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COGECO Reviews

Updated Sep 5, 2019

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COGECO CEO Louis Audet (no image)
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49 Ratings
Pros
  • "Overall the company is still somewhat supportive of work life balance (in theory)(in 10 reviews)

  • "Great people work at this company(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior roles all moving to Montreal(in 6 reviews)

  • "Lack of strategic market planning from upper management(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COGECO full-time

    Pros

    Great team work and willingness of doing great stuff. Decent amount of budget for marketing advertising.

    Cons

    There's a minimum salary increases opportunities

    COGECO2018-08-06
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Working for Cogeco -- through another company"

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    Former Employee - Cloud Support Engineer -- French in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COGECO full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There was NO work. For 99 percent of the time I did nothing -- really is this how Cogeco likes to waste its money?

    Cons

    They had a horrible and disfunctional database for their 'business' customers. It was like they could care less.

    Advice to Management

    Why waste so much money on paying someone to do nothing for 7.5 hours a day? Do you people even have a brain? Is this why Cogeco is so expensive?

    COGECO2016-11-08
  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COGECO full-time

    Pros

    -Knowledge gained through all the technologies we supported was excellent. -Made some amazing friendships with great people. -Pay was competitive - Good benefits

    Cons

    -Battling through inefficient processes. Difficult to bring change when the company is so big. -Culture at times was too "old school" cowboy mentality. "This is how we always did things. Why change"? -Certain positions were staffed by people clearly under qualified for their roles. This affected

    Advice to Management

    -Encourage & foster culture change -Implement a true ITSM operation model -Cut the fat. Let under performing and under qualified people go. -Hire passionate and qualified people but, and this is important, listen to their ideas and let them implement a successful ITSM program.

    COGECO2016-07-25
  4. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Analyst in Burlington, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COGECO full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Vacation, ability to work from home

    Cons

    Little advancement. Sales in decline

    Advice to Management

    Need to invest in new products and enhancements fo existing

    COGECO2019-09-05
  5. "Great place to work, but going through a huge transformation"

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    Former Employee - Financial Planning and Analysis Manager in Burlington, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COGECO full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people were the best part of the job.

    Cons

    There was a lot of inconsistencies in policies and practices across business units

    COGECO2019-08-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "stay away"

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    Current Employee - Eng and Ops in Burlington, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at COGECO full-time

    Pros

    people are nice, at least the ones that are not trying to step over you

    Cons

    lack of leadership from manager to executive, very reactive, and constantly in a state of re-org, and trying to figure it out. Way behind on technology, bell is eating there lunch everywhere. People in key positions are lackies that couldn't cut it anywhere else, but have a talent for sucking up to and saying yes, even when its the wrong move. More functions moving to Montreal and a yes man culture has formed.... A lot of repeated bad decisions made by leadership, and they let go a lot of good people in leadership in successive waves of reorgs, only to replace them with weak, unqualified, inexperienced leaders, and then those lackies find a better job and jump ship leaving them stranded. (good job Rob!!) a lot of mind games are played here and there is a fundamental failure to execute on any initiative on time or in a proper state, Lots of pie in the sky ideas that are ether impractical or unrealistic which never get executed, due to leaders who have no clue what they are doing. People have given up caring about the company and constantly looking for another job. they ones that left are all in a much better place, don't come to Cogeco you will regret it!!!!!!!

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    Advice to Management

    stop constantly re-orging, and treat your workers better. Everyone who has left voluntary or involuntary has found work quickly and are in a better place and much happier!!!!

    COGECO2019-08-22
  7. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at COGECO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits package is great. Health and travel insurance are amongst the best I’ve seen. Overall it is a good culture that really allows for work life balance. Lots of flexibility. You might get to work on some interesting projects. Budget for development activities such as education, travel, conferences etc. They are not cheap with employees.

    Cons

    All decisions are taken in order to make management look good in front of executives but never for the good of the company. Management has a culture of hiding everything from upper management, so they never see the real problems. Poor leadership style. Lots of non sense politics. Lots of favouritism and discrimination. Very old mentality from upper management. Weak at talent acquisition and retention. You will not... see top talent there. Only a few and those few are not developed or given the change to grow. Mediocre culture.

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    Advice to Management

    Create a culture where open and honest communication is appreciated

    COGECO2019-07-12
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Really Incompetent Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Burlington, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COGECO full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work like balance was good. Work from home when necessary. People (peers) were mostly nice.

    Cons

    Executive leadership doesn't know if they are coming or going. They are incompetent for the areas they are supposed to be responsible for and this includes the CEO. They make terrible decisions that waste millions of dollars and then just say oops. Then they lay off good workers to reimburse themselves. Stay away unless you just want a call center entry level job,

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are competent! Ken needs to go!

    COGECO2019-08-13
  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Payables in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COGECO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good hours and advantages, great management and team based work.

    Cons

    Cubicle, generic looking environmen, not much else a bit repetitive

    COGECO2019-07-04
  10. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COGECO part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team, great rewards and fun environment

    Cons

    Long hours (but worth it!)

    COGECO2019-07-02
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