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- TransLink scored higher in 7 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval and % Recommend to a friend.
- Seaspan ULC scored higher in 2 areas: Compensation & Benefits and Positive Business Outlook.
What Employees Say
- "Great benefits" was the most mentioned Pro at TransLink.
- "Good pay" was the most mentioned Pro at Seaspan ULC.
- "Large organization" was the most mentioned Con at TransLink.
- "Senior management" was the most mentioned Con at Seaspan ULC.
I worked at TransLink full-time for more than a year
I enjoyed my time working at TransLink. I was an employee for nearly two years, serving in two different senior roles. The people in my division (communications, marketing, and public affairs) were... extremely skilled, knowledgeable, and fun to work alongside. I made many friends during my time at TransLink and hope those friendships will endure because they are wonderful people. There were certainly times when the work was stressful, but I came from a high-stress environment with similar tight deadlines, so that didn’t bother me too much. I also found the subject matter interesting and ever-changing, which meant I was never bored.
I do think some divisions at TransLink can be overly bureaucratic, which means decision-making can be painfully slow. There is also a strange dynamic at TransLink where some office employees are... unionized while others are not. Unfortunately, I felt that some people in unionized roles took advantage and would take a very long time to get even the simplest task done, not because the task takes long, but out of principle or as a weird flex. It's not uncommon to have to wait two weeks for your colleague to complete a simple task that takes only two minutes, which can be frustrating and leads to a weird dynamic amongst the team, and causes some resentment internally. I also think there are a lot of meetings at TransLink, which can make it challenging to actually get any work done. It’s not uncommon for people to block white space in their calendars just so they can focus on work for an hour or two each day and not get pulled into unnecessary meetings. This is a problem that management is aware of and they are working on finding a solution. Another common frustration is that HR takes forever to fill positions (again, too bureaucratic) which leads to pressure on the remaining employees to pick up the slack while their team is short-staffed. It’s not uncommon for positions to remain vacant for several months, due to how long it takes HR to approve positions, post them online, conduct interviews, tender an offer, etc. I was actually shocked at how long they take, to be honest, and I think they miss out on hiring some talented employees as a result of their bureaucratic HR processes.
Advice to Management
All in all, I think TransLink is a good place to work and you will learn a lot. I greatly value and appreciate my time spend there! I really admired my Director and VP and think they are brilliant... and great people, which certainly helped. I would recommend working at TransLink, with the caveat that you should expect to deal with some office politics from time to time… although I think that’s a pretty common issue in many companies. My advice for management is to try to find ways to reduce bureaucracy, speed up decision-making, and modernize some of your HR processes and technology systems. These issues cause pain points for some of your hardest-working employees.