Stantec Reviews

Updated May 31, 2014
Updated May 31, 2014
114 Reviews

3.2
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just a number! Pay cap to positions. Hard work unrecognized and undervalued.

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    Former Employee - Project Administrator  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good project management tools and strategies. Excellent corporate resources and employee tools. Strong business/accounting strategies.

    Cons

    Employees are just a number. Hard work is not recognized. Local managers authority is undervalued after acquisition. Employees are not invested in for tuition or promotions unless new management feels they can promote employee. Hardwork is not enough, employee must brown-nose new managers to prove worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above. Hard work needs to be encouraged and regonized. Give local managers authority to give promotions. Invest in your employees education and seminars. There is too much push back. I worked extremely hard covering for several employees and did it more accurately and efficient...my efforts and ideas called for a promotion and raise. My ideas and efficientcy improved my department and other staff used my techniques. My concerns of no career advancement and cap on my position pay was discussed several times calling for management meetings. Nothing came of this meetings and I was told management needs a reason to promote me and they need to be 'calling my name' in order to prove to upper management my worth. That statement felt as if Stantec undervalued all my hard work and requires me to brown-nose management. Some local staff in my department were more worried about keeping their position than mentoring staff. Upper management should have realised this and re-evaluated if that position was needed. By right sizing the department the hardworking talented employees will have room for advancement and Stantec will retain the talented staff. I found Stantec's losses talented staff to competitors in my area. Working in a competetors office my first impression is the number of talented staff and how much I can learn from them. This was very noticable. Stantec needs to improve by hiring talented people in all departments including support roles. Too many entry level staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stantec very often hires college level students when others aren't which is great for people just starting out their career. Opportunity to get interesting jobs if you are willing to move for an extended period of time.

    Cons

    Competitive internal structure makes it difficult to participate in multi-office/multi-discipline work when everything is about the bottom line. No promotions, or career advancement that I can see. Your interests are not really taken into account unless they align exacty with department objectives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    It's true, you're just a number. But you are also afforded diversity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large diversity in project scopes and disciplines.
    Great benefits and company stock matching.
    I was lucky enough to have fair and successful work sharing across various offices.
    Large potential for climbing the corporate ladder, but at what cost?

    Cons

    All that matters is that your timesheet is entered on Friday's and that you maintain high utilization or the hammer comes down.
    Profit center structure encourages competition of the wrong kind, within the company.
    Too much personnel turnover.
    Entire company vision seems to be achieved through acquisitions and less organic growth. This lends to the high turnover rate.
    Top heavy, too much management and not enough production staff.
    I felt under-valued for the type of work completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees I knew who left, left because you drove them into the ground and you kept on pushing. If you don't have the personnel locally to work on projects, don't submit proposals stating that you have the personnel just so you can win the big buck contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to work if mediocrity is your goal

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    great people, multidisciplinary collaboration and a north american reach that is remarkable. a place to practice the trade while building the wings to fly.

    Cons

    communication between offices, teams and leadership needs improvement. Practice of the corporate vision is weak. Identity and vision is leaking.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical Large Civil Driven Design Firm

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    Former Employee - Architect  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Architect in Denver, CO

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Interoffice communication is pretty good at Stantec. They have a good (visual) business model and support this conceptually. There is good web-based technology to link offices and keep marketing, project team formation and financial information flowing.

    Cons

    The firm is not a progressive firm and is heavily top-down with little bottom-up information flow, though that is part of the official party line. This firm is managed quarterly, i.e. for short-term profits, like every other publicly traded firm. Sustainability is mentioned on their webpage, but it's not part of the corporate culture, rather an add-on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider deepening the sustainability culture and also adding lean thinking for design team integration. This is a major innovation that other large firms are making happen (CH2MHill) and even small firms are nimbly making this a major part of their culture to great advantage.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    Strong diversity of talented individuals. Good benefits including reduced health care costs for making healthy choices. Good stock ownership plan. Strong technology investment by corporation.

    Cons

    Staff at times want to hear the vision from senior managers with positive results that have impacted our staff locally. Staff are not allowed to have trash cans in their office. Recycling bins are everywhere though...

  8.  

    If you enjoy working in a production house, this is the place!

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    Current Employee - Architect  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    Benefits are slightly above average offices.

    Cons

    Offices are becoming production houses for Canadian projects.
    Offices have difficulty retaining talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is so vital in maintaining a successful team.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    It's a good place if you're part of the leading projects making money in the company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    Pay is fair and benefits are above average. There are opportunties to work with varied projects since it is a consulting firm. That helps it not be the same thing one quarter to the next--unless you're on a really big project.

    Cons

    It's not like you're working for one company. Stantec grew by acquisition and it shows. It's more like a network of affiliate companies or one big joint venture that happens to use the same financial system, IT support, and policies/procedures. Many offices hold work close to them and don't spread the opportunties. This is especially true if they specialize in a particular engineering consulting market. It is a public company and the shareholder is king--like any other public company. I came on through an acquired company. The culture we had went through the meat grinder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's difficult to say as people throughout the company are likely to each see Stantec as a different company. The point is my concerns are probably only applicable to my region. I have frustrations with senior management in the US South Region. Be honest with those working in a niche--get on board with the mainstream work or you're likely to get the boot unless that niche is profitably expanding. Don't sell the unlimited possibilities line.

  10.  

    decent employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Stantec provided a reasonable family environment, and allowed me to maintain a very good work life balance. Office camaraderie was fairly high.

    Cons

    There was little potential for promotion or advancement internally. There was very little turnover among senior management, and growth by acquisition as opposed to organically provided little opportunity to existing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how the existing resources and expertise of the various practice areas and employees could be leveraged across new industries with similar characteristics.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Its all about communications.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Sacramento, KY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, KY

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Diversity of assignments. Benefits. Reasonable compensation. Possibility of an annual bonus. Matching 401k.

    Cons

    Lack of unity in leadership. Failure to focus on the most important thing - people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask staff routinely what they think about the current direction and solutions to problems. The people especially PMs should know what to do and be allowed to do it. Many times oversight does not exist until a problem comes up. Sometimes the solution was to throw the PM under the bus.

    Approves of CEO

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