EllisDon Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

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

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

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

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

    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.

  2. Great Company!

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

    I have been working at EllisDon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  3. Great People and place to make a carrear.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The working envirment & the culture.

    Cons

    The company is not 100% employee owned.

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  5. Great people, great opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Coop Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Intern - Coop Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at EllisDon as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    All of the people at EllisDon are willing to help you develop your career. They are a big enough company that they have the support and expertise to take on large projects, yet are still small enough to feel like a family.

    Cons

    As a student, the salary I was paid was significantly less relative to similar companies.

  6. Best Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

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

    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

  7. An OK company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Viva in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Viva in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great company but be careful with project team leader

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

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

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

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place, terrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours for no pay, terrible work life balance, IT team is awful

    Advice to Management

    Upper management puts a lot of emphasis on IT, and yet leaves complete idiots in charge

  10. Just Awful!

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

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

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

    Pros

    good benefits (if you last long enough to get them)

    Cons

    - low salary
    - expected to work a lot of OT with no recognition and weekends
    - sexist
    - boy's club
    - no one is willing to teach or help
    - have to move according to where the project is - do not accommodate current living situation

  11. Helpful (1)

    Project and Corporate Interest Always Win Over People Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at EllisDon

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are really good, medical and dental. They are tolerant with the employee in case of pesonal or health problems.

    Cons

    It is not easy for an employee to get to senior management in case of problems. The company doesn't know how to utilize the employee's strength, on the contrary promotion is limited based on the weeknesses. Also, an employee could be allocated to a project in a role that doesn't contribute to his/her growth if the project so requires.

    Advice to Management

    Try to really look into evaluating peoples' strengths and match them with the proper roles. Try to allocate people to positions that offer growth, and you can always find someone else who could find growth in that same position

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