Stantec Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. TOO MANY CHIEFS AND NOT ENOUGH INDIANS.

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    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Profit Center

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    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.

  3. 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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Stant experience

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    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Just a number, no loyalty

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Growth more important than the individual

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Goal-oriented. Strong vision for the company's future. Benefits are good. I enjoyed working with the local people.

    Cons

    Recent branding "I create community" is ignored when it comes to the people and the community who work for them. Top tier management does not know what's going on with the day-to-day projects and the needs of their employees. There's a lack of advancement and if someone leaves the company, their role is often absorbed, leaving those left with more responsibilities that often don't match their job description.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your support staff.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Acquisitions and profit are more valuable than employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked 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

    Stantec has a competitive benefits package and offers good 401k matching. Heavy investment in technology for productivity.

    Cons

    Stantec has been acquiring 4 - 6 companies per year for the past several years. Each acquisition results in reorganization to find places for top management from the acquired firms. This makes advancement nearly impossible. Profit is king. If the numbers aren't good at the end of the month, plan on being laid off. Salaried employees hired through acquisition receive salary/benefits packages based on a 40 hour week, but are frequently coerced into working 50 - 60 hours to meet deadlines without bonuses or additional compensation. If new managers hired through acquisition are not interested in existing staff, support is minimal, resulting in dissolution of entire teams and abandonment of market sector.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on being the best, not the biggest. $1M+ bonus to the CEO while employees receive miniscule or no annual raises does not go unnoticed.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Bad management

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Corporate structure, good learning curve

    Cons

    Poor salary, completely employee abuse

  11. Helpful (3)

    seems great from the outside...

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    Former Employee - Payroll Administrator in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Payroll Administrator in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement plans. Good service in HR with benefits issues.

    Cons

    Bad and unethical management. Horrible training.

    Advice to Management

    I left a Controller/HR position to work in the Phx payroll department. My interview seemed interesting and it seemed as if I would be a good fit as I worked at ADP prior and had been in control of payroll, hr and million dollar accounts previously. Though I had multiple state experience from adp, I was not familiar with California laws. My training was with the payroll manager's fave ee, who was rude and unfriendly and quite frankly didn't teach me much or help me as they threw me on two large California lay offs that I ended up messing up on because of lack of training. I was belittled multiple times in front of my co-workers by the manager because of my mistakes or "not learning fast enough". Here I am, a former great employee to others and former new employee trainer receiving poor training and being harassed. I would take two breaks a day, timed at 7 min a piece, and was told by the payroll manager that because I was salary and this was a Canadian company that I wasn't allowed "breaks", though other staffers were allowed to leave their desk for over 15-20 min at least 4 times a day on top of their hour lunch. On top of it all I had to constantly listen to this crazy woman in charge talk about how much she made and how much better she was than her stupid counterpart in the Canadian office. It was so horrible, I became depressed and couldn't work, and barely managed to make it on time and messed up something from stress and lack of sleep, making it official that she fired me-thank God. I went on to be a Director of Finance and HR for 4 institutions, thrived, and now am starting my own business which is also already doing well. Not that Stantec helped in any way, found out that the former manager was bad mouthing me to future employees, a complete violation of so many levels of the law, and they should be glad I didn't sue them. Besides these horrible experiences, I spoke to many managers that didn't know rules of the company for new hires or procedures. It seems to me that because they are housed in Canada, they have no control or watch of the fact that they have major violations and uneducated managers running their company into the ground.

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