Stantec Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
113 Reviews
3.2
113 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    One stop shop is a dead end solution in an economy that is aiming for regrowth

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    Former Employee - Architect  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Easy access to professional resources, talented and dedicated employees, some remaining middle management that care about growth opportunities for staff and the work itself.

    Cons

    Strategic direction of growing through acquisitions rather than focusing on or developing core strengths to create organic growth can not possibly sustain long-term attraction from clients and investors. Unstable local leadership - everyone in it for themselves and previous owners leaving voluntary and involuntarily. Plus haven't won a major project in the last two years; innovation or ability to market is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some trust into your junior and professional design staff. They are the ones who can bring the company up to the level of your best competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to work if mediocrity is your goal

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    great people, multidisciplinary collaboration and a north american reach that is remarkable. a place to practice the trade while building the wings to fly.

    Cons

    communication between offices, teams and leadership needs improvement. Practice of the corporate vision is weak. Identity and vision is leaking.

  3.  

    Good ethics

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    Current Employee - Cadd Technician  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Cadd Technician in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement, lots of experienced people to assist in the development of career growth, competative salary, lots of offices for relocation possibilities

    Cons

    Benefits are a little lack luster, because of the size of the company and the rapid growth plan of the company, sometime feel like communications are lacking

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical Large Civil Driven Design Firm

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    Former Employee - Architect  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Architect in Denver, CO

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Interoffice communication is pretty good at Stantec. They have a good (visual) business model and support this conceptually. There is good web-based technology to link offices and keep marketing, project team formation and financial information flowing.

    Cons

    The firm is not a progressive firm and is heavily top-down with little bottom-up information flow, though that is part of the official party line. This firm is managed quarterly, i.e. for short-term profits, like every other publicly traded firm. Sustainability is mentioned on their webpage, but it's not part of the corporate culture, rather an add-on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider deepening the sustainability culture and also adding lean thinking for design team integration. This is a major innovation that other large firms are making happen (CH2MHill) and even small firms are nimbly making this a major part of their culture to great advantage.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    Strong diversity of talented individuals. Good benefits including reduced health care costs for making healthy choices. Good stock ownership plan. Strong technology investment by corporation.

    Cons

    Staff at times want to hear the vision from senior managers with positive results that have impacted our staff locally. Staff are not allowed to have trash cans in their office. Recycling bins are everywhere though...

  7.  

    A good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Land Surveyor  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Land Surveyor in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    They maintain their equipment, the pay is good, chances to take on more responsibilities.

    Cons

    High turn-over rate but that is with any surveying department.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is in disarray, would strongly recommend looking elsewhere more so if female or minority. Look at profile.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    A few people who are left considered "lowly" by management (PM's on down).

    Cons

    Pretty much everything at this company is negative. People are treated very poorly. Due to high layoffs (and those who just leave) most people above staff level, and some at are afraid to share information. It is the most back stabbing unethical office I have ever worked. If you truly interview here ask to talk to people in the office or just walk around the tension is very thick. Ask about the turnover rate or how long anyone has been there. You will be hard pressed to find someone over 1yr....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to Canada!

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Stantec

    Pros

    Location of office is close to freeway

    Cons

    Managment lacks leadership skills and mentorship. Lack of opportunity to grow, lack of promotions, and adequate pay or raises for staff and technicians. Office is run by males, very little opportunity for women to grow. No female project managers in office. Lack of promotion within.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stantec is a company which is focused on profits and business but did not seem to be value employees over shareholders.

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    Former Employee - Project Technician  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people. The benefits are acceptable. Its global position can provide opportunites and a signficant network

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of employee valuation by upper management and few opportunities for advancement even when skill level and and immediate suppervisor recomendations warrent so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you send out e-mails that state that you value your employees and contribute to their success, have actions that promote those statements. While I had wonderful managers in my office, I felt extreemly unappreciated by the company as a whole which promted my departure.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership

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    Former Employee - Architecture  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Architecture in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    Nice office space and nice staff, at least before they all quit.

    Cons

    Highly dysfunctional office structure, a lot of politics and lack of well defined leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher leaders who understand the first principals of managing a highly productive office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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