NewAlta Reviews

Updated April 5, 2015
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  1. Good people good benifits

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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 NewAlta full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Would work there again if I could

    Cons

    Some managers are rude and untrained in social skills

    Advice to Management

    Teach people skills to management

  2. Upper Management Not very Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environment Technician in Montgomery, PA
    Former Employee - Environment Technician in Montgomery, PA

    I worked at NewAlta full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have some great manages, and so great people working there.

    Cons

    THE NEW MANAGEMENT, THEY HAVE IN THE USA IS NOT GOOD. But they still have some good supervisor. .

    Advice to Management

    Upper management make some bad moves, if your rig is down and you have to go over to work on someone rig, to help them to try and fix the problems they have, but don't have the time to get it fixed you can lose your job even if it wasn't your fault you will be fired by Newalta.

  3. Former Onsite Operator

    Former Employee - Onsite Operator in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Onsite Operator in Williston, ND

    I worked at NewAlta full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Provide proper PPE and that is all.

    Cons

    Management very poor in all aspects. Communication lacking. Plays favoritism. Fails to respond in timely manner to valid issues. Company salaried its field operators trying to get away with not paying overtime mandated by National Labor laws. Taken to court by former employees. Company had to issue back pay checks to comply with National labor Laws. If you are looking for a career, you won't find it here!

    Advice to Management

    Start doing your job as assigned. Its expected your operators do their job and they should not have to cover management deficiencies. Management needs to be held accountable. Worst Human Resources department I have ever dealt with. HR needs to be held accountable.

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  5. Field Supervisor politics and Sr Op buddy system is a killer of a great company overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solids Control Technician in Three Rivers, TX
    Former Employee - Solids Control Technician in Three Rivers, TX

    I worked at NewAlta full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Newalta provides top rate training for it's field operators. They provide the proper PPE and they keep it coming every week by allowing the operators to submit a needs list.

    Cons

    lower management inter-office political backstabbing, "buddy" favoritism, and rampant dishonesty breaking down trust between operators and management

    Advice to Management

    The Field Supervisors and Sr Operators maintain a level of dishonest politics with the operators. Overall the company could be a great company if not for the petty politics hindering lower level management.

  6. Several different areas

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nada. Once you think you are comfortable and working with management that has your best interests, someone in management gets fired, new hire will come in and clean house. No matter what you do it is NEVER enough.

    Cons

    Please see cons. No work life balance. This company looks perfect on paper but in reality, it is not.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff, or you will not have any.

  7. Overall good company with good benefits but constant structural changes

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NewAlta

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice gym, cafeteria, daycare. Room for advancement (if you don't get laid off)

    Cons

    A lot of departments changing and cuts therefore a lot of staffing changes

  8. Was a great company in earlier times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 NewAlta full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful corporate office, gym, lounge. Great benefits. Generous vacation and pay. Some sincere people. Great opportunities if you are buddies with the right people.

    Cons

    Heavy workloads and expectations. Old boys club still exists here. Promotions given based on who you know and family members were preference for some positions (depending on their position at Newalta). The Newalta tag line of "Do the Right Thing" no longer applies.

    Many aggressive, narcissistic people climbing the corporate ladder and trying to stand out no matter what it takes ie stabbing others on their way. No appreciation or thanks for extra time and work you put it in so its really not worth it for no work/life balance and damaging your family life.

    Socializing between staff was not encouraged. Nose to the grindstone was.

    Advice to Management

    Try to install some values back into the company. Take the time to know the people who are doing the actual work - don't just sit in the perceived ivory tower. Have senior management actually get to know the staff. Encourage employees to actually get to know each other too. Have a team building event once in awhile to build relationships.

  9. SAP Analyst

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

    I have been working at NewAlta

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues, excellent benefits package, competitive salary

    Cons

    Unqualified family members of managers and directors are hired and paid more than the people who end up training them to do the job. Upper management has a very negative approach. They are very political and are more interested in their own careers than in helping their employees succeed. Very heavy workload, poor work/life balance. Even though the company espouses lofty values, Upper Management is completely unethical and does not exemplify these values.

  10. Newalta is an excellent company to work for. I was very happy there over a five year period from 2011 to 2015.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting work combined with good promotion prospects. I would recommend.

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized at times and sometimes conflicting priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Need to define better the organizational structure and internal responsibilities.

  11. Would give my boss five stars but the company two.

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

    I worked at NewAlta full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gym, lounge, good benefits, flexible work hours, education assistance.

    Cons

    Workload way too much. Frequently expected to work through lunches, breaks and on weekends. Salary is industry standard or slightly below.

    Advice to Management

    The company is going through many changes with the senior management and new company structure, it is not the same corporate culture anymore - now everything is dollars and cents - not people.

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