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Updated January 19, 2018
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ATCO President, CEO and Director ATCO and Canadian Utilities Nancy C. Southern
Nancy C. Southern
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  • Corporate culture, management, human resources (don't even get me started on what a worthless group that is) (in 4 reviews)

  • However, the reality is that business operations are what matters and will always trump everything else (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Scaffold Builder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ATCO full-time

    Pros

    Good working hours 8-5 Monday-Friday

    Cons

    No benefits, no raises,


  2. "Needs an Overhaul!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Varied businesses, opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Company stuck in the 1950's unable to overhaul itself.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a project to bring ATCO into the 2000's - that means a long term commitment from management to finance and properly resource change management.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Bother"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO full-time

    Pros

    Good health/dental benefits

    Will help pay for post-secondary

    Cons

    This is an organization where excellence is praised but rarely pursued

    Mentality has not progressed since the 1970’s/80’s

    Poor change management

    Communication is lacking

    Overtime hours can't be banked and don't get paid out

    Excruciating micromanagement

    Trust is abysmally low

    Promotions are based on tenure or who you're related to, not merit

    Advice to Management

    Equip staff with the necessary training and resources to allow them to be successful in their jobs

    Promote a culture of ideas, innovation and communication instead of fear


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Go somewhere else"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours/work from home (depends on manager)
    Some good people trying to make a change
    Gym in building

    Cons

    Lots of planning, no execution
    Culture of fear and blame
    Trying to do too much at once, and then not getting anything done
    Putting the wrong people in jobs, setting them (and the project) up to fail
    Not accepting or realizing when external support is needed or not listening to it when we do get it.
    Not allowing people to move to jobs they want
    Making promises or commitments that are not kept
    Tick the box culture - how to make it look good/like we did something

    Advice to Management

    Be engaged and care about the business and your people. Stop acting to please the top, but act to do the right thing and that will come. Defend your teams, give them support, and believe in real change, not change that only fits in the existing limits. Change your HR function - the group is the most protectionist in their own self interest.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company - better companies out there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Front line staff are excellent. Operations, construction, engineering, admins etc. Good to work with and really go out of their way to help you. Decent pay (below industry average). Good benefits.

    Cons

    Middle management is terrible. Field decisions take too long to get made. There are people at the supervisor and management level who I have no idea how they got that promotion. I'll admit that some of my fellow engineers lack the common sense needed to make these field level decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on performance and not nepotism. This is really apparent everyone in the company can see this. Your front line staff is where you will actually drive efficiencies. Listen to them for a change. Don't overthink common sense. Maybe treat your good engineers better. There is a reason why no one participates in discussion with management. It always gets shot down and it's just a waste of energy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely none. Terrible place. Do not enter.

    Cons

    If you enjoy being refered to as a lump, work here. To use the term leadership would be ironic. None of the so-called leaders have any integrity.
    This is an absolutely horrible place to work. They have no idea what to do, and could not care less about thier employees. This family only cares about making money for itself. Bush league management.

    Advice to Management

    Leave.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Away! WARNING"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have no pros - the only management that was ever good/nice was picked up and moved out.

    Cons

    The majority of the people that work here are condescending, belligerent, greedy, nosey, double-crossing. Raises haven't been giving out in over three years, not even cost of living, bonuses are only paid to a few select people, no room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Change your management team completely and move into the 20th century

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible place to work. Executive team only cares about the all mighty dollar."

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job. Not a career a job. I would say the only good thing about it is Monday to Friday but in reality you're expected to work 24/7

    Cons

    While there may be benefits to working for one of their companies head off staff are treated no better than a sweat shop.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty. That's what you're missing. Be loyal to the staff that work hard for you. Ms. Southern your father would be ashamed of how you treat your employees.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Worst place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was decent but below industry average. The pro was walking out the door to a better opportunity.

    Cons

    Just about everything else. Lots of micromanagement, backstabbing, office politics, nepotism, and different direction from various management.
    Right from the first phone call with HR girl who was not friendly and had the personality of a rock, to the unbelievable favouritism shown by my manager, the entire experience was awful. I saw Nancy scream at employees for making suggestions on how to improve - which is supposedly encouraged by management.
    The place is a revolving door. Four people were in my position in under 2 years. Avoid this place at all costs!!!

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can say will help improve this horrible place to work.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "WORST EMPLOYER EVER!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATCO full-time

    Pros

    Great friendly staff and decent supervisors.
    Benefits are decent
    Good office locations
    Provide uniforms and any equipment needed
    Encourage employee participation in the community
    Wages are on industry par.
    Vehicles were kept in good shape, thanks to the efforts of the staff mechanics.
    Work is clean and safety protocol is expected
    Most Supervisors are very good people
    A good portion of the Managers are very decent and fine people! There are a few exceptions however.

    Cons

    CEO not to be trusted! She has proven on a number of occasions, that she does not make herself accountable
    Harsh layoffs done every 20 years without notice. This is done to save the company money on pension and benefits. It was done in 1995, and then repeated without any notice in 2015. The CEO had just informed the employee's that "no layoffs would be forth coming".
    If you would like a part time job ( elsewhere); , you have to write a letter to the President to get his or her consent - first!
    While I was there I observed blackballing / blacklisting of certain individuals, stifling their ability to get promoted or move on to another department
    While I was there, I noticed frequent incidents of harassment of various types. The penalties for harassment, was negligible, at best! Most harassment was perpetrated by the Supervisors themselves.
    Nepotism at its very worst! In fact; they seasonally run a, "Sons and Daughters" program
    The absence of "LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS". They would rather promote or create a position for, someone's son or daughter. Promotion is done on a, "who you are in favor with" basis.
    Their commitment to safety in my opinion was nothing short of a ruse. Safety was on the back burner.
    SENIOR MANAGERS LOVED TO BULLY AND EXERT THEIR AUTHORITY.
    I was once FORCED to drive a truck with bald tires in the winter time! Once more the company at that time, would only change two tires, instead of the full four that is required by law.
    A few of the "Senior Managers" are very childish in nature. Holding grudges, bullying practices, and putting themselves far above others. A few of them do not lead by example and serve as poor role models to the other employee's. It's all about image, and less about content.
    Very few times did I see hard work and extra added effort rewarded or even mentioned.

    Advice to Management

    You need do make certain changes to stimulate the creative juices of others. Managing to daunt people or make them afraid; is a poor practice.
    Leadership programs should become compulsory for anyone even desiring to become a Manager. Most managers were very good; but the poor ones were allowed to continue on "unchecked".


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