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ATCO Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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ATCO President, CEO and Director ATCO and Canadian Utilities Nancy C. Southern
Nancy C. Southern
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Pros
  • Good Work/life balance is promoted (in 10 reviews)

  • Most Supervisors are very good people (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Corporate culture, management, human resources (don't even get me started on what a worthless group that is) (in 3 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. Helpful (1)

    "toxic environment, backstabbing management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only positive thing is working Monday to Friday but most times that's not even the case, with the senior managements requests even the overtime hours are ridiculous. No one should ever have to work till midnight multiple times in a row, with no help or support from their manager.

    Cons

    The management staff are mean, rude and backstabbing only looking out for themselves. They give no incentives to staff to encourage them to do better or grow within the company. Everything is outdated and sure they say things will get better but this has been the case for years, the small little improvements don't make up for a number of things wrong with working there. It is a toxic environment.


  2. Helpful (5)

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

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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place I've ever worked"

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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "WORST EMPLOYER EVER!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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".


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Micro management at its finest!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, many lessons to learn here.........

    Cons

    The most useless management anywhere has to offer, it resembles a 3rd world dictatorship. No clear direction and every location and group operate as its own kingdom. Company constantly back tracks on its focus. The good ideas and practices tend to get scrapped for the ludicrous and the obsurd. Meetings, meetings and more meetings, with outcomes that appear to be predetermined, so save your brilliant ideas. Share prices and shareholder satisfaction trumps everything. New ideas are ignored or frowned upon, the most useless union ever (CEWA is a management tool)......apply at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should allow lower level management to make decisions instead of pitting them against the general body of employees.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "ATCO - Not the best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ATCO (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Slowly emerging from the dark ages.

    Cons

    Large company; lots of politics and back stabbing; poor morale, limited opportunity. Money is the only thing that matters to management.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Revolving door"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ok benefits, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Heavy work load under paid.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Laundry Attendant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laundry Attendant in Jansen, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Laundry Attendant in Jansen, SK (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATCO full-time

    Pros

    Fellow staff make it the only reason to go to work each day.

    Cons

    No raise in 2 years. Bullying, intimidating and harrassing management. Doesn't matter how hard you work never good enough. Not one safety meeting where manager didn't threaten us. Worst job I ever had. Wasted two years of my life. Seem proud of the way they treat people. Accusing staff of trying to take over company just so stupid.

    Advice to Management

    Smarten up. You are losing contracts because of your behaviour. Nothing to be proud of and will catch up to you. Staff are smarter than you think. Not just manager but all the way up.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Evil Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Location
    -Easy to Land Job
    -Can't fine anymore

    Cons

    - Management Style goes back to 50s
    - If you have anything to say against, you will be shown door
    - WAnt you to Work 50 hours and get paid for only 37

    Advice to Management

    Treat Us nicely


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Not the company they pretend to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent wages & front line employees make the company.

    Cons

    They pretend to be a "family" business but are really a cold corporation. Recently terminated many long term employees 25-35 years of service citing "tough economic conditions" but really it was to save the corporation on the retirement benefits earned by company builder long term employees. Kept the TFW's they brought in from the Philipine's & Jamaica and younger employees instead. They spew lots of propaganda to the media but keep the truth secret.

    Advice to Management

    Only butt kissers & yes men get promoted. You are black listed if you speak out against bullying management tactics or dare to hold them accountable. Ability means nothing to them. Old boys club bullying & intimidation management style. Bad culture & very poor moral for employees.


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