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Agrium Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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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. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Agrium full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Pay was ok but not great
    Good Communication

    Cons

    Cost Cutting
    Outsourcing of IT and Accounting


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Corporate Greed Drives Programs"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly good coworkers. Good products. Used to be a good, fun company before large corporate mergers changed the business objectives.

    Cons

    Now focused on driving the short-term financial goals for executive and shareholder gains. Obvious use of H1B visas and similar programs to outsource jobs for cheaper labor is appalling. The company's culture and values have sunk to new lows!

    Advice to Management

    Unfair approach to outsourcing, H1B visa programs, Operation Excellence, etc. You are wrong to assume the same efficiencies from outsourced labor. Your obvious desires to cut labor costs for your own gain will bite you someday. Short-term focus only!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This was a dream job for me. The people I worked with are great! Everyone is passionate about doing the right thing.

    Cons

    There is a vision of where they want to go but no clear strategy to get there.

    Advice to Management

    You have highly talented and capable people, trust them, back away from all of the consultants.


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  5. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Tonnage/Stops in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Tonnage/Stops in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Agrium (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Seems like the company is heading in the right direction

    Cons

    None, to speak of, but communication can always be improved upon.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Systems Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The other tech staff I worked with were excellent, smart and great to work with.

    Cons

    Management decided to offshore most all of the technical IT positions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't offshore


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The fall of a Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Agrium (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Average compensation and benefits
    - Generally clean and maintained facilities
    - Site employees have a team work ethic collectively

    Cons

    - No longer a place for long term employment due to changes in management direction
    - More outside contractors used in place of experienced employees.
    - This was a great progressive company that cultivated a positive work and family experience but the change in upper management has greatly diminished this.

    Advice to Management

    Why is so much concern placed on top level severance packages (ref: 2015 Report) and very little effort to keep front line employees. A small change in this direction would go a long way.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good challenges, but chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, real challenges presented with an opportunity to do something about it.

    Cons

    Constant chaos. Change is normal, but the rate of change prevents better business practices.

    Advice to Management

    Finish one thing before you start the next.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "IT Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with in the US. Pay is fairly competitive for the area and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Agrium is going through horrible growth pains as the CEO tries to take over as many companies as possible, meanwhile decides to outsource IT. Many of the smaller company values seem to be going by the wayside, which was one of the main appeals.

    Advice to Management

    You can't run a company with everything outsourced. Company loyalty goes a long way in getting the most out of your employees and you just lost that for IT. In the process, you've also made every other employees feel vulnerable. You need to mend some fences with the employees that are staying on.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Growth with an Agriculture Conglomerate"

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    Current Employee - Accounts Payable in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable in Loveland, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Recently had a merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. This joint company is the world's largest supplier of potash.

    Cons

    American jobs were outsourced to India. Many were told of this development before thanksgiving and Christmas. It's business is what a few workers were told after the global announcement.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Negative Changes"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Loveland, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Pay is about all you can say

    Cons

    No job security, minimal growth unless you are a canadian employee. Very poor Senior Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Need to go back to the way things were.



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