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TransAlta Reviews

Updated 20 March, 2019
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  • "Upper management not well-liked as you can see from other reviews" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Just realize there is no job security in ANY role or position" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Viewing it from the other side of the glass"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor - Stakeholder & Indigenous Relations in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor - Stakeholder & Indigenous Relations in Calgary, AB
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most people who write reviews on sites like Glassdoor are those disgruntled because of layoffs or personal issues with their supervisors. The truth is those of us who are happy about our place of work never take the time to share the other side of the story.
    I have been with TransAlta for 4 years now. In the past 25 years, my career has taken me to all four corners of the globe working on sustainable development projects. I have had the privilege to be mentored by some of the greatest professionals around. Yet, I don't remember ever working for a more innovative, progressive company than TransAlta Corporation.
    Not one or two, but three of the supervisors I've worked with in this company have taken the time to make sure I'm involved in projects I find meaningful. The level of trust is one of the highest I have ever encountered and ideas and suggestions are listened to and followed on.
    Most of the people I work with work hard because they feel respected and appreciated.
    Lately, the Management Team in the Company has involved us all in a culture-changing exercise; and the results have been outstanding. A positive attitude is contagious and ours is spreading rapidly.
    I truly look forward to the rest of my career here, and I know of many others who feel the same way about TransAlta.

    Cons

    No company is perfect but this one comes really close

    Advice to Management

    Keep involving the key innovators in the process of bringing this company to new heights. Some of the best ideas come from front-line employees.


  2. "Sr. Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    recently lots of organizational changes

  3. "Stabilizing from sustained period of change"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is fair. Vacation is adequate and encouraged. Strong desire to succeed as individuals and an organization. Weathered the worst of the storm.

    Cons

    Uncertainty for many as organization continues to evolve. Change is not uncommon. Have to adapt to new conditions often.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to pay down corporate debt. Difficult decisions and uncomfortable situations will subside eventually. Be a pioneer among your peers. Get outside of the box.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "They are trying to restructure Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TransAlta full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with

    Cons

    Pretty dirty place to work, Working around coal dust all the time.
    There are not enough people there to handle work load, still laying off people, you get the work of the guy who just got layed off plus your work that you have to do.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Company going bankrupt in the next twelve months"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Somehow they manage to keep the paycheques from bouncing

    Cons

    Look at the ten most recent reviews on Glassdoor...they are all negative.
    - Management is short-sighted
    - Pay is not competitive
    - Layoffs and employee transfers every 3-4 months
    - They will say anything to get you into the door
    - Toxic, toxic, toxic work culture
    - Company keeps piling on debt with not plan to repay (Public data)
    - CEO gets paid 3x the average utility company CEO and has been growing earnings at -100% over the past two years (Public data)

    Advice to Management

    - Be honest and transparent with employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unscrupulous business practices."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paycheques haven't been withheld yet.

    Cons

    Doesn't negotiate compensation in an honest fashion.

    Moves goal line after annual incentive plan goals have been approved and achieved to prevent payout.

    Takes full advantage of current Alberta job market by laying off and redistributing workloads while refusing to negotiate compensation. Acknowledges compensation is below market averages while refusing to even offer rate of inflation increases.

    Devalues and demoralizes employees at every available opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your children know what you do for a living.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "RUN....Run as fast and as far away as you possibly can."

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people; diverse work and an interesting industry.

    Cons

    The board has allowed the CEO to inflate an oversized and overpaid executive team. Shareholder value is being syphoned into personal wealth with impunity. No long term strategy to address debt and secure growth. The company is destined to plod along until purchase or obscurity.

    Advice to Management

    Shareholders need to step up to secure a board of directors that will actually do something to stop the insanity.

  8. "The favouritism and lack of consistency between actions and talk is soul sucking."

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    Former Employee - Leader In Operations in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Leader In Operations in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relationships with colleagues and interesting work.

    Cons

    Lack of integrity from senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Please don’t write blogs outlining expectations for employees then turn around and take the exact opposite action.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "A disaster of a company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I can't think of any other positive point about being here than the chance to work with a handful of experienced employees who know the sector really well. For some inexplicable reason, TransAlta has managed to hire some of the amazing talent pool the company has. They never last long enough though.

    Cons

    With a couple of exceptions, the entire management team at TransAlta should be fired. They confuse leadership with micromanaging and bossing people around while never being there for them. Every manager "manages up" instead of being there for their teams. The mentality of the upper ranks is behind by decades. No matter how good you are, somebody else ends up taking credit for it and you get NO recognition. It is a real miracle this company is still around. I can't think of a single coworker I have spoken with lately who isn't looking for a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Why is the Board of Directors allowing the management team at TransAlta to destroy such a long-lasting Alberta company year after year? Maybe the Board needs to be fired as well.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TransAlta full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You collect a paycheck and hours of work are ok

    Cons

    Constant layoffs
    No job satisfaction
    Wages are extremely low
    Poor staff and company culture
    Inexperienced management making poor decisions

    Advice to Management

    Need to value your employees and not treat them poor. Mentor young managers because they lack empathy and experience,