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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2019

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Found 131 reviews

2.3
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32%
Recommend to a Friend
20%
Approve of CEO
Nancy Southern
65 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "Confusing messages or no communication at all from senior management(in 7 reviews)

  • "You get paid low like a utility, but have little job security, kind of like worst of both(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work"

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

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time for 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.

    ATCO Electric2017-08-13
  2. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good benefits, high salary

    Cons

    Layoffs, unlikely job security, bureaucracy, impersonal

    Advice to Management

    layoff more middle management and less workers during layoff seasons

    ATCO Electric2019-06-19
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great company to work for until downsizing"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at ATCO Electric full-time

      Pros

      Solid benefits and great people to work with

      Cons

      Lots of downsizing of really good people

      ATCO Electric2019-05-24
    • Helpful (2)

      "A terrible, dispiriting place to work"

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      Former Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Some good people still remain

      Cons

      The accounting leadership is almost completely incompetent. They don’t even have a basic understanding of how to manage people, and think nothing of having employees work 10-15 OT hours a week on tasks with no value. Since accountants are not paid overtime, the company makes no effort to use their time efficiently or even give the appearance that their time has value. Most of upper management lacks “front-line” experience,...

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      Advice to Management

      At some point, the company stopped looking for actual management ability in the people they made supervisors and managers. There is a leadership void at every level of the company all the way to the top, and fixing that is crucial to getting things right before it’s too late.

      ATCO Electric2019-06-08
    • "Groundman"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at ATCO Electric full-time

        Pros

        Good benefits, good crew to work with.

        Cons

        To top heavy in the management

        ATCO Electric2019-05-01
      • "ATCO Electric"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 10 years

        Pros

        The people are great and the employees truly believed the values

        Cons

        Management no longer stands up for the company values

        ATCO Electric2019-04-22
      • Helpful (1)

        "Weak management"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Good benefits, lots of interesting projects.

        Cons

        Too much office politics, managers and supervisors "appointed" - not based on merit but rather buddy system, senior leadership is out of touch with staff and the public outside of Edmonton. Departments trying to backstab each other, not a healthy team environment. Watch your back.

        Advice to Management

        Shared leadership works. Hire management and supervisors from outside of ATCO rank and file - ever hear of the Peter Principle?

        ATCO Electric2019-04-30
      • Helpful (4)

        "Run Away, Fast and Far"

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

        I worked at ATCO Electric full-time

        Pros

        Competitive benefits and that’s about it

        Cons

        HORRIBLE leadership from CEO Nancy Southern and senior leadership team. Micro management oozes from these layers, who instead should learn to set direction, coach and then encourage your middle management and teams to execute and achieve. Unfortunately, constant haranguing, bullying, creation of culture of fear amongst employees is what they are good at. ATCO touts values as being the foundation to its success but...

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        Advice to Management

        This is actually advice to minority shareholders (because Southern family hold voting shares exclusively and telling the inept group of senior leaders what to do would fall on deaf ears) - stage a protest and revolt around the lack of performance from the CEO and her gang of ineffective leadership. She can vote it down, but make it public and stir the pot. ATCO hates negative media and does everything it can to control...

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        ATCO Electric2019-05-03
      • "Not Ideal"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

          Pros

          Good people to work with.

          Cons

          Leadership is overrated if you can work the stock market.

          ATCO Electric2019-04-11
        • "Keep looking"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
          Doesn't Recommend
          Negative Outlook
          Disapproves of CEO

          I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 5 years

          Pros

          benefits, decent pay and .........

          Cons

          Now that they laid everyone off you get to do the job of 3 people and they put you in a new job title that pays less.

          Advice to Management

          Quit saying its a family company, nobody believes it. Ron is rolling in his grave

          ATCO Electric2019-04-26
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