Focus Corporation

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Focus Corporation Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survey Assistant  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Survey Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Focus Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working outside
    Great people to work with
    Money is great

    Cons

    working away a lot
    working outside sometimes hurts ...bugs, snow etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    You are only a Number

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Focus Corporation

    Pros

    Other than the Executive Management .. all fellow employees were excellent to work with

    Cons

    You were only a number .. Little to no leadership.. Very dissatisfied... Was expected to always be on call

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time to put on big/girl boy pants

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Control Assistant  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Document Control Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Focus Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get paid and there are SOME really nice people. Some fun events and snacks and they seemingly endorse comradery.

    Cons

    All the fruit and fun is not enough to make you want to stay. Project managers are seriously lacking training. ALS credentials do not make you a good manager. Two unprovoked verbal altercations with PMs due to their being over sensitive or just plain inability to manage human beings who expect respect and emotional maturity in the work place. Lack of follow up from HR or upper management in regards to said poor behavior. Some of the PMs and their team members have elitist attitudes and refuse to endorse or understand the need for implementation of new processes and procedures, as though they are above those requirements and do not need to participate. I did not sign up to change your employees bad attitudes or deal with managers who act the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be professional and provide training when required. If you see someone has an attitude problem, deal with it. Even managers need to have their hands slapped when they misbehave. No one wants to work in an environment where there is no accountability! It is really disgusting seeing people get away with such poor behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Experience, tough Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Focus Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the work atmosphere and colleagues are great, professional development is encouraged, most Manager's doors and ears are open for discussion.

    Cons

    Not much significant. There needs some improvement in the appraisal process. Good proforming employees should be rewarded little better than underperforming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee focused training seem vital.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Started out well enough

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Focus Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Left on own to decide version of vision for new depts. development.

    Cons

    No mgmt. assistance given to further develop version of vision for new dept. development. Later on there was an expectancy to work extra hours. Then there was the expectancy to work above one's job description with no extra pay compensation allowable. Then there was an expectancy to take orders from other team members not associated with said new dept. Rather than the actual manager taking charge ie. actual manager was too busy, reluctant or unsure to take full responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Life's to short to stay in a job that has become miserable due to lack of respect or due consideration from Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Focus Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Above average pay for most positions. Some independence - depends on manager/location. Unbelievably - they've still managed to retain some pretty decent engineers. Some locations/disciplines would be a good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Hire and fire mentality, particularly in non-oil and gas engineering. Extremely high turn-over in some locations (a great question for HR during your interview!). Chaotic organizational structure. Unattractive stock plan (if you're offered stocks - get professional advice). No banked time. Often worked 60+ hrs/wk. No real long term mentality. Hard to see a "career" here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Future and potential for company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Focus Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with, like to have fun.

    Cons

    Rather terminate employees than coach them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Environment for New Grads

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Tech  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tech in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Focus Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent team - Steady paced work environment - Work/Life Balance is great!

    Cons

    May need to work on involving New Grads on new projects and working on the annual pay and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generate more EIT positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Times are a Changing

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

    I have been working at Focus Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You *might* get to work with some excellent professionals who haven't left yet!
    A certain degree of autonomony...because no one apparently is in charge.

    Cons

    Lost a ton of their best staff in the recent years.
    Conglomerate of companies with no real plan to merge operations between verticals. Very inefficient.
    Severely under-staffed in management.
    Complex ownership structure which muddys the waters of how/why/who actually makes decisions.
    Extreme workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bite the bullet. Bring in some management consultants and square the ship...or you'll sink. Smart people know when to ask for help...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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