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ATCO Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
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. 1 person found this helpful  

    How does ATCO measure up?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    ATCO has a wide range of companies and requires a diverse base of employees. There are few barriers to moving around within the company unless you are in a highly specialized position. ATCO is family run and therefore places a great deal of importance on family values of its employees. They are very active in the communities in which they work and that makes me proud to be an ATCO employee. I like that they promote from within before looking for new employees outside of the company. They remain competitive in their fields and I have a lot of confidence in where the company is going as a whole.

    Cons

    The diversity of the company can sometimes be a downside. With so many employees, its hard to know what is going on everywhere and sometimes you can feel disconnected. Because it is so family oriented and employee events tend to revolve around families, single people can feel left out of the loop on these. There isn't currently a vessel to find out what you might need to know about what is going on at the company either. And it takes a very long time for anything to change. That can be frustrating when you are used to how quickly the rest of the world changes nowadays.

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    I think Senior Management at the corporate level does a good job of participating in employee events. However, some of the Senior Management at the operating companies could be more visible.

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    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    i like it so much in the real life

    Cons

    i like it and its so nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be fair

  3.  

    Rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    Fun place to work if you can fit in. Young group of EIT's, lots of energy at workplace.. Excellent work life balance!

    Cons

    Don't expect it to be the same as working in corporate office in calgary. You are expected to stay for the duration of work hours....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better career building opportunities... Provide mentorship... Encourage and appreciate finding efficiencies...

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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Good stock plan, good hours, a family business where family is important

    Cons

    On Emergency Call through out the year which takes time away from family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep open communication.

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    Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good Money, great benifits. Most people are very good to work with.
    Our holidays are excellent and it's a great work environment.

    Cons

    Not much to say for cons. Need more experienced workers with all the retirements happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I personally love the new companies ATCO is getting into. Nancy Southern is a very smart lady. I feel some managers need to become more organized though.

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  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good but on a downward slide?

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

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    The employees have a great attitude and respect to one another. This goes between engineers, accountants, field staff and executive. Compensation is fair and job security in the utility companies is second to none. Work life balance is generally good but may be eroding.

    Cons

    The company can be somewhat rigid and old fashioned. Flexible work hours are not an option. Dress code is strict and stodgy. The company can be slow and unresponsive at times. Often many approvals are required for anything to happen, resulting in delays that paralyze the company. The greatest example of this of late has been replacement of vacancies. The company is very slow to fill them and the existing staff bears the weight of the extra work. The company went lean in the last few years and appears unwilling or unable to staff up. People are burning out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fill the vacancies you have. Staff up and reduce the workload on those still here. Burnout as a result of the added work is making the company lose good people. I promise this is costing us more money than if we had a few more people and higher retention rates.

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    ATCO Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Great staff and competent salaries. I'd suggest this for senior engineers or individuals looking for a permanent life-time job and great benefits.

    Cons

    Not really a great city to live in. Very dull and seems life-less. The nearby Rocky Mountains though are very beautiful and serve as a nice retreat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think there needs to be much change at administrative level at ATCO. My time working here has been pretty smooth and enjoyable.

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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working hard

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

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    There is always something new to learn. The people are a key reason for my continued career at ATCO.

    Cons

    The workload is incredible. Recruitment and retention is a key priority for the company but it doesn't make it any easier to hire resources and take some of the pressure off those of us still working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less work, more flexibility.

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