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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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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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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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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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Productive work environment
Assistant Board Secretary (Former Employee) –  Toronto7 November 2017
Professional work environment. Learned a variety of management skills. Challenges included managing the relationship with the shareholder. Enjoyable aspects included working with the board of directors.
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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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Great place if you join right out of college
IT Consultant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON13 October 2017
IT organization is unstructured and is behind times. No transferable skills and vendors run the show. Starting salarly is low. Great work life balance as no overtime.
Pros
No overtime great work life balance
Cons
Spend most time trying to figure out processes
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Amazing
Risk Analyst Co-op (Former Employee) –  Courtice, ON6 October 2017
Great place to work, I made many friendships and enjoyed working with such great people.

Start whenever I wanted and just made sure I worked the required amount of hours each day. Management where very understanding. Its a great place to be employed.
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Decent
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON25 September 2017
* great benefits and pay
* ridiculous amount of politics
* A lot of room to grow and work your way up
* Too many restrictions- not enough room to be creative
* too many regulations
Pros
Great benefits, pay, unionized
Cons
Too many Restrictions/ regulations
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An excellent place to work with many opportunites to grow
Production Clerk (Current Employee) –  Haley Station, ON25 August 2017
OPG is a very team oriented place to work. I have had many opportunities over my 20 years of service and with the constant change was able to learn many new skills. They are very big on safety and training and all of it is kept up to date. The people are like family and make it an enjoyable place to work. I am currently still with the company but due to the thermal job loss and having to move to another location, I am currently seeking work back in the Sarnia/Lambton area to relocate back to my home.
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