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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated 24 September, 2018
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Nancy Southern
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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)

    "Electrical Engineer Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lloydminster, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lloydminster, AB
    Recommends

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Offered several challenging tasks and projects, which helped me grow as a student. Very supportive team, and overall great experience

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about the job


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Up and Down"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Always the same"

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    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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good time to work at this company"

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

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    - Wages are relatively high as a result of their union, CEWA, particularly for the more unskilled careers, ie. clerks, laborers.
    - Management is more responsive than ever to suggestions for streamlining, or improving existing processes.
    - Although it's a rough envrionment right now, odds are it will improve after a few years once things stabilize

    Cons

    - I would say they are taking a break from any employee quality of life concerns to focus strictly on pure profit/efficiency.
    - They've removed a lot of positions limiting the opportunities for advancement
    - Constant re-orgs and layoffs with next to zero reasoning provided to staff.
    - They're currently experimenting with seeing how far they can go ignoring or "re-interpreting" their union agreement.

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve relations with employees without just constantly saying "we need to better position ourselves to meet our customers needs". Yeah, all companies do, it's not a good excuse for anything.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here"

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    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great coworkers.

    Cons

    Company went way downhill after Nancy took over. It's all about profits now, employees are only numbers. Customer service and community involvement no longer supported by the company, because it takes time an money. Lower management are too afraid to stand up to the negative direction of the company; those that have got fired.

    Advice to Management

    The best thing about the company is the workers. Stop treating treating them like garbage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great at Atco. The company is large enough so that there are opportunities in different locations or sister companies if desired.

    Cons

    Management makes all the decisions. Nepotism is also a common theme. People are kept around or given better opportunities if they are liked.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the nepotism and provide fair opportunities to everyone. Be open about the business and what's happening.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Cut throat"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Huge turnover - both resignations and terminations.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Just a Number"

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

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good wages and benefits.

    Cons

    No job security and management is continually laying people off with no clear direction. They do not consult anyone that might have insight into processes. You are just a number and the company has no loyalty to its employees regardless of performance or seniority.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Defeated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Unsure how I feel these days.

    Cons

    Not the family organization it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    The majority of the people I worked with on a daily basis were terrific and the salary and benefits were great too.

    Cons

    Since the passing of Ron Southern, the company vision and direction seems to be a more about short term profit rather than long term growth and stability. Decisions at the top seem to be reactionary rather than strategic. Morale has been on a steady decline since Nancy Southern took charge.


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