Nova Scotia Power

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Nova Scotia Power Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
9 Reviews
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    From the eyes of a power engineer on work placement

    Former Employee - Power Engineer  in  Point Tupper, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Power Engineer in Point Tupper, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Nova Scotia Power as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Great benefits and pension
    - Good pay for area
    - Great learning environment given you have the right shift

    Cons

    - Uncertainty in employment futures
    - Schedule was a bit weak but enabled for lots of overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't say from a 6 week work term.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Sneaky Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nova Scotia Power

    Pros

    Good wages and good hours

    Cons

    back room dealings keep employees in the dark and then blind-side them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    enjoyed working with very bright and professional people. however there was too much overtime needed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nova Scotia Power as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    safety and wellness conscious, decent salaries for this area

    Cons

    people regularly work too much overtime

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    stable, but not very intresting

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    Current Employee - Maint  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Maint in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Nova Scotia Power full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    it gives me stable employment with a sustanable salery.

    Cons

    It is so heavyly managed, it leavs no room tohave much input into your work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good people, very political

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Nova Scotia Power full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are very cooperative to work with and pay is reasonable

    Cons

    Leadership can be very disengaged from operation due to the political nature of the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better focus on operational efficiencies

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    Co-workers were fantastic, upper management incredibly difficult to deal with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Nova Scotia Power full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fantastic benefits and able to work close to my home town. The coworkers were also very nice to me. The position is essentially recession proof and I new my paycheques would be on time.

    Cons

    Found it difficult to obtain promotions and felt like I would be stuck in the same position forever. Felt that management would not heed my advice and that much of what I said was never seriously considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    NS power thermal generating division trenton ns

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    Current Employee - Power Engineer  in  Trenton, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Power Engineer in Trenton, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Nova Scotia Power full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    shift schedule is great for operators

    Cons

    Incompetent managers, low pay future does not look good here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    A great company to work for if you plan on staying in Nova Scotia.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Nova Scotia Power

    Pros

    - accommodations, meals and travel expenses are covered when travel is required (depending on the department, there is a lot of travel).
    - job security is probably pretty good, at least in the next 5 years or so, I can see dismissal happening if you do something like steal or deliberately break/kill something.
    - there are a lot of smart, hardworking peers.

    Cons

    - if you're based in Halifax, travel means going to a much smaller remote city/town.
    - company is going through some facelifts, part of that is compacting people into smaller, low-walled cubicles.
    - payscale means that a lot of people will leave the company for better compensation. Consider it the "Halifax Tax". Unless you have a lot of family/friends here, you could be working a lot less for a lot more money in a different city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stay grounded with operations and the people at the bottom of the ladder. They do have a lot of good ideas. A lot of strategies/plans I've seen higher-level employees come up may look good on paper but are not very practical. On the other end, some of the people at the bottom don't have the big picture in mind when they grumble.

    Recommends
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    NSPI

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Nova Scotia Power

    Pros

    -There is generally lots of overtime available. It is fairly easy to take advantage of and is offered to all equally (within a dept). Occasionally OT is mandatory.
    -when working long hours the company will provide food and accommodation at a near by hotel.

    Cons

    -Promotions were sometimes kept secret. This calls into question the integrity of the process.
    -Annual performance bonuses were not given to less senior employees even though they contributed equally to meeting the goal targets.
    -feedback was offered after I was declined for an internal promotion. I accepted th eoffer but did not receive an actual date or meeting to receive the feedback for 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the provider of an essential service you ask, expect and receive a lot out of your employees. This includes new and terms employees (which all are at some point). Keeping employees defined and temp or term for 5 years and longer to avoid paying out benefits is not a smart business practice if you want top retain top talent. But I believe you are feeling that now. Good Luck.

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