TransCanada

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TransCanada Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
76 Reviews
3.8
76 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 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, good vacation and good benefits (in 9 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.  

    My experieince at TransCanada is good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work & life balance, and good people to work with

    Cons

    Promotion is not based on performance, rather seniority. Pay is not tied to performance. Unnecessary need to use team leads that adds another layer to business processes. No minority member of the executive leadership team, not even in the Director position, VP, Senior VPs, or Executive Leadership Team (it's still a white man's world at TransCanada).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate team leads, we're are all professionals and not high school student at a grocery store that needs someone to push us around and monitor our actions. Delegate and people will more than deliver. Hire or promote a minority member to the executive leadership team. Tie pay and promotion to performance not Seniority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to be female here and progress in your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    Benefits are much better than most places, the more progressive Canadian policies are definitely in evidence.

    Cons

    Energy is in general is a male dominated industry. This was particularly true in the Portland office of TransCanada. Golfing was a favorite activity and women were rarely asked to participate in the golfing field trips that managers went on with their favorite staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address equality and sensitivity issues more seriously

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, unfortuante that most positions moved to Texas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    Company with good benefits and compensation, generally good work environment, and healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    As restructuring began, environment was less than nice. Took over a perfectally run subsidiary company and pretty much dissolved it and divested of the employees - many 35-40 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry less about location and more about performance of employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to work there

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at TransCanada

    Pros

    Work and life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    Conservative and lack of innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to release more authorities to the divisions

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Highly Process oriented, not customer oriented

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    Exceptional salary and benefits package, including generous bonus and restricted share unit program, pension, and 401k match. Excellent paid time off and work/life balance. Good business outlook and growing company.

    Cons

    In Portland, very limited career growth opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on processes. Middle management seems to be obsessed with adding new processes and beauracracy to internal business processes. Some managers in IS need to be

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    TransCanada is a good place to work seemingly unaffected by current financial crisis.

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    Pay, bonus, stock performance share units and days off are all at par or above those offered throughout the energy industry. Flex time allowing variable start and end of workday is a benefit. Tools provided in support of the job function are good.

    Cons

    Difficult to understand at times the desires of management and the measures they will use to evaluate performance. Personnel cutbacks have resulted in higher workload than normal and "burnout" is a possibility. Standards between Canadian and US based employees are not the same i.e. employees in Canada receive 7 more days off that in the US for identical service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication. Work on standardizing work environment between all employees at all locations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent managers

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

    I worked at TransCanada as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good vacation and good benefits

    Cons

    Incompetent people are promoted to management by the incompetent manager. There are some incompetent managers in IS and they are close together. I don't understand why they get to fire other people. Some people didn't work much at all because of their close relationship to the managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out incompetent managers in IS and let people who know what they are doing do the work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unless you're starving

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company I phone, get to drive a white truck, every now and then they will supply pizza for lunch. Unlimited paper and pens.

    Cons

    Management, work practice, poor planning, no looking ahead, no attrition planning. low wages, so many cons.
    We've always done it this way... worse job ever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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