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Agrium Canada Reviews

Updated March 28, 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
  • This used to be a good company that valued their employees, their loyalty, and their knowledge but no longer (in 4 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. "Intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agrium part-time

    Pros

    My internship experience at Agrium was very positive. Nice colleagues, interesting work, and safety is import.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons. I wasn't there long enough.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice for management. Keep hiring interns, it is a good experience.


  2. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good morale and strategic direction of the company

    Cons

    Work/life balance for full time staff


  3. "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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. People are very good to work with.

    Cons

    Continous shuffling of management and organizational structure. Old assets but company trying to upgrade. Poor communication from senior management. Chronic short term thinking.


  6. "Good Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agrium full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and fair vacation days

    Cons

    No parking available for new hires


  7. "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 (2)

    "Good until chuck became a ceo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment. Robust benefits. Good place to start your career if they are still hiring in calgary

    Cons

    Slow growth development. Don't know what they really wanted to do on their new structure. pretty vague on delivering messages to their employees.


  9. "Summer Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agrium (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work with.

    Cons

    No vacation pay. Less growth for entry level people.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not walking the talk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many of the employees are friendly and great to work with. Salary is industry comparable.

    Cons

    Almost everything. Loyalty and diversification (including age) are deemed important yet many older employees with 15+ years of service are being let go to being in a cheaper work force. Many people lost jobs when AP was moved to Loveland location and all of the knowledge they knew is gone. IT will be the same when all of those employees are phased out as IT is being outsourced. The people making these decisions are not the people who actually use the systems and they do not understand the value of knowing the systems inside/out (along with the various fixes that help day to day. New people do not know the systems but are being paid less so that makes it ok (again saving dollars). Almost if not all, of the employees who were hired in Loveland have left and are being replaced. Atmosphere within the Wholesale business unit is toxic - everyone looking over their shoulders to see if they will be next out the door. It seems the new Pres Wholesale has made cuts to spending without asking if there will be any value lost. He is surrounded by yes people as it appears that everyone is afraid they will lose their job if they disagree with him. Safety is touted as being #1 priority but there have been so many cuts to save money that people are afraid to speak up and deaths have occurred. This used to be a good company that valued their employees, their loyalty, and their knowledge but no longer. It is unfortunate that making money for the shareholders has become the number one target. Applications for awards being won by the company should be followed up by the people making decisions as the majority of employees scoff at the winnings and question the accuracy of information being provided by Agrium. Employees told to take vacation to relieve stress yet are also expected to be on phone/computer and/or accessible at all times. Chuck and Harry are marching to their own band and say one thing while doing another. There is no longer any trust in what they say they will do or what will happen. Unrealistic goals are being set and blame being placed when goals are not met.

    Advice to Management

    Take several steps back and remember what made Agrium achieve the greatness that it was. Employees, loyalty, trust and knowledge were considered important - not just the almighty buck!


  11. "Investor Relations Co-op Student"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agrium as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent culture which creates a fantastic working environment. Great variety of work, as an intern it was a great opportunity to learn about equity markets as well as how an investor relations division operates. Agrium also has amazing benefits for employees, including all kinds of free perks.

    Cons

    The parking situation at the Calgary office is an absolute mess, but not a deal breaker.

    Advice to Management

    The upcoming (potential) merger could result in some layoffs in the Wholesale business segment. SO far management has brushed aside notions of layoffs, however it's clear that layoffs are part of the proposed synergies. Be up front with the people in the Calgary office, specifically the wholesale department, about layoffs.



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