Is a very exciting place to work and make many lasting friendships.
Stationary Engineer (Former Employee) – Thunder Bay, ON – 3 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.
Good for some union employees, unhealthy environment
Logistics (Former Employee) – Durham Region, ON – 7 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...
Salary, good hours for Unionized people
Everything else: aggressive environment and crazy people!!
Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Former Employee) – Pickering, ON – 30 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.
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) – Thunder Bay, ON – 18 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.
Project Engineering Student (Former Employee) – Pickering, ON – 2 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.
Shift Advisor Technical Support - Operations (Former Employee) – Bowmanville, ON – 19 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.
Large Organization with the associated bureaucracy
Hydroelectric Operating Technician (Current Employee) – North Bay, ON – 9 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.
Best training in the industry, best compensation, best security of employment!