Genivar Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
31 Reviews

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    Project Manager - Toronto/Markham

    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Genivar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefit and stock options, good health benefit program

    Cons

    Compensation is on the lower end.

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    Just about as gutless and soulless as every other consulting firm

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    Former Employee - Draftsperson  in  Thunder Bay, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Draftsperson in Thunder Bay, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Genivar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -learning opportunities
    -exposure to large-scale industrial projects with international clients

    Cons

    -not much opportunity for advancement
    -expectation that you will put your work before everything else in your life
    -management too close to retirement to care much about anything
    -management will seemingly turn a blind eye to any generally awful, completely inappropriate, and unprofessional staff member as long as the staff member in question has two or more certifications
    -a general sense of being just a cog the machine that comes from working for a big umbrella company such as Genivar, who bought up all the small independent engineering firms they could in Canada
    -personally witnessed a manager that would insult and belittle an older individual constantly in front of clients and regular office staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, as Genivar's now been bought out by WPS Group, I want to hope that changes have been made, especially in management (speaking specifically of the management out of the local office in which I was employed). I wouldn't bet on it, though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Experience. Very helpful and provided challenging tasks.

    Former Employee - Engineer-In-Training  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer-In-Training in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Genivar part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experience and coworkers were very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Small office - not much opportunity to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe provide more training. Was thrown into it.

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    young dynamic environement, but clearly a sweat shop

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    Former Employee - IT Architect  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Genivar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    not that many procedures, you can deliver within agressive dates

    Cons

    a lot of overtime required, but not paid. Difficuly, if not impossible, to go on vacation and disconnect from the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    implement a closer review of the objectives and align them across the company. Allow human ressources to do their job and improve personnel retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Genivar

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Profitable in Industry when Others are not. Strong business strategy for growth potential

    Cons

    Lots of people from companies that were acquired and haven't made the transition .. Unhappy and blame Genivar instead of their previous owner who sold them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review total benefits to sure competitiveness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging and INteresting Work ... Strong Executive Team

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Genivar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fair and Equitable, follow their values, growth oriented, entrepreneurial, good career opportunities, some very strong executives, dynamic and constantly changing and strengthening

    Cons

    Average benefits plan, don't always deal with the complainers in the group soon enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take some of the earnings and invest in employees' benefits (salaries, RRSP matching, bonuses)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Offered Potential and high hopes; failed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genivar full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and shares and RRSP, work can be diverse, Nice co-workers

    Cons

    Micromanaged, no training- other than here is manual and overly complicated paper work, multiple bosses and managers giving DIFFERENT information, Lack of planning and willingness to spend money, Have all eggs in 1 basket...if eggs are lost...well good by job No project details, felt like flying by seat of our pants, I made mistakes, through lack of information. Not a safe at the office I was based at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing quickly, low salaries limited cohesion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Genivar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The employees at GENIVAR are provided with flexible hours, a share purchase plan, along with an RRSP contribution matching program.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities, low salaries, lack of professionalism, lack of mentorship. The business units have limited to no connection with each other, making the possibility of moving within the organization limited.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Getting worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Not far from home.
    Flex time
    Share purchase plan for employees
    Coffee, tea, and candies are provided for free!

    Cons

    Greedy
    Lack of professionalism and mentorship
    Limited career growth opportunities
    Low salaries
    Business units are disconnected
    Turnover seems to be getting higher
    Favouritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Organization, Low Salaries

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Genivar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong organizational growth, adopting new processes to deal with quick growth. Good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Compared to industry averages salaries are significantly lower. At time of hiring bonuses were said to have been provided annually based on performance, however in the two years I spent at Genivar bonuses were not provided! The company was growing at a very fast pace (mostly through acquisitions), however it seemed as though existing employees were almost forgotten. There is a high turnover rate, as employees quicklyy realize their services are better compensated by other similar organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-align your salaries to reflect current marketplace. If you tell employees they will receive additional compensation (i.e. bonuses) deliver on your promises. Don't avoid them and ignore it, thinking employees will just forget about it. Help employees fell more valued and the results will speak for themselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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