Focus Corporation

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Focus Corporation Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    So far so good

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, treat employees well. Offer shares as new company - WSP Group. Take alternate Fridays off.

    Cons

    Going through a merge and some growing pains. Communication around the changes is lacking a bit, but they are trying and responding to employees as best they can. Change in benefits isn't the greatest, but it's still within industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate a bit more on changes - especially the ones that are viewed as cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Jekyll and Hyde

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pipeline and Integrity Projects in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pipeline and Integrity Projects in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Focus Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Above-average benefit package that kicked in right after hire. Three weeks vacation. Free fruit, decent coworkers, "some" good managers.

    Cons

    Focus tends to have a "take over the world" mentality. Expand, expand, expand, land as many huge projects as possible, hope they'll magically be able to hire enough quality people from somewhere to do all the work. In the midst of all that, they seemingly forget how to keep their current employees engaged or interested. My story is the same as others I've heard from former Focus employees: it seems to start out well enough but then the storyline gets lost somewhere.

    Try it for awhile if you like, but realize you might not (want to) be there for long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a break from all the numbers and "planned growth" long enough to concentrate on maintaining what you have. Get back to valuing quality over quantity. Realize that people aren't leaving in droves for no reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    You are only a Number

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time to put on big/girl boy pants

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Good Experience, tough Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  8.  

    Started out well enough

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Future and potential for company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    Great Environment for New Grads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

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