I liked the job, but rotating 12 hour shifts were taking a toll on work life balance.
Steam Plant Mechanic/Plant Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Centralia, WA – 13 April 2014
I worked 12 hour shifts troubleshooting,and repairing all power plant equipment. Every day was a chance to learn something new. The plant is getting ready to shut down as per an agreement with Wa. state. This has caused a tension in the workplace. I have always got along with both management, and my co-workers. The hardest part of this job was the rotating shift, and the fact that I was the least senior mechanic, and could be let go at anytime. The best part of this job was the chance to learn something new each day ( and I just really enjoy finding solutions to mechanical problems.)
office worker (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 28 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
Pool Settlements Analyst (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 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).
Lots of different career opportunities
High long-term uncertainty in company performance due to the current state of the energy industry.
Maintenance (Former Employee) – Duffield, AB – 14 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.
Good place to learn about almost everything in power generation
Project Manager, NTA Projects (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 24 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.
Reasonably good compensation package
Long drive back & forth from City, no salary revise in three years
Piping and Boiler Planner (Former Employee) – Wabamun Lake, AB – 9 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.
Human Resources Analyst (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 7 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
Administrative Assistant (Friday Prof. Group (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 26 February 2013
Administrator with an eclectic skillset and specific expertise in delivering outstanding operational support to senior Contracts’ Account Managers and HR professionals. Demonstrated expertise in administering and monitoring complex maintenance contracts to ensure optimization of internal efficiencies. HRIA Associate Member. Excellent computer skills. Team player.