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36 Reviews
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ATCO President, CEO and Director ATCO and Canadian Utilities Nancy C. Southern
Nancy C. Southern
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent executive at POS level who are afraid to tell Nancee the truth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at ATCO full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing. This is a dismal company who are inherent in promoting incompetency

    Cons

    Everything. Old school who fake their values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whistleblower

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent management, old school structure---Feel like working in 1970's again

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Work location is near downtown core

    Cons

    Incompetent management with poor technical and leadership skills
    Extremely old school structure. The Southern family brainwashed the existing mgmt to apply their 1970's working style.
    Reluctant to change resulted in extreme inefficiencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the baby boomers need to retire immediately and management need a full house change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    "A navigational hazard in an ocean of employers"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    The salary and benifits are very competitve

    Cons

    Work life Balance is definately not a priority. With the high salaries come an expectation that they can call on you 24/7. No boundaries appeared to exist.

    Lack of goals or objectives, performance evaluations, and career development programs. In over two years I did not have a set of objectives on which a constructive evaluation could be completed. The attitude of "You shouldn't have to be told if you are doing a good job" seemed to prevail.

    Poor leadership from middle management. Many middle managers lacked common sense leadership and people skills. What would have worked on an employee from 20 years ago will not work on today's employees.

    Corporate culture is change resistant. "Thats the way that we've always done it" is the battle cry when new ideas arise.

    Visible lack of respect for non-professionals or union employees. Senior mangement has created a hostile environment of us vs them rather then fostering a we're in it together spirit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the every exit interview to gain insight on how middle mangement is really doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pay is good but if you want any sort of job satisfaction, STAY AWAY!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    The only reason someone would want to work for ATCO is money. Plain and simple. And in speaking to the money, it's not even that great. We are talking middle of the pack, never an industry leader. Always a follower and as of late, there are zero perks. I mean nothing. No external health subsidy (ie. gym membership), no flex time, no telecommuting, no nothing. Standard 3 weeks vacation to start and no increase until 8 years in. As recognition, we got a freaking ugly yellow jacket for the 75th anniversary of the company. The place just smacks of discontent.

    Cons

    Brutal management and no training whatsoever. They throw you in the deep end and expect you to swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not a caring company

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    Former Employee - Customer Service - Clerical in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service - Clerical in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    They will give you a good start to get into the industry but they are only a stepping stone to real work.

    Cons

    The management are completely insular, they don't share any but the vaguest of goals for the company. There is absolutely no positive feedback and they make you feel like everythign you do is worthless. They also allow cliques to be formed in positions so that is can be difficult to be a team player.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TALK TO THE PEOPLE!!! Work hard to show people you care (fake it even) give feedback on projects completed. Respect that people on the bottom make you look good or bad...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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