Stantec Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    basic

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

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

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

    Pros

    No prosorry other than national footprint is impressive.

    Cons

    No perks, no Bonuses, communication from management to employees is non existent

    Advice to Management

    People are essential assets to the company, not disposable commodities to eliminate when bad business decisions are made


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stantec review

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

    I worked at Stantec (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It is easy to access and have multiple offices of you are looking to travel. Salaries are competitive and are growing worldwide.

    Cons

    Small office, little to no assistance on projects. Future can be long with the company but employees become pigeonholed. If there is a poor HR department and managers are not straight forward. Project managers are hard to contact. I would not recommend this company. If you are looking to learn and grow this is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Be more interactive with employees and more open minded. Try to integrate groups to avoid isolation and alienation. Have a hour a week just to review topics relavent projects. Interns and entry engineers are looking for experience, not only to push papers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Four years of loyalty got me nowhere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Technician in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits were really good.

    Cons

    There was no room for advancement. The people involved in giving you a raise or a promotion had no idea who you even were. The project managers who actually dealt with you day to day had very little power to control this. After 4 years doing the same job I made a whopping $2 more per hour near the end of my tenure, and percentage wise I was getting the highest raise on the team!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good employees by giving the project managers the power to give raises. If you're going to acquire a company for a potential profit don't make the people involved with the work an afterthought. Invest in their futures and you will profit.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    2D - 3D Design Visualization Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Digital Artist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - 3D Digital Artist in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stable company, supportive staff, good benifits

    Cons

    Off and on work life balance.


  6. CAD Lead

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

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Small company feel from a big company. Benefits are great. Pay is on par with other companies

    Cons

    You have to work a lot of overtime, but they do a good job of considering that when doing reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of communicating with your employees, but overall stay the course. Generally the business model is working so don't change a lot just make small tweaks to improve overall morale.


  7. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people
    Talented Staff
    Good client service
    Paid holiday shut down

    Cons

    Usually feels like profits over people
    Too many managers
    Too few females in leadership positions

    Advice to Management

    Reduce


  8. Helpful (1)

    Can be overwhelming for new engineers and Management is caught up in their own world. Common to see workplace bullying.

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

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

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

    Pros

    You learn fast.
    You work on some big projects
    Great place to build a little bit of a portfolio and meet some big name people.

    Cons

    As an entry level engineer you are expected to know as much as a P.E.
    If you don't know the content they can be very condescending and get frustrated.
    They tend to look at mistakes and not see the work put into it. It is good for quality, but bad for moral. And speak in an extremely condescending manner. My manager has called me stupid or hopeless a couple of times. A co-worker confided in me that his counselor said he is suffering from a bit of "workplace bullying."

    When I spoke to a manager about how to be better at my communication with them it was taken that I was attacking them and things got a bit hairy for a bit there.

    Most of the managers seems to look annoyed when they are trying to walk from point A to B and you are walk across their path. One manager the other day saw me turn the corner and almost walked right over me (it is a corner that people have near misses all the time, but this time it was different he saw and didn't even care). Another manager won't even acknowledge me when I say "Good Morning (name)".

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to listen and understand people.

    Also, please stop contradicting yourselves: here is an example (and this isn't the first time there have been multiple times this has happened):
    Manager: What are you working on?
    Me: (Project B)
    Manager: Ok. I don't want you to work on (Project B) and want you to create a spreadsheet with (many details concerning any of the projects).
    Me: Sound good. And just to clarify this is for (Project A or C)?
    Manager: No, it is for (Project B).
    Me: ... ok...

    This example happens at least every other week if not weekly. It is extremely frustrating. I've worked at plenty of other places and I know that this is a bit of an exception. If you change your mind, it is alright to admit that you changed your mind. But make that clear.


  9. very fulfilling, a lot of great experiences

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

    I have been working at Stantec part-time

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

    Pros

    great company, a lot of opportunity for advancement, good work culture

    Cons

    not a lot of women upper management


  10. Sr Structural Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Designer, CAD Lead in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Designer, CAD Lead in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multiple Offices, Variety of work, Up to date hardware & software

    Cons

    Rely heavily on Oil & gas. Smaller Satellite offices can be left out of the larger projects.

    Advice to Management

    Have more confidence in their designers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Stantec destroyed a nice local firm that made it big.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Not many pros to mention. Flexible hours were about the only one. All the pros were taken away when Stantec bought the company.

    Cons

    Stantec has a very proficient way of lowering moral to new lows and then taking them even lower. The company is completely guided by profit numbers. The people who get promoted to department managers are those that have the quality of treating others like dirt. Hourly employees were "advised" to work overtime and not show it on their timecards. Stantec buys companies, tears them apart, and many good people will lose their jobs because their salaries are too high.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror, you are the problem !!!



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