AMEC NSS Reviews

Updated May 17, 2015
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  1. Good company but very dependent on 2 clients

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work at times Good pay and excellent benefits Coworkers are usually helpful

    Cons

    No training or succession plan Work load fluctuates a lot Very billing driven meaning internal projects are low priority Not innovative Pressure to go to Arlington to Bruce sites. Almost half the company is at site. Employees on overhead tend to be those that can't do billable work

    Advice to Management

    Management has it tough. High billing rates mean getting other clients is difficult. Opg and Bruce power continue to cut cost and expect more. Keep trying to get into other markets.


  2. Loved it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developmental Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Developmental Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AMEC NSS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay - Great team

    Cons

    Workload is high Workflow can be a little more efficient


  3. Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere, challenging work (if you go and find it)

    Cons

    union - people can get by by doing the bare minimum


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Terrible company. No vision. Poor management. Used to be the industry leader in the field but is now a body shop.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Union environment

    Cons

    Senior managers in Atlanta and UK can't spell Candu. Employee relatives are given job preferences. Company has been seriously going down hill since 2012.

    Advice to Management

    Get a whole new management team. Rippon is gone. New guy is worse.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Could have been so much more.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Many smart people with lots of experience.

    Cons

    No employee development/career path. No real training. Management.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say you will. Don't sugar coat future growth outlook. Say what it actually is.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company but not what I was looking for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMEC NSS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Supportive of training and development. Great pay.

    Cons

    Shifting projects and emphasized moving to client site (3 hours north of Toronto). My role was too heavily focused on project management, whereas I was looking for more technical engineering work.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more incentives for moving for work to site.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Decent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMEC NSS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. Opportunities for technically challenging work. Generally positive culture with overall good mix of people with whom to interact. Younger employees can be quite good and great to work with.

    Cons

    Relatively limited avenues to grow skills and exposure to larger industry. It is a fairly hierarchical consulting firm that would benefit from more dynamism and business development. This would give people a greater sense of opportunities. Training is generally not available.


  9. Decent company with areas for improvements.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMEC NSS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Above average pay and good benefits - DB Pension Plan - 35 Hours Work Week with fair overtime policies

    Cons

    - Poor training (almost none) - Client base is very narrow - Work load can be very unbalanced among different groups in the company and time of year. Management have a hard time controlling this. - DB Pension Plan is underfunded - Not much culture to speak of (i.e. people just come to work)


  10. Helpful (1)

    Talented women need not apply

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay scales, pension plan and benefits

    Cons

    No female representation in upper management; the few women who did make it were not valued and quickly left. The environment is toxic for women at all levels as they fight for recognition, proper placement and compensation; their contributions are under-valued and positions are primarily contained to support roles. It is a flashback to days gone by. Culturally stunted. Common courtesy is not expected from employees of certain cultural and religious backgrounds; women are told not to take it personally. Behaviour that would never exist in other companies is tolerated from the top and thus allowed to continue. The union protects all employees and many employees take advantage of this protection. There is little correlation between merit/contribution and compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Attitudes come from the top. It is time to get rid of the old boy's club. It is time to start recognizing talent and rewarding those who are deserving.


  11. Occasionally challenging, stimulating and stressful. Otherwise bogged down in paperwork.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMEC NSS full-time

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. Unionized with a defined benefits plan. The work is often challenging and stimulating. The employees are generally excellent, progressive, enthusiastic and very helpful. There are both technical and management career paths, which is hard to find in other companies. Junior employees are progressed very quickly up the pay scale.

    Cons

    Can be very stressful at times. Company has squeezed several of my colleagues dry with no remorse. The company shows no interest in providing meaningful training for the employees (at least in my area). After a few years in the company, your performance will no longer have any influence on your raises. Employees on the same pay grade can have drastically different work and stress loads. It is very risk averse and top-down company. Lower level managers seem to have very little input on direction of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with employees. View employees as assets and worthy of investment rather than as expenses.



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