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Very isolated and bureaucratic

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Former Contractor - Software Developer in Victoria, BC (Canada)
Former Contractor - Software Developer in Victoria, BC (Canada)

I worked at Schneider Electric as a contractor (more than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Large international company may look good on your resume. Good if you want exposure to a vast company with rigid processes and flat budgets. Good if you need to work for a few months without commitment. Permanent employees can transfer to other offices around the world.

Cons

Entire IT infrastructure is locked down. Very bureaucratic, with lots of politics. Employees and managers have a difficult time deviating outside of long-established protocols and routines, which means you tend to use old tools, old computers, and old processes, and things can take a long time to get done. I worked as a contractor, with continual hints that I could get hired as a permanent employee. Many of the staff in the Saanichton offices were on contract, but in the year that I was there, no contractors were hired. There are some big egos in the Victoria offices, too, which I think comes a the small-town company being bought out by a transnational goliath. The offices are located in the distant Victoria suburbs, and isolated from the rest of town. The Bertram Place office has a truck repair shop next door, which regularly pumps diesel fumes into the Schneider air conditioning system. Unpleasant washroom facilities, and frequent network and power outages.

Advice to Management

Don't put such a stranglehold on technology and processes. Move the office closer to Victoria. Be more open and accepting of employees bringing new ideas (and technology) in from outside. Hire permanent employees, don't contract everything out. I think the constant contract renewals made a negative impact to morale.

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  1. Schneider Electric

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schneider Electric full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Great benefits, Great compensation

    Cons

    Politics, Attention to detail, Product innovation

    Advice to Management

    The devils in the details

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Marketing Communications
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Marketing Communications

    I worked at Schneider Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Very focused management
    2) Friendly work atmosphere wherein the top management is always ready to discuss with anybody in the company irrespective of designations....
    3) Employee friendly policies
    4) Very transparent processes

    Cons

    At times becomes political, otherwise perfect

    Advice to Management

    Politics can be deadly for any company....SEI is home...don't let anyone destroy it!

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