Bruce Power
3.8 of 5 10 reviews
Brucepower.com Kincardine, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 12, 2014

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Duncan Hawthorne

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88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent package

    Project Engineer (Former Employee)
    Kincardine, ON (Canada)

    ProsExcellent package, support, and benefits

    ConsRemote area, but still a very nice environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore interesting programs to retain young professionals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Technical Engineer/Officer (Former Employee)
    Kincardine, ON (Canada)

    ProsPension, benefits, job security. Good pay for an engineering job when compared to the real world but pathetic pay when compared to what other people make there having far less responsibility.

    ConsNo one makes decisions, responsibility without the authority to make change, disgruntled union work force, over proceduralized to ensue safe operation however no work can get accomplished therefore actually making the operating plant less safe (isn't that ironic), finger pointing blame game trying to target one person when no task ever takes one person to complete. No way the current operating model can continue to support the work force long term. Extremely slow to get anything accomplished.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop worrying about metrics and work management schedules and focus on reality and what is important to continue to produce clean, safe, reliable power.

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

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    The company is highly dedicated to what it does

    Student Position (Former Employee)
    Kincardine, ON (Canada)

    ProsThey offer a great work environment and competitive salary. The people there are friendly for the most part. They are flexible with hours and overtime is possible.

    ConsIt is located in a region which is far from any major city. The area is not highly culturally diverse. There isn't a whole lot to do outside of work in this region.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great overall objective but procedures over done

    Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsFeels great to be part of a company doing meaningful work of producing energy for the province in a clean and safe manner.
    Lots of really great people.

    ConsWhile very strict procedures make sense for the nuclear operations aspects, same mindset extends to other areas, bogging things down in long drawn out and convoluted procedures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust in the people you hire to do things. Senior management should not micromanage so much. Shake up the union's firm grip on things.

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    Everything you can ask for in an internship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kincardine, ON (Canada)

    ProsEveryone is extremely supportive. Even for interns, there is flexibility in working hours (which may depend on the work group you are working in). A lot of cross-work group assignments can be expected. The work location is one of a kind too! Highly recommended!

    Consis better to work at Bruce Power if you have a car. There are shuttle buses to and from work, but it is the best to get a car so you can get around town.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great learning opportunity

    Development Student (Former Employee)
    Kincardine, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat people to work with
    Chance to be involved in whatever interests you
    Lots of learning from qualified people

    ConsHard to move up in some departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWas a positive and constructive environment.

    ConsFocus on problems that were ill-defined made some project work difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that problems are well defined so that work has a better defined scope.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    - Excellent, a very enjoyable term and good learning experience

    Development Student (Former Employee)
    Port Elgin, ON (Canada)

    Pros- Good Training
    - Mentoring available, on request
    - They don't expect co-ops to do a lot of work because they want them to learn more rather than perform more

    Cons- too many procedures slows down the work
    - too many redundant activities and work gets off the plan easily, if not properly scheduled

    Advice to Senior Management- get students involved more in the daily mix ( i was lucky to get involved because i showed initiative)
    - provide more training to students

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great pay but very political

    Contractor (Former Employee)

    Pros-CEO Duncan Hawthorne is excellent
    -Very strong focus on safety culture, important for the nuclear power industry
    -Great pay, good benefits package (if full time)
    -Best place to work in Bruce County, can be a job for life
    -Early retirement with full pension (some people retire as early as age 50!)
    -Contractors haven, lots of great opportunities there to work on big projects
    -Bruce County area is gorgeous cottage country in the summer

    Cons-Location, Tiverton Ontario which is a three hour drive from Toronto while it's fantastic in the summer the winters there are brutal, especially the driving conditions, it's very common to land your car in a ditch
    -Very political atmosphere
    -Union culture is sometimes job protectionist
    -If you're not from Bruce County it may a while for co-workers to warm up to you
    -It takes a long time to get projects done, lots and lots of process and procedures, everything moves at a snails pace...however not all of this fault lies with the company, the nuclear industry regulations slow things down as well which is beyond Bruce Power's control
    -Very slow hiring process and aging work force

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeed up your hiring process. You have a problem attracting some talent due to the location, expand your Toronto office, perhaps open a London Ontario location...allow people to telecommute (especially contractors)

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    "Do it for the money"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Tiverton, NS (Canada)

    Pros-Pay scales are off the chart
    - A hiring freeze in the late 90's leaves a huge gap in their workforce
    - Aging workforce, I would have cake at least once a week for a retirement

    Cons-Bureaucracy
    -Meetings on meetings
    -Union rules "You can't move a chair into another room, thats not in your job responsibility"

    Advice to Senior Management-Try to make the meetings faster and more efficient (a lot of the time an email would have sufficed)
    - The union rules are amusing, I would keep them just for the humour they bring

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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