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ATCO Electric Reviews

Updated 15 June, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good benefits, stock purchase/match program, good bonus (when times are good)" (in 14 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)

  • "In the face of multiple layoff waves, mentors guarded their expertise so they would be less likely to be let go" (in 4 reviews)

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  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. "EIT Salary"

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    Former Employee - Electrical EIT in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Electrical EIT in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Defined EIT program with clear expectations

    Cons

    No regards for individual interest, rotations are fixed

    Advice to Management

    Let people do what they love

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Protection & Control Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Protection & Control Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Electrical Protection & Control Engineer in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly, it is a good place for professional practice. Good benefit specially offer to employee 5 personal flex day off which is great.

    Cons

    Due to business strategy and management issues, company is in difficult time period now, so employee are in situation of job less security.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a good family company, NOT ANYMORE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company work climate (used to)
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Some supervisors are biased / discriminate
    Newer management doesn't handle employees well
    Sometimes doesn't recognize good performance

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great people and not just the teacher's pets
    Reorganizing too much is just confusing
    Cut the fat and layoff some middle management/senior management instead of hard working grunts that actually do the work


  5. "Vertically structured but they do care about employees"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong pay and good benefits
    lots of training
    self-directed career management

    Cons

    discretionary bonuses which meant that some years I saw nothing even if I worked harder.
    vertical structure means information flow is slow and decisions take time to be made.
    sometimes took advantage of your time and expected overtime work with no pay


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO Electric (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefit program, fair compensation, very collaborative, great people

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to work long hours. The company has bullies in senior roles and they have not addressed their behaviour. Instead they promote them

    Advice to Management

    If people matter, treat them like they do


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good at first"

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

    Pros

    Good pay and the people we're great. Job and the hours were ok too. They did give good severance per the collective agreement.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs . Forced a lot of employees into early retirement. If it wasn't for the union protecting interests would have been a lot worse. Out of scope employees were caught off guard.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with more respect.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  10. 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.


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