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excellent work environment
Janitorial Services -Foreman (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB26 November 2017
good people to work with
disciplined atmosphere
very safety disciplined
hardest part of job is carrying heavy recycle products
most enjoyable is working with my team
Pros
excellent benifits
Cons
risky drive in winter
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Great Job
Operator/Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Fort Macleod, AB10 November 2017
great company to work with. Everyone there is personable and engaging. Its hard work at times but provides overtime hours. The best thing about this job is being able to do what I am trained and enjoy doing
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Used to be great
Main railroad operations (Current Employee) –  Wabamun, AB27 October 2017
The job culture has chanced the five years, Used to feel like a family and now it's just the bottom line and cost cutting. There is doom and gloom across the board with the company starting to switch over to gas quicker then the government is requesting. Some re-training is happening but a bit to late for most of us
Pros
Great benefits, blue cross..etc
Cons
Long hours and pushing rules that are not needed, big gap between power plant and head office
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Honestly the worst company that I have ever worked for - They monitor their employees with cameras & spyware
Corporate Accountant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 October 2017
Seriously mediocre pay but by far the worst culture & environment I have ever seen invmy 20 year corporate career. No one in our entire group wamted to come to work in the morning although much of this was due to a horrible, horrible troll of a boss.

They go through a boat load of statf for a reason, unless you really need the work do not take a position here.
Pros
Mediocre pay
Cons
Low morral, zero job security horrible boss..
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Up to date with health and safety
Shift Engineer (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON26 October 2017
Good company to work for but people up top made bad business decisions which has hurt the company. As a result the company is having to down size. ..
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Ok
Instrumentation Technician (Current Employee) –  Sundance Powerplant25 October 2017
Job was ok but seems to be highly top end heavy with management. Lots of older equipment to learn off at this site. Some newer stuff but really need update some of there aging control systems.
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A company in the middle of a major transformation
office worker (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 September 2017
The company is in the middle o a major cultural, structural and financial transformation. There has been a major shift towards cost savings projects, deadlines and "bankable plans". Chance of long terms success are diminishing.

The goals are incredibly challenging requiring quick realization of benefit. Great people, under a lot of pressure. Burnout is inevitable
Pros
The work is interesting
Cons
Long hours, no security, low pay
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Fund workplace with supportive management
Pool Settlements Analyst (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB5 August 2017
Best company so far in my career to work for. Work-life balance can be easily achieved. Great benefits package. Management is very approachable. There are many different career opportunities within the company. Culture is very laid back and everyone is overall great to work with. You can have a lot of fun at work. Open concept took a bit of getting used to but like it overall (no offices, including VPs).
Pros
Lots of different career opportunities
Cons
High long-term uncertainty in company performance due to the current state of the energy industry.
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good place to learn
Ash Plant/ Floor Operator (Current Employee) –  Keephills, AB26 July 2017
no job stability, stupid management decisions, upsetting workers life. no maintenance. plants are burying to grounds.
union environment, good collegues
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Fun workplace
Commercial Manager (Former Employee) –  Alberta21 July 2017
Steady business, highly regulated. Good work environment. Great place to learn. Good pay and benefits. Lots of challenges and opportunities. As expected in this industry a lot of long-term employees.
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Many lazy and unskilled coworkers
Maintenance (Former Employee) –  Duffield, AB14 March 2017
Typical union work environment. Lots of backstabbing and brown nosers. Very poor wages and incompetent management. TransAlta's days are numbered. Inefficiently run and bloated with supervisory and management positions. THey will be unable to compete in tighter margin market that is forming. Expect many lay-offs and restructuring as management scraps to save their jobs and cut the common workers out over the next few years as they transition from coal to smaller gas fired plants. Expect them to sell the Highvale mine to an Indian coal company, who will surely drop wages even further.
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Stalled Future
Sr. Project Controls Specialist/Lead (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 January 2017
A large conservative organization with diversified generation assets. Provincial politics playing a negative role against industry. Future is unknown.
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Good Place to work, friendly, but not reliable source of income
Desktop Support Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 September 2016
I enjoyed my time at TransAlta. However with the downturn in the economy your job was never secure enough to feel comfortable.
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Good place to learn about almost everything in power generation
Project Manager, NTA Projects (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 June 2016
Good work culture, nice and helpful co workers, confused management (probably because of accelerated coal fleet shutdown). sometimes it is too stressful to meet the deadline of deliverable. Good part is appreciation after successful completion of task.
Pros
Reasonably good compensation package
Cons
Long drive back & forth from City, no salary revise in three years
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Great Workplace
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Keephills, AB21 February 2016
Nice coworkers
Easy feeling
Great benefits
Competitive salary
They all were great in training me and were extremely patient and supportive
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A great group of people to work with.
Piping and Boiler Planner (Former Employee) –  Wabamun Lake, AB9 November 2015
My time at TransAlta was a joy most of the time. Co-workers where easy to work with and listened to what you had to say. Management was ok most of the time but with tight money thing could get a little tense at times.
Pros
Geat co-workers
Cons
no money in the budgets to work with
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Slow operation
operator (Former Employee) –  Operator27 February 2015
management know nothing about equipment and give overtime to brown nosers,don't care how good you are on equipment, empty deals for full time for benifits they just want people to get working
Pros
Run newer equipment
Cons
no benifits or overtime
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Experience Employees Only
Human Resources Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 December 2014
In my opinion, if you have experience, you will move forward quickly, but they ask for more experience than job actually needs. Succession planning is terrible as they promote the teachers pet and not the best employee. Too many specialist, not enough leaders
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Great experience
Wind Turbine Technician Assistant (Former Employee) –  Fort Macleod, AB3 November 2014
Worked as a summer student at TransAlta Corporation in between semesters finishing my Wind Turbine Technician program at Lethbridge College.
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Employees are willing to assist
Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Sarnia, ON12 June 2014
Team Environment, willing to assist.

They believe in work balance and provide train when you require it and all employees are willing to assist you
Pros
Nice environment
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3.2
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