Too much drama, miserable fellow employees and terrible shifts (10/3)
Remote Stock Keeper (Former Employee), Alberta – December 10, 2013
Pros: lots of overtime, all expenses paid on the road
Cons: terrible shifts when everyone else seems to get more time off, drama, backstabbing
A good company, but one manager quit in disgust and his boss was fired which lead to a lot of confusion. I was hired at a given level which one long time employee took great exception to, telling people external to the company I "was paid too much" and "was useless". Coming from someone who spent a number of cold winter days watching the rest of us – more... work from a warm truck while smoking cigarettes therein you probably get the picture. He had a lip on from day one beause he did not hire me nor was I beholden to him. Nor would he take direction from his supervisor. Constant non stop drama and a horrible work schedule of 10 on three off with 12 hour days made for a dismal personal life; the only thing benefitting was my bank account. Other people working for the same outfit were on more decent schedules eg 8 and 6. There are other opportunities out there. I think this was a good company to work for if a decent position is found. I decided to cut my losses and quit with two weeks notice. – less
typical corporate environment, management run by incentives
Party Chief (Former Employee), Peace River, AB – September 12, 2014
Pros: some nice people
Cons: poorly run, bad work environment
Atco was and is a corporation that is centred on the principles of giving money to managers who drive costs down. This had an adverse affect on the actual employees, I personally witnessed workers taking other employees tools to accomplish their own work. Along with front line workers driving equipment that could be ten years old and managers driving – more... brand new trucks for their daily commutes. To actually acquire something would take months of asking and a pile of paper and once you had gone through the plethora of assistants and managers whom were supposed to verify that it was something needed they then contemplated an outcome and directive. This was always a cost driven decision with money being the final and only driving factor.If the managers kept their division under budget they reaped financial rewards. Being yes man was rewarded and this made for a disgruntled work force. – less
HS department - Transmission (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – February 13, 2014
Cons: treat people like garbage. no work/life balance.
Stay away. No chance of advancement if you are not a engineer. Worked there for over 6 years and within 45 minutes of putting inmy notice, I was walked out the doorlikeI stole a million. Much better companies out there.
Business like atmosphere in and oustide of office.
Field Engineer FCI (Current Employee), Peace River, AB – January 16, 2014
Pros: open to days off when you work overtime.
Cons: understanding what happens outside of work.
Typical day would be phoning customers. Arranging dates and times to meet on stie to discuss transformer locations. Be professional and cutious at all times and hold the company image high in the eye of the public.
Administration Assistant (Current Employee), Edmonton – June 12, 2013
ATCO has been a great place to start employment, they have very friendly staff and managers here have made my transition incredibly stress free. ATCO is a fun place to work with a great bunch of people:)
Design Lead, Qual/Electrical Tech, Entry Level (Former Employee), Lloydminster AB / Drumheller, AB – September 10, 2012
Typical day at work involved checking task lists to ensure design due dates were on schedule and modifying dates if other team members were falling behind or ahead of schedule. Shuffling dates were quite typical and meeting schedules were priority.
I learned to work with diverse personalities, how to manage my time and use to effectively the tools – more... available to me.
Management and other staff members were always helpful and encouraging to help me reach my goals.
The hardest part of my job was learning to react to constant changing environment (customer needs) and protocal (ATCO Electric process).
Learning the distribution side of electrical was the most enjoyable part of the job and reaching the qualified position was very rewarding. – less