Stantec Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Nov 26, 2020

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Stantec President and CEO Gord Johnston
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  • "Great work environment to work in(in 86 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance, multiple diverse opportunities(in 75 reviews)

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  • "Snarky emails from upper management pushing corporate iniatives(in 35 reviews)

  • "kind of cliquey for such a large company(in 34 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      It is what you make of it

      Sep 8, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Lots of different projects to learn from and projects are often unique. As an EIT I did not find that I was plateauing or getting stuck in a repetitive position. The office atmosphere was fantastic, the vast majority of my coworkers are positive. Hours are flexible (to an extent) depending on position/senority, which is almost a requirement these days.

      Cons

      I began working at Stantec after graduation and found that the project managers often worry about their budgets more than training new staff - many times I wouldn't be able to work on a project because of budget issues. Workload can be highly variable. Some days are very fast paced, and others very slow. Some tasks (field inspection in particular) are largely trial-by-fire. As with most large companies, upper management is extremely disconnected from the actual work and often impose bizarre and/or unattainable restrictions.

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      STAY AWAY FROM THIS HORRIBLE COMPANY

      Mar 21, 2020 - Project Engineer in Surrey, BC
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      Pros

      Some good people, but other than that, none that I can think of.

      Cons

      This company promotes narcissistic individuals into management. The Surrey office suffered for years under tyrannical leadership that created a very toxic and demoralizing environment. Management was abusive towards staff with lots of pressure to bill clients aggressively in order to inflate utilization rates. Upper management turned a blind eye and let this go on for years and did nothing about it despite a long list of very unhappy staff that left for less toxic environments. A similar management style has spread to the Burnaby office. Beware. Avoid Stantec Vancouver also as management there are unscrupulous. Do not work at this company unless you want to ruin your career. An absolutely horrible work experience and environment.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great work environment and benefits

      Oct 8, 2019 - Senior Network Engineer in Edmonton, AB
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      Pros

      Corporate, good benefits, good workers

      Cons

      Cons Supervisors are not managed properly by upper management and get away with acts of mistreatment of their team

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Land Development Slavery

      Apr 24, 2019 - Land Development Technologist in Edmonton, AB
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      Pros

      Company events and free corporate mugs

      Cons

      Supervisors are not managed properly by upper management and get away with acts of mistreatment of their team.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Acquisition Overload - Beware of Restructuring

      Jun 30, 2017 - Project Engineer in London, ON
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      Pros

      Potentially interesting and large projects Intelligent Staff Variety of service lines within the company

      Cons

      Immense pressure to be at over 80% utilized. If you are not, you are told to take time off (or use vacation) to keep the numbers up. Budgets for projects can be very tight (to stay competitive) so you end up working on your own time (e.g. for free) just to get the job done as they don't want write-offs. Upper management not in the same office as their teams, have no idea of what is actually going on in the local marketplaces - huge disconnect. Constantly buying up smaller firms, every six months there seems to be a "restructuring" (layoffs).

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      3 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A mediocre place to work

      Feb 12, 2017 -  in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      RSP matching Dollars for doers program

      Cons

      Pay is below industry average. Sick day policy is minimal (especially difficult if you have children in daycare or sick parents to attend to). Their focus is on acquring new companies with little focus on how they operate together. Company values such as putting employees first is a marketing catch phrase that they sell to you. Too much middle to upper management with little value. They handle their layoffs poorly.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Environmental services review

      Sep 16, 2015 - Environmental Planner in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Great coworkers, health initiatives, project diversity

      Cons

      Low moral, reduction in work scope, poor upper management communication

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Disappointing and frustrating for professional project managers.

      Aug 20, 2015 - Senior Project Manager in Edmonton, AB
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      Pros

      Good benefits. Relaxed work environment. Years of service recognition. Community involvement through volunteering and fundraising. Free coffee. Geographically spread throughout North America.

      Cons

      Fragmented company including systems and procedures; lack of project management software and tools, each business unit is in competition with the other, lack of alliances, lack of guidance from upper management, staff not held accountable, staff under qualified, lack of training. I

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      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Supervisor had terrible communication skills, and not a leader by any means.

      May 27, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      Employees were very friendly, close group. Solid work and life balance.

      Cons

      Upper management and corporate lack leadership and drive in the oil and gas sector.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Current Employee

      This company is very disorganized. The upper management is not familiar with the projects that they are managing.

      Apr 2, 2015 - Intermediate Designer in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Very large world wide multidisciplinary firm

      Cons

      Very disorganized upper management and cannot successfully handle files

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      3 people found this review helpful
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