AMEC NSS

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AMEC NSS Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but not what I was looking for

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    Former Employee - Assistant Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMEC NSS full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide more incentives for moving for work to site.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could have been so much more.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Foreign students are given preference for jobs when recruiting. This is not the culture I believe in or support.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMEC NSS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits are a plus.

    Cons

    Reverse discrimination abounds when recruiting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent company with areas for improvements.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented women need not apply

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMEC NSS

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Golden Cage

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Money (excellent starting package out of engineering)
    Excellent Benefits
    Work Life Balance
    35 Hour work week
    New office in 393 University Avenue and Downtown location
    Good place to develop basic consulting and project management skills

    Cons

    -Frugal
    -Senior Management are blind - all they can see are Ontario's 2 large nuclear operators. They cannot focus on other growth areas of the company.
    -No value for people with business skills and acumen. They leave engineers and scientists to do business and strategies, so a major issue in the long run.
    -Work is too technical. No high level impact.
    - Not integrated with other parts of AMEC. No easy flow of resources between different divisions. Also projects do not flow easily through different divisions of AMEC.
    - UNION. People like doing manual work, which can be easily done through software but the union prevents changes.
    - No value for talented people. No formal bonus structure. Very hard to break into mid-management unless you commit to remote location or get friendly with VPs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Jim Rippon. You need a CEO not a COO. He is not a strategist, he only thinks about day to day operations. Also he focuses on the wrong things for cost cutting. Instead of creating more efficient employees, he focuses on taking up free coffees and christmas cards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    great opportunities and challenging work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMEC NSS

    Pros

    abundant opportunities for growth
    lots of challenge to the work
    friendly and supportive atmosphere
    open management
    good benefits
    competitive salary
    excellent growth opportunties for the company

    Cons

    there is a union that limits the company

    Recommends
  11.  

    Interesting place to work but culturally backward

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at AMEC NSS

    Pros

    working on advanced engineering issues with technical leaders of industry

    Cons

    difficult to obtain any training
    siloed
    project management not really valued

    Recommends

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