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TransCanada Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
67 Reviews
3.9
67 Reviews
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TransCanada President, CEO, and Director Russell K. (Russ) Girling
Russell K. (Russ) Girling
32 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor communication

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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    Review of TransCanada

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    TransCanada review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Analyst  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Environmental Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at TransCanada

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a great company with good work-life balance

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

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good office culture, generally a great bunch of people working here, nice to have 4 day long weekends in the summer

    Cons

    Would be nice to have more flexible work schedules - ie working from home and/or working longer hours for 2 fridays off a month (like another big firm across the street!)
    Typical large company, lots of bureaucratic IT policies like making a business case in order to get new software
    Computers can be very old and slow, upgrade time is long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Opportunities to move up are neglibile

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransCanada

    Pros

    - Decent salary
    - ok advancement opportunity
    - culture is good relaxing atmosphere

    Cons

    - training is good if you are new to a job otherwise hard to get training for growth purposes
    - relaxing atmosphere also a negative as some employees simply don't perform and very little is done about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    annual reviews should really take a good look at the non performers and lose the dead weight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company - slow career growth

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

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, nice work environment, interesting work, opp to learn OTJ

    Cons

    HR policies have no backbone. Leaders place no consequences on negative actions -- more emphasis placed on bottom dollars than on human 'resources'. To much nepotism leads to very political clique environment on some teams. Preference to hire more youthful individuals leads to a high degree of inexperience impacting overall team performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more women in leadership roles. Hire qualified experienced people and stop hiring your neighbors kid .. Provide all your leaders with a formal leadership training program throughout the organization. Enforce your corp policies and live your corporate values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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