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Pay is good but if you want any sort of job satisfaction, STAY AWAY!

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
Current Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at ATCO

Pros

The only reason someone would want to work for ATCO is money. Plain and simple. And in speaking to the money, it's not even that great. We are talking middle of the pack, never an industry leader. Always a follower and as of late, there are zero perks. I mean nothing. No external health subsidy (ie. gym membership), no flex time, no telecommuting, no nothing. Standard 3 weeks vacation to start and no increase until 8 years in. As recognition, we got a freaking ugly yellow jacket for the 75th anniversary of the company. The place just smacks of discontent.

Cons

Brutal management and no training whatsoever. They throw you in the deep end and expect you to swim.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Train people.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Talk is cheap

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at ATCO

    Pros

    diversified company so there are many areas where you should be able to explore if there is an interest. Can start with one career and end up doing something completely interesting. There are really good people that work there and very talented individuals as well. There is never a shortage of things to do and if you are the type of person that wants to take on more and more this could be the company for you. It is an international company as well so there are opportunities overseas as well. Has a recognized name in the community for a number of reasons.

    Cons

    Senior management have worked thier way to the top for the most part which is commendable, the unfortunate side to this is that quite often they have forgotten where they came from and the power and position have clouded how they interact with those that they lead. Communication about the direction of the company and future is not clearly articulated. There is a lot of talk about how things should be but little commitment to put things into action. Sometimes decision making seems slowed because leaders are apprehensive to commit to a decision - or take the time to clearly give direction. It is hard to obtain the time required to get input to direct the expected outcome on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should get out into the field more, they should interact with those that do the work to gain a better understanding of the impact of decisions. Improve communication with those on the front lines. Saying thank you is not that hard and you dont have to spend lots of money to do so. Better leadership training for senior management. It is not the number of years that you put into an organization that makes a good leader. Just because you have been in a company for 20 years does not mean that you know how to manage people. Loyalty to the old guard can be detramental to the growth of a business.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not a caring company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service - Clerical  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service - Clerical in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at ATCO

    Pros

    They will give you a good start to get into the industry but they are only a stepping stone to real work.

    Cons

    The management are completely insular, they don't share any but the vaguest of goals for the company. There is absolutely no positive feedback and they make you feel like everythign you do is worthless. They also allow cliques to be formed in positions so that is can be difficult to be a team player.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TALK TO THE PEOPLE!!! Work hard to show people you care (fake it even) give feedback on projects completed. Respect that people on the bottom make you look good or bad...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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