Stantec Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Stantec President and CEO Bob Gomes
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Pros
  • I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain, as i was ineligible as an intern) (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of great people to work with (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • The "PC structure" (profit center) of the company (in 8 reviews)

  • Publicly traded company, so mass layoff occur when work isn't being won (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 13 years, little movement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - British Columbia in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - British Columbia in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of challenges to rise to, great people.

    Cons

    Underpaid, very slow moving up

    Advice to Management

    talk to the staff on the ground more, too many layers between management and staff.


  2. Avoid Stantec

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

    I worked at Stantec

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

    Pros

    Benefits were great. Good learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Everything else. Management focused on making you feel good about nothing. Engineers focused on little crap unable to listen. Culture of crushing those below to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Listen! Follow your slogan "We are better together" because you are actually fractured.


  3. Unexpected Pluses and Minuses

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Specialist, Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Process Specialist, Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Since the company is an aggregate of acquisitions, there is a lot of intra-office pride and friendly inter-office competition outside of corporate financials, e.g. health/fitness and sustainability. Stantec does a decent job integrating its acquisitions to feel loyal to the company, although many of the policies are difficult to find or understand. At 14,000 employees (as of Summer 2015), Stantec has varied resources in both operations and support roles. Stantec also has a $1 million research & development budget, for projects whose sponsors apply for funding. Stantec, being ISO 9001 certified, has a strong commitment and set of policies for project quality and procedures, resulting in polished work processes that positively impact the ultimate work products.

    Cons

    The nature of a big company is that it may be slow to process administrative tasks. What is special about this company is that the org. chart is extremely confusing. There are many technical administrative titles, and each Business Center (financial operating unit) reports to both a Geographic leadership structure and a Business/Practice/Sector leadership structure. While the nature of A&E consulting is low margins, an impersonal demand for profits and focus on minutiae often discourage employees who put forth their best efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Enable more transparency in structure, and more importance on personal attention to employees.


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  5. Extremely demanding with little appreciation and respect

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    None. Stantec is a place you go to for a pay cheque and that is all. There are no other advantages to working at Stantec

    Cons

    Stantec is a culture of demanding project managers and senior management that will quickly lay you off as soon as they need to make their profits higher. All middle aged Caucasian men dominate management.


  6. Stantec does not "put people first"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

    I worked at Stantec

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

    Pros

    The pros? Variety of projects awarded through company name recognition rather than quality of work. Location of office. Benefits package was competitive.

    Cons

    Local office now managed out of Ontario. The local leadership is bullied by regional leaders who have no concept of environmental consulting. They treat employees like crap and expect high utilization. Hire for project proposals to stack RFP responses then lay off employees when they can't get the work or it is over. Long time stability questionable. Lack of integrity and honesty at all senior levels of management. I know of over a dozen people recruited by Stantec just to be laid off within a year. Some moved across the country with family only to be laid off in under a year. At what cost to the company for on-boarding and training and the move? Proof of poor people management. Senior managers would rather bully staff than lead them. Recent senior management changes from Alberta and Ontario have effectively destroyed the office dynamic. Its great to be out of there. Current staff have passed on a general atmosphere of intimidation and fear for who will be cut next. Management actually told staff that other staff quit when they were actually laid off. No integrity. No honesty. I would not recommend this company or this office for anyone with integrity and anyone who wants a good work life balance. "Putting people first"is a complete misnomer.

    Advice to Management

    Local management needs to grow a set and start taking control of their own business units before they lose all their staff.


  7. Too Large and Unorganized

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of career opportunities due to thin level of seniority

    Cons

    Poor corporate/accounting based culture that may just be typical with large consulting firms.


  8. Accountants

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Well run company. Organized A&E firm with too much emphasis on the E.

    Cons

    It's all about hours and billing. On the A side the accountants wanted add services, change order anything to make the books work. Never mind the client

    Advice to Management

    Practice your core values!!


  9. Designer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Designer Edmonton, Alberta in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Electrical Designer Edmonton, Alberta in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Stantec (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It is waste of time working for stantec as wages and work hours are low. Without external and on-the-job training there are no career benefits working for stantec.

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation. Management lies; therefore can not be trusted.

    Advice to Management

    Hire educated, competent and professional managers.


  10. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Ahmedabad (India)
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Ahmedabad (India)

    I worked at Stantec

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

    Pros

    not good.. people have no sociallife. No pros. only cons

    Cons

    only cons. people no scial life. workinghours too much. not much projects available now

    Advice to Management

    they are fine


  11. Mechanical Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in North Bay, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in North Bay, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Stantec

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

    Pros

    -opportunity -location -nature of work -ability to travel

    Cons

    -office atmosphere and culture -transparency -flexibility



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