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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated 13 February, 2017
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  • Confusing messages or no communication at all from senior management (in 5 reviews)

  • Staff reductions has increased work load exponentially on existing staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  3. "Safety lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The folks at Atco were great to work with. job was very busy.

    Cons

    Upper management made decisions and didn't care about workforce of hours worked.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your poeple. Less hours of work. Salary doesn't mean 65 plus hours a week with no overtime paid.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, medium compensations, good hours

    Cons

    Random layoffs, bureaucracy through the roof,


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Think Again"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Good Question in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Good Question in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Friendly coworkers
    Excellent benefits
    Relaxed working environment

    Cons

    Very age discriminatory, bad environment if you are an older worker
    No career development.
    Mushroom style management - do your job no more, no less, don't ask questions.
    Very technology adverse, it is like working in the 1970's regarding technology
    Poorly run financially, a lot of assets are lost. This could be a big problem in the future
    Antiquated computer systems and control systems

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust and confide in your employees at all levels
    We need LEADERS in management! The current managers, at ALL levels, are mediocre at best.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Technologist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time

    Pros

    Salary increases fast in the first couple of years

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunity working in the field. Remote job locations



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