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Calgary, AB (Canada)
1001 to 5000 employees
Unknown
Company - Public (TAC)
Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
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TransAlta has transformed itself from one of Canada's largest electric utilities into a global independent power producer with assets in Australia, Canada, and the US. The company has about about 8,950 MW of net operational generating capacity. It trades and ... Read more

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TransAlta President & CEO Dawn Farrell
Dawn Farrell
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    "Busienss Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    I worked at TransAlta (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. I enjoyed most of the people I worked with and the work that I did.

    Cons

    TransAlta's long coal portfolio double dipped in volatile markets, with fossil plants serving thousands of MW at tar sands refineries. When oil prices dropped and refineries went idle, TransAlta suffered, doubled with the regulatory move away from coal. TransAlta has also not been able to benefit from the collapse in natural gas prices as much as gas heavy merchant companines like Calpine and NRG. Weakness in Pacific NW power prices, have also created challenges for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management is finally coming around about 3-5 years too late to the realization of the albatross coal has become. The market is currently valuing its stock based on its 70% share of TransAlta Renewables, meaning the market view of the fossil generation portfolio is zero.

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TransAlta Interviews

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    Pretty Easy Interview

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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at TransAlta.

    Interview

    Applied on-line - received pre-screen interview over the phone. If you can meet for a face-to-face for interview, make personal connection with manager and you'll get the job.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Negotiate your salary, I got more than market dictated.

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