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AltaGas Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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AltaGas Chairman, President, and CEO David W. Cornhill
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  1. "Summer Student"

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

    Pros

    Great summer workplace, good corporate culture and management

    Cons

    Depends on placement luck - can be extremely relevant or irrelevant to your degree


  2. "Great people, lost focus since founder stepped back"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people at the line and managerial level. Good projects and BD makes for lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    When former CEO (Cornhill) stepped back the company lost focus on its core values. Lip service is paid to anything beyond the "deck-plate". Cornhill had a vision and created a great company. Look at the stock price since the leadership changes so see how much has been lost.


  3. "Solid Company"

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with, and the company appears to be in good financial shape, despite recent lay-offs.

    Cons

    There are many frustrated and unhappy employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and give people a chance to speak. Your people are your greatest asset.


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  5. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    vacation time
    benefits
    yearly bonus and stock bonus

    Cons

    managers can speak to you however they want
    some staff can come and go as they please, while others are encouraged to drive in poor conditions (blizzards) to not miss a day of work


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Poor culture, bad management"

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    Current Employee - New Graduate Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - New Graduate Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New graduate program gives you exposure to different areas in the company. Health benefits are okay, promised bonus structure was attractive, although the company has not followed through over the past year.

    Cons

    Managers consistently treat new grads like they're admin assistants. You role up to HR, and they have no idea what you're actually doing. Bonuses are grouped together with the other analysts in your year. No mechanism for feedback or evaluation. Job prospects coming out of the program are grim. New grad role is perfect for someone looking to be a glorified summer student. Despite what you're told, you have no say in deciding your future role, essentially a detached HR admin places you wherever they feel is best. If you're pursuing a cpa good luck accumulating usable hours. Many employees are waiting for commodities to pickup so they can leave.

    Advice to Management

    Allow managers to have a direct impact on bonus structure/yearly reviews. Listen to feedback from current and previous new grads to improve the program.


  7. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AltaGas full-time

    Pros

    Good working Environment. Promote and support young talent.

    Cons

    Compensation package could be improved. Not RSP matching or Saving accounts. Company

    Advice to Management

    Review compensation package and define better roles & responsibilities for different teams and levels of expertise- It also applies between boundaries and accountabilities among different teams.


  8. "AltaGas 2016 Employee Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AltaGas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse company with good employees and leadership. Company is well positioned in its industry and offers employees opportunities to advance within the company through internal hiring and promotions. Company also offers good work life balance.

    Cons

    While the company generally treats their employees fairly well. Almost all non director / executive positions are under compensated when compared to industry norms. This leads to talented employees frequently leaving the company for better compensation packages.

    Advice to Management

    The main thing management could do to make AltaGas a better place to work would be to improve compensation packages. either through increased salaries or improved benefit packages, as both are severely lagging when compared to industry standards.


  9. "If you are in IT, run away!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AltaGas full-time

    Pros

    Very few. Technical leadership and capability is non-existant. Save for a couple diamonds in the rough, vast majority of IT staff are either woefully under-qualified or completely checked out and dont care.

    Cons

    NO clear high level direction from Team leads and management level in IT. What direction that comes is fragmented and often contradictory.
    Daily Meeting hell. IT at Altagas' solution to ineffective meetings is to have more meetings.
    Unable to retain top talent - those that stay are, as previously mentioned, checked out or woefully under-qualified to be in their roles.
    Every project, regardless of attempts to plan properly, ends up as a crash project as it nears deadline where any planning goes out the window and things are hacked together.

    Advice to Management

    None. Short of getting rid of 90%+ of IT staff and starting over, which is completely unrealistic, nothing can be done to resolve the issues within the IT group. Too many key people making poor decisions on a regular basis.
    I suspect that management will eventually get fed up with IT's inability to deliver on a regular basis and attempt to solve the problems with the panacea of outsourcing which will in turn be as bad or worse.


  10. "If you're a technical planner run away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AltaGas full-time

    Pros

    Overall good company - unless your a technical planner

    Cons

    Lower pay, not much room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    They hire and fire in this position cyclically, for no reason.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Bottom line focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some pockets of the organization have a learning, development and employee-oriented culture. There are many wonderful people who work at this organization. This company has the potential to be great. The share price does very well.

    Cons

    The tone from the top is that the bottom line takes precedence over employee growth. There is very weak communication and executive level presence in this organization on a day-to-day basis. It's unfortunate how many people are under utilized while senior management keeps hiring VPs from external sources.

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture of employee growth. You'd be surprised how well the employees take care of the bottom line then.


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