Stantec Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
118 Reviews
3.2
118 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain as I was not eligible as an intern) (in 13 reviews)

  • Large company with lots of variety in the types of work (in 8 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.  

    Excellent office culture.

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

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Helpful mentors who pour into their peers and subordinates.

    Cons

    Work pace is very fast. However this is the nature of design builds.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Depending on your department, a good place for an intern.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Stantec as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Friendly people, very eager to help
    - I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain as I was not eligible as an intern)
    - Departments vary in structure (can be good)

    Cons

    - Overall, the company seemed rather "cheap"
    - "Community focus" seems to be more talk, less action
    - Constant pressure to stick to budget (as with all consulting firms)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good company to work for as a mid to senior level engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    large company, good collaboration across teams, paid week for christmas (US and Canada)

    Cons

    acquisition culture can create a negative office environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more transparency, better training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Calls its offices "Profit Centers"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Time off policies
    - Work culture
    - Exposure to large projects
    - Good exposure for trainees

    Cons

    - Very often hires young graduates for very cheap
    - It mostly grows by buying larger companies , This leads to a very fragmented corporation
    - Shareholders + Profit > Good Design (It is a publicly traded company after all)
    - Stantec treats all employees below project manager level as easily replaceable
    - No Overtime policies, due to project mismanagement employees are asked to work weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can do much much better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Growth more important than the individual

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

    I worked at Stantec full-time (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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Acquisitions and profit are more valuable than employees.

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

    I worked at Stantec full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Not impressed during 4-month contract at Stantec

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    civil site design engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (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
  11.  

    Not too bad.

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

    I worked at Stantec full-time (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

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