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Good people, decent pay, and great vacation/flex time. You have to drink the kool aid. Employee owned and highly entrepreneurial. If you want to climb the ladder you will need to put in some solid hours. The multitasking and workload expectations can be overwhelming at times.
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Work Hard and Play Hard Culture

Overall a good company with a lot of very talented people in all positions.Expect to hit the ground running with minimal guidance. They want a lot out of you. But for those who can do it, it will be a good gig.
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Good workplace

Great workplace, excellent SLT and good management. QPS and profit sharing make up a large portion of your paycheck, and can vary. Low base rate salary
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A great place to work.

A great place to work. Flexible day are a blessing, specially when you have kids. I would've stayed if life hadn't taken me in a different direction. It might not be the highest pay in the market (I heard, not my own opinion) but the benefits make up for it. Most people are helpful and nice and are happy to see you learn and grow with the company. I highly recommend working there.
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An amazing place to work!

The best place I have ever experienced in my work career of 10 years. Other companies can learn a lot from Spartan. I am so blessed to have been a Spartan for 8.5 months


Transparency, work/health balance


Can’t think of one thing, and that’s being homest
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Insights into Spartan Controls

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What people like
  • Energizing work tasks
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
Areas for improvement
  • Fair pay for job

Incompetent management

Nepotism at it's finest with incompetent management and a cult like culture making it near impossible to move up. Way too long of hours so be prepared to not have a life for half the year for mediocre pay. I will say the benefits are nice and when you can get your alloted time off.


Benefits, vacation days


Long hours, middle management, pay
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Good workplace with decent pay

Very good learning opportunity with decent pay. Lots of guys working for many years. Ability to advance, after certain time availability of apprenticeships and special training.Good work and safety practices. Opportunities to advance to field or office positions. New guys won't encounter any problems if they work properly, no crazy strain work. Regular hours.


Pay, flexible hours, ability to take many paid days off, good training. Awesome people, almost everyone.


Hard to get overtimes
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Great place to work!

If you are someone who likes to work hard, "play hard" - this is the company for you. Yes it is busy and a lot of work to be done, but Spartans (that is what the employees are called) know how to have fun, too. It's a very connected, family-like culture, which is rare how big of a company it is.The benefits are paid, and it's a great package. Pay is entrepreneurial in nature but fair and competitive. Don't be quick to judge the pay by the offer letter, you will be happy with your T4 at the end of the year. You get a lot of time off, you just need to actually use it. The Management are all supportive of work life balance, so if you plan and use your time, there is some balance there. Overall, it was a great place to work. I would happily recommend it to friends and family.


Culture, Fun, Family feel, Good Benefits, Competitive Pay, Supportive Management and HR


Definitely busy, but worth it in the end!
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I enjoyed the there is mulitple groups and each have their different culture of training the employees

I didnt get any formal training when i started, and i basily learned my skills by gettign assigned to different jobs and learnign what is needed specific to the job scope


customer focused


emplyee training could use some work
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Field Engineer

The management was not respectful and lacked integrity. The unique pay structure did not work out as promised. The work load was extremely heavy. Out of eight companies I have had the pleasure of working for in Western Canada throughout my career, this was my least favourite.


Internal company product training


Respectful workplace issues
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Waste of time

-You'll start as a temp. You'll be covering the massive amount of holidays the full timers get so you'll also be short handed on those days.- If you manage to get full time your wage will drop to 15$/h. They "balance" it out with profit share which is maybe 3k quarterly. So that 3k just covers your debt you accrued over those months. You don't make much of anything. -Benefits are alright-YOU MUST DRINK THE KOOL-AID because they will fire you just for talking about how disorganized the company is. Which it seriously is
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Don't drink their Kool-Aid

There's a lot to say about Spartan Controls. They hook you in with this mindset that you are "an owner" even if you don't have shares yet. That's their excuse for you to work long hours with little to no overtime pay as it's based off your base pay (and none of you're a salaried employee). If you're part time be prepared to be part time for sometimes a couple years. Many of the leaders are primadonnas who really don't lead by example and were thrust into their roles prematurely or due to nepotism. The pay structure is terrible so hopefully you're able to live off savings for the first 5-6 months until profit sharing is in full swing yet even then you may struggle monthly with such low pay.There's some good things about Spartan but they don't outweigh the bad. You'll have decent benefits, safety glasses and boot allowances. There's plenty of time off if you're full time. Whether or not you can take time off when you want is the only issue.


Benefits, time off


Culture, pay, long hours
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There needed to be some improvement

I worked at the Solutions Center in the NE. The work is interesting, and there are some great people that work there. Although, the mechanical drafting group was very inflexible, did poor quality work, and spent a lot of time talking loudly, taking extended lunch breaks, and making fun of other coworkers/calling them names. They were always complaining, and dragging their feet whenever an engineer tried to get them to do any drafting. The management was blissfully unaware, and would not take any action to correct the behaviour. It was not impressive to say the least. I believe the management needs to be improved in that group, there is no reason to have behaviour like this.


Free food, excellent gym, lots of learning, exciting projects, mostly good people


management doesn't pay attention, certain individuals have terrible lazy and negative attitudes
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A amazing place to work

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working here, but the manager I had at the time was unprofessional and due to our remote location, his antics went unnoticed for so long that we ended up losing half of our team. I would strongly recommend working for Spartan, and would do so again in the future, especially in one of their bigger locations. The base pay was so-so, but the quarterly profit sharing, benefits, flex days, vacations, and a wealth of other benefits, more than made up for it. I only left Spartan due to a relocation to another city where they sadly did not have any availability at their local branch.


Benefits, profit sharing, room for growth, flex days, culture, education, and company investment in employees


Regional branches can go ignored, "busy season" can get hectic if not managed properly.
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Great Company

High demand job but incredible team and coworkers. Also, encourages giving back to the community via blood drives / United Way. Salary base pay is subsidized with profit sharing.
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Have restaurant on site

From the time you get to work to the end of the day, you work hard. Days flew by fast as you were so busy. Activities offered on campus and occassional off campus. Parking free. Great group I work with.
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Grew to fast

All the good management have moved on, they grew too fast and have not groomed the managers well, the good ones are far and few between. Since it is a employee owned company your pay is effected by others.
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Amazing Place to Work

They treat you like family and everyone is so happy and helpful. There is so much room for advancement and the company would happily take a current employee over an external hire.
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Very nice company.

I was only there for a 5 week contract, but I could tell that it was a very employee focussed company. All of the Spartans are very nice and have a great work ethic. I'm hoping there will be an opportunity for me to return!
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No work life balance, expected to work evening and weekends with no compensation managers pick favourites - those people are allowed to make there own hours. Often not allowed to take time off , expected to answer phone s and emails 24/7. Expect to be micro managed, all the while telling you how great it is to work for them - you should be happy to have a job in their mind
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Productive and can often be busy but overall good

If you enjoy a challenge and can handle stress of completing a job on time then you will like it. There will be pressure from your supervisors as well. You will feel this until you start getting faster and become more efficient with your tasks. You will have days where you feel confident and there will be days where you will feel not confident. You must be able to take criticism well because they go over your jobs in testing and have you fix what is wrong. Use this criticism for learning. Overall it really is a good place to work and if you have experience in it you will feel better about it but if you are going in blind accept that it will be a challenge.


Overtime, free lunches, lots of training


Long hours, lots of pressure, can be stressful
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Based on 42 reviews

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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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