Westport Innovations

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Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
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    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still a start-up...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    More VPs than people doing the real job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consistent , avoid constant changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  8.  

    Great experience however the company is at a cross roads

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (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
  9.  

    Bad management lacking strategy, vision and discipline

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 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
  11.  

    terrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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