Stantec Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
114 Reviews
3.2
114 Reviews
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Stantec President and CEO Bob Gomes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have good benefits and an employee stock ownership program (in 12 reviews)

  • Its a large company so there are options for moving around t he different offices or as they call them, "profit centers" (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work sharing is limited because of the insecure nature of the firm and profit center design (in 5 reviews)

  • Stantec's senior management is very good at producing propaganda geared to make its employees believe they are a top tier employer (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Growth more important than the individual

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Goal-oriented. Strong vision for the company's future. Benefits are good. I enjoyed working with the local people.

    Cons

    Recent branding "I create community" is ignored when it comes to the people and the community who work for them. Top tier management does not know what's going on with the day-to-day projects and the needs of their employees. There's a lack of advancement and if someone leaves the company, their role is often absorbed, leaving those left with more responsibilities that often don't match their job description.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Acquisitions and profit are more valuable than employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stantec has a competitive benefits package and offers good 401k matching. Heavy investment in technology for productivity.

    Cons

    Stantec has been acquiring 4 - 6 companies per year for the past several years. Each acquisition results in reorganization to find places for top management from the acquired firms. This makes advancement nearly impossible. Profit is king. If the numbers aren't good at the end of the month, plan on being laid off. Salaried employees hired through acquisition receive salary/benefits packages based on a 40 hour week, but are frequently coerced into working 50 - 60 hours to meet deadlines without bonuses or additional compensation. If new managers hired through acquisition are not interested in existing staff, support is minimal, resulting in dissolution of entire teams and abandonment of market sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on being the best, not the biggest. $1M+ bonus to the CEO while employees receive miniscule or no annual raises does not go unnoticed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    great co-workers, stability, good work life balance

    Cons

    communication issues, career growth limited

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not impressed during 4-month contract at Stantec

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Drafter  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Electrical Drafter in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Stantec as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Regular meetings. Fun employee events.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines sometimes but generally not much to do. Sometimes so boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor management. Lack of communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    civil site design engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    tons of different projects, rapid growth

    Cons

    a few long evenings per month to get everything done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Not too bad.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Designer
    Former Employee - Structural Designer

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits and overall security is great. The company is always growing and is constantly finding new areas to expand into. Financially the company is secure.

    Cons

    Some company disconnect from the top. Many of the profit centers are left to make tough decisions in regard to personnel. The company at times has too much of a macro view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on becoming more transparent and allowing the everyday employee to better understand the management team and the basis of the decisions that are made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just a number! Pay cap to positions. Hard work unrecognized and undervalued.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Administrator  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good project management tools and strategies. Excellent corporate resources and employee tools. Strong business/accounting strategies.

    Cons

    Employees are just a number. Hard work is not recognized. Local managers authority is undervalued after acquisition. Employees are not invested in for tuition or promotions unless new management feels they can promote employee. Hardwork is not enough, employee must brown-nose new managers to prove worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above. Hard work needs to be encouraged and regonized. Give local managers authority to give promotions. Invest in your employees education and seminars. There is too much push back. I worked extremely hard covering for several employees and did it more accurately and efficient...my efforts and ideas called for a promotion and raise. My ideas and efficientcy improved my department and other staff used my techniques. My concerns of no career advancement and cap on my position pay was discussed several times calling for management meetings. Nothing came of this meetings and I was told management needs a reason to promote me and they need to be 'calling my name' in order to prove to upper management my worth. That statement felt as if Stantec undervalued all my hard work and requires me to brown-nose management. Some local staff in my department were more worried about keeping their position than mentoring staff. Upper management should have realised this and re-evaluated if that position was needed. By right sizing the department the hardworking talented employees will have room for advancement and Stantec will retain the talented staff. I found Stantec's losses talented staff to competitors in my area. Working in a competetors office my first impression is the number of talented staff and how much I can learn from them. This was very noticable. Stantec needs to improve by hiring talented people in all departments including support roles. Too many entry level staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The 2 faces of Stantec Calgary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pipelines  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pipelines in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about this place is the quarry park location in south calgary, at least i dont need to drive dt

    Cons

    Unfriendly co-workers (cimarron), no standards, drafting department is run by an idiot, i could go on and on. This place turns my stomach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do as urprise audit on the quarry park office and watch peolpes eyes glaze over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stantec very often hires college level students when others aren't which is great for people just starting out their career. Opportunity to get interesting jobs if you are willing to move for an extended period of time.

    Cons

    Competitive internal structure makes it difficult to participate in multi-office/multi-discipline work when everything is about the bottom line. No promotions, or career advancement that I can see. Your interests are not really taken into account unless they align exacty with department objectives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great benefits, seemed to keep employees on a good career path.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Great benefits package, good management.

    Cons

    Stantec bought the company I worked for, the transition was difficult and we all felt like second rate citizens.

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