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Supportive culture

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FortisBC is a utility so the company structure is hierarchical. Coworkers are supportive and overall culture is relaxed. The company takes good care of employees.
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Not a good place to work as a non-union employee

A company that looks really great on your resume, but definitely lacking in some very crucial areas. Most co-workers are nice and are doing their best with a very dated company structure and culture. The cliques have already been established, and the lifers are fine sitting around all day chatting, eating snacks, and taking extra-long lunches, until they get to retire with their big pensions.Despite being an environmentalist at heart, it looked like a great chance to gain some valuable skills and I assumed as a large, well-known company they would be amazing to work for. When people are away or it gets extremely busy, it's the only time you feel valued; you're involved in all the meetings, contributing to their successes and praised for your hard work...until you're no longer urgently needed. Sometimes you get invited to team-building and fun department events, other times only the "real" employees attend. I've actually been UNINVITED to an event once, because they forgot I wasn't full-time. After speaking to others, there was no real reason why I shouldn't have attended other than they probably didn't want to pay for my time (as it was a very general topic). You are told that there is an opportunity to expand to part-time and maybe eventually full-time, but after they suck you in, you start to realize that it'll never happen.The project planning was very disorganized and not planned ahead of time, even by one week...so you can never plan any other contract work, projects, or appointments. They make you come in 3 days a week to work for only an hour, when it could've been - 

Pros

Good cafeteria, office is nice from the outside, free parking, pay was ok (as I wasn't limited to their 5 level structure)

Cons

They treat contractors badly, office is dated looking from the inside and confusing to navigate, and you feel guilty working here as an environmentalist.
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Fine place to work

It was a good place to work. I had many different opportunities over the 25 years that I worked there. People can have several different careers if they choose to do that.
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A good working experience

A good working experience overall Structured environment. Great room for advancement and growth. Current technology. Flexible work hours. Excellent benefits
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Solid company, decent wages and benefits. One of the few companies left where you could work your entire career

Varied positions. Good team atmosphere. You can be part of a group or work on your own. Generally, lots of availabilities. Very safety conscious company. This is a union environment with 2 unions and Management represented.

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Benefits, general atmosphere, Employee / public safety.

Cons

Some positions do require exceedingly long hours.
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Good Work Life Balance, Work can sometimes be tedious

Good work life balance but some of the work given is less engineering related and more like a supply chain. Each person on a team works on the same thing consistently and passes it on to the next.
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Don't waste your time applying

A bunch of immature managers that think they own Fortis. They all working to make someone's dream come true. They'd make up stories, instead of getting facts right. A total waste of time working there.
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Decent pay but culture lacking

Very poor culture...seems like many union employees are simply dragging themselves to work everyday to get one step closer to a nice pension. As a result, there is high levels of frustration resentment and a lack of ambition among the workforce. Myself, I never received any formal feedback session even though I requested it multiple times. The Surrey office is located so far out in Surrey it's almost in farmland...very difficult to get to unless you live in the immediate area. Office location, combined with a general lack of enthusiasm in the workforce has me wondering what HR and leadership will do to attract and retain young talent.

Pros

Pay, great work/life balance

Cons

Culture, office location
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Strange Days

Honestly, I liked working at Fortis but the Management is a huge problem and they need to be retrained. Its a bit silly how they have decided to run things there.

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Horrible Management
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Great Place to work

Great place to work, a variety of opportunities to be had and excellent benefits with good flexibility and time off. Not very good internal promotion opportunities however.
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Fun place to work

The employees are friendly and easy to work with . The work-life balance is great, and stress-free working environment. I Really enjoyed working there.
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super workplace

Excellent workplace, with lots of experienced people to learn from; Flexible administration, great work/life balance, community involvement, advanced technologies.
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Great company, lagging on pay and culture

A reasonable place to work with great security, but sub-market pay for professionals. Management cares about individuals and work-life balance is respected. However, non-trades positions are put into 5 salary bands and pretty much everyone is in the 3rd band. As a result, professional positions such as engineers, business professionals and accountants are paid about 20-30% lower than the BC median. For instance, a 10 year professional engineer would make about $80k, where their peers would make around $100,000 for a similar position. There is no possibility for salary negotiation. As a result, I've observed many departures in the past 2-3 years and difficulties hiring top talent. Similarly, job culture is stuck in the 90s - it's fine, but lags behind peers such as BC Hydro, Telus, but perhaps still ahead of government.

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Security, management

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Compensation
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team

fun place to work and develop and grow as an individual and to be a part of a talented group of people room for growth and advancement where one can learn

Pros

team

Cons

hours
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Not a bad place to work

Interesting technology. For the most part, co-workers are pleasant. A lot of freedom given to solve problems. If you're willing to listen, there are some very intelligent people here. Salary has stagnated, however the benefits package is pretty good.
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Fortis needs to focus more on Safety and Customer Relations

Work Environment is average, typical 9-5 work day and found that the balance wasn't bad. Management really depends on where you are positioned. Job Security is not there unless you have put in 10 plus years and advancement is next to impossible.
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Na

It is a great place to work, Great benefits Friendly management,. Room for advancement Customers are usually good but some can be a real pain in the butt.
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Stable and good people

The job can be challenging but that is what I like about it; unfortunately for me it is quite a ways from home and I spend too much time in traffic and spend too much money on gas
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Friendly Staff

This was one of the nicest places to work. Great coworkers, overall intelligent and understanding management that respected you and your opinions. The work can be somewhat overbearing at times, and the corporate office decision and changes were sometimes surprising and unexpected which was a bit frustrating, leaving us wondering about our job security. A lot of departmental rumours would always be the workplace gossip. The salary was good and bad. It depended on the union you were in. And with the constant union vs. the company fighting over the new collective agreements, strikes and benefit changes were always a possibility.

Pros

Great staff

Cons

Lack of flexibility
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Great, positive place to work with outstanding people

I served FortisBC for some of the best 5 years of my life. They offer a good work/life balance, very competitive wages and world class training for both front and back office. There is a lot of opportunity for advancement if you prove yourself. A great company to work for if you can get your foot in the door!

Pros

Free lunches, team building, great employee support

Cons

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Great company to work for

Will pay for schooling as long as it can be applied in the workplace. Excellent Benefits. Great vacation time. A lot of room for advancement. Many different locations throughout BC, Alberta.
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