TransCanada

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TransCanada Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
75 Reviews
3.9
75 Reviews
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TransCanada President, CEO, and Director Russell K. (Russ) Girling
Russell K. (Russ) Girling
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance and the benefits were good (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, good vacation and good benefits (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • constant management changes, work load, middle management that really knows little about what they are managing (in 6 reviews)

  • heirarchy and office politics can be draining (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Just trying to appease the Canadian overlords.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They value family/vacation time. The moving packages for employees transferring locations is better than any other company I know. They have really good benefits, although the insurance plan is changing so the health benefits won't be as good as they used to be.

    Cons

    Compensation is no great shakes. Promotions are few and far between. If you're not Canadian, you probably aren't going very far in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's okay to let people do their jobs and trust them to make decisions. It's also okay to hold contractors responsible for their mistakes. Novel, I know.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Technologist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    I have been here over 5 years, no advancement opportunites. old management, old technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new technology, younger management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    TransCanada

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Sandwich, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Sandwich, IL

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, steady work, many locations

    Cons

    Older equipment at some locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better technical training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Prepare to work very hard everyday

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    decent pay, good benefits, nice office

    Cons

    work load! constant management changes, work load, middle management that really knows little about what they are managing. Not nearly enough field employees. work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We seem to have plenty vice presidents and directors, but not enough people that actually do the work. Don't have salary ranges and then only "allow" people to get to the middle of them and no higher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in the past

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some really smart people in the ranks. If you're not concerned about climbing the corporate ladder you can find work to keep you occupied. Benefits are OK. Some travel opportunity.

    Cons

    The corporate structure is a joke. No one knows who does what. Projects are always delayed. Managers are among the worse I have ever seen. Way too many layers. We think we're inovative, but we really are not. Senior leadership is an old boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to really shake things up. Most of the managers here don't understand how to run a business and make money. Time to forget about Keystone XL and move on. Do some post project reviews and get rid of the people who keep bringing projects way over budget. Stick to your fundamental business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good pipeline company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some opportunity for advancement; busy; decent work environment

    Cons

    Not really flexible with working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more opportunities for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Oil Pipelines Engineering Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oil Pipelines Engineering in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Oil Pipelines Engineering in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransCanada as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The managers, at least mine, are mostly great. They provide good feedback and appreciation for what you do. There are lots of good opportunities to learn different things if you look for them

    Cons

    I did not see my manager a lot, so most of the time I was stuck with my team. There were few members in the team that were horrible. They would give you all of the crappy work that they don't want to do, and they tell you it will be a "nice learning exerience". BS. You will feell like a dumpster, all the crap will be dumped on you unless you stand up for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat you interns better. Give them more meaningful tasks, even if they are small.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great for people just looking for a well paid easy 9 to 5.....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant Level II in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accountant Level II in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great compensation - 10% bonus every year, additional 10% after 3 years (more depending on job). $750 fitness allowance, 5% RRSP contribution every year.
    - 12 flex days, option to buy more.
    - Great work life balance
    - One of the only companies left with defined benefits
    - Lot's of all-you-can-drink parties and team building events!

    Cons

    - Large organization dynamics - rigid corporate structure, slow and steady career/pay progression, narrow job roles with little crossover, lot's of disgruntled employees and petty office politics, 9 out of 10 people were lazy, spoiled, whiners...

    - The only people that seemed to have any career satisfaction were those that made it to management.

    - Experience will definitely suffer here. I met lot's of people doing the same boring job for years and years, would not recommend for ambitious, hardworking individuals, that want a fast paced dynamic career. TC will suck the life out of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ha! Why would Management change anything?! Everything that is wrong with TC is to their benefit. They get to do all the cool stuff nobody else gets to do and get paid astronomically more money to boot. Keep licking your greasy fingers!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good but short so limited review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    One good thing is that tcpl is one of the dew companies that still offers a Defined benefit plan, even though it still takes at least ywo years to be vested. They provide an environment that strives for engagement and community outreach

    Cons

    No gym
    Avg pay for large company in energy sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more in proper training and employees will feel more confident in their roles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Compensation - OK Place to work

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

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The companies compensation system is easily in the top 10% of employers country wide.
    There are great opportunities for the 'right' people. If you find yourself on the right side of this glass wall, it's a great place to work. If not, shut up and get back to work.
    Most people there are great to work with.
    The business model is very sound so your underlying job security is great!

    Cons

    Extremely political environment. "Impression" of doing something is just as or more important than actual results in some departments.
    Middle management is consumed with the politics and makes for very busy work life with little to show for it, except a lot of stress.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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