Vista Projects

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Vista Projects Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    People first company going places.

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

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies I have worked for, highlights: Work Life Balance, Flat Structure, Personal Development, Interesting Projects, Experienced Colleagues, Bonus Program, Awesome offices and good computers.

    Cons

    Tight schedules, clients change direction often, not a lot of young blood, culture varies by team, no RRSP program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the same path!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Recent changes did represent decrease on company overall performance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vista Projects full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company had provided a competitive salary along with a decent professional environment until mid 2013. The social committee was creative on making events, and Human Resources does a very good job on attending employees and keeping Company´s public image.

    Cons

    Starting on last quarter of 2013, several changes on Company structure and management downgraded the quality of the decisions, the attitude towards the employees and the due professional respect in regards project execution. Department Managers were eliminated, but the new decision making structure substituting the old system was not explained/made clear to the employees, perhaps because the experiment itself was still unclear and in-progress. As a result of all of these, the perception of the professionals working for VISTA regarding their future and career development suddenly became unclear, and this fact along with the downgrading relationship of Company Management with one of the Company´s main Clients, has encouraged some good engineers to leave the Company, and then the once wonderful work environment nearly vanished. The assets of this type of companies are their good professional engineers, hence it is essential for them to create a good team and to keep it.
    Lately, low opportunities for training and unclear career planning since the Departmental Managers were in fact eliminated. Another issue: interdisciplinary communication had never been appropriated, but lately was becoming less and less effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With all due respect, come back to the original company values, make clear company´s structure and lay off the bad engineering managers, regardless some of them may be shareholders. Hire new ones for diversifying business so Company can execute projects in other different areas and get access to a more ample portfolio of Clients. Improve on training and keeping key valuable professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    By far the best EPC in town!

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

    I have been working at Vista Projects as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vista is a great EPC that really values positive natured, hard-working employees. As a result, Vista continues to build great relationships with their clients and successfully secures exciting projects. Vista is definitely not your typical ramp up/ramp down type of EPC. I have only been been here for a few years, but have been quite observant and I can tell you Vista is here to stay!

    Cons

    It's still a private company, so becoming a partner or buying shares is not easy. You'd have to put in a lot of sweat to be able to own a piece of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it in high gear, and pay attention to your young bucks!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic opportunity to grow a career and learn from great people.

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

    I have been working at Vista Projects as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some very intelligent people work at Vista and having the opportunity to collaborate with them on a daily basis is outstanding. The work is diverse and challenging and the culture is very friendly and fun-loving.

    Cons

    You will always be expected to do your best and perform at a high level. This could be seen as a positive but can also be grueling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company, but Mgmt a Bit Dishonest

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

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

    Pros

    They pay industry standards. If you work hard and are worth it, you get recognized and your rate reflects your contribution to the success of their projects, rather than standard pay grades, which is a rare positive in the EPC world in Calgary. Offices are new and well organized. Facilities are great. Most managers are owners and very down-to-earth folks. Senior management very grounded and treats everyone with respect. Many opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Only Con I can think of (a serious one) in my humble opinion is regarding their much touted "ownership program", a model I think can either propel Vista to new heights or, if mis-managed, eventually bring about Vista's demise in the long term.

    Vista boasts the fact that their senior employees are owners and hence they have a very unique model in the industry. Which is true, if the program was run TRANSPARENTLYL. From the outside, this marketing gimmick looks pretty good. But once in, you realise this shareholder program is no better than the Autocratic Patrionizing systems of the Middle East. They do not have an official (public for all to see) criteria on how shareholders are selected. They claim it is based on long term service. Yet, some of them became shareholders in a few years, and other very derserving long term employees languish on the sidelines. Vista says there is an additional criteria of "substantial contribution to the success of Vista Projects". Yet, some of the shareholders (such as the ones in Process or IT) are young folks with no "substantial contribution". I can very confidently say other regular employees have much more of a proven track record of successful contributions to the company than these folks. Ask anyone in the company, and almost 98% of the regular employees will tell you they do not see these specific young shareholders as instrumental to the success of Vista. They have not contributed much except in the way of maybe good social relations with one or two of the founding owners.

