Daily routine included some complex design resolutions involving some or all other disciplines. This allowed the appreciation of the other disciplines & their concerns. Design review meetings proved beneficial for all project team members. Management was over managed as thought by many team members. All co-workers were enjoyable to work with & many friendships resulted. The hardest part of the job was completing all designs while dealing with conferences, meetings, writing reports, responding to management emails, checking other disciplinary designs & general design resolutions. The most enjoyable part of the job was a general sense of fun around the design office.
Facilities Assistant (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 9 June 2016
Many great people work there making daily work very enjoyable. Follows the up and down trend of Engineering with hiring and layoffs. No raises given for consecutive years. The company does an overall great job of keeping staff moral with biweekly donut sessions and monthly pub nights paid for.
Ausenco's head office is located in Brisbane Australia and has several offices world wide. The Halifax office was initially opened by Projex a Calgary base engineering company providing service to the Oil and Gas industry, they were acquired by Ausenco in 2013. The staff and managers where enjoyable to work with, providing for an enjoyable atmosphere in which to work.
Great working atmosphere
Not enough work to keep the Halifax office productive
Professional Engineer (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 18 February 2014
Little to no culture beside safety is all we do slogan. Policies for paper, but rarely for practice. Poor management. High workload and get it done it by yesterday projects with poor planning. When stock price falls and customers are nowhere, upper management plans acquisitions. No job security. Hire-fire staff management. No advancement. No staff meetings and no performance reviews. Avoid if you can.
Drafter (Former Employee) – Vancouver – 1 May 2013
I enjoyed my time with Ausenco for the most part and found my co-workers to be very friendly and helpful. I learned new skills and experiences from some good people.
This was all good until things started to get bad for the company. We were asked to take unpaid leave and that good things were coming. This was all lies as they were plotting lay-offs without telling anybody. I got stabbed in the back this way without any notice or warning. Very unprofessional at management level
Learned a lot and friendly atmosphere with good co-workers
Very ruthless cut-throat company, don't trust them
Good working environment with flexiable time schedule.
Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 June 2015
office hour is from 8 am to 4 pm. I learned about engineering calculations, load flow study, short circuit analysis, arc flash analysis, relay co-ordination, area classification, motor control schematic, cable sizing, cable schedule. Management is co-operative and hear everybody's opinion. Co-workers are helpful and co-operative.
Business Development / Marketing Department (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 24 November 2015
This company does not care about it's employees! Since being brought on the company has fired half it's workforce. Unless the firing is in mass they put employees on "working notice" so they do not have to pay out severance. The more they fire the more they expect others to take on even though they are already stretched to the max. As a project engineer you have to meet a minimum of 90-93% reimbursable - leaving you only 1.6hrs a week to answer emails or do your timesheet. The accounting software is a joke and bills are not getting paid (some take over a year to get paid!). The accounting team is understaffed. The BD Director was let go and never replaced leaving the team without a leader and with no clear direction and the wrong people in charge. The work - if there is any - demands can be unreal and you are expected to be reachable at any time. There is no mentorship - you either sink or swim when you start - and no room for growth. Everyday you hear someone is being put on working notice. The company can't win local work because it has cut so much of it's staff. The company is commodities based regardless of the falling commodities market. DO NOT WORK HERE!!!!!
Nice team members
High turn-over, overworked employees, depressing work environment, management hides in their offices, lack of communication, no clear goals or visions for the company, everyone works for individual growth and will stab you in the back if you are not careful, lack of HR policies, unskilled and unqualified people in management roles
Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 30 May 2015
Regular office hour from 8 am to 5 pm, but we work one hour more to get day off on every alternative Friday. I learned about MRQ, MRP, Single line diagram, motor control schematic, area classification, cable schedule, ETAP, AGi32. I can share my idea with management and they listen. My co-workers are helpful, they help each other when needed.
SENIOR DESIGNER (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 9 February 2016
Good working place, nice and friendly people and managers, very save working place, fun to work, always very safety first working conditions, regular meetings about company projects, future, great opportunities to grow as a person and professional as well, ......
You're only full time if there's a project budget for your hours
Full-time salaried employee - HAH! (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 June 2015
great flexible hours if you have a budget for your work, Co-workers are wonderful there but staff turnover is high, Some of the managers are great to work with, but there are some managers that should not be in their positions, Company spokesperson during coffee talk meetings is an unrealistic visionary and needs to get "real",
Flexible work hours
Poor morale within company, You're only needed if there's sufficient project budget for your hours, Company spokesperson has great visions for future work but is unrealistic