Ballard Power Systems Inc
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This company doesn't yet know what it wants to be when it grows up!

Some think it should be a Fuel Cell stack manufacturer; but let's face it, that makes no sense when labor costs in Vancouver are so high? Ballard has capabilities and talents to do amazing R&D, Test Stations, and System Integration; but there's no profit in that so long as they under-bid contracts, and carry huge bloat in management/sales/operations.


The majority of employees are recent grads left unsupervised are are given no technical guidance. Reason: The senior staff are largely incompetent technically, but even worse is their lack of any business savvy. Nobody here has any real manufacturing or industrial background or experience.


The only salvation is Ballard's CEO, who appears to be absolutely brilliant in his activities and determination to identify target markets, and buy more time for the rest of Ballard to figure itself out. Perhaps he will soon step in, and do some much needed "house cleaning" of middle management?


Ballard is a perfect example of what happens when a cleantech company runs for decades, without any real focus or direction, other than to perpetuate the "dream" of one day being profitable. Nothing will change until there's a mass turn-over in middle management and technical leadership.


A few good people are still left, but their numbers dwindle. If you are lucky that one of them is your boss, Ballard might provide you a comfy niche, if you can tune-out all of the rest.
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One of the best company to work during COVID-19 situation, a lot of flexibility with remote work opportunities , continuous updates to ensure psychological safety and amazing support at all levels.

People are the best part of working at Ballard, a very comfortable yet demanding work environment which challenges your technical knowledge and competence.
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Very Supportive for continuous development
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I don’t wanna go back there. They hire as contractual. They use the people. The company earn money. Contractual vs fulltime worker same duty and assignment. But less benefit and salary. Don’t stock your life there.
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I worked at Ballard Power Systems for about 18 months. It was soon after the tech-bubble burst that I started at Ballard. At the time, I found the culture very damaging and the mind-set was very dog-eat-dog. The merged with another company, moved them into our building at a cost of millions of dollars, then immediately laid off 1,000 people. The management all left and new management was hired to come in. Was not a good culture at the time.
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Large company located in the Lower Mainland
Cons
Poor management; no direction; road map changed every 6 months
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One of the better companies to work for. Lots of good people there.
Enjoyed working there.
Pros
Flexable hours
Cons
contract work only
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