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I wish they hadn't bought my company

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Former Employee - Architect  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Architect in Washington, DC

I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

They are big. Wait, is that a pro?

Cons

When it comes to design and architecture, they have the worst organization format you can think of. They are publicly traded so it's all about growing and getting bigger, fatter, more inefficient, less effective, more expensive. And, clients DO notice. After the merge we lost all our loyal clients, we got too big for them. And not big enough to fetch bigger clients. 70% of the staff has left since the merger. Before then we hadn't lost more than 10% in 5 years.
I still remember how HR landed after the merger telling us that "Nothing will change. Staff is our more important asset". It isn't. Within 2 years you couldn't find a happy face in the office.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Tell the truth to the staff (you are 1 of 12,000 now. Stuff will change, not always for the best). Listen to the local offices. Free them from your bureaucracy.
DO NOT fire managers or principals.

Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too bad we were taken over by this company

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    I still have a job

    Cons

    Just about everything, I was stripped of so many good benefits from Jacques Whitford, that I feel cold and barely dressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They would not listen anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    average for the industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    able to work independently with peers

    Cons

    local leadership was not good for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communications from the top which was non-existent

    Doesn't Recommend
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