ATCO Electric Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated Sep 21, 2017

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  • "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 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work but suffers from a lack of focus and positive direction."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is room for advancement in the department. I have learned a lot in the last 5 years. Good work life balance with a good supervisor. Many good people work for the company.

    Cons

    Some hard working people released during staff reductions. Confusing messages or no communication at all from senior management. Seems like no one is piloting the ship.

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  2. Helpful (8)

    "Unstable with an uncertain future"

    2.0
    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.

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  3. Helpful (6)

    "ATCO Electric"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 .

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Its all about money"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric

    Pros

    Co-workers, pension, I cannot think of anything.

    Cons

    No bonus or raises of employees while senior management receives some. Board posts record profits but does not respect employees or reward skilled talent. This is a sinking ship. They are cashing out at the top with no worry about the strong Albertans that run the business. Leaders are making millions. Shamefull. They are only utility to lay off and then boast record profits.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    "In Upheaval"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, stock purchase/match program, good bonus (when times are good)

    Cons

    Senior management has come up through the ranks and there are no new ideas. There was also no trust between the senior management and mid-management. My understanding is that this stems from the top of ATCO corporate. When times are tough they do the easiest thing - cut, cut, cut staff. Rather than planning for the ups and downs of the economy. They let go of people who had served them for over 30 years.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Senior analyst"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ATCO Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation and health plan are decent and at par with industry standards. Depending on your luck, small work teams can have team spirit. Employee share plan is pretty good. Although its self serving to ATCO because no say investor will ever their shares.

    Cons

    ATCO Electric and overall ATCO group are pretty terrible employers. Leadership rules by fear and intimidation with rampant nepotism permeating through the entire organization. The Southerns are quite incompetent in actually understanding what 21st century work culture looks like. ATCO group and ATCO Electric are heading towards inevitable decline which is quite evident in their recent business decisions. AUC regulates natural monopolies like ATCO Electric and prohibits cross subsidization of other sicks industry units within the ATCO group on the backs Alberta rate payers. But senior management feels that AUC is poppycock and they have free reign to do whatever. The mass lay offs of 900 plus employees from ATCO Electric and the creation of Global Electricity unit is testament to this cross subsidation phenomena and overall lack of direction and imminent decline. The staff that survived mass layoffs is stuck here because Albertan economy is in recession and there are no jobs. But once economic growth returns employees will quit in hordes.

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  7. Helpful (12)

    "ATCO Heart and Mind Is No More"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO Electric for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As a long term employee I really enjoy the people I work with. The company also until recently treated people with respect and was good to its people.

    Cons

    Since the change from 2 separate presidents within the Electric divisions, the single president has replaced the heart and mind values with fear, workplace bullying and complete chaos. For the most part the senior management have little to no say in company matters and that is a shame The atmosphere is terrible currently which is sad to see.

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