Westport Innovations

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Westport Innovations Reviews in Canada

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
23 Reviews
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  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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still a start-up...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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    - Consider steering away from the planned corporate shift to an outdated "automotive culture" and take note of the successes of other technology start-ups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
  3.  

    Director

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Great experience however the company is at a cross roads

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

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (more than an 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
  7.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    company benifits are very good.

    Cons

    terrible management and product development system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Bad management lacking strategy, vision and discipline

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    Fading fast

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (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
  11.  

    Exciting Times

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

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (more than an 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

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