ATCO Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
34 Reviews
3.1
34 Reviews
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ATCO President, CEO and Director ATCO and Canadian Utilities Nancy C. Southern
Nancy C. Southern
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing. This is a dismal company who are inherent in promoting incompetency

    Cons

    Everything. Old school who fake their values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whistleblower

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Work location is near downtown core

    Cons

    Incompetent 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 ManagementAdvice

    All the baby boomers need to retire immediately and management need a full house change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    "A navigational hazard in an ocean of employers"

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    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    The salary and benifits are very competitve

    Cons

    Work life Balance is definately not a priority. With the high salaries come an expectation that they can call on you 24/7. No boundaries appeared to exist.

    Lack of goals or objectives, performance evaluations, and career development programs. In over two years I did not have a set of objectives on which a constructive evaluation could be completed. The attitude of "You shouldn't have to be told if you are doing a good job" seemed to prevail.

    Poor leadership from middle management. Many middle managers lacked common sense leadership and people skills. What would have worked on an employee from 20 years ago will not work on today's employees.

    Corporate culture is change resistant. "Thats the way that we've always done it" is the battle cry when new ideas arise.

    Visible lack of respect for non-professionals or union employees. Senior mangement has created a hostile environment of us vs them rather then fostering a we're in it together spirit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the every exit interview to gain insight on how middle mangement is really doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pay is good but if you want any sort of job satisfaction, STAY AWAY!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    The only reason someone would want to work for ATCO is money. Plain and simple. And in speaking to the money, it's not even that great. We are talking middle of the pack, never an industry leader. Always a follower and as of late, there are zero perks. I mean nothing. No external health subsidy (ie. gym membership), no flex time, no telecommuting, no nothing. Standard 3 weeks vacation to start and no increase until 8 years in. As recognition, we got a freaking ugly yellow jacket for the 75th anniversary of the company. The place just smacks of discontent.

    Cons

    Brutal management and no training whatsoever. They throw you in the deep end and expect you to swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not a caring company

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    Former Employee - Customer Service - Clerical  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service - Clerical in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    They will give you a good start to get into the industry but they are only a stepping stone to real work.

    Cons

    The management are completely insular, they don't share any but the vaguest of goals for the company. There is absolutely no positive feedback and they make you feel like everythign you do is worthless. They also allow cliques to be formed in positions so that is can be difficult to be a team player.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TALK TO THE PEOPLE!!! Work hard to show people you care (fake it even) give feedback on projects completed. Respect that people on the bottom make you look good or bad...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Dissapointing Carrer Episode

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Pays slightly above market rates, talks about employees as important, and seems to want to value them. Good view of safety (but not enough support structure) and are trying to build a safe environment.

    Cons

    Despite the Talk they do not support or respect their employees. Company feels very immature at the head office level and struggles to operate as a unified entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees - they are your greatest asset!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seemed a good idea to work for ATCO

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

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

    Pros

    Started 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.

    Cons

    Encouragement 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's ok

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at ATCO full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    very stable, nice people, great office location

    Cons

    lower than market pay, conservative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ATCO I-Tek Manager

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    Former Employee - Internal IT Manager to Client Companies
    Former Employee - Internal IT Manager to Client Companies

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

    Pros

    Stable, good benefits, good office locations

    Cons

    Command & Control mentality from management, micro-managers, to many lifers with 25x1 years experiejnce, limted opportunities for progression, very old school mentality, no idea what 'cost competitive' means - similar to most large utilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on hiring from external companies, and not other utilities. Foster change - not just doing the same and following the dinosaurs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Benefits and Stable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    Competitive overall compensation
    Stable work

    Cons

    Hard work is not recognized
    Slow to change
    Resistant to change
    No worklife balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanaging
    Value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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