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wide variety of equipment to maintain
Mechanical Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) –  Bath, ON29 September 2018
many different types of equipment to work on. complex and challenging systems to troubleshoot. really challenges your mechanical knowledge. quite a range of trades to work with.
Pros
job security, wages, benefits
Cons
must be good at planning every aspect of the tasks
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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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3.0
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Productive and educational workplace
Senior Information Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON15 January 2019
I learned a lot about how the Niagara Power Plant are being managed. Management is engaged with the employees well being, The workplace culture is great.
Pros
Nice People
Cons
Long Hours
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5.0
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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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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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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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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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While working at Ontario Power Generation, one experienced the need to practice health and safety to guard oneself as well as others.
Unit Operator (Former Employee) –  Courtright, ON15 October 2018
"Safety Is A Way Of Life At Ontario Hydro"
This expression said and says it all for "Mother Hydro".
It was and is the guided mission of my career as an Operating Engineer.
Pros
Opportunities to mentor.
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Great pay, not a place for eager individuals
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON18 November 2017
OPG is a great place to work if you want to make a lot of money and learn a lot about power generation. If you're an eager, success-driven kind of person, OPG may not be for you. The OPG team functions very slowly, and when you work too fast, you're told to slow down to keep pace with the team, even if your work quality exceeds expectations. This is true regardless of what area of the company you work with.

Working with OPG can be the best job in the world if you're able to easily find fulfilment outside the workplace.
Pros
High salary, safe, low-stress, relatively easy
Cons
painstakingly slow pace
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Decent pay and benefits.Not much room for advancement
Radiation Protection Technician (Current Employee) –  Pickering, ON6 December 2018
OPG now employs mainly temp. contract employees so it is very hard to advance your employment past supervisor level. job security is not good as a contract worker as you can be let go at any time.
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greats place to work
Mechanical Engineering Technology Summer Co-op (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON7 December 2018
Did intensive training,
Learned a-lot of nuclear culture and gained experience in nuclear field
very professional work environment and lot to learn from people around you
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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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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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Progressive Company
Shift Advisor Technical Support - Operations (Former Employee) –  Bowmanville, ON19 November 2017
I was able to work in many different fields ranging from Technical, Instruction, Programming and Operations.
I spent the last 17 years at Darlington Nuclear Power Station in Operations, on shift.
Learnt to multitask and prioritize items.
Shift work requires one to work all hours and be as alert and safe as one can be.
Technical, dynamic and important job.
Pros
Good Benefits
Cons
Large Organization with the associated bureaucracy
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Productive and great Safety culture
Management Systems Advisor (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON19 December 2017
Great place to work. The Job culture here is great, the safety standards are top level and also has good salary and benefits. The people culture are diverse.
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Great comapany, had an excellent career.
Section Manager- Maintenance Training (Former Employee) –  Tiverton, ON15 October 2018
Good company and great place to work. Had an opportunity to work with some exceptional people. Very supportive of employee development, and learning.
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Good
Oversight Contract Support (Current Employee) –  Darlington, ON18 September 2018
Cant complain so far...treated me with respect and fairness. like the laid back atmosphere while providing a quality return. appears to be a chance for upward mobility if that is something you want
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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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Great Place If You Don't Mind Moving
Hydroelectric Operating Technician (Current Employee) –  North Bay, ON9 April 2017
Excellent salary/benefits/pension, great work/life balance and nearly all coworkers are excellent people. Be prepared to move, though!

Lots of room to advance, strong safety culture, loads of training and very procedural environment. Team oriented in larger plants, free-agent style in smaller locations. Lots of autonomy for an entry-level position.
Pros
Best training in the industry, best compensation, best security of employment!
Cons
The only real downside is relocating...
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Excellent work place
Nuclear Operator (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON16 October 2017
good work practices ,work protection #1,excellent environment for work. PPE provided ,good management excellent benefits.all work done by procedure company respecting all rules and regulation .
Pros
caring for workers
Cons
N /a
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