Agrium Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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Agrium President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Magro
Chuck Magro
6 Ratings

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. Helpful (1)

    Mechanical Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy the every second Friday off, and the corporate atmosphere. It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    IT is still a job, so it is obviously not perfect. I would definitely rather be sleeping in than having to get up to be at work for 630.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure what advice to give, I guess that is why I am not in management at this company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Was a good place to work, but may not be so.

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

    I worked at Agrium as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Positive culture, skilled and intelligent people working there. It was Five stars 2 years ago.

    Cons

    Morale is sinking due to layoffs, departures, and disruptive changes. Seems to be an overall push to relocate many jobs/functions to Colorado. I give it 3 stars for where it's at, and where it's going.

    Advice to Management

    We all know the company is going through a tough time. Hopefully you navigate it successfully.


  3. Bus Diver / Cleaner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bus Driver/Cleaner in Redwater, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Bus Driver/Cleaner in Redwater, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Agrium (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Agruim used to be a great place to work. People were nice. Was very loyal to the company. I drove bus there and really enjoyed it. Boss used to sit and talk.

    Cons

    Now they don't sit and talk only listen to one sided. Blame you for things you didn't do. Did not appreciate loyality. would rather have people say nothing. They are good at putting blame where blame wasn't do.

    Advice to Management

    Training people how to treat there staff. And have loyality mean something.


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  5. Struggling with transition - IT

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

    I have been working at Agrium full-time

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

    Pros

    Very fair compensation, Vacation is generous for young professionals, Good programs for learning and development of young professionals. Work life balance can be good or bad depending on the manager.

    Cons

    Reorganization and merging of department across business units and country borders has been a struggle. Unqualified individuals have been promoted to leadership or management positions. Lack of people skills, leadership skills being most obvious. Some people doing nothing, other are overworked. Ask the management, they do not have a vision or idea of how they want to run their program or team. Reorganization was a good idea, poor execution. Work life balance can be good or bad depending on the manager

    Advice to Management

    You have the right ideas. Do not fail on the execution. Do not be lazy with the choosing or hiring of management or leadership positions. Have accountability with the management and leadership.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Systems Administrator contractor focused on Infrastructure, server virtualization and storage

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Agrium

    Pros

    Good company culture, fairly low employee turnaround, relative low stress environment

    Cons

    Fairly low pay comparing to similar jobs in different companies, unflexible work environment in terms of daily schedule and no telecommuting


  7. Helpful (3)

    Used to be a great company to work. Now is just average.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very good work environment. Great team to work with.

    Cons

    Company lost direction under new CEO.


  8. 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 Management

    more mentorships or tasks would be nice


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company that competes with the energy companies in Calgary

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

    I have been working at Agrium full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to advance Likes to promote within Upscale employees

    Cons

    Hard to get foot in the door


  10. A great company to work with

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

    I worked at Agrium as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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