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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated 15 August, 2017
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  • Confusing messages or no communication at all from senior management (in 6 reviews)

  • There is no job security unless you're an in-scope/union employee (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Supervisor in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Technical Supervisor in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good company to work with. Good people and work and family life balance.

    Cons

    I donot find any Cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. You are doing good.


  2. "Atco Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plt in Peace River, AB
    Current Employee - Plt in Peace River, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good hourly wage. Some great people work with Atco.

    Cons

    overworked. Stressful atmosphere. Not enough equipment. Should spend more on fleet

    Advice to Management

    hire more field staff. More PLTs required . More office staff required for some areas.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "NOT a Family Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wages for what some people actuaaly do

    Cons

    Most everything. Not a FAMILY work place. More concerned about bottom line loke most corporations. Now that Mr Southern has passed away I feel Nancy Southern will do her best to get rid of the company. Toxic place.

    Advice to Management

    Since they know what they are doing, NOT WELL, keep it up!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "ATCO Electric"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Great employee remuneration including salary, stock purchase plan, medical and dental; fantastic co-workers, and nothing else really comes to mind.

    Cons

    There exists a strong culture of fear, which often prevents employees from objectively challenging superiors, which encourages a command and control approach from senior management, and prevents lower levels of leadership from appropriate decision making responsibility and therefore accountability for their work .

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees for what they were hired to do, and encourage open, objective (and respectful) opinions to be voiced.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Be Aware"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - Fair Salary

    Cons

    In one word - MANAGEMENT! Particularly in areas not in or near a city, people get promoted and are assumed to have the skills required to be a supervisor/manager (i.e. people skills, integrity, conflict management). Once promoted they bully and manipulate subordinates but have no accountability as their supervisor/manager is often just as unskilled. (This has become a more common problem since all the layoffs done in 2015 which resulted in numerous reorganizational changes.)
    Decisions are based on favoritism (if you don't speak up or question the leadership you'll be a favorite). This equates to evaluations being done based on personal feelings rather than fair and professional.
    If your getting an advancement means any inconvenience to your supervisor/manager (i.e. they would have to replace you, training arrangements would be necessary) - you will not be supported or encouraged to achieve your goal/s.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility. As a new manager/supervisor you do need new skills - learn them and use them. Your promotion may have been earned, or given to you because of 'your contacts', but either way it doesn't give you the right to be a tyrant!


  7. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good management, nice people, easy going enviornment and good management

    Cons

    havent had raise for two years, some of the employees dont work well. different departments have different cultures

    Advice to Management

    provide more feedback


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Be careful."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits/coverage.
    Salaries are above average (but not necessarily for younger hires).
    Lots of opportunity/support for training.
    Larger organization with potential for future growth.
    In-scope and field (non-Edmonton) jobs (usually) have better work/life balance.

    Cons

    Edmonton office jobs are brutal (Nov 2015 layoffs permanently damaged the company, compounding the mistake of splitting the company into 2 divisions in 2013). Certain departments (accounting) have tons of OT with zero pay/time-in-lieu.
    1980's-era software systems are in desperate need of replacement, but Corporate is unwilling to address this.
    Frequent confusion in basic matters (ex: job responsibilities, corporate communications, org charts).
    Extreme nepotism filters down to all levels of management. Out-of-scope employees need to know how to manage high school politics (cliques) to advance/survive.

    Advice to Management

    Spend big money and modernize all software systems.
    Don't reorganize unless there's actually a plan on how to run things after. (The company is still reeling from Nov 2015's slash-and-burn layoffs.)
    Be transparent about how talented, honest staff can expect to advance. (They're leaving in droves.)


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A long way to go..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people with lots of ambition and heart!

    Cons

    There's a disconnect somewhere between those that make the decisions and those that are tasked with making them a reality and there's a misunderstanding of just how much can be accomplished by one individual, be it staff, management or executive.

    Advice to Management

    Those that make the decisions need to listen to what their people are telling them, trust in that they want to see the company succeed just as much as they do.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit, hard working people, downtown location is nice

    Cons

    Be prepared to work a lot of hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard, but careful not to burn people out


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Leaving as soon as the opportunity arises"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Work can be interesting. Pay is ok (if one does not think about the frequent unpaid overtime.)

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations in terms of work load. Often unnecessarily so (lacking priority setting) Low caliber management (some exceptions) . Organization does not value employees . Very short term thinking . Bullying is tolerated.


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