ATCO Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
36 Reviews
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ATCO President, CEO and Director ATCO and Canadian Utilities Nancy C. Southern
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    Dissapointing Carrer Episode

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at ATCO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays slightly above market rates, talks about employees as important, and seems to want to value them. Good view of safety (but not enough support structure) and are trying to build a safe environment.

    Cons

    Despite the Talk they do not support or respect their employees. Company feels very immature at the head office level and struggles to operate as a unified entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees - they are your greatest asset!

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

    Seemed a good idea to work for ATCO

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Started well enough...company seemed to have a plan for the project I was hired to undertake. Benefits program was a good compensation. If you are willing to follow a strict doctrine of being it is a good company...if you are innovative and creative it s a stifling place and such a contradiction makes it difficult to be inspired.

    Cons

    Encouragement of co-workers sabotaging each other to get tasks done...cut throat wins over morality...but that seems a company wide philosophy of management. I believe there is gross use of budgets to befriend politicians and like-companies. Knowing now where money goes I am upset as a tax payer in this province.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure that any advice would be followed as management seems to say what ever makes the Southerns happy! Each level of management spins its own story to make the next level up believe they are in control.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's ok

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

    I have been working at ATCO full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    very stable, nice people, great office location

    Cons

    lower than market pay, conservative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    ATCO I-Tek Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal IT Manager to Client Companies
    Former Employee - Internal IT Manager to Client Companies

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

    Pros

    Stable, good benefits, good office locations

    Cons

    Command & Control mentality from management, micro-managers, to many lifers with 25x1 years experiejnce, limted opportunities for progression, very old school mentality, no idea what 'cost competitive' means - similar to most large utilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on hiring from external companies, and not other utilities. Foster change - not just doing the same and following the dinosaurs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Benefits and Stable

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Competitive overall compensation
    Stable work

    Cons

    Hard work is not recognized
    Slow to change
    Resistant to change
    No worklife balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanaging
    Value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Compensation is good - but comes at a price

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head Office in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Head Office in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits are the only reasons to work here

    Cons

    Management is arrogant and pompous.

    If you don't put you life on hold for the company you will be looked down upon - zero work life balance.

    An incredible amount of politics - especially in the upper management ranks which makes the org. very slow. Prepare to get nothing done.

    Old School culture with policies about everything - no creative thinking allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dissastisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Opportunity to learn new things.

    Cons

    The management and reporting structures don't make any sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into account the amount and quality of work that is done by someone instead of how long the person has been with the company. Do more to get rid of the ineffective people and more to keep the effective people.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Talk is cheap

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    diversified company so there are many areas where you should be able to explore if there is an interest. Can start with one career and end up doing something completely interesting. There are really good people that work there and very talented individuals as well. There is never a shortage of things to do and if you are the type of person that wants to take on more and more this could be the company for you. It is an international company as well so there are opportunities overseas as well. Has a recognized name in the community for a number of reasons.

    Cons

    Senior management have worked thier way to the top for the most part which is commendable, the unfortunate side to this is that quite often they have forgotten where they came from and the power and position have clouded how they interact with those that they lead. Communication about the direction of the company and future is not clearly articulated. There is a lot of talk about how things should be but little commitment to put things into action. Sometimes decision making seems slowed because leaders are apprehensive to commit to a decision - or take the time to clearly give direction. It is hard to obtain the time required to get input to direct the expected outcome on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should get out into the field more, they should interact with those that do the work to gain a better understanding of the impact of decisions. Improve communication with those on the front lines. Saying thank you is not that hard and you dont have to spend lots of money to do so. Better leadership training for senior management. It is not the number of years that you put into an organization that makes a good leader. Just because you have been in a company for 20 years does not mean that you know how to manage people. Loyalty to the old guard can be detramental to the growth of a business.

    Disapproves of CEO

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