Stantec Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Stantec President and CEO Bob Gomes
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Pros
  • I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain, as i was ineligible as an intern) (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of great people to work with (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • The "PC structure" (profit center) of the company (in 8 reviews)

  • Publicly traded company, so mass layoff occur when work isn't being won (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Quiet Stumbling Giant Eating Almost Anything It Happens Upon

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for interns.
    Nine-to-five honeymoon period after acquisition.
    Great for lateral moves by region or country.

    Cons

    Half-hearted, symbolic, surface gestures are costumed for a wink-wink "we're all in this together" management strategy right out of Office Space.

    A make-believe COMMUNITY smoke-screen is cultivated for media and stockholder consumption and protection.

    The company seems to be still figuring it out, which is strange for a company of 15,000+.

    For a public company in the acquisitions phase, it is not a surprise that those at the top have lost their moral compasses and any sense of irony. For many, the acquisition and resulting bigness isn't even about the money but becomes a game or ego challenge, about prestige. It certainly isn't good for the 99%.

    Public corporations have many faces: public, employee, shareholder, insider. For disciplines that involve such passion as architecture requires, these make for strange bedfellows.

    Advice to Management

    Real people are affected and their lives changed. Places are affected. Communities are affected. Environments are affected. If We Do What Is Right then please prove it by putting your morals where your slogans are.


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    Stantec Acquisition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, training, IT support staff. Stantec puts high value on supporting communities and charities. High-profile engineering and architectural projects. Emphasis on safety. CEO Bob Gomes is a visionary.

    Cons

    Stantec is a large Canadian-based company that acquires many architectural, engineering and related firms each year. From what I saw, Stantec's integration of the acquired companies in the US is disorganized, rounds of layoffs soon follow, and the remaining employes of the acquired companies are demoralized. Although Stantec brands itself as a company that "puts people first", I didn't see or experience that in practice. No one in senior management seemed to care that there was a lack of work-life balance and people were expected to work long hours on a regular basis. In my experience, everyone was expected to cater to some very difficult managers, even when their demands and expectations were unreasonable or not good for business. Stantec's IT systems were surprisingly outdated, especially given the vast size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down acquisitions until the whole integration process can be vastly improved. Stop tolerating the behavior of difficult managers and walk the talk in "putting people first."


  3. Helpful (1)

    basic

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    No prosorry other than national footprint is impressive.

    Cons

    No perks, no Bonuses, communication from management to employees is non existent

    Advice to Management

    People are essential assets to the company, not disposable commodities to eliminate when bad business decisions are made


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    PM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Stantec is better than not having a job at all.
    My Coworkers are good people to work with.

    Cons

    The company tries to dictate culture from the top down with words but little supporting action.
    Too much of the processes seem to be determined by accounting.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend to be something you have no intention of being. Communications to employees do not seem genuine. Be honest.


  6. TOO MANY CHIEFS AND NOT ENOUGH INDIANS.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CAD Coordinator in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior CAD Coordinator in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Stantec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent: Salary, Benefits, Teamwork in the trenches and Social Interactions.

    Cons

    Top heavy management system that makes decisions and policies by committee only. No management accountability. Middle management tend to micro manage. The Corporate Tag Line about Employees Being the most Valuable Asset is total Bravo Sierra.

    Advice to Management

    Get some Leaders who are able to make individual decisions instead of decision by committee and be held accountable for those decisions. Get rid of ISO credentials which costs the Client but offers nothing else.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Profit Center

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, relaxed culture, not micromanaged.

    Cons

    The employees I interacted with were un-passionate and merely looking to put in their 9-5. The project I worked on was merely for profit that a person with no engineering experience could be programmed to complete. Management makes counter-productive criticism about certain employees to other employees; audible enough so that others can hear. Management lacks respect for their employees. This company is not the place where you can grow. Questions are glazed over merely to complete the task, not to educate and foster the growth. After all, this is a publicly traded company and profit is the main goal.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Stant experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Tech in Pine Bluff, AR
    Former Employee - Process Tech in Pine Bluff, AR

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Very safety oriented.

    Cons

    Not a lot of time for family as they want you to be there 10 hours a day seven days a week unless you are a supervisor.They come in when they are ready. There is way too much favoritism among the supervisors. If you are in their click you can get by with anything but if you aren't in their click Watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to your workers.especially in the pine bluff plant.They are tired but are afraid to say anything for fear of losing their jobs. I was there for 5years,as a process tech,spoke up for myself and my associates and was fired,accused of insubordination.I would like to have my job back but as long as the same supervisors are there they will take this plant down.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The work was boring.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    If you like a large company

    Cons

    It was a large company

    Advice to Management

    Way too much management


  10. Helpful (1)

    Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The stantec Pay is nearly ok

    Cons

    Short sighted. Values neatness over technical/engineering quality

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the older and more experienced people and lose some of the mouthy management ones.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Just a number, no loyalty

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company has a variety of different projects to work on to keep you interested. The company is huge and has many resources.

    Cons

    With many resources to pull from, inter-office work sharing and communication is very poor. If the work load slows down, start looking for another job.



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