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Ontario Power Generation Reviews

Updated 6 December, 2017
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Pros
  • Unionized Engineers and amazing work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Good pay, vacation and benefits (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • there are no CONS, it is all pros (in 6 reviews)

  • All Engineering work is contracted out (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits, Management too political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and salaries are towards the top of the industry. High technology focus within a clean industry. A ;eader in health and safety.

    Cons

    Often bring in foreign management who like to shake things up and leave chaos in their wake. Change from being a Crown corporation in the 1990s has lessened employee engagement and belief in the goals of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Develop local management and promote through to the top of the company. Work with government to allow the making of decisions on supply expansion based on engineering studies, not political considerations.


  2. "Good Internship experience, lots of responsibility"

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    Former Employee - Technical Engineering Intern in Bowmanville, ON
    Former Employee - Technical Engineering Intern in Bowmanville, ON

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of responsibility
    - Good speaking experience
    - Good variety of experience

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic culture, lots of paperwork


  3. "Don't go there unless you are part of the Union"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pickering, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pickering, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and pension.
    In addition, for Union employees ONLY there are lots of pluses: short days, reasonable work load, crazy long vacation allowance, sick days, family days.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are actually mediocre compared to market.

    At the union employee level, lots of lazy and entitled staff! if you work hard sorry but you will be paid exactly as the lazy bunch that do nothing and just want to make $140k by warming up their chairs!
    At the manager level there is a lot of backstabbing and some managers continually throw other people under the bus to get promoted. As a manager, your performance is not evaluated by how you achieved your objectives, but how directors in your area say you did (most of the time there are no objective evaluations), so it becomes a game of managers living to please directors and the latter very often have no knowledge of their areas!
    If you are targeted as an undesirable manager they will make everything possible to make you fail and point at every single minor mistake you make (while other managers will be told nothing for much worse mistakes)...
    There are lots of buzzwords that are repeated to the nausea, but mean nothing or are only applied when it is convenient for the director of VP in question.
    Often some directors make up statements without checking facts and just by repeating them over and over these statements become facts!
    Bottom line, don't go there unless you have the protection of a Union

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the subjective evaluations and whatever you want your managers to do put it in writing AND evaluated according to what is agreed the work plan will be!!!!


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  5. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Great work hours
    -Competitive wage compared to interns from other companies
    -Safety focus

    Cons

    -Not very engaging
    -Lack of mentorship for interns
    -Low morale


  6. "Senior Communications Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Communications Advisor in Bowmanville, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Communications Advisor in Bowmanville, ON
    Recommends

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some opportunity to progress in or change roles

    Cons

    Extremely busy position; management can be detached and uncaring

    Advice to Management

    get to know your people; listen to their concerns and demonstrate what you are doing about them or explain to them why not


  7. "A company of diversity"

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    Current Employee - Eng Trainee in Oshawa, ON
    Current Employee - Eng Trainee in Oshawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    So much diversity
    Wonderful health care and dental
    Respectful people
    Just focus on following protocols and following rules , professionalism and respectful behaviour will get you far

    Cons

    parking is hard to find haha thats the only con
    lots of training and lots of computer based training which will make many people angry
    No other cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the diverse hiring of people and not only white people


  8. "Unholy nexus between EPC Vendors and Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good job security and benefits

    Cons

    Seems like there is a lot of corruption - an unholy nexus between senior management and the EPC contractors. Most of the EPC contractors hire ex-OPG folks as managers and what not and there lies the root cause. It is an unholy nexus! Something the government should audit and clamp down upon, as it is a government firm that blows public money to the hilt and with no remorse

    Advice to Management

    Spruce your act before it is too late, if you care!


  9. "Control Tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation full-time

    Pros

    Safety, training, progression, leadership, technicals.

    Cons

    Don't have any to list


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was really fun to work for such a large successful company like OPG, who own and operate so many different facilities and locations across Ontario. It was great to attend different kinds of company events, network with hundreds of new faces, and learn about the behind the scene work done by the company from various perspectives!

    Cons

    The department I worked for was full of political issues...and was very stressful (filled with very hostile/ rude staff). However, after speaking to other staff in other departments, I learned that it was a common thing within the company -
     lots of structural changes and teamwork issues.

    There is a CLEAR work gap between union staff and management staff. Union staff often work at their own pace (and go on multiple long coffee breaks on company time). Also, I found the staff within my department to be very competitive...to the extent that they would throw others under the bus to look better in front of their superiors. Disgusting and childish behaviour demonstrated by grown adults!!

    Advice to Management

    Better management of both union and non-union staff would be great, so that productivity can be increased! Bullying within departments should also be monitored and stopped - since a lot of "trash talking" and gossiping goes around!!

    On another note, more networking and department bonding events are strongly encouraged. It's a great opportunity to make friends, build relationships, and branch off into new areas!


  11. Helpful (2)

    "secretary"

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

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time

    Pros

    on-site gym, downtown location, on subway line, Tim Horton's accessible through corridor

    Cons

    building has been sold; no more gym, most new hires are temp or contract = no benefits, lower salary

    Advice to Management

    bloated, overweight management with hefty salaries and pay increases will only get you so far before you're turfed out by the next political govt that is elected.


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