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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated 11 May, 2017
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  • Confusing messages or no communication at all from senior management (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "A long way to go..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Be careful."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.)


  3. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Turning into a travelling construction utility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Powerline Technician in Northern Valley, AB
    Current Employee - Powerline Technician in Northern Valley, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing significant, pension is average, benefits below average, and wages are average. Management is incompetent and nepotism is how most attained their positions.

    Cons

    Hired under false pretences, was assigned to a specific service area, now the expectation is that I should be ok with being put on the road to work elsewhere so Atco can make more money, but have the security of having me in this remote area to be on call. Massive layoffs in 2015 created a workload that is unsustainable with current staff numbers, re-assigning non construction staff to construction crews is one of their "repurposing" of existing staff. Not one of us has been asked, just sent. The hilarious part is that they make crews stay in hotels when we are working 1 hr from home, where's the cost savings? Where are the Atco " family"values? Totally non-existent, very low moral, employees resigning daily.

    Advice to Management

    This company is not a construction company, if it is let the current employees know that is the direction we are going. So that we can leave


  6. "Great while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work with a great team environment and very encouraging of professional development.

    Cons

    Lots of company reorganization. Top leaders don't seem to quite be able to put their fingers on what works.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a plan and stick with it.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good company while it lasted."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work, and grow working knowledge.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Company downsized with major layoffs.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "I hope this company will be great again"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are awesome. The company cares a lot about safety and family values. Employees get very valuable training opportunities. The great benefits make up for the medium pay, though other companies have caught up since 2013.

    Cons

    Just like many other utilities companies, this company puts an employee's number of years of service (and his/her parents' number of years of service) before his/her talent or performance. Therefore, many talented employees have left, while some existing employees stick to a "we must do it this way because we have been doing it this way for 20 years" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    The Management needs to rest less on natural monopoly and work harder on improving the competitiveness of the company. An "I will start to learn swimming when the flood comes" mentality will not work, and quite often it will be followed by a "whack-a-mole" strategy of crisis management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits with no benefit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contact Administration in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Contact Administration in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good.
    Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Very clicky.
    Blatant favouritism


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No longer a good company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is mediocre at best and shrinking fast. Best program is stock options because they look after shareholders far better than employees. A Union that used to be good until the company fired all the good Union representatives, now the Union is useless and infiltrated by management wannabes.

    Cons

    Very age discriminatory against older workers. Blatant favouritism & very cliquish. Management style is bullying, harassment & intimidation. No recognition program at all and little chance for advancement except for yes men. The company is very good at getting rid of "undesirables" (non yes men) with massive terminations for "staff reductions" They terminated a high percentage of long service employees (25 years+) to steal their retirements & kept inexperienced younger employees instead.

    Advice to Management

    Weak leadership at all levels. If you are a good & fair leader with morals & ethics you will not last long there. The company reputation is ruined and when the economy upturns and there are more choices, the good employees that may be left there will leave this company in droves. People saw what you did to the older workers & realize their turn will come & that there is no future with this company.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "HRBP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO Electric (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company has good benefits, with the option of Flex benefits allowing employees to choose what works best for each family.

    Cons

    No work life balance, they don't care for the well being of the people. No longer a family oriented company, all values are gone. No transparency.

    Advice to Management

    People are truly your biggest asset, take care of them. You don't treat people well you lose the super stars.


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