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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated 13 October, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, stock purchase/match program, good bonus (when times are good) (in 11 reviews)

  • Good work life balance with a good supervisor (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Confusing messages or no communication at all from senior management (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work"

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    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. Helpful (2)

    "Unstable with an uncertain future"

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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

    Pros

    Pay and time off was better than I expected. I could take my vacation whenever I wanted. Lots of training opportunities available. Clean, modern offices. Unlimited free coffee and multiple kitchens on every office floor.

    Cons

    The benefits package costs more and is providing less benefits year after year.
    Senior management is poor and infighting and politics dominate employees' life.
    Employee morale and energy started high but has since fallen to an all time low.
    Mentorship is provided however it depends on favoritism and how willing seniors are to share knowledge with juniors. In the face of multiple layoff waves, mentors guarded their expertise so they would be less likely to be let go.
    Frequent travel is mandatory but provides little benefit to the employee and gets in the way of completing your own tasks.
    Overtime was never required however was then made mandatory in order to meet quotas and to guarantee positive employee reviews.
    Usually electric utilities are stable and not tied to other industry sectors. However, beware as this company's business is very closely tied to the oil and gas sector. This is great when oil and gas is strong, and a nightmare when there is an industry slump. Also, this industry is heavily regulated by the provincial government that has caused numerous heavy changes to ATCO's business model.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders must lead. Practice what you preach. It's your job to secure contracts and work for employees, not the job of employees to find work for themselves. Strong, effective leadership, free of internal conflict, is essential to weathering a crisis.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional Management"

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    Former Employee - Office in Peace River, AB
    Former Employee - Office in Peace River, AB
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Was good paying job-then company layoffs tripled work loads for those with jobs. No recognition or compensation.

    Cons

    Management in the North is not skilled or professional in managing people (promoted by family connections or by buddy system - not on ability to manage) A lot of manipulation for individual advancement - not a team environment. If you speak out or question management be prepared for backlash and bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Have some integrity - treat your workers by being fair and HONEST!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Backstabbing company with terrible managers"

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

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not many pros about working here, Atco has decided to make me a travelling construction crew lineman. I was hired as a service man now on a travelling crew. Will be giving my notice.

    Cons

    Unquestionably unqualified mangers who are only here to make themselves look good. Promise impossible timelines on project. Feel they have he right to move employees from service to construction so that they can save money on their operations budgets. Not family friendly, don't come here unless your single because you will have no family life at all. It's all about sending guys on the road for the write downs and the falsely perceived efficiencies gained by staying in camps and hotels on the road, when we are only 1-1.5 hrs from home.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the terrible managers who are eroding all the company moral with the terrible people skills


  6. "Atco Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plt in Peace River, AB
    Current Employee - Plt in Peace River, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hourly wage. Some great people work with Atco.

    Cons

    overworked. Stressful atmosphere. Not enough equipment. Should spend more on fleet

    Advice to Management

    hire more field staff. More PLTs required . More office staff required for some areas.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "NOT a Family Environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Wages for what some people actuaaly do

    Cons

    Most everything. Not a FAMILY work place. More concerned about bottom line loke most corporations. Now that Mr Southern has passed away I feel Nancy Southern will do her best to get rid of the company. Toxic place.

    Advice to Management

    Since they know what they are doing, NOT WELL, keep it up!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "ATCO Electric"

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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

    Pros

    Great employee remuneration including salary, stock purchase plan, medical and dental; fantastic co-workers, and nothing else really comes to mind.

    Cons

    There exists a strong culture of fear, which often prevents employees from objectively challenging superiors, which encourages a command and control approach from senior management, and prevents lower levels of leadership from appropriate decision making responsibility and therefore accountability for their work .

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees for what they were hired to do, and encourage open, objective (and respectful) opinions to be voiced.


  9. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good management, nice people, easy going enviornment and good management

    Cons

    havent had raise for two years, some of the employees dont work well. different departments have different cultures

    Advice to Management

    provide more feedback


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Be careful."

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    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.)


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A long way to go..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


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