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Hatch Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
87 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is very much encouraged and they are accommodating as employers i (in 5 reviews)

  • Very good work environment and easy to be mobile (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • HR planning and business development is totally reactive/dysfunctional (in 3 reviews)

  • Micromanagement from Head Office (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great EPCM Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hatch

    Pros

    This is great place to start an engineering career if you are interested in mining, civil, or energy. There is a decent focus on professional development, although this may depend on your particular boss. The company has a strong core of senior and middle level managers who are very experienced and technically astute. Many are global leaders or pioneers in a particular field. Things are done professionally and in an orderly fashion. There is strong company loyalty among the more senior personnel, which is no doubt fostered by the associate system (employee ownership). There is an excellent company pension plan.

    Cons

    Entry-level pay is average, and the structured salary increases may come slower than some over-achieving types would like. Tends to be a lot of red tape and paperwork to accomplish simple tasks. Certain managers may be allowed to somewhat autocratically run their groups because of the experience and connections they possess. Depending upon the group/situation that you find yourself located within, there may be limited opportunities for upward mobility. It can be fairly easy to get pigeonholed into a particular type of technology-focused role. Conversely you may find yourself floating with no direction within the PDG ranks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Associate in Disgrace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hatch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Private company allows employees to control company's destiny.

    Cons

    Some business units have become too conservative. Inconsistent policy for distribution of shares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current management rode a wave of unprecedented prosperity created by good decisions of previous management and the world economy. They seem to be becoming very conservative to protect this wealth. They should turn the reigns over to younger staff that can withstand the current downturn and manage more risk. The result would be continued long-term growth and future success.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience but does not invest in employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hatch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and PTO, little supervision, many opportunities to expand knowledge, you drive your own career (this is a con too)

    Cons

    Very little communication, disorganized, "team work" non-existent, redundancy at corporate level since there is a lack of communication, focused on saving money, low salaries,
    Only a good place to work if you are at the corporate office. Learning and development nearly nonexistent. Like another employee had commented "some managers are promoted for the wrong reasons and don't have management skills."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on investing in your employees - employees do not feel guilty to move on from Hatch.

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

    Good Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intermediate Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intermediate Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Hatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    See Cons; the rest is fine.
    Like other engineering firms, when there is no prospect of projects things can go south.

    Cons

    Management style can be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Communication with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Okay, but not as good as some competitors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Hatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some projects can be interesting and challenging. Good training and knowledge systems. Good technical expertise. Large engineering consulting company.

    Cons

    Weak management practices compared to some competitors. The culture has made some people believe that they are “la crème de la crème”of all engineering companies, and some associates had no problem defaming some excellent companies (verbally).

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

    Rewards come to those who seek and grasp opportunities to grow within the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Consultant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Consultant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Hatch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    An EPCM firm owned and run by professional engineers. How refreshing. Strong focus on safety, innovation, quality, technical excellence. The company's Associates are tasked with providing solutions to clients, improving their clients' business, and getting to know their clients' business better than anyone else. For those who succeed, the rewards of ownership are enormous.

    Cons

    Base salaries are not competitive with those of other EPCM firms in the GTA and retention of new employees (0 - 5 years) is difficult. Firm has grown in the last 10 years from 1500 to over 11000 staff worldwide and has had difficulty adapting its management style (previously non-hierarchical and informal) to preserve quality and project control on larger assignments. Company culture (see pros) has been diluted by a large influx of new employees recruited from other EPCM firms in the last 5 years that may not share the same values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management need to refocus on three areas: preserve the culture of quality, innovation and technical excellence that Hatch built its reputation on, reward those who do so (via promotion), and develop a more structured program to engage, train and mentor the 0 - 5 year employees that are the lifeblood (and future shareholders) of the firm. Retiring shareholders would be reminded that they can't cash out if the younger generation isn't willing to buy in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A scheme that resembles an ancient Egyptian crypt

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Hatch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paycheques don't always bounce, so I guess I get paid.

    Cons

    Everything else: poor pay; mysterious share scheme that only seems to benefit the suck-ups or long-tenured; false advertising (11,000 employees? No, more like 9,000 after the recent slash and burn layoffs); pet projects by board members (a multi-million dollar Formula One sponsorship, while you lay people off... really?); bipolar (literally) management in some cases; a website that hasn't been updated in forever; business development only in emergencies, and headed by a dude in California?!?; no client relationship program; misplaced management (engineers in charge of marketing, HR, legal).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Designer

    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Hatch full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company culture, good working environment

    Cons

    Salary level is below average

  10.  

    Handled the good times well, no so good during the bad times

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

    I have been working at Hatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bosses are easy to work with and supportive, left to do your work alone without any interference. Very good staff with a lot to offer

    Cons

    Very top heavy, lots of unnecessary administration staff like HR there 1 per 50 employees but they add no value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run leaner, offload the no value adds and keep the people whose hours you can actually sell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not bad for a consulting firm, but pretty volatile for most.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid Level in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mid Level in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Hatch full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for experienced staff, ethical, they sincerely try to do the right things. Many world class engineers in the organization that you can learn from. Lots of long term clients in mineral processing and infrastructure.

    Cons

    HR planning and business development is totally reactive/dysfunctional. Hire hundreds to try to service crazy clients in volatile sectors and then have to lay hundreds of people off a few months later. New business development is very ineffective / dysfunctional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should use more contract employees instead of hiring / firing permanent employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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