ATCO
2.9 of 5 31 reviews
www.atco.ca Calgary, Canada 5000+ Employees

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Updated May 30, 2014

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ATCO President, CEO and Director ATCO and Canadian Utilities Nancy C. Southern

Nancy C. Southern

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good

    Editor (Current Employee)
    Calgary, TX

    ProsSmall company; a lot of visibility; free healthcare and life insurance
    Easy access to middle management; flexible scheduling and work/life balance

    ConsNot much opportunity for growth; difficult to have views of employees considered by senior management

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood life balance. Good EPIC program. Good social club. Good Christmas parties.

    ConsNothing. Nothing really negative to say about the experience working at ATCO

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    How does ATCO measure up?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsATCO has a wide range of companies and requires a diverse base of employees. There are few barriers to moving around within the company unless you are in a highly specialized position. ATCO is family run and therefore places a great deal of importance on family values of its employees. They are very active in the communities in which they work and that makes me proud to be an ATCO employee. I like that they promote from within before looking for new employees outside of the company. They remain competitive in their fields and I have a lot of confidence in where the company is going as a whole.

    ConsThe diversity of the company can sometimes be a downside. With so many employees, its hard to know what is going on everywhere and sometimes you can feel disconnected. Because it is so family oriented and employee events tend to revolve around families, single people can feel left out of the loop on these. There isn't currently a vessel to find out what you might need to know about what is going on at the company either. And it takes a very long time for anything to change. That can be frustrating when you are used to how quickly the rest of the world changes nowadays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think Senior Management at the corporate level does a good job of participating in employee events. However, some of the Senior Management at the operating companies could be more visible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRelaxed environment and not micro managed

    ConsLess compensation and no bonuses

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    Excellent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood stock plan, good hours, a family business where family is important

    ConsOn Emergency Call through out the year which takes time away from family

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep open communication.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very diverse.

    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsDecent benefits, employee involvement, multiple locations to work from (although sometimes there is no real choice). Most of the people who work here are "good" people who like their job. Training is thourough and extensive.

    ConsMoving from one Company to another, despite the "talk" of it being promoted, is very difficult and limited. Change/modernization can take a very long time, some of the companies stay up to date with technology while others lag behind, not just hardware technology but HR technology.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire when you get your number, let Engineers engineer, hire/develop leaders to lead, let those who want to work work and get rid of some of the dead weight.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetent executive at POS level who are afraid to tell Nancee the truth

    Senior Executive (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsNothing. This is a dismal company who are inherent in promoting incompetency

    ConsEverything. Old school who fake their values

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhistleblower

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Seemed a good idea to work for ATCO

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsStarted well enough...company seemed to have a plan for the project I was hired to undertake. Benefits program was a good compensation. If you are willing to follow a strict doctrine of being it is a good company...if you are innovative and creative it s a stifling place and such a contradiction makes it difficult to be inspired.

    ConsEncouragement of co-workers sabotaging each other to get tasks done...cut throat wins over morality...but that seems a company wide philosophy of management. I believe there is gross use of budgets to befriend politicians and like-companies. Knowing now where money goes I am upset as a tax payer in this province.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure that any advice would be followed as management seems to say what ever makes the Southerns happy! Each level of management spins its own story to make the next level up believe they are in control.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's ok

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Prosvery stable, nice people, great office location

    Conslower than market pay, conservative

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incompetent management, old school structure---Feel like working in 1970's again

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsWork life balance
    Work location is near downtown core

    ConsIncompetent management with poor technical and leadership skills
    Extremely old school structure. The Southern family brainwashed the existing mgmt to apply their 1970's working style.
    Reluctant to change resulted in extreme inefficiencies

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll the baby boomers need to retire immediately and management need a full house change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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