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Job that consist of diverse tasks.
Summer Student (Former Employee) –  Mattawa, ON10 September 2018
Working with OPG was one of the most varied and valuable jobs I've yet to experience. I was taught various skills and learned how to prioritize safety in an industrial environment.
Cons
Loud noise
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Lots to learn
Senior Technical Engineer/Officer (Current Employee) –  Pickering, ON10 September 2018
perfect place to learn
so many activities
helpful coworkers
fast paced environment
very knowledgeable people willing to help
short working hours, time for other activities
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exciting challenging
Clerical Support (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON1 August 2018
Enjoy working here unfortunately it is only a contract position. Would like to continue at OPG if full time position is offered to me. The Department that I work in is extremely busy and you are required to move around a lot.
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OK company
Construction Oversight (Current Employee) –  Darlington22 July 2018
Its just a ok place to work at and for. don't want to say much about this. Just don't want to comment. I think things need to be more organized and can be handled well than how they get taken care of now. There is an effort but without direction and targets not sets to the best.
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Drain the life out of you
Financial Analyst Intern (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON17 July 2018
Great place to gain experience as a new person but as time goes on you see people sacrifice their joy and life for a pay check and benefits. The Golden Handcuffs as people would say.
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Routine
Minor Modification Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Bowmanville, ON22 June 2018
While learning and working for a Nuclear station is exciting. My typical day was very routine, no real challenge. The most enjoyable part of my day was conducting audits or updating flow diagrams with new systems or modified systems
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OPG25 Project Review
Support -OPG25 Project (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON20 June 2018
The project I was apart of wasn't a very happy implementation of procedures and processes but redesigning the hierarchy of their organization. Also the people worked were not very sensitive to the project nor the people working hard plus over time on it.
Pros
1 Free Lunch
Cons
No expense on travel
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Good
PMO Manager / Lead Consultant (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON4 June 2018
Good company to work for. Great benefits and long term career plan for full time employees. I was there as a consultant to support implementation of the new Nuclear PMO
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Decent place to work, but not the best for growth
Project Engineering Student (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON2 May 2018
Pros:
Good company, good work life balance. Pay is great considering the number of hours worked. Safe workplace.

Cons:
Overtime can be very hard to get depending on your department.
Work takes ages to complete, so much that people forget what they were doing.
The process is ridiculously complicated, it takes many many years to really get it down, most employees only know small portions of it.

Most engineering work is contracted out

My review is what I could generate from being in one department for 1 year. It is not indicative of the entire company, and it is a very large company.
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Toxic environment with incompetent management
Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON30 April 2018
While there are knowledgeable staff who want to do a good job and earn their keep, there are a small number of staff who back-stabs and does no work, upwards delegating their work as there is absolutely nothing management would do to correct the situation.

Speaking of management, the most incompetent and sociopathic people reside in those roles, often play nothing but favouritism to their buddies, and move an overwhelming work load to those "outside of the circle". However, when it comes to evaluation time, those inside the circle, those who come in at 8:30 and leave at 3:30, those who get unlimited resources whenever asked for, those who do not have any real job responsibilities are the ones who get good ratings. Those who work around the clock, with unmanageable tasks that upper management couldn't manage for years, those who follows governance and get things done, those who try to bridge the chasm between management and staff, would get rated horribly.

It's come to a point where the competent staff would refuse to take on management roles because of the horrible behaviours they observed at a management level.

Upper management has no interest in running a normal environment, as they are generally ignorant of the required skill sets. By rewarding those who are generally incompetent through high ratings and bonuses, upper management continues to perpetuate this incompetence.
Pros
Pay, benefits
Cons
Crushing, depressing toxic work environment
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Growth Potential
Director Project Controls (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON22 April 2018
Company with lots of growth potential and opportunities for those with drive and passion in what they do. Opportunities exist throughout the company in both nuclear, major projects, and renewable generation.
Pros
Challenging work environment
Cons
Long hours
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Great Benefits
Student Intern (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON19 April 2018
Great place to experience and learn new things with nuclear. OPG values inspire new young people to be more dedicated and more concerned about work and safety.
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Secretary (contract) (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON5 April 2018
Located in the heart of Toronto
Lots of projects kept the day going very fast.
Great people to work with always willing to give you the help you need.
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Co-op
Nuclear Operator Intern (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON3 April 2018
It felt like a prison cell working here, and most people blindly follow SOPs without knowing the process of the system. It's a good place if you're looking to make big bucks.
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Good Hours / Close to home
HR Administrative Associate (Contract) (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON26 March 2018
Small office, good hours, liked the work I did, had a lot of fun participating in the extra circular activities. Played cards at lunch. Close to home.
Pros
Had a lot of fun participating in the extra circular activities
Cons
Don't want to say anything negative
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Is a very exciting place to work and make many lasting friendships.
Stationary Engineer (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON3 March 2018
A typical day was a 12 hr shift either days or nights. Monitoring equipment for the generation of electricity. Also being a member of the ERT required knowledge in first aid, CPR, SCBA, fire fighting, and fork lift operating. The job also required TDG training, and WHMIS. The company had indepth training in a aspects of the job. A very good company to work for.
Pros
Excellent pay and benefits
Cons
Long hours and rotating shifts.
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Diverse teams
IT Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON12 February 2018
Diverse teams. Learned about variety of users. application strategies. deployment methods. Overall good environment to learn and adapt. Supportive teams.
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Safety as number one priority
Project Cost & Scheduling Analyst (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON3 February 2018
Nuclear Industry with focusing on safety with high quality job, following all procedures and industry quality standards to generate low cost electricity.
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Amazing work place and ideal as full-time career.
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Bowmanville, ON11 January 2018
Highly recommend work as intern or full-time. Great environment along with great pay and benefits. Many opportunities for career advancement. Overall amazing workplace.
Pros
Incredible workplace overall
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Good for some union employees, unhealthy environment
Logistics (Former Employee) –  Durham Region, ON7 January 2018
A lot of people at OPG have anger issues, there is rampant blame culture. At the Union employee level there are many old timers who got there God knows how and you can all you want: the inept, the lazy, the aggressive ones, etc. etc This is bad for the good union employees who try to work because they end up working for the ones who can't do their job.
Union people can make more money than managers!!!
At the Manager level there is a lot backstabbing and betrayal!!!!
At the Director level and up, there is a lot of people with absolutely no knowledge of the areas they "lead". Very aggressive Directors and upper management. I was told several profanity by a senior VP!!!!
Lots is buzzwords used only when convenient to the Director or VP in question.
OPG is a wide display of distunctions at a workplace!!!!
I don't recommend to go there unless, you really have no option...
Pros
Salary, good hours for Unionized people
Cons
Everything else: aggressive environment and crazy people!!
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