TC has always been a stable company. Nothing fancy happens during the booms, but work remains stable as other industries stagnate.
Biggest area I find TC experiences challenges is with compensation; they view themselves as a utility and therefore choose not to compete with other companies that dominate the Calgary engineering core (i.e. producers) when it comes to salary, so have at times lagged as much as 30% behind other companies competing for expertise (based on APEGA surveys).
The people you work with are still by far the best part of the job.
This company is currently reorganizing and impacting hundreds of workers. This will continue for some time.
If you are in core business you will find a political atmosphere to try and survive in. If you are looking to punch a clock and collect a great salary you will be fine. Change management is poorly executed
A typical day at work consists of resolving tickets submitted to us by the various employees of TransCanada.
I learned about the professional office environment and how to fit in, as well as thinking critically in order to resolve the network and software problems TransCanada employees face.
My coworkers and mentors at TransCanada has been nothing but welcoming and helpful when I was adjusting to the office culture, and for that I am deeply grateful.
Good place to learn
Unpaid practicum and no honorarium, but provides great salary and benefits if you're an employee
First job when I graduated. Great pay as a contractor, easy work, solid management with clearly defined goals. Co-workers are great and a great way to learn if you've never been in the oil and gas sector. However, you are pigeon-holed into the role you have without much room for advancement. Only if you want to get into management is there any room to advance and that takes a long while (as in 10 years in some departments). Therefore, staying a contractor is your best bet if you want to advance in your career (i.e. moving onto another company after you've gained your experience). Still, for those who want security and easy work, staying where they are for at least 5 years to really learn the industry, it's a great place to be.
Great environment, great benefits for full time employees (stock options, health/dental, flex Fridays, etc.)
Overall I found the company okay to work for. Not a place I could see myself spending 25 years at.
You can put in tonnes of overtime, just don't expect to be compensated for it and if you do bring up the subject be prepared to get "coached". On average a field salaried employee puts in well over the 40 hour week. If you get the option, go with hourly as they pay double OT while the rest of the salaried people volunteer their time to a multi billion dollar company.
If you are a person who seeks a challenging and dynamic environment, this is not the place for you. They constantly come up with new initiatives but never follow through. Well I shouldn't say that, they are having a rash of vehicle incidents so rather than making significant improvements such as back up cameras and such, their BRAIN BUSTER of an idea is to put a cone behind your truck and back up to it and what do you know, incidents still are happening.
They are finally doing the BYOD/ Apple phone craze, but where the last to follow suite. You will find that innovation and new ideas are stymied at all levels because everyone has given up trying to improve the work environment there.
Stable work environment until they sell you off
No compensation for over time, too much drama over Keystone
Very high turn over in certain departments. Contract workers rarely lasted more than 3 months. Very high nepotism. You are nothing but a number. Advancement is non-existant. Polish up that resume and leave as fast you can.