarting them was very easy since they have no clue what you actually do or are responsible to do in a day. They usually just walk around like lost Donkeys, drinking their free coffee and noding their head like that actually know what the hell they are talking about... So you could say anything and they will nod "ah yes, I agree.. Cause I'm so stupid. I have no idea what you are talking about but as your boss I must pretend".. So for entertainment value it was definitely worth working there

    Cons

    If your a woman, a person with a any sort of tint to their skin or an IQ above 65.. You will unfortunately be stuck taking orders from incompetent human looking cattle that now has an ability to make decisions on your behalf. It's quite exhausting. You constantly have to explain common sense to these people that think they own you.. Like actually own you, slave style. They make bad decision after bad decision where you have to constantly put fires out behind them. Due to these managers incompetence, youre stuck chaperoning their meetings just in case the client asks them a question that they never know the answer to so you find yourself spending more time holding their hand then focusing on your work. If you were looking to learn something from anyone in upper management for career growth, unfortunately you surpassed them in skill set by the age of 2 when you figured out how to urinate in a toilet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully you guys just go under so you can stop making the engineering world look so incompetent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Depending on your department, a good place.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Stantec as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Friendly people, very eager to help
    - I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain, as i was ineligible as an intern)
    - Departments vary in structure (can be good)

    Cons

    - Overall, the company seemed rather "cheap"
    - "Community focus" seems to be more talk, less action
    - Constant pressure to stick to budget (as with all consulting firms)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Spends more time on image.....

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of employee perks, bright, new office.

    Cons

    Big company focusing much of its attention acquiring smaller companies instead of ensuring proper employee orientation and integration. Many in-house issues not being addressed. HUGE lack of senior staff leading to low morale and mismanagement of sections. Values quantity over quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your in-house issues. Don't screw over staff. Take responsibility for your lack of senior management and guidance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Publicly Traded and Risk Averse

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, including health and plenty of time off. Lots of really bright, capable colleagues in the company in many specialties.

    Cons

    Company is publicly traded, which means managing performance by the quarter, rather than long-term thinking. Also, it is large and risk-averse, which limits the ability to respond to market opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in IT emerging technologies, streamline work flow processes and focus heavily on support functions becoming more internal customer-focused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Multi-disciplinary, a growing company with many areas of experience with travel and very professional.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technologist in Sydney, NS
    Former Employee - Technologist in Sydney, NS

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

    Pros

    Benefits with company stock options and a great, close-knit family of co-workers within the office.
    Various functions and activities allowed for weekend bonding and client net-working.
    Work rarely flowed-over and interrupted with weekend downtime.
    Generous $/km when using your vehicle on job.

    Cons

    Company management was frustrating - Stantec was overly concerned with smaller company acquisitions (2 or 3 companies a year) and was dealt with the unfortunate circumstances of closing smaller offices for the benefit of cost-cutting (basic economics right?).
    Business classes or profit centres broke office unity and made broadening your experience under other disciplines within the Stantec umbrella difficult.
    Project management seemed lazy and unsupportive at times with their abbreviated workdays (9-3:30 or sometimes earlier).
    Always a threat to being released if an ideal chargeability wasn't met and pay-hikes were in minute increments and were never seemed befitting to the effort you put into your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the business class/profit centre structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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