EllisDon Corporation

EllisDon Corporation Employee Reviews in Canada

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Great company
Carpenter (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABAugust 14, 2016
Worked as a carpenter, great company, great management, good crew, I enjoyed working for them for a year, would go back on a seconds notice. Would recommend to anyone looking for laborer or carpenter work.
Pros
Good management, good hours.
Cons
(not up to the company) Crew can be difficult sometimes
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Be Careful about the position they offer you
Construction Coordinator-TransED Project (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABAugust 13, 2016
They offered me a Construction Coordinator position. On the second day of my work after orientation I noticed they do not have any available position for the role they offered to me. Then they told me I have to work as a draftperson for 8 month before they can put me in the offered position!!!!

I rejected another offer from another company with much higher salary to get the position they offered.

They have a very confused HR person in their Transed project in Edmonton. Be Careful!!
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Very hard to get ahead in any position
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABMay 18, 2016
Very poor management of time and people. They treat you like gold but the backstabbing that goes on is ridiculous.
It's a big boys club and if you don't belong you won't work here long.

Money was low and the benifits ok but there are better jobs. I found one only after a week when they laid me off for no reason. Double the money and better work environment. Still here today and I love it.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Over worked and under paid
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Facilities Services Team
Manager (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ONApril 5, 2016
The leader of the team (Managing Director) is tied for the worst boss I have ever worked for.

There is rampant nepotism and favouritism on this team, and a significant lack of clear communication. You do as asked, then when you submit it, it is incorrect and you feel incompetent.

Co-workers good, some have more advanced positions then they are qualified for.....
Pros
Great colleagues
Cons
Work Life, lack of job security
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Solar Project
Framer/Carpenter (Former Employee) –  London, ONMarch 28, 2016
Typical day working was framing solar tables together to have glass solar panels sit on..Biggest part i learned is that the tables have to be perfectly square..off by and 8th of an inch the galss will not go on properly..Management was Great always there to help in any way possible. My co-workers were the best part of the Job..Great guys to work with and are friends for life..Hardest part of the job at first was the inconsistent go from here to there..couldnt stay and finish one row until near the end when it was all figured out..Learning curve it was for Ellis Don but we got there..Enjoyable part of the Job was working outdoors and working with great people and having a great time...
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Excellent Management and Work Life
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Oakville, ONNovember 8, 2015
EllisDon was my first work experience during my undergraduate co-op (Internship) program. The management and the work life at EllisDon was excellent. During this time, I had the opportunity of working on multiple projects at once, which was challenging and rewarding.
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Management verse Workers - "Be careful whom your friends"
Estimator (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ONOctober 7, 2015
Management has private offices and workers have open cubical. So, you will be monitoring daily for your work load and your accomplishments. You will feel very insecure and any time you can be fired without any a notice. So you have watch your back everyday.
Pros
Colleagues, free lunch, Christmas Party
Cons
Long hours, Heavy work load
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Friendly, efficient and professional colleagues
Field Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ONAugust 19, 2015
The environment is friendly, relaxed and with space for everyone to do their own thing!
You are allowed enough freedom to add your own personality into your work.
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Worst upper management in 18 years
Superintendent (Former Employee) –  EdmontonJanuary 4, 2015
The OM is a complete joke. All other reviews about upper management and back stabbing are correct. This companies managers back east should review their Operations Manager - it is seriously affecting their ability to make a profit due to his lack of knowledge in the industry and his lack of people skills.

The Edmonton office is known as being cancerous. Low morale, with a very weak skill set in management (Superintendents and Project Managers).

The turn over of staff is pretty ridiculous.

There is a rumour they haven't made profit in the last 7 years and its not surprising.

