TransCanada Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Just trying to appease the Canadian overlords.

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

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  2. Thoughts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people at the company, big visions for the future

    Cons

    Like most of O&G, the company is contracting due to external factors


  3. TransCanada review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Environmental Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    TransCanada offers some really good Good benefits, and offers many opportunities to climb the coporate ladder as it is a bigger company.

    Cons

    It is very large, sometimes you feel like insignificant, just a fish in the ocean. It's hard to see all aspects of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Need to spend more time on the indiviual may be with a mentorship program or some kind of professional guidance structure.


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  5. TransCanada, a great place to work, but caution on mobility expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a whole, it is a safe organization. Essentially a low-risk player in the energy industry and that means more security.

    Cons

    While senior management (c-level) are forward thinking, middle management can tend to be archaec in their attitudes and approaches to management. TC has grown significantly in the last few years, and the internal divide is apparent. This translates to heightened frustration and job dissatisfaction at the employee level.

    Advice to Management

    Some serious house keeping is in order at the middle management level. The cracks in corporate culture may be hard to see, but could result in serious performance shortcomings down the road.


  6. Review of TransCanada

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly good compensation package with flexibility of purchasing more vacations.

    Cons

    Too much office politics between departments. Lack of clear directions from senior managements. Opportunities for promotion or internal transfer are minimal unless you worked for the company for a long time. The demographic of company is mostly made up by baby boomers. Middle management lacks leadership and initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Should promote more training or continue education for people in the mid-thirties to prepare for the baby boomers' retirements. Best to have a re-organization of the middle management level.


  7. Ups and downs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible hours - Relationship oriented company. Co-workers are generally very friendly and approachable. It's easy to build relationships. - Opportunities to grow (but you have to fight for them. You can't sit back and expect to be recognized. You have to get yourself noticed) - Flex days

    Cons

    - Poor middle management - Difficult to grow unless you fight for opportunities - No formal mentorship program - No worker lounge area - Lack of resources (staff, field workers, office space, etc.) - Too much work for the number of workers available so workers are overworked throughout company

    Advice to Management

    - Managers need to be fitting for the role. They should have hands-on experience working within the department they are managing or at least have enough knowledge to be able to provide insight to workers when challenges in workers' work arises. - Recognize hard workers beyond giving a bonus. Provide new growth opportunities for them, hear their ideas, etc. - Obtain more resources (need a major increase in employees in the office and in the field) - Improve communication between managers of departments which work together. Some managers seem to think one thing while other managers seem to think another and it's the workers who are left to suffer when one manager says "no" while the other manager says "yes" - Have a formal mentorship program available to all employees


  8. Work Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people Strong, Canadian-owned company Good variety of work Diverse business lines Great health benefits Good opportunities for annual bonuses/retention bonuses/stock plans

    Cons

    Conservative with money for training, travel, and operating Decisions become easily bogged down in beaurocracy Overwork and frantic environment is chronic

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money and hire enough people to maintain the work-life balance


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor communication

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time

    Pros

    Part of a large, high profile pipeline

    Cons

    High turnaround. They are not able to retain quality people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Compensation - OK Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The companies compensation system is easily in the top 10% of employers country wide. There are great opportunities for the 'right' people. If you find yourself on the right side of this glass wall, it's a great place to work. If not, shut up and get back to work. Most people there are great to work with. The business model is very sound so your underlying job security is great!

    Cons

    Extremely political environment. "Impression" of doing something is just as or more important than actual results in some departments. Middle management is consumed with the politics and makes for very busy work life with little to show for it, except a lot of stress.


  11. Good but short so limited review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One good thing is that tcpl is one of the dew companies that still offers a Defined benefit plan, even though it still takes at least ywo years to be vested. They provide an environment that strives for engagement and community outreach

    Cons

    No gym Avg pay for large company in energy sector

    Advice to Management

    invest more in proper training and employees will feel more confident in their roles



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