TransAlta Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2021

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TransAlta CEO and Director John Kousinioris
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Pros
  • "Great people and interesting work(in 15 reviews)

  • "Had a great team od people to work with good pay and benefits(in 10 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. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great leverage to secure lucrative opportunities *not at TA*

      Jan 22, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      If you can ensure the chaos for a short period of time, doors will open at superior shops. Working at TA is a spring board to better opportunities, in a very short period of time. Start applying for jobs early ( within the first 6 months - watch the interview requests roll in. Take your pick.

      Cons

      At the time, I saw what I am about to list as cons, but looking back, these were gifts: Incompetent, out of touch C-Suite. Disorganized management. Great example of how *not* to run an organization. Relative to (consistently) negative EPS, this does not seem to affect the increasing remuneration package of Senior Executive Officers, particularly Dawn Farrell, as employee pay has stagnated for years (so I have heard). The positive of the 'cons': You're doing three jobs, and working 12 hour days; this translates to industry knowledge, second to none - the springboard for your next move, outside of TA. I hopped over to TC Energy - more than double the pay; the job feels easy in comparison.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Positive place to work

      Apr 16, 2021 - Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Positive recognition from managers, great benefits, pension, rsps

      Cons

      At times may have to work long hours

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Project Controls Specialist

      Feb 7, 2021 - Project Controller in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly staff, good pay and benefits.

      Cons

      Constantly reducing staff numbers through regular rounds of layoffs or as staff leave, not replacing them placing even more workload on those remaining. Key jobs are often not posted to apply for. Managements favorite employees are assigned to new positions, not allowing often more qualified & experienced staff the chance to apply.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Mediocre company with limited future

      Apr 15, 2021 - Engineer in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Relaxed, not much work pressure, freedom

      Cons

      No vision, high management is confused, fear of lay off all the time.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Its okay

      Jan 28, 2021 - Settlement Analyst in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people and fun to work with

      Cons

      Lack of job responsibilities clarity

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      TransAlta Overall

      Dec 20, 2020 - Senior Analyst in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      $750 million financial bailout by Brookfield, plus appointment of two Brookfield executives to TransAlta board, plus exit of old TransAlta board members, and appointment of a COO in 2019 collectively signal a new CEO, change in corporate culture, and improvement in financial performance in the future. 2022 and beyond should be much better than past 10 years.

      Cons

      The CEO decisions and performance. The IT systems and support are ineffective and inefficient. The HR department is useless and incompetent. Former executivrvwith vulgar language and lewd behaviour. Bullying and favouritism by several executive. Constant financial pressure and old assets.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Lots of pain, limited gain

      Jan 10, 2021 - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fast pace, benefits, pension, downtown Calgary. There are opportunities to move up be prepared to work you're self through the bone to get them.

      Cons

      High stress environment, zero job security, high pressure, constant change. Everyone is making it up as they go along, and if it doesn't work out its bye/bye. Lots of turnover and constant layoffs the last 10 years. Top heavy.

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Confused and back-stabby

      Sep 4, 2020 - Corporate Office Position in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Pay is good enough. Good benefits. Nice campus (for now) and good IT support.

      Cons

      Perhaps COVID is the issue, but these people all HATE each other. Terribly negative place to be, everyone is afraid for their jobs every 3 months as changes get made and then un-made at break neck pace. Some nice people if you look for them though. COVID protocols aren’t being followed or respected in many areas.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to work

      Oct 8, 2020 - Information Technology 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Provides Avenue for building experience

      Cons

      Job progression is not possible

      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Decent

      Aug 30, 2020 - Plant Operator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent pay, good coworkers, near big city

      Cons

      Too many new ideas and changes, uncertainty

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