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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated 3 March, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good benefits, stock purchase/match program, good bonus (when times are good)" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Good people and work and family life balance" (in 9 reviews)

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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Role"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and make coming to work worth it

    Cons

    Continual short term transformation and restructuring makes stability nearly impossible and stress levels are continually high.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down change.

  3. "ATCO as a Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, attractive benefits (health, share plan etc),dynamic

    Cons

    Don't know what tomarrow will bring, management love to draw conclusions from hear say.

    Advice to Management

    Commend your workers, give constructive feed back and investigate before casting judgement.


  4. "Dynamic journey"

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    Current Employee - Powerline Technician in Grande Prairie, AB
    Current Employee - Powerline Technician in Grande Prairie, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of growth opportunities and good family life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes too much major changes in short time span

    Advice to Management

    Continue empowering staff


  5. Helpful (4)

    "From good to bad to lost"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good overall compensation package

    Cons

    Total lack of identity and direction
    Severe micromanagement at the highest levels
    No trust in all directions
    The only goal is to prop up the share price through earnings
    Constant Staff reductions for the past 4 years
    System maintenance has been sacrificed to improve earnings at great risk to the safety of the system
    All decisions are made at the highest level of the Corporation with no input from the lower levels

    Advice to Management

    Don't exchange all of your morals for money


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stay AWAY"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good money. There are some nice people. Hard to say what the pros are these days .

    Cons

    Lack of Leadership from the Supervisor all the way up to the CEO. Their HR is a joke. This is a sinking ship due to the leadership. The leadership direction changes faster than a tornado. If you get a good manager they either get laid off or they are really smart and quit.

    Advice to Management

    Get a direction and stick to it. No more "fly by the seat of your pants". Let your employees get to your goals whatever they may be.


  7. "CSR lll"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative Lll in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative Lll in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good employee benefits and job perks, excellent wages, work environment and safety are all top notch, training is ongoing for all employees, excellent Human Resources departments.

    Cons

    I found absolutely no cons of working for this company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees and let them know it!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Mentally Abusive Company"

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    Current Employee - (Held Various Job Positions) in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - (Held Various Job Positions) in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are the only pros to working here.

    Cons

    Cons: Everything. Aside from the very few employees who care for the well-being of one another, the rest will mentally break you down, throw you to the wolves to save themselves and use you as a stepping stone. This company doesn’t know the meaning of a respectful workplace. ATCO is toxic. The longer you stay the worse off you’ll be. Nancy doesn’t care about the employees, she only cares about the bottom line.
    The salary is not worth the years of recovery & therapy you’ll need from the mental abuse you’ll endure here. Trust me, I’m a current employee with 10+ years of service and I highly recommend that you take the pay cut and find employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management: Think about how you treat your employees, and now think about how you’d feel if your loved ones were treated that way by their employer.
    Supervisors & Managers: Keep treading that shark infested water.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Up and Down"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Technologist in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Technologist in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good pay for Technologists.

    Cons

    To many supervisors and managers. You will feel very micro managed.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Always the same"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are generally good and you are generally entitled to more statutory holidays than most companies.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, focus is mainly on maintaining status quo and playing internal political games.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and empower middle and lower management to make process changes that challenge status quo