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"Very isolated and bureaucratic"

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Former Contractor - Software Developer in Victoria, BC (Canada)
Former Contractor - Software Developer in Victoria, BC (Canada)
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Schneider Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Large international company may look good on your resume. Good if you want exposure to a vast company with rigid processes and flat budgets. Good if you need to work for a few months without commitment. Permanent employees can transfer to other offices around the world.

Cons

Entire IT infrastructure is locked down. Very bureaucratic, with lots of politics. Employees and managers have a difficult time deviating outside of long-established protocols and routines, which means you tend to use old tools, old computers, and old processes, and things can take a long time to get done. I worked as a contractor, with continual hints that I could get hired as a permanent employee. Many of the staff in the Saanichton offices were on contract, but in the year that I was there, no contractors were hired. There are some big egos in the Victoria offices, too, which I think comes a the small-town company being bought out by a transnational goliath. The offices are located in the distant Victoria suburbs, and isolated from the rest of town. The Bertram Place office has a truck repair shop next door, which regularly pumps diesel fumes into the Schneider air conditioning system. Unpleasant washroom facilities, and frequent network and power outages.

Advice to Management

Don't put such a stranglehold on technology and processes. Move the office closer to Victoria. Be more open and accepting of employees bringing new ideas (and technology) in from outside. Hire permanent employees, don't contract everything out. I think the constant contract renewals made a negative impact to morale.

Other Employee Reviews for Schneider Electric

  1. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    they offer international mobility and do a graet job of keeping young people interested in the company. they offer great benefits and its a really fun place to work.

    Cons

    as with most companies, there is a subset of people who do most of the work, while others are along for the ride. this helps to promote the interested people, but leaves many gaps and holes once they are gone when the teams are left with under performers.


  2. "Great people... because there are so many!"

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

    Pros

    Culture is very welcoming.
    Company is large in people and revenue. (~$10 Billion)

    Cons

    I felt like a small fish in a huge pond. They made me feel appreciated but did not follow through on achievements.

    Advice to Management

    The younger employees have great ideas, hear them out and don't brush them off because of your salary goggles.

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