TransAlta Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good bunch of people that work there.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransAlta

    Pros

    The money is good when your working. The equipment is precise, sometimes you have to measure up to ten thousand of an inch which makes it interesting for the millwrights.

    Cons

    The management as no accountability! they are always changing departments. I have seen major screw up from from managers and all they do is move them around to other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should be accountable.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Review

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Duffield, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Duffield, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Workplace was close to home. Salary was all right.

    Cons

    Terrible Management; poor advancement potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to ALL your employees instead of just your managers/supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Equal vacation for everyone with one flex day per month, flexible start time, average salary, average benefits, good location, good work life balance (depending on which manager you work for).

    Cons

    Very hierarchal, non collaborative environment with favoritism; CEO micro manages executive, displays an attitude of entitlement, and does not take accountability for her own actions; high turnover in our own HR area which leads people to wonder.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to trust the people you have put in place to do their job and if you can't, you have the wrong people; you need to realize that people are your greatest asset and treating them with respect and appreciation will make the company a success not demeaning and authoritarian approaches. Loose the entitlement attitude and be honest - people aren't stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good, pay, friendly atmosphere, great people,

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    After 100 years, you'd think we'd know what we're doing.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    At this location the people are friendly and helpful. Vacation time is good.

    Cons

    Bad management, constantly driving wedges between union and non-union workers via unfair treatment of on group por the other. Constant drain of experienced personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees well and fairly, quit looking for new ways to work them over. Losing our experienced workers is costing you a fortune in training and errors. Management should be facilitating and directing work, not issuing edicts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A training facility for some great operators.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransAlta

    Pros

    I get to go home after a days work, and i enjoy the days off.

    Cons

    Here you learn to cope with Deficiencies in your equipment and work enviroment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some advice from the people on the floor, and when they show you ways to improve and save money then repay with some sort of incentive.

  8.  

    Good place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Too much politics and no training and no bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training and Bonuses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was nice place some time ago...

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    Current Employee - IT, Systems Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT, Systems Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    None, unless you have no choice.

    Cons

    Company going down slowly, trying to outsource all Canadians and replace them with TCS(Tata Consultancy Services) people, who come as business visitor and work there using our holes in Canadian Law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they just don't care and treat you like a sheep...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    mixed

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    Current Employee - TransAlta-Power Plant Operator
    Current Employee - TransAlta-Power Plant Operator

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

    Pros

    good work-life balance where I am situated. environment and people I work with are good. have seen promote from within work, but also not work - depends on who, not what you know.

    Cons

    management, from the top level down is extremely variable...not much value placed on people, far too much short term and reactionary thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TransAlta-Power Plant Operator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - TransAlta-Power Plant Operator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    there is a good pay, good benefits, good work ethic. Enjoyable time at work, not much stress.

    Cons

    not much flexibility in doing the tasks differently than th usual way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hard to be promoted if dont know somebody

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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