Spartan Controls
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There needed to be some improvement

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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.

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

Cons

management doesn't pay attention, certain individuals have terrible lazy and negative attitudes
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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.

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Benefits, time off

Cons

Culture, pay, long hours
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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.

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

Cons

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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Demanding

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.

Pros

Overtime, free lunches, lots of training

Cons

Long hours, lots of pressure, can be stressful
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The best company that I have ever worked for, hands down.

Spartan Controls is a great place to work. From the very first day that I had stepped foot in the Edmonton shop, I had quickly noticed the high level of morale amongst every individual there! Several years later and working from branch to branch, that level of morale is still growing along with the company and all of the good people that work there!

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An extremely safe, positve and professional work environment. Endless learning opportunities and future advancement.
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Great place to learn and grow

I loved every minute working for Spartan. To be honest when you have such a great mentor/boss in Jim Amar and Nafiz C. its hard to say that you don't fit in. I will go back with open arms if they choose to accept my application again.

Pros

Great Atmosphere, Great People, Lots of Help and mainly Great Mentors

Cons

Honestly, I didn't find any at my time working there. None.
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Hard work pays off with lots of room for advancement for females.

The company culture at Spartan Controls is second to none. Being an employee owned company, it creates a strong work ethic, attracts people who take pride in their work, and a team so tight knit you'd think they were family! New president is progressive and energetic. Male or female, there is tons of room for advancement. If you are afraid to work hard and potentially put in long hours when required, this is not likely the job for you.

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Amazing culture, strong teams, room for advancement, good pay

Cons

Some nights and weekends required
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Productive workplace with home-like atmosphere

As it goes, a typical day starts you off by arriving to work at 7:30, receiving your daily task, which varies, and working on the assembly line. it mostly involves intricate wiring of fuses within an electrical panel, of which it is built entirely by hand. Between the running of power tools, there is honestly not a whole lot of voices being heard. as such, many meeting seemed unproductive and uninformative. the ergonomically challenging situation has you at a disadvantage if you are taller than average. as you will be hunched over during the long hours of the day. That said, there is nothing quite as satisfying as constructing a panel by yourself from scratch.

Pros

Educational, Payed lunches

Cons

Long hours, Physically demanding. Loud.
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Great place to work

PROS Typical work hours is 8-5 Lots of vacation days Company provides lots of opportunities for training CONS Depending on your position, for control systems, you may be required to go to site frequent
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Excellent company

Well managed company that promoted and supported long-term employment. Encourages employees to take responsibility for customer satisfaction. Great work atmosphere and strong team building promoted
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Great if you have a lot of patience and value money above advancement

Good location near the train. Nice facility and a good yoga studio and gym. If you are over 30 don't waste your time. Will take too long to get into the share program for you to make money back.

Pros

Great money if you can stay 10 years or more. Lots of vacation and flex days. Good health benefits.

Cons

Too political. No chance for advancement.
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Work life balance very good

A little bit low pay in terms of salary but made up by profit sharing quarterly, which can be challenging. A redneck culture, little or no diversity with politics the main thing for you advance.

Pros

Gym, profit sharing

Cons

Redneck culture
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What they say and what is are two different stories.

Females: you can't move vertically within this company as all positions above a coordinator is deemed a male position. Terrible management & HR dept.

Pros

money

Cons

Abuse of management
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You're either working like crazy, or slacking off entirely

If you're lazy, and can luck into a group that has no clue what you're doing, you might love it here. But, if you're a hard worker, watch out. The more you work, the more work you'll be given. The pay is great, so if that's what matters to you, you'll be at the right company. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a life, keep looking. I've never worked at another company where the phrase "drink the koolaid" was used this often. And it's true. Prepare to be best friends with your co-workers (and dump the rest - you won't have time). BUT, a new president may mean things will improve now. The previous one was clueless.
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Working with fun under a shelter of many old game players

Company is very good and has lot of potential to grow. But some old chaps are crazy working there from decades don't allow new people to set and work with confidence. Feel like each department has lobby of people. Try to demoralize you. Unfortunately, genuine people are not aware of these groupism, lobby and trouble makers. SAD SAD and BAD.

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benefits

Cons

crazy pressure and politics
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