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Great.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - TSR in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Current Employee - TSR in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Shaw Communications (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Great company with lots of room to move up. Salary is reviewed annually. Great benefits to take advantage of. I like it.

Cons

The commute to work is too long. They could use a more centralized location(as they had back in metrotown).
There needs to be assigned seating and agents should clean up their work stations.

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    A once great company is now in a steep decline

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

    I have been working at Shaw Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The salary has been competitive over the years, if you are aggressive in seeking raises at opportune times. The Engineering department provides an excellent opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility, accelerating your rate of experience, and opportunities for advancement are quit prevalent due to high turn over. In many roles, you can get exposure to a fair number of technologies and 3-5 years at Shaw early in your career can help build your skill set, provided you are not in need of any further training. The average employee (at least in Engineering) is given a 2% raise annually, with a deviation of about 1% based on performance. This used to be an annual salary review some [former] employees refer to, but if you want to even keep pace with inflation, you'll have to seek out additional raises.

    Cons

    Cultural changes at Shaw over the past 6 years or so have continually degraded the value of any individual employee. The focus of the company is on the management team, with all staff being expendable at any time.

    A company which once sought to recruit and retain only the smartest and most highly motivated technical staff, now no longer differentiates much between that person and any other warm body. No training is given to non-managers under any circumstances, except when employees give presentations to each other. Raises continue to get harder and harder to come by. The workload can be stressing as good performance is always rewarded with the same thing: more work. You will never go to a team lunch, do a team building exercise, participate in Corporate Challenge or the like, or get any other small perks out of your employment at Shaw. Outside of the traditional compensation, and free coffee and tea, there's really nothing to look forward to when coming to work each day.

    Bonuses are a flat $500 semi-annually (for as long as that lasts), the share purchase plan is restrictive and risky given the state of the company, and pension and benefits are average. Red tape and unnecessary procedures and authorization processes are ever increasing, and have reached a point where they severely hold back the staff who endeavor to advance the goals of the company. Even the smallest change to the design of the network requires a signature of approval from a V.P. these days. Corporate politics are at an all time high, and where once groups used to push to take on more responsibility, now groups search for excuses to push tasks elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Observe what makes successful companies successful, and learn. Seek to obtain and retain the best employees available as you once did. Focus on cannibalizing your own products and services, with even better products and services, at all times. Never stand pat, leverage your Phone and Internet products to not only off set your losses in the ever changing Television marketplace, but replace them with a newer, more viable Video delivery platform.


  2. Shaw Business Sales.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Team player attitude.
    Great co-workers.
    Fun work environment.
    Growth/promotion/career development opportunities.
    Friendly management.
    Discounts on Shaw products (TV, Internet, Phone).
    No old school.
    Casual/Laid back culture.
    Shaw Business (not the residential) is growing.
    Good health/dental benefits.
    Overall, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Base salary is at least $10K lower.
    Total compensation (salary/commission/bonus) is $15K - $30K lower (if compared to the other players in the industry - Telus, Rogers, Bell, Allstream for the same role.).
    No gym/fitness facilities.
    Need more business products/solutions; need product innovations. Only selling connectivity/pipe won't work in the long term. Competitors are already selling complex solutions and value-added solutions (cloud, managed network, managed hosting, systems, storage, security, collaboration, tele-presence, video conferencing, unified communications, etc.).
    Old/archaic billing tools/systems. Tools often break/fail.

    Advice to Management

    Give industry average compensation.
    Switch to cloud based billing/CRM.
    Invest more in business solutions.


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