TransCanada

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TransCanada Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
71 Reviews
3.8
71 Reviews
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TransCanada President, CEO, and Director Russell K. (Russ) Girling
Russell K. (Russ) Girling
34 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creativity Not Rewarded

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    Interesting and challnging work.
    Very professional people work there who are committed to doing a good job.
    Good compensation practices and excellent benefits.
    There is a general understanding at the corporate level about the importance of investing in people.

    Cons

    It is a very structured work environment where there seems to be a policy, procedure or process for everything and anything. If you are a creative, self starting individual, this is not the place for you. If you like structure, clear objectives and favor management over leadership - this may be a good place for you to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all of the intellectual capital in the organization is held at the VP level and above. Actually inspiring people to take the initiative and do work to the best of their ability will likely pay some real dividends.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    TransCanada Pipelines

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    There is an opportunity for growth if you want to work hard and take on new challenges, however it can take a long time.

    Cons

    The work can get repetitive and become less of a challenge. If you like to take on new tasks it can be boring work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talented employees and give them challenges in order to grow. The industry can fluctuate so reassure employees during the hard times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    They'll burn you out and throw you away.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    As a regulated utility, it is fairly stable in comparison to the oil and gas industry.

    Cons

    Overwork is encouraged, even demanded. No support for employees when the inevitable burnout occurs.
    As a regulated utility, it can tend to have an overly bureaucratic mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people instead of using them up and discarding them. You would then earn their loyalty and keep their experience for the benefit of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the Greatest Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    Compensation program, flex days, benefits plan

    Cons

    Very top heavy, incompetent management, lack of innovation, poor morale, people locked into pensions that don't want to be there, slow to get things done, people promoted into management that do not have the people skills, large and unwieldly burocracy, low employee morale, traditional, inflexible, employees not treated with much respect,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees when they are dissatisfied with their management.
    Promote competent people from within.
    Reduce the layers of management.
    More management training programs.
    Don't rely on pension as the main retention tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stuck in the past

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Some really smart people in the ranks. If you're not concerned about climbing the corporate ladder you can find work to keep you occupied. Benefits are OK. Some travel opportunity.

    Cons

    The corporate structure is a joke. No one knows who does what. Projects are always delayed. Managers are among the worse I have ever seen. Way too many layers. We think we're inovative, but we really are not. Senior leadership is an old boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to really shake things up. Most of the managers here don't understand how to run a business and make money. Time to forget about Keystone XL and move on. Do some post project reviews and get rid of the people who keep bringing projects way over budget. Stick to your fundamental business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Oil Pipelines Engineering Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oil Pipelines Engineering in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Oil Pipelines Engineering in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransCanada as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The managers, at least mine, are mostly great. They provide good feedback and appreciation for what you do. There are lots of good opportunities to learn different things if you look for them

    Cons

    I did not see my manager a lot, so most of the time I was stuck with my team. There were few members in the team that were horrible. They would give you all of the crappy work that they don't want to do, and they tell you it will be a "nice learning exerience". BS. You will feell like a dumpster, all the crap will be dumped on you unless you stand up for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat you interns better. Give them more meaningful tasks, even if they are small.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Just trying to appease the Canadian overlords.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They value family/vacation time. The moving packages for employees transferring locations is better than any other company I know. 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.

    Cons

    Compensation is no great shakes. Promotions are few and far between. If you're not Canadian, you probably aren't going very far in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's okay to let people do their jobs and trust them to make decisions. It's also okay to hold contractors responsible for their mistakes. Novel, I know.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Technologist

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    I have been here over 5 years, no advancement opportunites. old management, old technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new technology, younger management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    TransCanada

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Sandwich, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Sandwich, IL

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

    Pros

    Good pay, steady work, many locations

    Cons

    Older equipment at some locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better technical training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great for people just looking for a well paid easy 9 to 5.....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant Level II in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accountant Level II in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great compensation - 10% bonus every year, additional 10% after 3 years (more depending on job). $750 fitness allowance, 5% RRSP contribution every year.
    - 12 flex days, option to buy more.
    - Great work life balance
    - One of the only companies left with defined benefits
    - Lot's of all-you-can-drink parties and team building events!

    Cons

    - Large organization dynamics - rigid corporate structure, slow and steady career/pay progression, narrow job roles with little crossover, lot's of disgruntled employees and petty office politics, 9 out of 10 people were lazy, spoiled, whiners...

    - The only people that seemed to have any career satisfaction were those that made it to management.

    - Experience will definitely suffer here. I met lot's of people doing the same boring job for years and years, would not recommend for ambitious, hardworking individuals, that want a fast paced dynamic career. TC will suck the life out of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ha! Why would Management change anything?! Everything that is wrong with TC is to their benefit. They get to do all the cool stuff nobody else gets to do and get paid astronomically more money to boot. Keep licking your greasy fingers!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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