Westport Innovations Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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  1. Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people and colleagues nice environment, and great culture in the early days of the company good and challanging work

    Cons

    the company is better at R&D than production


  2. Helpful (2)

    Slacker's Paradise

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are reliable and personable and don't want to grow you career or accomplish anything it's still a paycheque in the bank. The existing management hasn't had experience developing a reliable product so they tend to be very soft on you when you fail as well. As long as you don't step on any toes you can study whatever you want most of the day, have minimal productivity, and you will not get laid off. There's a very primitive and non-science based approach to engineering that will please people who went through school with the "C's get degrees" attitude.

    Cons

    There are no career growth opportunities in a company that isn't growing. If you're looking to learn from a mentor with experience and sharp engineering skills it won't be found at Westport. Nobody really knows what they are doing and body has the drive to get things done. It feels a lot like high school. There are bullies, slackers, teachers' pets, cliques, free loaders, control freaks, agoraphobes, wanna-be-know-it-alls, etc. It's completely unlike any large corporation I have ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    You should not have non-degreed managers in a position to overrule technical expertise on major assemblies. This is going to continue the continuous cycle of design changes that don't actually improve anything. Take a more fact based and scientific approach to engineering. A quality system can't fix poor design. It just ensures that the poor design fails more consistently. There are many design flaws in Westport products that have been around for a decade that have destroyed goodwill with customers, employees, and shareholders.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Senior Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technical challenges, very interesting products

    Cons

    poor management, organization changes every 3 months, no vision, no direction no culture of product development


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Poorly Managed and Lack of Direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on a number of different projects. Good Location, pay, benefits, working hours. Despite other reviews I found HR dept to be responsive and helpful when needed.

    Cons

    Engineering management seemed very inexperienced and unsuited for their position. Constant direction changes, project cancellations, seat-of-the-pants decisions, over-reacting to perceived problems and not reacting to the ones that actually matter. Very little experience in my group which means few mentoring opportunities. Company

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced engineers and keep those people doing engineering work. Stop creating 'director' positions just so someone can get promoted to a position that didn't previously exist.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Still a start-up...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Talented engineers - Exciting technology - Above-average paid time off - Convenient and attractive location - Good learning opportunities

    Cons

    - Constantly changing priorities - Short-sighted business decision-making - Poor leadership vision and strategy - Very high employee turnover - Below-average compensation - Very top heavy; many EVPs, VPs, Senior Directors, Directors... what do they all do?

    Advice to Management

    - Consider steering away from the planned corporate shift to an outdated "automotive culture" and take note of the successes of other technology start-ups - Consider bringing younger talent into the executive ranks and avoid nepotism - Work harder to retain key individuals and star performers


  7. Helpful (7)

    A fundamentally flawed start-up that sailed far beyond its innocent days, operating similar to a $500B corporation

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Attractive location. Fantastic restaurants and small park within walking distance - Flexible schedule - Above average vacation time - Good health and dental benefits - Lots of training provided for professional development

    Cons

    - Unclear mission statement - Old-timers have absolutely no accountability for any past missteps/failures - Some under qualified and inexperienced engineering managers that lack the basic credentials with long history of misguided projects and failures - Excessive turnover rate in upper management - Both top and middle management spend majority time driving and fighting politics as oppose to understanding and solving the actual problem - Low employee morale, engineering staff have little to no drive for "innovation" or delivering a stellar product

    Advice to Management

    - Transition away from the top heavy organization structure asap - More open to employees for both good and bad news - All problems (technical and political) are always traced back to the same handful of old-timers. Actions should be taken. - HR should be more aware of the mid level management politics and more detailed with the hiring/dismissal process (Politics should not be the driving factor for hiring/dismissal of an employee)


  8. Helpful (4)

    More VPs than people doing the real job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Vancouver based. So nice city if you get transfered

    Cons

    CEO and COO are more concerned about hiring VP's than focusing on a proper defined strategy. Lots of operations guys let go to reduce cost, still lots of non professionals hired at the management level that confuse everyone. Lots of politics involved at westport. Words speak louder than actions

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear vision where your boat is going and communicate it clearly Stop hiring VP's Consider your dev team as part Of the trip


  9. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westport Innovations

    Pros

    Great technolgy, smart engineers, salary is OK, Good benefits, great location

    Cons

    Company has one of the worst managers. Not receptive to new ideas, Very unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Have a training program for new hires, and assign them mentors. Listen to your employees and consult them before making decisions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Director

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

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best and smartest people that I've ever work with.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and consistency for employees and middle management

    Advice to Management

    Consistent , avoid constant changes


  11. Helpful (3)

    Poorly managed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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



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