Stantec Reviews

Updated August 20, 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. Helpful (2)

    Could have been better!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with-good benefits - community driven company

    Cons

    A lot of red tape and approvals and the salary was not competitive - supervisors rarely gave recognition

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and when a supervisor is not doing what they should - replace them instead of promoting them


  2. Helpful (2)

    Consider carefully!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Education. professional development. membership reimbursement for operations staff. Salary increase upon earning licenses for Engineering or Architecture.

    Cons

    Over communication regarding benefits (always high level) making it hard for the employee to understand. Poor communication when making internal changes to procedures. Inconsistent compensation among non operation staff.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "We Put People First" -- until they lay them off.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. No more typical bureaucracy and delays to get things done than any other large publicly-traded company. Very tight security controls. Have staff solely dedicated to acquisitions, so growth is a constant mode of change. Nepotism is not allowed so at least it's not one of "those" companies.

    Cons

    Typical bureaucracy and delays to get things done, so less nimble than a smaller privately-owned company. Very tight security controls, best plan to keep your personal Internet use to your own devices and Internet connection. Use this company to grow your resume if you need to, but keep looking for something else; I personally saw several people with well over 10-15 years get handed layoffs with very short notice.

    Advice to Management

    The motto's are simply hypocritical. Help desk ticket delays of several hours are commonplace. Layoffs happen directly contrary to the mottos. In the end, the Profit comes first, not the People, or things would be consistently different, not consistently the way they are.


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  5. Unexpected Pluses and Minuses

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    Current Employee - Process Specialist, Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Process Specialist, Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since the company is an aggregate of acquisitions, there is a lot of intra-office pride and friendly inter-office competition outside of corporate financials, e.g. health/fitness and sustainability. Stantec does a decent job integrating its acquisitions to feel loyal to the company, although many of the policies are difficult to find or understand. At 14,000 employees (as of Summer 2015), Stantec has varied resources in both operations and support roles. Stantec also has a $1 million research & development budget, for projects whose sponsors apply for funding. Stantec, being ISO 9001 certified, has a strong commitment and set of policies for project quality and procedures, resulting in polished work processes that positively impact the ultimate work products.

    Cons

    The nature of a big company is that it may be slow to process administrative tasks. What is special about this company is that the org. chart is extremely confusing. There are many technical administrative titles, and each Business Center (financial operating unit) reports to both a Geographic leadership structure and a Business/Practice/Sector leadership structure. While the nature of A&E consulting is low margins, an impersonal demand for profits and focus on minutiae often discourage employees who put forth their best efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Enable more transparency in structure, and more importance on personal attention to employees.


  6. Accountants

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Well run company. Organized A&E firm with too much emphasis on the E.

    Cons

    It's all about hours and billing. On the A side the accountants wanted add services, change order anything to make the books work. Never mind the client

    Advice to Management

    Practice your core values!!


  7. Pros and Cons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Knowledgeable people to interact with for guidance.

    Cons

    Shifting priorities. Inconsistent titles. Micro-managers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Project Control Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Control Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Control Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stantec (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, salary is good (for some people).

    Cons

    Inexperienced supervisors and some inexperienced managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware that good people are leaving because of management.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Four years of loyalty got me nowhere.

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    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Technician in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits were really good.

    Cons

    There was no room for advancement. The people involved in giving you a raise or a promotion had no idea who you even were. The project managers who actually dealt with you day to day had very little power to control this. After 4 years doing the same job I made a whopping $2 more per hour near the end of my tenure, and percentage wise I was getting the highest raise on the team!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good employees by giving the project managers the power to give raises. If you're going to acquire a company for a potential profit don't make the people involved with the work an afterthought. Invest in their futures and you will profit.


  10. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people Talented Staff Good client service Paid holiday shut down

    Cons

    Usually feels like profits over people Too many managers Too few females in leadership positions

    Advice to Management

    Reduce


  11. Helpful (1)

    Entry level

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Scarborough, ME
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Scarborough, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Minimal stress. Great people (older) that help with any job related questions. Friday snack club and other activities in the office.

    Cons

    Average pay. Work dependent on project managers. Utilization. Mentors that are overloaded with work. Communication.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on training in order develop people



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