EllisDon Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Summer Student

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    Current Employee - Summer Student in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Summer Student in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Working long construction hours makes the pay pretty good for a student. -I ended up working with a really good group of people that were young and shared similar interests. -Long days can go by quick if you always have a job. -Everyone working for the company was very friendly and accommodating to any questions I had, and would always contact me back.

    Cons

    -Sometimes don't always have a job to do on a certain day. -My work wasn't too interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Good experience and good job for a student.


  2. Helpful (1)

    General

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, many talented people

    Cons

    Long hours, poor communication, poor business systems and information exchange, poor coordination of effort, lack of feedback and day-to-day management, team building is neglected, areas of responsibility are never clear

    Advice to Management

    Improve situational management and management by objectives


  3. Helpful (3)

    Canadians need not apply

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    That's a tough question. There weren't really any pros. The people were all superficially nice.

    Cons

    The IT system used in Lotus Notes is so slow and archaic. It's unbearably slow when remoting in. They have a new system, Gate3, that they've been trying to launch for the past 6 years and it's still not ready. Really poorly built system and even worse training from a terrible trainer that we can not understand. She just talks at everyone and doesn't care if anyone gets it. Any issues brought to her attention, she doesn't care, because it's the developer's problem, not her's. The IT Department is like an ESL class. So difficult to relay the issue if English comprehension is so poor. It's also a supreme waste of time to keep repeating and rephrasing so that they get it. Are there no qualified Canadians for the IT jobs? Doesn't appear to be a clearly organized IT Department. Major lack of communication from upper IT management. The male dominated IT management seem to not listen well at all and have their own religious agenda, If you are "God fearing male employee", then you will go far. If you are not, then good luck. Geoff Smith needs to see the ugly truth that IT's upper echelon do not have sufficient experience to lead the department. The CIO...well, not sure what he does, but he needs to go.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women in IT and hire Canadians. Can't understand 90% of the men in IT. Some men are very rude/arrogant. Melinda Gates: "When you invest in women, you invest in the people who invest in everybody else. It’s good for business."


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  5. Helpful (1)

    EllisDon Industrial....Complete Failure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    When thinking of Pro's within the EllisDon Industrial Services Inc sector of EllisDon, there is none. This company is a joke and run by people who have no idea what they are doing.

    Cons

    Receiving pay without overtime Overworked Poor HSE program in place Weak management personnel No definitive roles or expectations of personnel

    Advice to Management

    EDIS MANAGEMENT - if you want to build a company that excels in the industrial sector you need to listen to your personnel! Most of your personnel in management positions do not come from an industrial background therefore do not understand what it takes to remain competitive in Alberta's industrial sector. To retain personnel you NEED to pay them a fair wage with overtime incentives. A salary based on the expectation of a massive profit sharing bonus in the future is RIDICULOUS!!! On a job recently we were expected to work over 50 hours a week and not receive overtime. Unfortunately we signed the contracts and agreed to them but I do not foresee EDIS giving us a $40,000 bonus at the end of the year as that is what the amount we are losing in overtime wages. The people running this sector are totally disillusioned if they feel they will be able to retain personnel on the wages they offer to them. The good people will find jobs elsewhere and they are already planting seeds and looking to leave this fledgling and poorly run company!!! Furthermore EDIS is currently losing money and have no prospects of any future work. Personnel are concerned for their welfare and that of their families when they were lured to their jobs on what turned out to be dreams and wishes. EDIS is a failure and if someone doesn't step in that KNOWS the industrial sector, this company is bound to fail!!!! A disgrace to the EllisDon name!!!


