Civil Engineering Technologist (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 30 July 2018
Overall it's a decent company but... Salaries increase barely enough to cover inflation. CEO and upper management is usually blind when they're not being tone-deaf since they really enjoy emailing everybody to let know we bought another company meanwhile we can't get a decent raise or computer upgrades. Recently had a freeze on hiring by upper management when lots of work is still to be done. Therefore everyone now has to grind it out after hours and hope your family is still home when you get there. Basically upper management will listen to your ideas and and then continue with whatever half-baked scheme they were originally planning.
Great corporate culture but favouritism is rampant
Construction Coordinator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 23 October 2018
The company culture is great, lots of events and activities through out the year. Actual work was satisfying, great place to get work experience but overall pay was not great and there was too much favouritism. Creativity was not fostered what so ever as it seemed like an "old boys club" company and new ideas were immediately scrutinized. They seem to value employees that have been there the longest which kills creativity and innovation. They also seem to have postings just for fishing candidates, seen the same few postings all year, please don't waste people's time.
Technologist (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 12 February 2018
Terrible, poor & manipulative management with rude behavior. They built cults within the studio groups. If you want to be independent and avoid politics than this company is not for you .
Most people are avoiding studio meetings. The studio directors are great manipulators, with low-ranking manager / supervisor puppets ..
The biggest employee turnover ever..... Based on the company yearly report, last year they hired 100 new staff to compensate on employee loss. And every year its same old story... Generally speaking it takes 1-3 years for new employees to leave the company . Growth opportunities not available. Often talented individuals are forced to job-hop from one company to another in order to grow in status and compensation.. .. Work-life imbalance. Due to constant company restructures, you have to work longer hours and weekends just to meet deadlines.
Administration (Former Employee) – Vancouver Island, BC – 5 October 2018
Worked there 9 years and was laid off during a downturn in oil & gas industry, along with many other long term staff. Laid off in the most humiliating and inhuman way. Management is terrible. There's no room for growth, unless you're as dishonest and immoral as the higher ups. Its a toxic work environment, especially for women - sexual harassment and sexism is commonplace. Staff left on stress leave often. People in the know call it 'Satantec'. Don't go there if you have a soul.
Large engineering house - typically bottom line focused
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 12 December 2018
Stantec is a large engineering house that offers great opportunities for recent grads, and is an excellent place to start a career.
As one gets experience, vertical advancement is limited, and it is not difficult to become pigeon-holed into a position that one demonstrates proficiency in. In business, this is understandable,to keep the top producers doing what they're good at...day after day...after day. You will be worked hard and the workplace stress is palpable for middle managers. It is always worth reminding yourself that "i signed up for this".
If you did not start your career as a recent grad with Stantec to learn their impressive bureaucracy, quickly identify a mentor to learn from. New hires receive limited instruction (all webinars) and for advanced tasks such as revenue recognition, write-off, earned value analysis ect.., you're on your own to learn their systems. Unfortunately there are times where it feels like the battles fought with internal administrators are far larger than the struggles experienced with difficult clients...but that's part of the territory.
Stantec is very candid about the bottom line. At the time of hiring, intermediate project managers / engineers will be warned that in the event of a downturn, layoffs will occur. This leads to an unsettling employment start, which should not be forgotten for the duration of employment. In boom times, this caution obviously becomes a bit irrelevant, but never make an assumption that based on your utilization/performace to date, you won't be considered for layoff if the backlog gets belowmore... a certain threshold.
On the bright side, the larger Stantec centers retain large interesting, high-profile projects. The experience gained by working on such projects is definitely marketable.less
Engineer Assistant (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 20 June 2018
When I use to volunteer at Stantec Consulting as a Engineers Assistant, everyone were so friendly. Most work places are competitive and want to be the best at their work, but this isn't how the people at Stantec function. Every one wants to see each other prosper at their field, and if they can't they'll get the up most support and motivation that they can and they will!
Pipeline Engineer in Training (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 9 December 2017
Working in project teams and accepting new challenges is great for the career. You get to meet many people from a variety of disciplines. Lots of opportunities to learn from other mentors, during lunch and learns etc. Company events are alright, could be better. Management is excellent, listens and really want you to grow.
Lots of lunch and learns, excellent management
Nature of projects and deadlines could mean long hours
Recruiter (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 2 July 2018
Big company with lots of employees. The company does not promote from within. Very high turnover and minimal opportunity to advance in your career. No job security at all, the company is always letting people go and they offer the minimum severance package.
Sr. Environmental Specialist/Project Manager (Former Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 24 February 2018
This is a good company in general. The salary, benefits and people are great. Remote offices are difficult to work in due to a disconnect between the people and it's divisions. Utilization must be kept high in order to keep your job. The company has great structure and room for moving up the corporate latter. Business development is structure in a very corporate manner. Overall, it's a good place to gain great experiences, good connections and relationships.
IT Applications (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 24 January 2018
People are great to work with but salary is low and benefits keep getting scaled back.
Management and leadership is good but doesn't know how to handle poor toxic employees (not many but painful). Management of resources is weak as they try to keep their heads above water. If you are good at something you don't like be prepared to do it for awhile.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Calgary, Alberta – 22 January 2018
Was hired on with all kinds of promises of advancement opportunities. Statements such as this is a global company so there are relocation opportunities as well were used. Showed up to work Monday morning after a year and was told I no longer was employed. No warning, no explanation.
Stantec offers professional chgallenge and job satisfaction
Q/A Inspector and Coordinator (Former Employee) – Calgary, Alberta – 14 May 2018
I was quite lucky in that I worked for a great manager who inspired, supported and provided support for my remote job responsibilities. Stantec is a very professional organization and the long-term career rewards are what anyone would hope for.