Westport Innovations

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Westport Innovations Reviews in Canada

Updated July 5, 2014
Updated July 5, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience however the company is at a cross roads

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great 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)

    Cons

    transition 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with employees beyond financial results, town halls happen every quarter but so much is happening in between

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Poorly managed

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

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Bad management lacking strategy, vision and discipline

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    terrible management

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

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    company benifits are very good.

    Cons

    terrible management and product development system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fading fast

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Nice people at the worker level

    Cons

    Poor management at mid and upper levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting Times

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - People are your most valuable assest
    - Manage change, particularly the human side carefully

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Innovative Technology-Opportunity for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Westport is a Rare Canadian Gem

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westport Innovations

    Pros

    Other 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!

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They seem to have money to burn.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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