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Stantec Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
113 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have good benefits and an employee stock ownership program (in 12 reviews)

  • Its a large company so there are options for moving around t he different offices or as they call them, "profit centers" (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work sharing is limited because of the insecure nature of the firm and profit center design (in 5 reviews)

  • Stantec's senior management is very good at producing propaganda geared to make its employees believe they are a top tier employer (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Acquisitions and profit are more valuable than employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    You will be assimilated - resistance is futile

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    Pros

    They don't lay anyone off when the acquisition takes place, and will compensate for current benefits they don't offer with an equitable pay raise.

    Cons

    After about a year, which is just about enough time for them to completely destroy whatever culture your firm used to have, the layoffs start. After inflicting severe morale deflation to your office environment, the layoffs just intensify. In the case of my firm, Stantec turned a once thriving, professional family-type atmosphere where you mattered as a person to upper management into a cold, depressing, stressful, impersonal workplace where you're just an employee ID number generating profit for stockholders. Loyal long-time employees will find themselves suddenly subject to the whims of impersonal bean counters thousands of miles away, possibly in a foreign country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can you say to the Borg?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professions are a now just another Wall Street commodity to leverage

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some good people.
    Pay check.
    Potential work on large projects
    Good 401K

    Cons

    Motto should be buy private firms, purge them, and increase amount of revenue that gets sent to a PO box in the middle of the country. As a regular employee you are become an asset that can be replaced or see your hours reduced on a whim often with little relation to your true value. Employee stress levels are through the roof at newly acquired firms and stay that way after Stantec takes over. Trust little company info coming from your managers because they are likely getting the same happy talk from their bosses. Work sharing is limited because of the insecure nature of the firm and profit center design. Management is more interested in growing and consolidating new acquisitions to maintain or increase the stock price than in project execution, employee development, or team building despite what the marketing spin says.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When it is all about the next acquisition to increase market share and presence, and increasing gross revenues, the professions suffer a slow and inevitable death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too bad we were taken over by this company

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    I still have a job

    Cons

    Just about everything, I was stripped of so many good benefits from Jacques Whitford, that I feel cold and barely dressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They would not listen anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    average for the industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    able to work independently with peers

    Cons

    local leadership was not good for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communications from the top which was non-existent

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Watch The movie Office Space. This is your new life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Architect in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    A large variety of industries make up Stantec, giving you the opportunity to work with specialist outside your typical architecure firm.

    Cons

    The top 5:

    1. You will be responsible to get your own work. Yes, EVERYONE. (minus the front desk)The management who used to do that will no longer be responsible for it. Your on your own brother.

    2. Utilization. This number will be assigned to you on how directly billable you need to be. Fall below that number and you get a black dot. Seriously. Proposals dont count either.

    3. Stantec's fees are very high for clients. Those clients you may have before the merger will find someone else.

    4. Redtape. Its long, very long. In a crunch? Need something fixed or installed!? Take a number and wait. Stantec is a public company and is very regimented. If you have a 1 or 2 bosses now, expect 6 to 8.

    5. Collaboration. Nope. If you need to have work performed outside your office (aka profit center), prepare to pay. You might as well out source to a 3rd party. Its probably cheaper and more rewarding.

    Bonus comment: sorry, on a ripper. Obviously, I am un-happy with my aquisition. Stantec destroyed a very beautiful progressive firm for the short gain of the stockholders. Anything exciting about my work and my co-workers is all gone now. We went from 200 employees to 30 in just our office. Not because we are bad business people, BUT because we serviced our firm and other offices. Collaboration does not exist in Stantec. They will nickle and dime you to death. Forget Apple, you are now the GM of architecure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Passion counts. Stop working so hard to not work. Your not fooling anyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    One stop shop is a dead end solution in an economy that is aiming for regrowth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Easy access to professional resources, talented and dedicated employees, some remaining middle management that care about growth opportunities for staff and the work itself.

