Too much drama, miserable fellow employees and terrible shifts (10/3)
Remote Stock Keeper (Former Employee) – Alberta – 10 December 2013
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 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.
Lots of overtime, all expenses paid on the road
Terrible shifts when everyone else seems to get more time off, drama, backstabbing
Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 5 March 2017
i learned a lot while working with the good people at Atco Electric in Fort Mcmurray. there was a very safe work ethic in everything we did , everything was discussed and written down and the correct solution reached with ease.
Summer Student Intern (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 26 February 2017
During my time there, I had several tasks, including drafting, cleaning up folders, making maps and working on a database. I learned to balance meticulousness with time management and how to figure out the more important tasks. The managers were friendly and approachable, for the most part. I really enjoyed my time there. It was my first foray into the professional engineering world, and it was a very positive one.
Powerline Technician (Former Employee) – Drumheller, AB – 3 January 2017
This is a decent place to work.There are great people in this company working together for a common goal. I wish that there had been more longevity in my job since I was laid off due to economic downturn.
good place to develop your career and work with a diverse group of professionals.
Distribution technologist; Team Lead (Current Employee) – Lloydminster, AB – 27 December 2016
ATCO electric has a global business unit and is a very large company with many disciplines in the utility group. The company is progressive and likes to have highly trained people working for it. I have learned many new technologies and developed my skills over the years to a very comfortable level of electrical knowledge and would not hesitate to look for more challenges within the company and outside if the opportunity presented itself. Atco is a very diversified company and has a good overall business model to make the company attractive to investors and employees. The management is always looking for new opportunities to diversify the operations base, and expects the employees to be professional and act in good faith in all it's daily operations. There is a very diverse group of people that make this company function and your daily activity involves many different aspects of interaction from technical issues to public complaints and always placing safety first in all aspects of the work plan.
Employee (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 20 October 2016
It was a good place to work for the first few years and then went downhill really fast when they moved the 1 president to Australia. Bad morale, no job security, little long term vision and a handful of people that you could actually trust. They had good management but got rid of all them to restructure for the umpteenth time. It is a shame really.
Construction Supervisor (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 25 August 2016
The most unethical corporation to work for! Not worth my time to even write this review... Stay away from this company even if Alberta does rebound from this economic downturn.
Top heavy, inverted pyramid of management and workers. They over-hired for the boom and laid off allot of good people. The ones that are left are family members of management with little to no experience. ATCO is a sinking ship, do not join this terrible outfit.
unethical, work extra hours without pay, being lied to by management, too many to list...
Forced into a on the road postion when I am not in a travelling employee
Powe (Current Employee) – Peace River, AB – 6 August 2016
This company is a terrible company to work for, I have been a lineman for 10 years. It took me several of those years to get to the point that I was no longer required to live on the road. But a bid to boost profits they are forcing me and several other employees to go back on the road. We applied and accepted the positions we are in so that we did not have to be on the road and Atco in bad faith has forced us back into a travelling construction company all with the purpose to dupe the regulator into giving atco more moeny next year. Albertans are upset about the power purchasing contracts they should be equally upset over this because it will only cost consumers more. Atco will just pocket this moeny and make the rest of us suffer.
I along with several others will be leaving atco at our earliest convenience. Or when atco decides to cut staff again, because they will as they see employs a number not a person. No other utilities have made these drastic cuts, unrealistic budget expectations and excessive work load requirements that will result in burnout or unfortunately fatalities due to management greed.
Average wages and benifits
very bad management that thinks they have the right to change job locations and descriptions
Design Lead/Field Engineering (Former Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 17 May 2016
Worked in the Field Engineering division as a Design Lead. Lots of engineers and steady rotation of E.I.T.s and engineering co-op students. Great training ground for them I guess...
Problem is with company culture. They are so concerned with hiring (and impressing) more engineers that the non-engineer staff are not valued. An E.I.T. with 2 weeks on the job was given more credibility than permanent non-engineering staff! And who trains those aspiring engineers?
Good pay and benefits though! Just not a lot of job satisfaction or anywhere for advancement:(
Oh, and the recent downsizing at the end of 2015...Handled very poorly! What kind of utility company can't weather a slowdown in the economy within the first year?! The good news is that Engineering was almost unaffected by the downsizing!!
Powerline Technician (Former Employee) – Loydminster – 11 May 2016
It his company is all about the dollar. I've been in the Power line trade for almost 20 years never been treated by any companies this poorly. Massive blitzkreg style layoffs with NO notice in November of 2015 to save the company moeny. Fast forward to 2016 existing staff are being overworked, expected to pick up the slack of the 400 employees fired due to lack of work, as well they are expected to volunteer to go on road and work out of their areas that they live. I was asked to go almost weekly to work on road because it was a expenditure they could capitalize and get moeny back from the regulator. Atco hired contractors the week after the downsizing, how unethical.
Now it's all about increasing the profits in 2016, used the slide in oil prices as a excuse to get rid of productive employees and didn't touch management, atco has so many layers it's hard to keep track. When I worked there I had 3 layers of management for approx 20 tradesman what a joke.
None worth mentioning
Terrible management and communication bordering on incompetentance