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Updated October 25, 2017
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Agrium President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Magro
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Pros
  • Great culture, employees are treated with a great deal of respect, and work/life balance is good (in 8 reviews)

  • Good Work Environment and Good benefits for workers on contract (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • The fact that it's the employees who have worked hard to help build this company are no longer valued is truly a shame (in 5 reviews)

  • They have decided to outsource IT, based on the one trick pony CIO's recommendation, just so they can allegedly "save money" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Agrium IT"

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

    I worked at Agrium as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team
    Good management (team lead)

    Cons

    Workload is on the high side
    Takes a while to learn the policy and procedures.
    IT has been outsourced to India.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing is not a silver bullet


  2. "Not Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vanscoy, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vanscoy, SK (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mill Operations Management has a Few Shining Stars

    Cons

    Lack of integrity, discipline and fairness

  3. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agrium full-time

    Pros

    Great people, willing to give lots of responsibility

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Corporate culture has declined/Management has clearly disengaged"

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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 Agrium full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Located outside of downtown . Benefits . Onsite gym and health and wellness programs

    Cons

    Uncertainty around merger, promotions determined with no regard to performance and positions not being posted. Employees are leaving and not being replaced which means all are expected to do more with less . It's a sad environment and it's clear the only importance to leadership is shareholder value. Having been around for over 15 years to see the company grow and become well respected it's disheartening to see how quickly new leadership has reduced it's culture completely in the last two years. Mergers are a fact of life and done well can create something great . The fact that it's the employees who have worked hard to help build this company are no longer valued is truly a shame. It's a given that as the job market continues to improve those people will continue to leave. The costs of losing that knowledge base will be significant as it will be needed to move the new company forward.

    Advice to Management

    Get out from behind your desks and meetings. Meet the people who work for you. Learn who they are - recognize their strengths and treat them respectfully. Engage them - provide guidance and set expectations. Group emails accomplish nothing. Mike Wilson took the time to walk the halls and meet people as much as possible - as CEO he knew who people were. Chuck Magro nor any of the current executive team can say that. If asked I would say I no longer feel lucky to work here, it's that simple.


  5. "Excellent company to grow with"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agrium as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Agrium head office has a lot of positive traits including; great benefits, flexible hours, great fitness incentives, numerous networks including a network for young professionals and a women's network.

    Cons

    Not a lot of parking or available options, some communication barriers between departments


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agrium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very structured pay and professional development

    Cons

    They go through cycles of growth, followed by big cuts. you need to be patient

    Advice to Management

    Hire fewer people during growth period so you don't have to fire them a couple of years later


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, opportunity to come"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agrium full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company, good product, well diversified. Great people to work with. Use to be really firendly environment. Great emplacement (South Calgary). With merger with Potash Corp, great opportunity to come.

    Cons

    Instability with big merger coming, and big internal review. Many already lost jobs with outsourcing. Change in management few years ago changed the dynamic/feeling of employees. Hopfully it is temporary.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "It is a mess right now"

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

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

    Pros

    Emphasis on safety culture. Whether that is a sincere care for employees or more of a press release thing, it doesn't really matter. Bottom line is they give emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    IT is currently in the process of transition from in-house to outsourcing. Which is perfectly ok. But right now, IT is in a state of mess. The CIO who was leading this initiative has since left leaving IT in a state of great mess. The oCIO should put their act together.

    Advice to Management

    The management should be more in touch with what is actually going on in the floor so they can better assess the steps to take going forward.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "IT organization is constantly changing"

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

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

    Pros

    Co workers, safety culture, location not being downtown but close to ctrain station and provincial park.

    Cons

    IT is in the process of transition going into outsourcing. But I feel the IT leaders do not exactly know the right and clear path to get there. The CIO who was leading the outsourcing initiative has already left leaving IT in the midst of unfinished business. I feel that IT is disorganized right now.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the initiatives being taken just to make sure it is bringing the value you wanted for the company and all stakeholders.


  10. "Tech Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Tech Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tech Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work Environment and Good benefits for workers on contract

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say so far


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