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TransAlta Reviews

Updated 13 March, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of great people that work within the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Comparatively good benefits although recently cut, good work life balance and opportunities to learn (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management personnel continuously changing roles/departments (in 7 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, not great on boarding (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    TransAlta had a good benefit program, great vacation, decent pension, good company culture, and overall a is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Going through major changes right now due to the coal phase out happening in Canada. Could be downsizing some departments.


  2. "Corporate"

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

    I worked at TransAlta full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people that work within the company. The company is innovative and forward looking.

    Cons

    Due to the economic time there were lots of cutbacks on employee benefits.
    Very conservative work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back you bonuses so employees can keep their jobs.


  3. "My last hope is an acquisition"

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

    Pros

    Good interpersonal relationships
    Nice benefits
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Clueless, authoritarian leadership only pay lip service to employee empowerment, they don't hear us despite repeated signs of discontent and bad reviews by the lower levels - just look at the Glassdoor reviews!
    Decisions follow the "my way or the highway" model
    Penny-wise, pound-foolish company
    The only hope is it being acquired by someone that gets rid of most of the senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the front lines and be accountable for the company problems. You are risking losing top talent once the downturn recedes. Doing rounds of "reorganizations" and "improvement projects" can do very little when the real problem, *senior management*, refuses to change.


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  5. "Interesting work but appears sometimes a bit 'dusty'"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting business environment. Lots of opportunities to take on different roles (if you know the right people). Stable business (although market gets tougher).

    Cons

    Internal procedures and leadership style a bit 'dusty' (well, it is an old company). A tendency to rely on external resources to fill open positions and to provide advice instead of relying on internal know-how.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change and try new (unconventional) ideas.


  6. "TransAlta Review"

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    Former Employee - SAP Enterprise Portal Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - SAP Enterprise Portal Consultant in Calgary, AB

    I worked at TransAlta (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    TransAlta is a good company which provides wide platform for learning and growth.

    Cons

    Monotonous technologies and lesser onsite opportnities.


  7. "Coal is dead"

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    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator in Sundance, AB
    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator in Sundance, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home, opportunity to get steam time and get out

    Cons

    Mis managed with no accountability


  8. "In dire need of an overhaul"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sundance, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sundance, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Comparatively good benefits although recently cut, good work life balance and opportunities to learn. Realization in the upper ranks of the need for drastic changes to turn things around.

    Cons

    Overall toxic work environment characterized by severe mistrust and micro-management. Inconsistent policies and favoritism. Stalled promotions and employee growth. Use of bullying and temper tantrums by immediate leadership instead of professional competency.

    Definitely not an employer of choice at this time.


  9. "Systems Analyst"

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

    I worked at TransAlta (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best time to work was when I joined in 2006 and was appreciated to work on SAP Portal Projects

    Cons

    Replacing Canadian employees with companies from India, not a good idea. Outsourcing to a local company in Canada is acceptable.

    Advice to Management

    The Leadership should have a positive vision and think about local population first, cause bringing staff from overseas has really not improved the reputation of the company.


  10. "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work and good coworkers

    Cons

    Very poor management that's too focused on other things. This job use to be good but the economy turned and the company took every opportunity to take advantage of the workers by cutting pension, days off, no raises, etc. hard work is expected with little or no recognition. But those people who do little work or barely contribute are not punished at all and continue to get away with it

    Advice to Management

    Do the complete opposite of what your doing and chances are you would finally make some good choices. Be ready for when things in the province turnaround cause there's guna be a mass exodus of your good staff


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, poor leadership."

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

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

    Pros

    - A lot of great people there.
    - Challenging work with decent pay and benefits
    - Some flexibility to move throughout company or different positions if desired

    Cons

    - Management is inflated and makes poor decisions
    - Constant re-org's, layoffs, restructuring.
    - Poor review process, no clear path of development

    Advice to Management

    Rather than bringing in only outside people for the management positions, considering promoting your own staff first. Taking an active role in growing both your male, as well as female employees, will allow you to retain critical people and skills, improving performance. Don't undercut staff at every area,



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