    Cons

    Strategic direction of growing through acquisitions rather than focusing on or developing core strengths to create organic growth can not possibly sustain long-term attraction from clients and investors. Unstable local leadership - everyone in it for themselves and previous owners leaving voluntary and involuntarily. Plus haven't won a major project in the last two years; innovation or ability to market is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some trust into your junior and professional design staff. They are the ones who can bring the company up to the level of your best competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stantec is a company which is focused on profits and business but did not seem to be value employees over shareholders.

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    Former Employee - Project Technician  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people. The benefits are acceptable. Its global position can provide opportunites and a signficant network

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of employee valuation by upper management and few opportunities for advancement even when skill level and and immediate suppervisor recomendations warrent so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you send out e-mails that state that you value your employees and contribute to their success, have actions that promote those statements. While I had wonderful managers in my office, I felt extreemly unappreciated by the company as a whole which promted my departure.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dying a Slow Death

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits for the type of company they are. Lots of good, friendly people. Good equipment. Free parking. Clean restrooms.

    Cons

    Too much focus on short-term profits without any regard to business strategy and staff retention. Their matrix structure is disfunctional due to lack of clarity with regard to the roles of "leaders" and severe loss of experienced, competent leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to a focus on being a good company rather than just a big company. Reduce acquisitions and spend money on fixing what you already have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company with poor Senior Management, this location is close to going under.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Large company with advancement and educatonal opportunities. Worldwide locations, especially across U.S. and Canada. Strong encouragement to pursue proffessional certificates. Very politically correct environment with a strong team atmosphere. Many core employess have worked there for 10+ years. Strong health benefits and wellness programs. Very good 401k, stock and retirement plans. Incredibly diverse work force you could only find in Southern California. Stantec often received very large ongoing projects that are visible and known throughoutt the industry. The type of large projects that you put on your resume and people are impressed that you worked on high profile designs.
    They also sponsored off work hours events like basketball, softball and bowling that are fun and allow you to get to know your team members and others from different departments and services you wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to; thus helping to build a strong team mentality.

    Cons

    In many positions here your voice will never be heard. You will be just an asset that they will not hesitate to replace without any explanation. At this particular location many employess leave to go to competing local firms and then come back a few months later for a substantial raise, often at the cost of the new employee who had replaced them or fellow department members raises. There have been several new start up firms that came exclusively from our Irvine location. Whole teams have left at once with no warning and in each instance department managers have left, leaving their longtime employess to basically start over with new department heads. In several instances employess with 20+ years at the firm (or the original firm TKC that was purchased by Stantec) were fired or laid off because the new department managers wanted to clean house and bring in their own people. The worst part being many of these new startups took new projects and contacts with them and were immediately succesful because Stantec Irvine Senior Management flat out refused to do that type of work even though it was capable of doing it and would have lead to huge revenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the future of your employees jobs. Many of the Senior Management team have been here for 10-15+ years and have been through several work slow downs as the economy cycles. In Irvine they have not ever tried to diversify the type of work we do. They've stuck completely to what the Irvine Company wanted (almost exclusively housing develpoment) and never went after more steady government work, utility companies and Caltrans despite constant urging of their tenured employees and project managers. This has lead the Irvine location to be severely hit by the economic and housing downturn. In 2007 there were 220+ employees at this particular office and now there are maybe 50, if that. When the economy begins to recover and land development starts up again Stantec Irvine will not be in position to be involved in that type of buisness any longer having laid off the core of employees that would sustain that work. Most of these employees they will never be able to recoup and they never had to have lost many of them in the first place if they had slightly diversified their buisness. Senior management flat out refused to do this and most suspect it was becasue of their personal relationships with the Irvine Company. Also, for several consecutive years Senior Management here has accepted incredibly excessive bonuses while laying off consistently and denying most employees even cost of living raises.
    Last piece of advice for the Senior Management; stop praying at mandatory meetings. Forced group prayer is totally innappropriate in the workplace and eventually it could cause you problems that could be easily avoided.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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