confidential (Former Employee) – Guelph, ON – 1 August 2017
I worked for this company for 5 years and can honestly say that the only positive outcome of the experience was the exposure to many different types of projects and clients. Unless you are in management, you can expect to be underpaid and to not receive wage increases to account for cost of living expenses, as this money is instead given to management in the form of annual bonuses. As with many consulting firms, a good work-life balance is not support or encouraged and quite often you are expected to work a great deal of overtime. There is very little appreciate or gratitude expressed by management for a job well done, and they are likely to take the credit from the client. There is also little to no job security if you aren't in management. I left on my own terms, however I saw countless people get laid off as soon as things got slow, which was almost every year.
Unfortunately, all of these things, combined with a lack of internal promotion creates a very poor workplace culture. The office environment at the Guelph, Waterloo and Stoney Creek offices is very quiet, and you can expect to not have a lot of positive interaction with others.
My advice for you is that if you are early on in your career, use this as a stepping stone to something better. Take what you can from the experience, but don't get caught up with the empty promises of advancing your career with this company.
great exposure to different types of work and clients
poor work-life balance, top heavy management, egotistical managers, poor job security
Head Receptionist and Office Administrator (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 17 July 2017
I enjoyed working at Stantec immensely. I enjoyed all the people I interacted with. I loved the staff that worked there. I learned how to cross train in other Administration departments. I enjoyed watching how fast a successful company grows and being a small but valued part of that. I learned to multitask in a high stress environment, I learned time management, was able to progress in my abilities and take on my responsibilities, learned to better adapt to change.
Staff and Clients, the job itself, learning multi-abilities to support administration better
Environmental Technician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 June 2017
The work at Stantec was fairly routine compared to other places I have worked. The jobs were also smaller and less challenging. The work life balanced was great. Management was very good at accommodating your schedule when they could.
Project Manager (Current Employee) – Markham, ON, CA – 25 June 2017
The Markham office is like nothing I've ever seen. There is a complete culture of fear. It's extremely quiet and no one talks to anyone. New hires are left on their own to fend for themselves. Existing employees fear being fired just for association and in a lot of cases do their best to throw new comers under the bus. This is because Management here is some of the weakest I've seen and are unable to bring in any work, despite the development boon of the past few years. They are very low on resources so when it does get a bit busier they will go on poach good people only to fire them months later for absolutely no reason when things die down. This happens constantly. This is a horrible place to work at. It's like you have entered the twilight zone. The project are basic to intermediate level, resources are short and not very knowledgeable and management is terrible. There is absolutely no job security. Still working here but looking to get out as soon as possible. Don't come here, especially if you have a family.
Benefits are decent.
No job security, terrible environment, terrible people.
Well managed and growing company with a long history of profitability.
Senior Principal, Business Centre Discipline Lead (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 18 June 2017
Stantec is a well-respected global design firm with offices across Canada, the USA and a growing international presence.
Nestled with the company's design focused structure is a small management-consulting team where my group resides. Our focus is improved project planning and delivery for our clients but with a parallel emphasis on improved design execution by other Stantec disciplines.
Stantec's multi-disciplinary structure allows it to bring a diverse and scalable set of services to meet specific client needs. Different disciplines and offices within Stantec have a proven history of effective collaboration to bring the best minds and skills to each client challenge.
This opportunity to collaborate with highly skilled and passionate people is one of the most enjoyable aspects of working at Stantec.
Archaeologists Technician (Former Employee) – Goose Bay, NL – 15 June 2017
Company was enjoyable to work for and treated all employees fairly and just. Work environment was fun to be in and made task easy to complete. Management were great and have great experience in their field.
Low morale, management is top heavy, very disorganized, talk about work/life balance, but don't really support it
Project Administrator (Former Employee) – BC – 3 June 2017
Low morale, management is top heavy, very disorganized, talk about work/life balance, but don't really support it; cut back benefits to all employees; hire people so they can use their names on RFPs to get work and then don't use the people; poor training of PM's; have procedures, but don't seem to follow them very well.
Mechanical Draftsman (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 4 May 2017
Decent place to start your career at. Wage is the minimum and if you stay in good terms with upper management then you can get small raises each year. As in most places there are good people and then there are the others that you will rub the wrong way. But as long as you are in the correct clic then you will have a good chance of sticking around when lay-offs are needed.
SURVEY ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 1 May 2017
Being a survey assistant consists of working outside all year round. You will be asked to assist the survey party chief in a variety of geotechnical surveys. This will involve standing walking bending digging and some heavy lifting. Overall the people I have worked with have all created a pleasant place to work.
Mechanical Technologist (Former Employee) – Fredericton, NB – 21 April 2017
After 7 years of work there, local firm was bought by Stantec. Expected to receive the 5 year bonus. Did not get it. So employees that started working after me got their 5 year bonus when they reached it.
Almost every day working on data analytics, sampling, working paper... Learned internal audit procedures. I was very independant since I was the only internal auditor in Québec, the other team members are in Edmonton. However I was in touch with Senior Auditor, receiving feedback from reviewed work. I really like working in this company. My made there my best professionnal experience