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ATCO Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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ATCO President, CEO and Director ATCO and Canadian Utilities Nancy C. Southern
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  1.  

    Atco production supervisor flexible ducts

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at ATCO full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good schedule, friendly people in upper management

    Cons

    Quality control and production levels are unrealistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Calgary, TX
    Current Employee - Editor in Calgary, TX

    I have been working at ATCO full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small company; a lot of visibility; free healthcare and life insurance
    Easy access to middle management; flexible scheduling and work/life balance

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for growth; difficult to have views of employees considered by senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and not micro managed

    Cons

    Less compensation and no bonuses

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  5.  

    Very diverse.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, employee involvement, multiple locations to work from (although sometimes there is no real choice). Most of the people who work here are "good" people who like their job. Training is thourough and extensive.

    Cons

    Moving from one Company to another, despite the "talk" of it being promoted, is very difficult and limited. Change/modernization can take a very long time, some of the companies stay up to date with technology while others lag behind, not just hardware technology but HR technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire when you get your number, let Engineers engineer, hire/develop leaders to lead, let those who want to work work and get rid of some of the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Under-resourced, but improving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Hard-working people. Good pay and benefits. Systems are improving and the new owners are investing in the company, which should see it turn around in a few years time.

    Cons

    Frustrating trying to get runs on the board - many underlying processes are broken. Absence of team building, lack of team spirit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in some administrative staff and buy your staff a beer once in a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    okay pay and it is a big company

    Cons

    long hours and unfriendly staff....................

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family oriented environment but passive business structure leading to countless frustrations

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    Former Employee - Trader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Trader in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Old fashioned and favouring certain employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within and treat everyone equally

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people but very structured and slow to change.

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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

    ATCO does a fantastic job of hiring good people that care about their work and others. The pay is fair for the work done although perhaps not as competitive as the oil and gas industry. Overtime is not required on a consistent basis. Direct supervisors are there to listen and availble to answer questions.

    Cons

    When it comes down to it, what is promised and what is delivered is quite different. Management takes pride in saying that what the employees want matters and comes first. However, the reality is that business operations are what matters and will always trump everything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you ask for employees' ideas and feedback then be ready to make changes. Listening is not enough. Need to keep up with work/life balance initiatives available in competing companies like flexible work arrangements, working remotely etc.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ample opportunity if you enjoy a mid-range salary, average benefits and old school operation.

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

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    There is ample stability and opportunity with the diverse ATCO companies, allowing for someone to work in different industries and companies over their career. ATCO is a company that encourages and supports community involvement, and the people of ATCO always seem to have some initiative to raise funds for charitable organizations.

    Cons

    Often times the advantage of being in a stable working environment is used as an argument against receiving competitive compensation and attracting and retaining the younger generation is seemingly difficult. The culture is generally quite 'old school' and change can be slow and painful depending on the company or department you work in. Though people do move between companies quite often, the process of doing so is loosely defined and challenging to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage the people of ATCO and listen to what they have to say, it may promote healthy change.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good and fair employer, but not a stand-out company

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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

    ATCO is a large company that appears to present many opportunities for its employees through all the sister companies, stable in terms of job security and not necessarily subject to (or impacted by) market trends and oil patch instability like many other employers in Calgary, employees all seem to be treated equally, and the company is very consistent in recognition and expectations for individuals.

    Cons

    Stand-out performers are not easily recognized or compensated as the same benefits (i.e. vacation) and salary brackets are applied to all employees regardless of effort level. There does appear to be small opportunities for recognition applied, but these are typically few and far between. Overall the company has a too middle-of-the-road mindset in terms of targetting salary and compensation, with the opporutinity for growth in either area limited solely based on years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your peers in the industry in terms of more creative options in terms of work-life balance, such as tele-commuting.

    Review the overall mindset of fairness to identify better ways of rewarding performers, besides more work.

    Years of service is not the correct benchmark for assessing someone's worth.

    No opinion of CEO

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