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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. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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 a 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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best consulting company in Calgary, they don't take care of the employees and low pay.

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    Former Employee - Project Controls in Calgary Woods, TX
    Former Employee - Project Controls in Calgary Woods, TX

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

    Pros

    Exposure to big and interesting projects. Worked with good people.

    Cons

    Very cheap and greedy management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Rocklin, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rocklin, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay is at or above average for the engineering industry. They have good benefits and an employee stock ownership program. The company will provide you the opportunity to work on large engineering projects.

    Cons

    Your career may stagnate. In all fairness, this is probably more a result of the economy rather than the company. However, organic growth instead of the current practice of acquiring companies could be used to develop geographical regions. This might provide internal talent with an opportunity to develop their career and move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Day to day profit center and office management is good. At the corporate level, pursue organic growth and use internal talent to develop that growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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
  10.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment. The employees are down to earth and very easy to get along with. It's easy to move up the chains and they pay for your career advancements.

    Cons

    Not much diversity in the workplace. There's isnt much of a team spirit either, seems like it's every man for himself most of the time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    WORST OFFICE anybody could work in! Regional leadership is a wreck!

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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

    1. A handful of smart, hardworking, junior-level staff that work dilligently despite being severely underpaid with little to no chance of growth and development. 2. The architecture department.

    Cons

    If you love being discouraged from working hard and being reprimanded and punished for going above and beyond, then this is the perfect place for you. Otherwise, stay away! If you are ambitious, intelligent, and hardworking, this is seen as a threat to the completely incompetent management, and you will be forced out whether by choice or not. The lack of professionalism in this office is unbelievable for a company of this size. Do not expect your voice to be heard here; do not expect anyone to value hard work and intellect. This place is an utter disgrace compared to the rest of the local consulting community. The other reviews for this office are spot on; listen to the numbers!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about what is best for the future of the organization and not just the current state. If you want the company to succeed, you need to invest in the future and stop worrying about your oversized paycheck. Most importantly, put others above yourself since all the people below you are keeping the place afloat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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