    What this does is gives a feeling to the rest of the workforce, that if you can get on the good side of the existing shareholders (socially) you have a chance of becoming an owner yourself, even if there are 10 others within the company that have longer service records with Vista and have obviously made tremendous contributions to the success of the company. It feels more like a mafia type organization with your ownership chances based on who you know in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are immensely decreasing the morale of the 98% of your employees who are not shareholders by keeping your shareholder program opaque and non accountable to anyone. You need very clear guidelines on who gets in and who does not. Or else, you need to simply scrap the entire program, because you are doing more harm than good. The 2% of owners are not the ones delivering every day work to your clients. The rest of your employees are. If you antagonize this 98%, your quality of work will go down and so will the entire company eventually. You maybe better off scrapping the entire program and making it clear that "no one" can become a shareholder. Period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company for Career Progression ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cost Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cost Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Vista Projects full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company started off as a small EPC and has developed over the years to a full blown medium sized company working on some of the biggest projects in the oil sands. It's greatest strenght of being agile and responsive to client needs has been maintained over the years. Senior management are owners of the company who take personal accountability for the success of the firm. Thus Vista's values are evident in the every day actions of its management: the care, utmost diligence, and personal accountability for client's full satisfaction is practiced right at the the top tier down to every employee. It is a very different culture from most other EPCs, where the system is mostly geared to taking "advantage of the client as much as possible, without upsetting them so much they walk away".

    Cons

    It is a great place for someone who desires gaining a solid work experience and old fashioned, non-pretentious ethics. However, it is a very fast-paced environment, with exceptional work fully rewarded and any slack duly noticed. So, if you are the relaxing kind, Vista may not be the best place, because you will be expected to hit the ground running really fast and hard, as if your life depended on it. For most employees, this challenge is welcoming. For some, it maybe a turn off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember:
    1. There were certain characteristics that allowed for Vista's growth (the agility of a small business, client satisfaction, non-compromising ethics, lack of red tape, non-bureaucratic processes/procedures, the ability to adapt to changing business / client needs, and above all, the ability of your employees - not just technical, but more importantly, their soft skills, the seamless ability of your employees to "buddy up" with their client counterparts). As Vista grows, retaining these unique small company traits will ensure your client base in the long term.

    If it is only by size and complexity you wish to compete, then there are hundreds of other EPCs out there who are bigger, faster, stronger, and more powerful. Just not necessarily, the best.

    2. Client's are aware of all tricks up the sleeve's of EPCs. They know how EPCs think and try to manipulate their own interests (over the client's). Out of politeness, most Clients may not say it out in public, but they are fully aware (and overwhelmed) by any prentious marketing by service providers. As such, continue on with your transparent ethical approach, for in this day and age, those are the unique characteristics that are hard to find.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Unorganized and not directional but has potential

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

    I worked at Vista Projects

    Pros

    Small office. Free parking. Friendly staff. Especially HR

    Cons

    They expect you to do the work very quickly and use less hours. I feel this is unprofessional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    The best employer ever!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good Environment, friendly people, good benefits!

    Cons

    So far I don't have any complains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Got it where it counts

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

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

    Pros

    Treated very well by boss and management, coworkers are great, fairly flexible hours, free parking, work is usually very good and pay is quite fair.

    Cons

    Office is hard to get to from the north, building has had HVAC issues all summer, don't always get enough feedback on project work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that your efforts to stay on the top 50 small employers has worked really well so far. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Okay for Contractors or Seasonal Engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project/Cost Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project/Cost Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Vista Projects

    Pros

    - Good hourly rates if you are specialized in Engineering or Piping.

    Cons

    - Benefits almost non existing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Include more time off (PAID) for vacation, family matters (urgent), academic training, courses etc.

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