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TransAlta Reviews

Updated May 8, 2019

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TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell
Dawn Farrell
71 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lots of great people that work within the company(in 13 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, lots of job opportunities(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management not well-liked as you can see from other reviews(in 10 reviews)

  • "Filthy , your working in coal dust and flyash on a daily basis(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Viewing it from the other side of the glass"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor - Stakeholder & Indigenous Relations in Calgary, AB
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time for 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....

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    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.

    TransAlta2017-11-03
  2. "Ok years ago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TransAlta full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It was a great place to go to gain experience. Good team to work with, people always tried to help each other.

    Cons

    There are many lay offs while management enjoys large salaries. Employees are taking cuts and working more and still getting laid off.

    TransAlta2019-05-01
  3. "Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Duffield, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TransAlta full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wages are tops out there for a maintenance position where your home every night.

    Cons

    Filthy , your working in coal dust and flyash on a daily basis

    TransAlta2019-04-12
  4. "Dumpster Fire"

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

    I worked at TransAlta full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off

    Cons

    Seems to be a lot of short term thinking by E-suite to drive down costs and artificially inflate stock price before retirements

    Advice to Management

    Start to practice what you preach

    TransAlta2019-05-08
  5. "Sr. Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    recently lots of organizational changes

    TransAlta2019-03-20
  6. "Stabilizing from sustained period of change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time for 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.

    TransAlta2019-03-19
  7. Helpful (1)

    "They are trying to restructure Company"

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      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.

      TransAlta2019-02-24
    • Helpful (5)

      "Company going bankrupt in the next twelve months"

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

      I have been working at TransAlta full-time for 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...

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      Advice to Management

      - Be honest and transparent with employees

      TransAlta2019-01-27
    • Helpful (2)

      "Unscrupulous business practices."

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

      I have been working at TransAlta full-time for 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...

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      Advice to Management

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

      TransAlta2019-01-23
    • Helpful (3)

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

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

      I have been working at TransAlta full-time for 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.

      TransAlta2019-01-22
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