Stantec

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Stantec Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
196 Reviews
3.1
196 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.  

    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 an 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Professions are a now just another Wall Street commodity to leverage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Some good people.
    Pay check.
    Potential work on large projects
    Good 401K

    Cons

    Motto should be buy private firms, purge them, and increase amount of revenue that gets sent to a PO box in the middle of the country. As a regular employee you are become an asset that can be replaced or see your hours reduced on a whim often with little relation to your true value. Employee stress levels are through the roof at newly acquired firms and stay that way after Stantec takes over. Trust little company info coming from your managers because they are likely getting the same happy talk from their bosses. Work sharing is limited because of the insecure nature of the firm and profit center design. Management is more interested in growing and consolidating new acquisitions to maintain or increase the stock price than in project execution, employee development, or team building despite what the marketing spin says.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When it is all about the next acquisition to increase market share and presence, and increasing gross revenues, the professions suffer a slow and inevitable death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A culture of greed and dishonesty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy access to the office via local roadways. Plenty of space in refrigerator due to fewer employees. Flexible work hours due to lack of work. Plenty of parking. Lots of office space - four cubicles per person now.

    Cons

    A culture of greed and dishonesty. Proposals show staff and resources that ultimately will not be used on projects. Time spent on overbudget projects is charged against other projects and clients to maintain chargeability and utilization. Profit is the overriding priority over good engineering practices and due diligence. Our best engineers and marketers have left or been let go. No local support - no human resources, no marketing help, no IT help. Little or no training and support. Poor communication in office and between offices. Little or no cooperation due to interdepartmental rivalries and suspicion. No work sharing, total compartmentilization of projects. Little trust between departments and employees. I would leave if I could find another job elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems pointless to advise local, regional or corporate on anything. They are distant, impersonal and focused on chargeability, utilization and profit margins. Morale is very poor but every month the same empty message from leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    The company has a good culture, good benefits and a large network

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    The company offers a benefit package that creates incentives for healthy living in the form of discounted insurance premiums. They also have great matching on the 401K and a discounted stock purchase program

    Cons

    Stantec is a large (12,000+ employee) company, so you will not feel like a big player. The corporation is located in Canada, so they are not eligible to work are big money DOD projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    if your company is bought out by Stantec, immediately begin looking for a different job

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    Current Employee - Designer In the Buildings Group
    Current Employee - Designer In the Buildings Group

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

    Pros

    good 401k, it's worthwhile to participate in the employee stock purchasing

    Cons

    Everything changes as soon as your office is bought by Stantec. If you are in the USA, you are second rate to Canada. The stress rate is through the roof once acquired and it will never go down. The business model is only based on buying out offices for their assets and all support on winning new work is stripped from your office. This pins everyone against each other. Offices compete violently with each other in the same market, there is no organization to their "stanet" for communication or effective collaboration with other offices. Stantec also downgrades your internet speed to a level that makes it impossible to work remotely or with other offices. When our office was bought out, our billable rate nearly tripled and the clients we served were not thrilled to pay difference. This put us employees in a position where we were doing work and not documenting it so our numbers still looked right on the time sheets sent to Canada. Everyone is trapped- you either work double and only document 1/2 of your work to keep your workload and clients so you don't lose your job, or you are honest on your timesheet and you lose your clients for now being too expensive.

    This is all around bad news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick one field and stay with it. This company should not be buying architecture firms. Their pay / fee schedule is not in line with the building industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Project Controls

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    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The employees are nice and friendly. The office is in a good location.

    Cons

    Management is slow to change. Most managers in the Irvine office has been there for years and needs some management training so employee morale increases. Growth and opportunities is not valued. Company is top heavy. A lot of managers for a few production people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bottom line rules all.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    They have a good benefits package and a lot of company resources.

    Cons

    They are more concerned about the bottom line than employees. They ask you to use vacation time on days they can't bill your time even though you may still be working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One size does not fit all. Pay more attention to what employees are saying about local conditions. Not every project can be run the same and not every location can be managed the same way. Be flexible with rates, procedures and expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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