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Aecon Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, paid parking downtown (in 10 reviews)

  • good benefits, management support employees, good work life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance needs to be established early on and maintained because if you give they will take (in 7 reviews)

  • Extremely long hours with relative low pay when compared against competitors (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Calculate loads and design HVAC systems for new construction buildings and/or renovations; create whole building models"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great bosses and multiple company events

    Cons

    Pay is too low for degree


  2. "maintenance tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aecon full-time

    Pros

    good money and decent benefits

    Cons

    sometimes contracts change swiftly and could be out of a job; if they do not renew contracts

    Advice to Management

    change the tone and moral of the team; very cut throat

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Clear difference between what Aecon says it is and what it actually is"

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aecon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Honestly, there are very few positives to being here. Of those, we have solid benefits and, personally, my co-workers are a lot of fun and help me make it through the week. Sadly, that's about it. Aecon is doing very little to retain me as an employee.

    Cons

    Get ready for a good read!

    There's a clear difference between what Aecon says it is and what actually happens here. Aecon is continually on the "Best Employers in Canada" list, but our scores - which are shown to employees in HR-led meetings/witch hunts - are laughably low. Despite the Best Employers survey being anonymous, management tries to figure out who gave low scorings or made negative comments that are meant as discussion pieces toward positive change. Anything brought up in these meetings is made an action item and quickly forgotten about. Nothing ever changes and the same mistakes are made year after year.

    Management continues to take on more work when there's no capacity for it. There are weeks where you can't even get out of your chair for lunch in order to make a deadline. In meetings, management stands behind the fact that there's no budget to hire more bodies to take on the ever-increasing work loads. They blame the company's target EBITDA. Meanwhile, the existing team members are miserable and disengaged. If someone quits (happens a lot), their work load is cut up and distributed to the team. We are severely understaffed and demoralized, which leads to a semi-toxic environment filled with passive aggressive behaviour.

    Aecon's career advancement system is severely flawed. Without exaggerating, everyone here is a vice president of something, even if they have no one working under them. Everyone is entitled to advance their career every few years with little to no raise, so employees move up until they hit a fictitious ceiling. There's a lot of lateral movement where employees change job titles but do the exact same job.

    Right now, I do the work of three employees on the same pay grade that I started at two years ago. A large portion of my work load right now isn't even in my job description. Talk about the company getting bang for their buck. I'm over-extended and completely disengaged.

    Management will make decisions without your expertise on projects you're expected to deliver. You're hired for your skill set and knowledge but they won't tap into it to build an efficient foundation for success. Instead, they will drive the project without knowing what it takes to reach the end product. It's like forcing a ship captain to fly an airplane. All that matters is getting it done as fast as possible. This leads to a lot of wasted time, mistakes being made and immense frustration. Voicing your opinion about concerns leads to hostility and defensive behaviour from management. There's an unnatural obsession with over-delivering when everyone should be managing expectations and grounding promises in realism.

    Aecon is very reactive to situations, at least in my department. You're never given enough logical time to complete a project. You're expected to perform miracles in half the time that's physically needed. If you do turn water into wine, you're given a handshake and told to do it again. Aecon will take everything you give them with very little reward, which I suspect is universal within corporate culture.

    Meetings are of very little value and last way too long. They're often scheduled to meet the needs of someone in senior management, which means they will almost always be at the end of the day an hour before you normally go home. Expect to stay late listening to the same three people talking for three hours about subjects that are of no concern to your deliverables.

    Work-life balance is hit and miss. You will receive emails all hours of the day, will be called on your cell while you're driving into work at 6:30 a.m., and will have to come into work on a scheduled vacation day (no joke). I've received emails on holidays and at hours when you should be romancing your spouse.

    By far, one of the worst aspects of working at Aecon, or in Toronto for that matter, is the commute. I spend 12 hours a week driving. That's a work day and a half with no pay. I also use a tank of gas in five days. I arrive angry, perform my job angry and pull into my driveway angry. This is no way to live your life.

    I'm sure all of these things are universal issues people have with their jobs, but I'm over being beaten down. I invite you to stand up against the same if you ever find yourself in a similar situation. You will always find another job and life will go on without you. Find happiness for yourself while you're still here.

    Advice to Management

    They won't read this, so it doesn't even make a difference. They need to read my "Cons" and figure it out for themselves. I make it pretty clear.


  4. "Site Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aecon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    varying scope of projects, perks from swag to allowances to gift cards to benefits, teams that feel like family

    Cons

    poor work / life balance, salary, ability to move up in the company, untrained management

    Advice to Management

    Start promoting within! And not just people's family members or friends. Don't just discuss the employees who sweat for you - help move them up the latter before they leave.


  5. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, paid parking downtown

    Cons

    Only those employees who overworking will survive mass laid offs


  6. "Not impressed with the contract terms or pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aecon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of hours and overtime

    Cons

    Poor pay rate and foreman have to much power

    Advice to Management

    Monitor your foreman closer and a Better line of communication would be great


  7. "Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aecon full-time

    Pros

    Treated employees well and caring

    Cons

    Long hours and stressful at times

  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aecon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Company to work for.

    Cons

    Long hrs during month end.


  9. "Exciting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aecon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always progressing
    New Initiatives being launched

    Cons

    Not many cons that I can think of


  10. "Good place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aecon full-time

    Pros

    Good Atmosphere
    Great co-workers
    Good benefits
    Opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Poor pay/raises
    lack of recognition


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