  6. Helpful (7)

    Ellisdon Industrial - Poorly run division, major issues in management and very unsatisfied clients.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ellisdon Corporation is on the list for top 50 employers and there is a focus towards employee development and career building. However Ellisdon industrial based out of Edmonton is a rogue operation that does not follow the same practices and vision set out by Geoff Smith, the CEO.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, in a span of a few months the entire upper management was fired by the CEO and new leadership was brought in. Unfortunately this has done nothing to resolve serious issues faced by the division, whose two main contracts are in absolute shambles. Enbridge pipelines ordered Ellisdon offsite and terminated their contract. TR Canada voiced deep concern with the performance and threatened to bring in another contractor to complete the works numerous times, on a project that is 4 months behind schedule. Management does not embody the same values and ethics that Ellisdon Corp operates on. They stoop to dirty tactics like bait and switch when it comes to salary. Will tell you that you are doing an excellent job to your face, but when you try to leave the company they will sandbag you and give you a bad reference in order to keep you from leaving, as they are having trouble staffing good workers. Will outright lie about salary offers to you, and when you are presented with a contract, it is different than the agreement. There is no employee development, senior management is too busy trying to keep their own jobs. Employee review and career development programs that are developed by Eilisdon are not followed. No mentorship or attention to developing talent. New employees are put in bad positions and worked to the breaking point to try and fix the problems stemming from management. But with no training or guidance, just being forced to work longer hours. The division has no processes in place to follow, a complete mess. Don't even have a full time HR person as this person was fired and industrial is using Ellisdon Corp HR as needed. Ellisdon values state the client comes first. When I sat with the client during meetings and were questioned about the progress and status of work, I had no answers to give, as Ellisdon Industrial did not have any systems or procedures to meet their requirements. When this was relayed to upper management, nothing was done. Week after week the client would demand results and become more dissatisfied. Yet no decisions or action was put in place to resolve this. I had a salary review and my manager agreed my salary was not competitive, he stated with no ambiguity that I would be getting X dollars raise by X date. Raise didn't come through and when questioned the response was that I was mistaken and this was never happening. This is after the manager found out I declined an offer from another company and the spot was filled. This is the kind of dishonesty you can expect from Ellisdon Industrial. The turnover of this division says it all. It's a revolving door. In the time I was there, roughly 70% of people were fired or quit. President, VP, QA manager, HR manager, safety manager, project managers, superintendants, and field people. This division can't get any new work and their only remaining contract is coming to a close in a few months. I suspect this division is going to be dissolved at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Geoff Smith- this division is failing spectacularly. Middle and upper management do not have the experience to execute industrial works, they are all from commercial background. Yet they are arrogant and unwilling to listen to advice from field people beneath them that have years of experience. Jobs are bid with no consultation from the field, unbelieveable. No lessons learned from past work. That is setting a team up for failure and throwing profit in the trash. Managers are left to try and cut costs any other way possible, from an unrealistic budget. If you want this division to succeed, LISTEN to your front line people. Not the "good" guys flown out from Toronto to try and fix things, and not the self serving upper management driving this division into the ground. Come to Edmonton and ask for feedback and solutions from people who are working in the field and with the client daily. Find these issues and ask your president the hard questions.


  7. Great Company!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for! Management cares about you, the benefits are outstanding, christmas parties are amazing!

    Cons

    Not too great being a minority here as most of the employers are caucasian.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are great.


  8. Great People and place to make a carrear.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EllisDon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The working envirment & the culture.

    Cons

    The company is not 100% employee owned.


  9. Best Company to Work For

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The extent to which the employees are valued is reflected in the trust they are given. The culture promotes entrepreneurship which allows each person to really go as far as they can.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast so some management may not have been in the company long enough to fully absorb the culture. Employees who report to those managers may not experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to Geoff Smith


  10. An OK company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Viva in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Viva in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EllisDon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, Hours are fair.

    Cons

    Disorganized management, some people are luckier than others, sam skill set, however depending on the project some people have more or less opportunity just because of the project. Company is getting too big which means there are for kiss ups. Too much propaganda as how great it is a company. No Benefit for hirring a new friend. Very high turnover, like a restaurant. Fire old Hire young in order for the higher ups to be paid more.

    Advice to Management

    Hire somebody, anybody or visible diversity


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great company but be careful with project team leader

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on challenge projects with the dedicated person. Great company culture and benefit package, excellent CEO to lead company on the right direction.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management skills of some project team leaders, overtime working hours without any pay, uncompetitive salaries exist at junior to intermediate level.



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