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TransCanada Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
75 Reviews
3.9
75 Reviews
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TransCanada President, CEO, and Director Russell K. (Russ) Girling
Russell K. (Russ) Girling
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance and the benefits were good (in 9 reviews)

  • They have really good benefits, although the insurance plan is changing so the health benefits won't be as good as they used to be (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • constant management changes, work load, middle management that really knows little about what they are managing (in 6 reviews)

  • heirarchy and office politics can be draining (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Russell K. Girling said people first

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    Former Employee - Lead Document Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lead Document Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible days off as you are a contractor you don't get paid.

    Cons

    I was hired for the worst of the project that TransCanada [Tamazunchale Pipeline System]. This is giving revenues to Canada. Expats go there to avoiding taxes weather and have a good life. The Management people is ignorant not experience how to deal with other Hispanics only beanies [mexicans]. Mexicans rule this project is very sad that you are not treated equal because you are not Mexican, you cannot grow in this project, They do all the documentation in their own way. Don't follow TransCanada standards and Procedures. I was treated unfairly, bullied by one indian mexican contractor as me but very loved for the manager and young canadians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do an audit how they processing documentation - Hire qualified people - Treat everyone with Respect does not matter if you are a mexican or not. Don't give Mexicans so many preferences and create conflict between other ethnicity.
    Put a good EDM System

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have a lot of work ahead of them

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Their pay is great, nice offices, vision for the future of the company is promising. Benefits are also really good.

    Cons

    Poor management, office atmosphere is stifling, management has clear favorites that they single out regularly and the rest are practically ignored. Those individuals new to management have no idea what they are doing, how to lead and also can be seen simply relying on their favorites to carry the workload and then use the favorite to delegate work to others, even though that favorite should not be doing so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better train your management in the Houston office. Work on your office culture in the Houston office. Encourage the management in the Houston office to stop the high turnover of the contractors. Just when a contractor is trained, they either leave or are let go. That is not productive and creates resentment in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Transcanada only thinks about the money and not the potential threat to the environment. Greedy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    Worked 6 days a week for 14 hours per day. Lots of money made in 3 months working on pipeline.

    Cons

    Safety issues were supposed to be important but when it came to the almighty dollar and finishing up in time - people took risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    An uncaring company of all the boots on the ground workforce causes rapid burnout.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    Pay & benefits, Pay & benefits, Pay & benefits, Pay & benefits, Pay & benefits, Pay & benefits, Pay & benefits.

    Cons

    Constant confusion about work requirements. Not enough people on the ground to operate the plants safely. Poor training practices if any training is given. Due to lack of people, placing in positions that they are not trained or skilled to perform. A total lack of respect of the general employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more field employees. Put people in there expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Archaeic management style, Poor employee morale, Lack of integrity

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    Money is good. Benefits are great. Job safety is strong. The location is central. Building is nice. The executive team is fantastic. The new CEO is grounded, intelligent and extremely well suited to lead TC for the next few years. Problem is in the middle management.

    Cons

    This is a very top-down culture. For the ones in middle management - they somehow believe they know best and expect others to follow. That is okay as long as the ones in middle management are competent. The problem is that there are only a handful of those in here. The result is poor morale and culture - the worst is that stellar performers can burn out here fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TransCanada can be a great company to work in if and only if the leadership at the middle management level is significantly improved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Student - Accounts Payable

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    Former Employee - Summer Student in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Houston, TX

    I worked at TransCanada as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Plenty of Hours

    Cons

    Didn't challenge me, didn't have enough work for me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager wasn't helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work if you are okay with taking orders

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great especially for the calgary market

    Cons

    People, especially the more senior staff and management - tends to be filled with 'yes' people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not what you know, It's who you know!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people
    Good location
    Good projects to work on

    Cons

    Extreme amount of favoritism
    Poor communication on management to the point of hiding
    Poor distribution of workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously look at the managers and directors you put in positions they are not qualified to handle

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad, but it could be better

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    Very happy with peers. A lot of great people to work with.

    Cons

    The work seems to be biased by individual manager agendas. When you have politically driven work and sneaky / ambitious management who are interested in looking good to their superiors, it creates an environment ripe with partisans - those who the managers favor vs those who don't. Progress for those who don't obviously is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Newsflash - the Peak Performance and Leadership development program is not working! Stop measuring this program by surveying the managers. Survey the ones who receive the leadership..and not just once a year with the 360 degree reviews. Managers find ways to identify the ones who give negative reviews..and punish them.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at TransCanada good for your pension not good for your career

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    Good overall compenstaion and pension plan. Very friendly personnel.

    Cons

    Incompetent middle managment. Unclear directions. Very low oppourtunity for advancement. Too much politics. Too much process red tape. Huge disconnects between various departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many management layers. Need to focus on getting the job done rather than sharpening their political skills.

    Approves of CEO

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