SNC-Lavalin Employee Reviews

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negative management with negative safety culture
Analyst (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON12 April 2017
not fun to work. extremely bureaucratic management. too much politics. low salaries. benefits poor............................................................
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Automation Specialist (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON11 April 2017
Overall good company to work for, when they have projects.
Most people are nice to work with, and work can be enjoyable.
When they do not have projects, and work is reduced, it is a different story!
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Good People & a very good workplace for everyone.
Sr. Instrument Designer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 March 2017
Good People & a very good workplace for everyone. Benefits are awesome and all employees are friendly and helpful with each other.
its also a place wherein continuous learning for the employees are available thru continuous training's and seminars.
Pros
free coffees and donuts every friday courtesy of the department managers
Cons
Long hours
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Terrible, unqualified managers who cover up their ineptitude by pushing staff to do their job. Frequent reminders that the job market is sparse.
Scientist (Former Employee) –  Canada25 March 2017
The compensation for the hours worked and stress is very low. Staff is under stress as they are reminded constantly that they are lucky to have a job. Totally unqualified managers with lowest ethics I have ever encountered. Learned nothing and conversely had management consistently take credit for the staff's personal work.
Coworkers are amazing but underappreciated. Often they hire entry level workers that they can abuse and don't know any better as they have never worked at a reputable company before.

Maybe other departments are better but mine was abysmal.
Pros
None
Cons
Lots
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Neglected employees
Power Engineer (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB14 March 2017
No real training or safety essential courses were given. Expected to know your job and position first day you arrive. They have a hard time letting problem employees go. Creating animosity within the job.
Pros
Usually close to main cities if not in the city.
Cons
No training or real safety
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Productive and fun place for work
Construction Manager (Former Employee) –  Quebec City, QC11 March 2017
SNC Lavalin is a productive and fun work place. A multi-national company that provides the opportunity to grow with the support of the top management. A lot of lessons to learn.
Pros
Free accommodation and transportation
Cons
Normal hours
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Employees are treated like a number and no more
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB11 March 2017
For an EPC company, these guys are probably the hardest to feel any sort of satisfaction from. Its one thing to have a crummy work environment but at least a decent pay - in this case, SNC pays some of the lowest wages, while being managed to treat its employees like nothing more than a number. A white collar sweat shop really.
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very good support from mangement
SENIOR ELECTRICAL DESIGNER (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC6 March 2017
Very professional and good company. Very good team of young and experienced engineers, draftsman's. Very interesting projects and ways they are done. Very good teams.
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Good
Construction Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON3 March 2017
Work for SNC Lavilin has been a good experience. the salary is really good and the support staff is efficient and help full.
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Camp life can be difficult, all staff like family
Guest Service Attendant (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB3 March 2017
Flights not paid was difficult
All staff help each other and support each other
Difficult being away from home at times, however the higher income helps make it worth while
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An enjoyable time and good working enviroment
Senior Piping Designer (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON1 March 2017
Productive and learned a lot about other types of plants, worked well with management, interacted with of level of disciplines, sorry they have no work at present in the mining sector.
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Nightmarish Hellscape
Office Services Asst (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC25 February 2017
The worst company I have ever worked for, by a country mile. Rampant nepotism, a poisonous office culture, leading to dispirited, morose employees. A prevailing atmosphere of despair and hopelessness,
Pros
Central location of corporate office
Cons
Literally everything else
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Very comfortable working environment
Level-I Help Desk Analyst (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON22 February 2017
This company maintains a very comfortable working environment. Provides there stuffs freedom about their own way of working.
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Great team atmosphere
Cadd coordinator Instrumentation group (Former Employee) –  Montreal, Quebec31 January 2017
SNC-Lavalin was a great company to work for. Probably the most enjoyable was the design teams that i was involved with. The projects were stimulating challenges. The office atmosphere was relaxed.
Pros
Interesting people, interesting projects
Cons
Lack of direction on certain projects
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Cared about their employees, great environment to work in
Document Controller (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON24 January 2017
Great place to work, they cared about the well being of their employees.

Fast pace environment which kept working there interesting and challenging.

Management encouraged training when needed for growth opportunity.

Deadlines were a little challenging at times but not unrealistic.

Most enjoyable part of the job was being able to work with amazing people!!!
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Extremely disorganized and lack of support company
Senior Process Engineer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 January 2017
We execute projects and we do not get the right resources and support from the organization. Clients are taking advantage of the overall economic situation, and the company is also forcing people to work with minimum compensation.
Pros
True Canadian company
Cons
Not different from all EPC companies
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Challenging work, good benefits
Mechanical/Piping/Structural Designer (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK16 January 2017
Given opportunity in different design disciplines to develop skills. Flexible work hours. Colleagues were always respectful and helpful when required. Most satisfying part of the job was at completion of a project where you could see what you helped design. Hardest part was balancing priorities between different projects.
Pros
Challenging and learned a lot.
Cons
Uncertainty about office remaining open.
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Productive workplace
Ingénieur civil (Former Employee) –  René Levesque27 December 2016
Many different projects and learning new things everyday. People are nice and always willing to help. There are courses offered to advance oneself in the company.
Pros
different projects
Cons
long hours
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It was a pleasure working with this company. We had great Christmas parties,bowling parties and some potluck lunches.
Engineering Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON23 December 2016
I enjoyed working with this company very much.
It was very fast pace and challenging at times.
The people I work with made it one of the most enjoying work experiencing I have ever had.
Pros
Working with a great team
Cons
With this type of work there is a lot of work or nothing.
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Some managers did not care about staffs. Only push them work and work.
Sr. CAD Draftsperson (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 December 2016
- have learned a lot of electrical design and drafting in P&C, Telecom, SCADA and outdoor Electrical drawings from all Engineers.
- have promoted my CAD skills in Microstation from V7 into V8i and 2D into 3D modeling.
- have understanding CSA code from drafting procedures and Engineers.
- more chance to communicate with Engineers and other drafters.
- Solved practical problems and provide effective drafting solutions.
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