Agrium

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Agrium Reviews in Canada

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
55 Reviews
3.7
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Agrium President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Magro
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • high priority for work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Growth opportunities, career advancement, great benefits,fantastic people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Typically a "good ol' boys club" (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-Op Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Agrium as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Agrium portrays the best example of team work. Every one supports you no matter how much you know regarding the job. They treat their young professionals well by providing them Knowledge, experience and valuable working benefits. And the most important factor that makes Agrium a top company in the world is its leadership quality which is really impressive.

    Cons

    The co-op students do not get flex days or paid vacations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Coop student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agrium

    Pros

    big company, many opportunities for all and have a good safety practice

    Cons

    the atmosphere of work is rather dull ... Mentor is not very motivating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more mentorships or tasks would be nice

  3.  

    Great company that competes with the energy companies in Calgary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Agrium full-time

    Pros

    Great place to advance
    Likes to promote within
    Upscale employees

    Cons

    Hard to get foot in the door

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fellow workers
    The management team
    Life/work balance

    Cons

    New Managers are dropped in every two years. By the time they figure out the system they have made some drastic changes which they will never see the effects of but we have to live with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'd be nice to have a say about which managers we would like to stay and which ones we'd rather not see again. Every year they seem to tighten the budget as that's how to get the Golden keys to Agrium Palace. Not really a fan of our CEO who seems to claw back funds for projects but in return sees the second highest income of all CEOs in Canada. Twenty Million dollars per year siphoning off the company to his wallet and yet he's having us scrounge for money to afford status quo.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great organization, building facilities fantastic, needs better student engagement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance PMO Co-op in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Finance PMO Co-op in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Agrium as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the in-building gym, nice people to work with, everyone willing to help

    Cons

    Students are not used to their full advantage. Very boring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Labourer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labourer in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Labourer in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Agrium full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great policies, overtime pay, safety program, management, training.

    Cons

    Personal growth, was not employed their long enough to notice other cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful

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

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, career advancement, great benefits,fantastic people.

    Cons

    more work than some could manage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better pay for inspectors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Top 50 Employer???

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Agrium full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good benefits, bonus (although subjective).

    Cons

    Hard work seldom recognized, find that promotions or accolades are given more to the people who spend majority of their time visiting with people who can further their career. Agrium is all about band levels, people below a certain level are considered replaceable and not worth the time to speak with. Too many VP's and Directors, not enough people to do the actual work. Far too much overtime expected. HR is not looking out for the best interest of employees and cannot be trusted to do so. Have many great managers, but far too many poor managers.
    Watch out for the word of the quarter, such as: perception (deemed to be reality); optics (same as perception); synergy; retention. Used for show, not really meant.
    Still looking for the following which are shown on the Alberta Top 50 Employers feature sheet:
    - flexible work hours, shortened work week option and a formal earned days-off program
    - transit subsidies
    - free parking (unless this refers to limited parking on the street)
    - television, video games, foosball table, board games and Wii Nintendo Station (have I mentioned I've worked at agrium for 10+ years?)
    - music while working
    - suggestion box (both traditional & via email)
    - telecommuting

    Why do I stay? Close to home and don't want to work downtown (where the pay & benefits are far better).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being honest with employees will get you further ahead. Treat employees with respect, and you will get the respect back two fold. Growing Together? Functions held in some departments, other departments it depends on band level if you are able to participate (shameful).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Recent leaders don't care how much you have contributed or change you have made to improve things.

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

    I worked at Agrium full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Bonus the past few years, but is very subjective.

    Cons

    Employee rating system is a popularity contest more about how nice you are vs. what contribution you make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run a business, not a daycare. Having a bunch of smiling robots is not the way to grow a company. Also get rid of half of the HR people, only keeping the ones who will stand up for all employees not just cower to the whims of individual managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly good experience

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

    I have been working at Agrium full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company willing to work with students and EIT's developing new skills. Experience is appreciated. Culturally diverse. Good renumeration. Interesting projects. Good workplace ethics policy.

    Cons

    Have encountered a workplace bully. Modus operandi is exclusion, setup for failure, and unwarranted criticism of work. More than one target.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open discussion among groups, headed by management, of not just workplace harassment, but hidden and insidious bullying. This type of atmosphere and culture is costly to the company in the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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