Aecon Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Calculate loads and design HVAC systems for new construction buildings and/or renovations; create whole building models

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aecon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great bosses and multiple company events

    Cons

    Pay is too low for degree

  2. Excellent enviroment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Oakville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Oakville, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    During my stay at Aecon I felt really confortable great company they care about their people and give you opportunities to grow profesionally

    Cons

    It is deppends on the personallity of team players, some people are not easy going and difficult to work with

  3. Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aecon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company Nice people good

    Cons

    bad management politics stress influence

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  5. I have been working at Aecon

    Pros

    Benefits. RRSP or stock options if those appeal to you.

    Cons

    Nepotism is ripe at this company. You need to be a close friend or family family of a VP or above to move up. They only promote their own.

    Advice to Management

    Change the nepotism culture by not offering referral bonuses. Also develop management. People are being promoted without leadership skills.

  6. A company with great potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have some good equipment and promising contracts in their Fort Mcmurray division.

    Cons

    The same people that drove Cow Harbour into financial ruin are running this company. Management is padding their own pockets and if you are not from "The Rock" you will not go far with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in this division and search from other sources than Newfoundland for your leadership.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A good company to get experience, great benefits, low pay and you can only grow if you are someones relative.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Benefit and pension plan are great.
    -DCPP Plan where they match up to 5% of your salary.
    -There are a lot of great and knowledgeable people to learn from.
    -Field level personnel and middle management are great, they communicate and work together.

    Cons

    -Extremely long hours with relative low pay when compared against competitors.
    -No one knows what is going on, and there is extremely poor communication between higher management and middle/field level personnel.
    -A lot of people who work here are someone's relative, and most of the time they are not as good as people who have been working there for a long time, that hurts productivity and in the end makes you want to leave.
    -"Old boys club"

    Advice to Management

    -Communicate properly to everyone, and talk to middle management.
    -Stop pointing fingers when a problem comes up and actually work to get it resolved.

  8. Great company that treat their employees well but difficult to move up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Aecon

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They treat their employees very well and and all the people including managers are generally great to work with.
     Very knowledgeable people around the company with a world of experience because most managers come with years of experience from companies we have as clients. Great leadership and perks.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not good, this is the case with a lot of contractors because you're expected to bend over backwards for the client. Most people recognize this and accept it as part of the territory of working for a contractor. As much as they encourage you to move around the company because there is so much "opportunity" to learn, this does not happen at all and it is very difficult to learn and experience different things. There are no positions between technical roles and management so it is almost impossible to gain those required management skills you're asked to develop while you are in the field - so how do you move up? People are hired here with no experience of the industry because they know someone and are given the same title as someone who's been there for 5-10 years, this sets a very bad example and decreases morale.

    Advice to Management

    Create more roles for employees to move around and gain different experience.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Project coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Aecon provided me the opportunity to work on interesting projects. Benefits included RRSP contributions, a share purchase plan and dental insurance.

    Cons

    Effectively all promotion in this division is done on the basis of who one knows or is related too, ie. if an employee is not connected to one of two or three families they can expect not to be promoted and never to have any choice in assignments.

    There is a disconnect between the head office and job sites.

    Salaries are low by industry standards Training and professional development are very poorly approached.

    There is a lack of uniformity between standards of the various managers, some are great while others are unsupportive and very difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training and mentorship; ensure that corporate policies that prevent managers from treating staff poorly are enforced in the field. Ensure that salaried staff are provided with overtime or time off in lieu as is common industry practice.

  10. General Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Aecon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit Sharing, Developing skills, RRSP contribution

    Cons

    They don't like to spend capital dollars on out of the box projects

    Advice to Management

    You should make sure that message and temperament of upper management is communicated to the field

  11. Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Projcet Manager in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Projcet Manager in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Aecon full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work place, promostion, work life balance, good pay

    Cons

    Limited growth, limited training, no value for education

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