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Stantec Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
205 Reviews
3.0
205 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I hear they have a good benefits package (don't know for certain, as i was ineligible as an intern) (in 16 reviews)

  • Large company great people always busy (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.  

    Unethical

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and we got free coffee. Pay rates are marginally acceptable but only if you are desperate and can't get a job with a good company

    Cons

    Pale, stale and male. Absolutely no leadership, all they do is talk, talk, talk and nothing gets done. They are all too busy protecting their own little kingdoms to do the right thing for the company.They have what they call a "balanced leadership" model, the dumbest thing I've ever seen. The practice leader thinks he's in charge, the regional leader thinks he's in charge (and there are multiple levels below both of these that think the same thing). No one...and I mean no one knows who is in charge and things that should take 15 minutes to decide linger for years. If you are looking for a place where there is no leadership, bad pay, no training, payroll that ignores laws and a company that truly does not care one bit about the employees then Stantec is your place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None....they are incapable of acting on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec

    Pros

    People are likeable and mean well

    Cons

    Bogged down in bureaucracy. C suite is too far removed from what happens in individual offices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I really learn a lot I always done lab testing and I was given a chance to do clerical duties.

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Tech/Call Center in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Tech/Call Center in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    I worked to meet the quoter and noone was standing over my shoulder.

    Cons

    The only down side was it didn't last longer enough.

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  5.  

    Nice people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, good work life balance

    Cons

    No growth if you're on the admin side. Company seems focused on acquisition.

  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    It's true, you're just a number. But you are also afforded diversity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Large diversity in project scopes and disciplines.
    Great benefits and company stock matching.
    I was lucky enough to have fair and successful work sharing across various offices.
    Large potential for climbing the corporate ladder, but at what cost?

    Cons

    All that matters is that your timesheet is entered on Friday's and that you maintain high utilization or the hammer comes down.
    Profit center structure encourages competition of the wrong kind, within the company.
    Too much personnel turnover.
    Entire company vision seems to be achieved through acquisitions and less organic growth. This lends to the high turnover rate.
    Top heavy, too much management and not enough production staff.
    I felt under-valued for the type of work completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees I knew who left, left because you drove them into the ground and you kept on pushing. If you don't have the personnel locally to work on projects, don't submit proposals stating that you have the personnel just so you can win the big buck contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Field Geologist in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Field Geologist in Farmington Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Had great benefits, a mostly comfortable environment and had morale boosting events. You did get some recognition for good work and you were not slave driven. You are left alone to take care of your work and are not micro managed. I really liked working there, but poor management and a bad economy lead to my dismissal.

    Cons

    Most office specific than company wide. My office was top heavy. More managers than field workers and the sad part is with a 4/1 PM/Field Geologst ratio, they can still only support one with work for over 4 years. People with highly unqualified skills doing jobs that require college degrees, but still gets paid as such. Friends and butt kissing definitely play a hand. If the office manager was not so concerned about traveling, fishing & golfing all the time, he could actually focus on drumming up more work than having fun all the time. My immediate manager was always too busy to provide work for me eventhough I was specifically hired to work on her big project. Work was often given those who did not need it or to friends of family to pay favors. Some of the people in the office were and still are superfluous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    I enjoyed the culture but felt under appreciated.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lombard, IL

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

    Pros

    Good learning experience right out of college. Friendly office experience.

    Cons

    Not competitive salary-wise, at least at the bottom. Poor annual review process. No raises or even cost of living raises. Forced employees to use their vacation days the week after Christmas for 2 years in a row.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give US branches more holidays to be comparable to what the Canada branches get.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Working at Stantec you become a number with a set profit you must achieve .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Not a positive thing to say !!!!

    Cons

    Management is driven by profits only. They will totally disrepect you if you are not producing the numbers that they expect. The only way to advance seems to be by working 60+ hours and getting paid for 40 and not making any issues. People who complain are systematically replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    everything that goes around, comes around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A wonderful company, great people, great workplace!

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    Former Employee - Civil Designer in Rochelle Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Civil Designer in Rochelle Park, NJ

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

    Pros

    Steady work flow, good management, lots of talent and mentors available. Good benefits.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of desk work depending on the position. It might not be ideal for someone that likes a lot of field work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    You will be assimilated - resistance is futile

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    They don't lay anyone off when the acquisition takes place, and will compensate for current benefits they don't offer with an equitable pay raise.

    Cons

    After about a year, which is just about enough time for them to completely destroy whatever culture your firm used to have, the layoffs start. After inflicting severe morale deflation to your office environment, the layoffs just intensify. In the case of my firm, Stantec turned a once thriving, professional family-type atmosphere where you mattered as a person to upper management into a cold, depressing, stressful, impersonal workplace where you're just an employee ID number generating profit for stockholders. Loyal long-time employees will find themselves suddenly subject to the whims of impersonal bean counters thousands of miles away, possibly in a foreign country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can you say to the Borg?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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