If you are considering a career at EllisDon, choose any region beside the Edmonton office.
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Broken promises and no life balance
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  EdmontonSeptember 22, 2014
Started out a great place to work. The people they put in place to manage sites have zero experience and don't want to pull their own weight. Promises are constantly made, and never followed through. Hours are long, and demanding and sites are always far from city leaving long commutes. Life/work balance is impossible with this company. Pay is not worth the amount of work you are expected to put in and the amount of backstabbing you have to put up with. Every time a project ends you are worried for your job, because communication from management is bad and they never tell you what's going on.
Cons
high stress and some very bad staff
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Project coordinator
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Saskatoon, SKMay 13, 2014
Planned of control quality / Control Assurance (QC/QA), ESC inspection (Erosion and sediment control) for the SPSHQ (Saskatoon police head quarter) project with 350000 ft^2 and Willow Grove school with 50000 ft^2 according to construction Codes of Canada. Reviewed architectural, mechanical, electrical site visit report and owner site review reports.
• Coordinated to clarify the construction complications or have solution to existing problem for sub- contractors.
• Contributed significantly to the successful coordination and management of the buildings projects.
• Inspected Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) at SPSHQ, Saskatoon Public School and Catholic school.
• Communicated effectively with clients and internal team members in the specification development of construction building systems.
• Analyzing project data of Saskatoon police headquarter construction project (SPSHQ) and lab data according to ASTM and standard test method for lab CBR (California Bearing Ratio).
• Prepared and updated the project schedule under the direction of the project manager, cost reports,
• Provided assistance to ensure project health, safety and environmental standards meet legislated requirements and company policy.
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Great people, bad management.
Estimator (Former Employee) –  TorontoMarch 5, 2014
90 percent of the people working here are great but the management is poor. Lots of broken promises. You will not feel secure working here.
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Everything goes slow
Minion (Former Employee) –  CanadaMarch 1, 2014
Great company but too much time is spent on ridiculous tasks that have nothing to do with constructing the project.

If you have come from a smaller firm to join EllisDon be prepared to get extremely frustrated with how long it takes to get normal things in place to actually start building.

You will lose two or three months at the beginning of a project only to work like a dog the last three months making up time that was wasted at the beginning

It's hard to believe they make money. They have so many employees who really don't do anything but spend the day pretending they are necessary. Nice people though.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
incompetent (but nice) management
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A very professional and reputable employer!
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCFebruary 18, 2014
Worked closely with area manage including contract reviews, research of new projects, variance review and prepared draft submission letters for design and construction team. Responsible for overseeing drawings, submittal of RFIs to owners, architects and consultants. Co-workers were extremely helpful and friendly.

I was member of the Pursuit Team (design-build-finance) for bid of E-Division Project and winner of SMH Project bid in 2011.
Pros
progressive and visionary style of management
Cons
none identified.
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Poor Management-Keep hiring and then giving lay-offs
QC Field Engineer (Former Employee) –  VivaNextOctober 17, 2013
Very Very poor management.I was hired as permanent employee and worked for 1.5 years with good record.They were keep hiring for their "New" civil division and at the end screwed up with budget and started lay-off old employees and kept less experienced "newbies".
Don't have any collaboration among other divisions.
Pros
benefits
Cons
poor management, open bar and still keeping retired people
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Backstabbing and poorly managed
M&E coordinator (Former Employee) –  EdmontonJune 6, 2013
Worked for the Edmonton branch as an M&E coordinator . Found that they were not upfront , but rather dubious with their internal dealings . You were always concerned that you were on the block when there was absolutely no reason . During my tenure there I saw a large turnover in all disciplines including 4 strictly in the M&E dpt.

Also keep in mind that when you are hired salary it's for 37.5 hrs .... I found that I was working a minimum of 50 hrs a week.
Pros
open bar at functions
Cons
open bar at functions
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Trusted to take on responsibility
National Director of Business Development (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONMay 31, 2013
A culture of trust where employees are encouraged to take entrepreneurial risk and are well supported.
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Best Company to Work for
Administrative Assistant/EA, Accounts Payable (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, onJanuary 22, 2013
Provided administrative support for the Toronto Operators Team, Accounts Payable/Receivable as well as Executive assistant work for the Senior V.P. of the Civil division.
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