Ontario Power Generation Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Ontario Power Generation President and CEO Tom Mitchell
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Pros
  • There is great work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • The best things about Ontario Power Generation is its hours of work, job security as most jobs are unionized, and its fair salaries (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow paced work, No technical work available, Repetitive(No creative) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Cost and Scheduling Technician

    Former Employee - COST and SCHEDULING TECHNICIAN in Oshawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - COST and SCHEDULING TECHNICIAN in Oshawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Above average pay for the location and the actual work done.

    Cons

    Poor management, bordering on micro management. Work was superficial and diluted due to union rules. Career stagnation within 3 to 5 years due union rules, cronyism and extremely poor management philosophy.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers. Too much wastage of taxpayer money.


  2. A good place to work, but not recommend do your internship here

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    Former Intern - University Student in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - University Student in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, and high salary. Everyone is friendly

    Cons

    The stuffs you will learn from there is more like 1980's technologies. And they are still using MS-DOS and floppy disk to perform many tasks. Feels like a "museum".


  3. Comfortable, Safe, Great Pay/Benefits. But Slow and Unchallenging

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Oshawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Oshawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Steady working hours, and no hard deadlines. Multi-disciplined engineering work required. Good opportunities to advance in management.

    Cons

    Work not challenging or fast-paced. Not many innovations due to large government funded organization with engrained safety culture. Most engineering work contracted out.

    Advice to Management

    None. OPG does a good job of what it needs to focus on. project oversight, and maintaining safe work practices.


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  5. One of the best companies to work for in Ontario

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    Former Intern - Engineering Developmental Student in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Engineering Developmental Student in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of staff ready to teach you the ins and outs of the system. Great learning experience. Good pay rate for students.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are really slow days due to lack of work assignments. At times the company can get extremely bureaucratic; took almost a month to set up my computer access.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much to add here, overall the management is very competent. I was fortunate enough to attend several meetings with upper management and it was nice to see how things are run.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Darlington Nuclear Engineer Job

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady job and the pay is good. The population is aging and this gave younger employees a chance to quickly climb up but of course they must work hard for it. For engineers, they usually worked from 7:30am/8:00am to 3:00pm/3:30pm so you still have the rest of the day to yourself. The company also takes training seriously.

    Cons

    Darlington was not accessible by public transit for those who do not like to drive. While work can get very busy, people seemed to live a quite laid back life style outside of working hours which for someone young like myself, does not see myself doing.

    Advice to Management

    When the company went through business transformation, it seemed like every employee had their own version of the story. Management could do a bit better at communicating the happenings


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great experience great people

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Secure job, if you are dedicated and ambitious you can easily gain great experience and progress

    Cons

    Very laidback attitude is not a natural stimulant to professional growth.


  8. Good so far

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Operator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Nuclear Operator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, very thorough training

    Cons

    Inefficiencies are quite frequent, problems that are minor get lots of attention, while major ones get ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Too much paperwork and round about ways of getting things done. Simplification is better.


  9. Electrical & Control Technician Co-op Student

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    Former Intern - Electrical & Control Technician Co-op in Clarington, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Electrical & Control Technician Co-op in Clarington, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well paying, good benefits. The people that work there are very knowledgeable and willing to help junior employees.

    Cons

    Can be boring at times, work can be very tedious and repetitive. There are some days where you don't have work to do and are just sitting around.

    Advice to Management

    Strop micro-managing employees.


  10. OPG Review - Engineering Trainee

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    Current Employee - Engineering Trainee in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Trainee in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros -- good people, great compensation & benefits packages even for entry level employees, amenable to work-life balance, 35 hour work week (engineers), job security. Great place to work if you are mediocre.

    Cons

    Cons -- Bureaucratic, very poor management in general (lack of respect for employees), no incentive to work hard (rewards based solely on tenure), unionized environment (engineers), location (Clarington, Ontario... where? exactly)

    Advice to Management

    Better support personal growth and reward hard-working individuals that produce results.


  11. Long TIme Employee

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    Current Employee - Field Shift Operating Supervisor in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Field Shift Operating Supervisor in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like security this company whould satisfy that need. Very procedureal driven, routine driven.

    Cons

    Not a place if you like to have freedom to try new or different things, it is very regimented.

    Advice to Management

    You are advancing the inexperienced too fast into management positions with out any technical knowledge and inexperienced with dealing with people.



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