SNC-Lavalin Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Lots of opportunities to learn by getting involved in projects at the ground level (in 10 reviews)

  • Good work environment, standard benefits, career opportunities abroad (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Highly unorganized and I can see why the senior management is in the news (Corruptions (in 9 reviews)

  • No work-life balance especially in finance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SNC-Lavalin

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

    Pros

    Less OT, good people, interesting work

    Cons

    Outside reputation although insiders stay calm

  2. team work environment

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    Former Employee - Construction Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Construction Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at SNC-Lavalin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good attitude toward safety and work performance

    Cons

    Advancement within the company, office culture,

    Advice to Management

    Continue with good work

  3. My review of SNC Lavalin for an electrical designer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SNC-Lavalin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    SNC Lavalin had a work office to work at with a cafeteria and great parking with great security also easy access to resturants, shopping mall and the 610 freeway.
    For people that hire in direct vacation, insurance and 401k

    Cons

    The traffic in that area can be horrible. Especially heading north on 610. The company insurance is not that good.

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  5. My Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at SNC-Lavalin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities to lead projects

    Cons

    There are a lot of old ways of doing things while the company is trying to evolve.

  6. Great potential for career development.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at SNC-Lavalin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global EPCM firm affords potential for greater career opportunities across a variety of business sectors.

    Cons

    Engineering management staff need to develop better people skills. Local engineering offices need to be more effectively integrated into enterprise.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the process of eliminating information silos within the enterprise. Engage engineering management in developing people skills.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good pay, good benefits-but poor management and no corporate direction

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at SNC-Lavalin full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, benefits are better than average for E&C, and the discipline workers in the Oil & Gas division are mostly dedicated and well-qualified. As with all E&C's, when there's work, the office has a laid-back feel, when that changes-its tense. Work life balance mostly OK. Office has nice amenities. IT department is better than average for an E&C.

    Cons

    Work flow is erratic, Business development is unfocused and hit-and miss. Some senior managers do not get along with each other and that negative relationship affects the smooth-running of the office. SNC-Lavalin Canada cannot decide if it wants to play with the "big dogs"-Fluor's and the Bechtel's, or just try to get the scraps of smaller projects from below average-to-average Houston clients. Once that is decided-the office should improve.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the grass roots, sit with the people who really do the work-don't just meet with peers-they will just tell you how wonderful you are. Treat all employees like people and try hard to get along with everyone, not just your "favorites". You have great potential-stop petty squabbling and focus on building up the business!

  8. Good project experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SNC-Lavalin

    Pros

    The upside to working for SNC-Lavalin is the opportunity to work on huge projects that involve many disciplines. Having a role on such projects can be very rewarding.

    Cons

    Even after a few years in the firm it is difficult to obtain the right training and coaching to continue and grow in more important roles.

    Advice to Management

    Have better training programs for developing project management skills within the junior team. Not just hire from outside sources.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Very challenging and stressful environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SNC-Lavalin full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay is great for the area

    Cons

    Weak leadership, chaotic environment, little room for promotion or growth, job stability is constantly in question, slow growth in t&d which limits longevity, constantly under fire for missing unattainable goals sold by upper management

    Advice to Management

    Your company has great sales and marketing personnel which lands great opportunities but the lack of ability to meet commitments will eventually alienate industry members. Try mobilizing an oversized elite group to get off the ground on long term contracts. Please focus on contract requirements and documentation to give your team a chance to be successful in the eyes of the client.

  10. No Training and no advancement

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    Current Employee - Project Support in Augusta, ME
    Current Employee - Project Support in Augusta, ME

    I have been working at SNC-Lavalin full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay and good work environment

    Cons

    You are told there are advancement opportunities but in reallity, NOT..

    Advice to Management

    Ask for imput and listen to options and ideas from employees. Aknowledge empolyees who go above and beyond.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Zero Work Life Balance; Poor Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baytown, TX

    I have been working at SNC-Lavalin full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    1. Most of the people at this location are relatively nice and pleasant.
    2. The benefits and health insurance are competitive and pretty good.

    Cons

    1. Management does not stick up for employees. Employees are sacrificed and taken advantage of to appease the client. Management does not stand up to the client when it needs to.
    2. Corporate interference has tarnished our client relationship.
    3. Work culture glorifies having zero work-life balance. You are made to feel you are not a team player if you don't jump at the chance to work overtime.
    4. Most projects are last minute emergencies due to poor planning.
    5. Resistant to change.
    6. Noncompetitive salary. The excuse of "steadiness of work" as a reason for lower salaries does not hold up when the company lays off large amounts of people every few years.
    7. High employee turnover. Many long term (15-20+ years) employees have been run off due to disagreements.

    Advice to Management

    Stick up for your employees and encourage work-life balance. Have the spine to make tough decisions for the good of your employees.

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