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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.  

    TransCanada

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    • 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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3.  

    Good but short so limited review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Prepare to work very hard everyday

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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

    decent pay, good benefits, nice office

    Cons

    work load! constant management changes, work load, middle management that really knows little about what they are managing. Not nearly enough field employees. work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We seem to have plenty vice presidents and directors, but not enough people that actually do the work. Don't have salary ranges and then only "allow" people to get to the middle of them and no higher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Compensation - OK Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor communication

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work Environment

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

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ups and downs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    - 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Review of TransCanada

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

    I have been working at TransCanada

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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

    I have been working at TransCanada

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO

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