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Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
29 Reviews
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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

    Pros

    Great bosses and multiple company events

    Cons

    Pay is too low for degree

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

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

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    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Project coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    General Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Pros

    Profit Sharing, Developing skills, RRSP contribution

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Project Manager

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    • 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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Limited growth, limited training, no value for education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Project Coordinator

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, progressive responsibility, friendly and helpful colleagues. Great benefits, health, employee shares.

    Cons

    Starting to focus more on employee growth and training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    tech service

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aecon

    Pros

    good environment, lot to learn, good for junior engineer

    Cons

    when slow down, you need to find something to do

  10.  

    Unstructured

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

    I have been working at Aecon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Benefit package is the best which include DCPP where they match up to 5% contribution to your pension and Employee Share Purchase Plan where they give you 30% the value of the stock you purchase.
    -A lot of knowledgeable individuals.
    -Site personnel usually friendly to work with and will teach you as you go.

    Cons

    -Unless you know someone or are someone's son or daughter it will be very hard to progress, several unqualified people are in roles they cannot perform.
    -Competition pays more.
    -Aecon going internal changes which have not been adequately addressed, this leaves a lot of sad and demoralized employees who feel left out and uncertain about their future in the company.
    -Too many long hours for the backpay, e.g. regular construction hours are 60 hours week average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Be straightforward to your employees about the changes.
    -Hire people based on their skills and knowledge, not just because they are one of your managers son.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Site Engineer in Brantford, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Site Engineer in Brantford, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Aecon as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team,friendly workplace to work,

    Cons

    No challenges,your result is not time bound

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure career path

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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