ATCO Power Employee Reviews in Canada

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Generally good workplace environment
Engineer (Former Employee), AlbertaJanuary 29, 2016
Pros: Good working environment; reasonable compensation and benefits.
Cons: Work/life balance; employee development is weak.
At the plant (local level), ATCO Power is a good place to work. Pay and benefits are average, but tend to lag industry. Additional hours worked by salaried employees are not generally compensated or acknowledged. Staffing is lean and managing workload with family life is challenging.

Training is obsessively focused on policies and procedures and to meet legislative and regulatory requirements. You will spend hours of your time periodically renewing this training and managing paperwork associated with policies and procedures.

Employee development support is weak, so if you are not in an urban environment, you will have to rely on self-directed and distance learning. Creativity and innovation are generally not encouraged or rewarded.

At the local level, manager, supervisors and line personnel are generally good people to work with. Employee complement turns over about every five years; however, a significant number of employees have worked for ATCO for more than a decade.

There is a modest degree of autonomy at the local level; however, the corporate structure overall is hierarchical and top heavy and the culture conservative, risk averse and directive. Corporate management decisions often appear to be made largely without input from the local level and are usually reactive.

There is an intense focus on meeting budgets and annual earnings growth targets. Because of the management structure and culture, ATCO struggles to adapt to changing business and economic environments, and makes reactive business decisions. For this reason, ATCO may not be able – more... to offer a stable employment environment as it transitions to the new business and economic reality. – less
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exciting workplace
Senior risk analyst - Risk management / Mid-Office (Former Employee), Calgary, ABJanuary 8, 2016
Amazing opportunity. Good reference.
Exponential learning curve.Co-workers are very supportive.
Establish the mid-office was one of the most enjoyable part of the job.
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Management has now vision or interest in you
Worker (Former Employee), Calgary, ABJune 18, 2015
Pros: -Fun social activities
Cons: -Lacking corporate culture committed to change
-As always the people make this a good place to work
-Management has no interest but in themselves.
-Steer clear if you value a progressive work place with opportunities for independent thinkers.
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An awsome view of a plant with all the lights on,seen at the top of the valley at night.
Senion warehouseman (Former Employee), Forestburg, ABDecember 7, 2013
Pros: being able to give short notice when the need for time off is required.
Cons: if there is a promblem with my work or an opportunity for advancement tell me or include me, if i have done a good job remind me.
A pleasent day that starts with smiles & good morning, a bit of chit chat & smiles. The twenty plus years I devoted to the company taught me a great deal of respect & caring for others in the world we live in that giving is as rewarding as recieving. The management was well organizied but struggled with how to maintain a balance of dollars & common sense. The co-workers were always there for the critical moments of needs to get a unit back up & running on short notice, the team spirit was amazing.The hardest part of my job was really getting some one to answer a problem & be proactive rather than reactive up the road. The most enjoyable part of my job was running equipment along with good house keeping, being organizied.
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great salary and benefit but not worth it
Joint Venture Accountant (Former Employee), Calgary, ABMay 20, 2013
Pros: good pay
Cons: you will have to trade your soul for the good pay
- a lot of overtime with no word of appreciation
- managers don't provide enough training or support, and have unrealistic expecations.
- unhappy co-workers and negative work culture
- there are fun activities but you are always too busy to participate
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Headquarters
Calgary Alberta, Canada
Revenue
$3 Billion
Employees
5,001 to 10,000
Industry
Links
ATCO Power website