Westport Innovations
2.2 of 5 20 reviews
www.westport.com Vancouver, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

Westport Innovations Reviews in Canada

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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2.4 17 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

Westport Innovations CEO David R. Demers

David R. Demers

(12 ratings)

24% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great experience however the company is at a cross roads

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat salary/benefits (health and dental, RRSP matching)
    Great co-workers (willing to help out if you ask)
    Good work life balance (flex hours, work from home, etc)

    Constransition from a start up to a multinational public company has been bumpy
    Lack of communication from Executive team to rest of company - they use town halls to sugar coat what is happening. There were a bunch of layoffs in 2013 and I haven't heard any senior exec even acknowledge that they happened.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more with employees beyond financial results, town halls happen every quarter but so much is happening in between

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poorly managed

    Test Technician (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros- cool technology with great potential
    - great benefits and employer RRSP
    - CEO seems to be able to secure enough investment to keep operations going

    Cons- Management is overrun by engineers - engineers are directing marketing and HR departments rather than professionals with appropriate experience and education
    - constant culture of fear and uncertainty amongst employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet qualified people in leadership positions. Allowing engineers to take the helm of all departments and functions creates improper vision and work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Revolving door, terrible management, no focus. STAY AWAY!!!

    Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros- Good coworkers
    - OK benefits
    - OK work/life balance

    Cons- Arrogant engineering managers with no university degrees, no ability to lead and no clue about the products, market or projects
    - Promotions are given based on favouritism and who you kiss up to, NOT performance
    - Terrible HR department
    - No sense of responsibility and accountability ANYWHERE in the company. Quick to blame everyone else

    Advice to Senior Management- Stick to one business plan
    - Put qualified people in leadership position
    - Listen to your employees, acknowledge them and recognize their strengths
    - There's no problem that firing the top 10 people wouldn't solve

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad management lacking strategy, vision and discipline

    Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsThere is some flexibility in terms of work life balance. The coworkers are nice for the most part. The pay and perks are good, but not great.

    ConsThe pompous management is Westport's demise. They are constantly reacting to various crisis instead of planning ahead. Every week they appoint someone new to a VP position with hopes of performing a miracle. They fall flat on their face and burn more investor money in the process. They have most of their eggs in the wrong baskets. Internal communication is nearly nonexistent and everybody is constantly caught by surprise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together. Focus on one thing. Stop wasting the investors' money and produce something that works. Appoint worthy people to leadership position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    terrible management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Proscompany benifits are very good.

    Consterrible management and product development system.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fading fast

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people at the worker level

    ConsPoor management at mid and upper levels

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting Times

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros- Challenging business and product development opportunities
    - Natural gas and LNG are becoming key to fueling the economy
    - Global presence

    Cons- The transition from a technology develop to market driven a product development focus is very necessary but can be hectic and stresssful

    Advice to Senior Management- People are your most valuable assest
    - Manage change, particularly the human side carefully

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Innovative Technology-Opportunity for growth

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros- Helpful people
    - Next generation technology
    - Lots of opportunity for growth
    - Live and work in Vancouver

    Cons- Fast paced for a new technology
    - Time constraints makes people reactive more than proactive
    - Pay does not match cost of living in Vancouver

    Advice to Senior Management- More training to new people in the company
    - Tuition reimbursement
    - Define a better path for career advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Westport is a Rare Canadian Gem

    (Current Employee)

    ProsOther reviews surprise me because I'm just not seeing the same company they're referring to. How many similar sized Canadian based companies can boast local leadership like Westport? Head office is not in some faraway land, it's right here in Vancouver. I am happy to be able to say hello to the C.E.O. or any executive, in the lunchroom or the hallway. While Westport is quite sizable, it somehow still feels like family. It seems there is an H.R. policy to hire positive people, because most everybody has a great attitude. Westport emphasizes helping local charities such as United Way of the Lower Mainland, and employees are encouraged to volunteer in the community with an organization of their choice. As you can tell, I am very happy with this organization!

    ConsThere are always challenges relating to overall improvements, challenges in meeting completion timelines, but these are good things. It's all about continuous improvement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be connected to all staff. Encourage even more knowledge sharing between employees and management. Ask for productive feedback and act upon the best suggestions. You're doing a fine job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a good experience - good company to work for.

    Materials Manager (Current Employee)
    Windsor, ON (Canada)

    ProsThey seem to have money to burn.

    ConsThey burn through money too fast. They have started cutting back but could be too late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrying to cut cost and I think they will make too many rules to get approvals therefore hindering production / set up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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