ATCO
2.9 of 5 30 reviews
www.atco.ca Calgary, Canada 5000+ Employees

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2.9 30 reviews

                             

45% Approve of the CEO

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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Very diverse.

Supervisor (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

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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Excellent place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ATCO

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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Good

Editor (Current Employee)
Calgary, TX

I have been working at ATCO full-time for less than a year

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)

I have been working at ATCO

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

I have been working at ATCO

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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Under-resourced, but improving

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ATCO

ProsHard-working people. Good pay and benefits. Systems are improving and the new owners are investing in the company, which should see it turn around in a few years time.

ConsFrustrating trying to get runs on the board - many underlying processes are broken. Absence of team building, lack of team spirit.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in some administrative staff and buy your staff a beer once in a while.

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

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Internal IT Manager to Client Companies (Former Employee)

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

ProsStable, good benefits, good office locations

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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