Overall ATCO is not the going concern it once was but still provides a solid place of employment
Op IV (Current Employee) – Forestburg, AB – 23 February 2018
ATCO power has provided me an excellent opportunity to gain more knowledge of my trade. They have treated me very well and provided everything they said they would. Unfortunately they are a coal fired plant who are very much involved in the environmental situation in the province of Alberta. Being a relatively older plant, this has created much uncertainty about the future.
12 hour shifts (2s and 3s) so nights and days back and forth
Maintenance Planner (Former Employee) – Forestburg, Alberta – 15 December 2017
In my 20 years with ATCO Power, I had numerous opportunities, some I asked for others were offered. I found management offered opportunities to those employees who showed that they were willing and able to step up and do the work, to which I did. I started off as a Machinist/Millwright and from there was offered a planner role, was offered to write all their Job Hazards Assessments, take a Overhead Crane Train the Trainer course and then write their polices on overhead crane use. I was offered to assist with the building of their new computerized Maintenance Management software implementation and was offered a supervisor role.
Loader/Bobcat operator (Current Employee) – Forestburg, AB – 21 October 2016
It is a great company to work for. Fantastic pay and benefits, thought the coal industry is dying out so there is not much job security left.The upper management is very good and deal with problems and issues fairly in most instances.
Accounting Officer (Former Employee) – Calgary – 3 June 2016
Supervisor was a bully, young and very ego driven, nothing was as good as his ideas. Expected way to much from one person when the job was in fact for 2 people at least. 3 employees left because of this manager, I was the 4th one. Constant managerial changes-had 5 managers in 5 years- and most of the time these people that are calling themselves leaders have no people skills and no idea what they're doing.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Alberta – 29 January 2016
At the plant (local level), ATCO Power is a good place to work. Pay and benefits are average, but tend to lag industry. Additional hours worked by salaried employees are not generally compensated or acknowledged. Staffing is lean and managing workload with family life is challenging.
Training is obsessively focused on policies and procedures and to meet legislative and regulatory requirements. You will spend hours of your time periodically renewing this training and managing paperwork associated with policies and procedures.
Employee development support is weak, so if you are not in an urban environment, you will have to rely on self-directed and distance learning. Creativity and innovation are generally not encouraged or rewarded.
At the local level, manager, supervisors and line personnel are generally good people to work with. Employee complement turns over about every five years; however, a significant number of employees have worked for ATCO for more than a decade.
There is a modest degree of autonomy at the local level; however, the corporate structure overall is hierarchical and top heavy and the culture conservative, risk averse and directive. Corporate management decisions often appear to be made largely without input from the local level and are usually reactive.
There is an intense focus on meeting budgets and annual earnings growth targets. Because of the management structure and culture, ATCO struggles to adapt to changing business and economic environments, and makes reactive business decisions. For this reason, ATCO may not be ablemore... to offer a stable employment environment as it transitions to the new business and economic reality.less
Good working environment; reasonable compensation and benefits.
An awsome view of a plant with all the lights on,seen at the top of the valley at night.
Senion warehouseman (Former Employee) – Forestburg, AB – 7 December 2013
A pleasent day that starts with smiles & good morning, a bit of chit chat & smiles. The twenty plus years I devoted to the company taught me a great deal of respect & caring for others in the world we live in that giving is as rewarding as recieving. The management was well organizied but struggled with how to maintain a balance of dollars & common sense. The co-workers were always there for the critical moments of needs to get a unit back up & running on short notice, the team spirit was amazing.The hardest part of my job was really getting some one to answer a problem & be proactive rather than reactive up the road. The most enjoyable part of my job was running equipment along with good house keeping, being organizied.
Being able to give short notice when the need for time off is required.
If there is a promblem with my work or an opportunity for advancement tell me or include me, if i have done a good job remind me.
Joint Venture Accountant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 20 May 2013
- a lot of overtime with no word of appreciation - managers don't provide enough training or support, and have unrealistic expecations. - unhappy co-workers and negative work culture - there are fun activities but you are always too busy to participate