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Federated Co-Operatives Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  1. "Growth and Community"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Specialist in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Petroleum Specialist in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Co-Operatives (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Growth Initiatives through difficult times
    - Transformation of enabling departments
    - Alignment of Organizational objectives to Individual Objectives
    - Great Culture
    - Community Oriented and Driven

    Cons

    -Flat structure; limited opportunity for promotable growth (lots of lateral development opportunities though)
    -Difficult transitions through change


  2. "Logistics"

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

    I worked at Federated Co-Operatives full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong organization with supportive leadership and new corporate culture that will support growth.

    Cons

    In my opinion, there are very few faults with the organization.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good but very much set in the past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federated Co-Operatives full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were awesome. Middle management was great. Hours were good.

    Cons

    All the work procedures seemed to be straight out of a 1950's era movie. We literally had to print off and mail copies of all our records to central archives. We also kept another copy filed in our office to refer to later as we couldn't check back in the computer system.

    Their computer system was an IBM 3270 mainframe which they were in the midst of panicking to replace. System outages were 3-4 hours per week.

    I ended being approached by a recruiter elsewhere that was very aware of these issues and targeting FCL employees. I gladly applied and took their offer

    Advice to Management

    You should have invested in new systems and updated procedures regularly. The amount of change being forced in short time is clearly a problem. You're in position where you plan to move forwards 50 years in 2.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag"

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

    Pros

    Friendly people and environment, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    some poor management and hr police, forced retirement plan for all employees


  6. "buyer"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Regina, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Buyer in Regina, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Federated Co-Operatives full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good culture, management team, compensation and career development

    Cons

    cost control, procedures and external competition


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No gain without pain"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary + benefits, infrastructure

    Cons

    Turnover of employees is very high, especially in certain areas. They are way too changeable in approach and execution, perhaps indication of lack of long term vision, direction and follow-up from above.

    Advice to Management

    Front line managers in desperate need of balancing education and experience. Having young managers solely with little or no experience will create myriad of troubles, as evident.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "No long-term vision and lack of innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Co-Operatives full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is decent, not much else... They are the largest organization in the province and sponsor quite a few events and organizations in the community.

    Cons

    Serious lack of innovation. Seems like the organization is stuck in the 50s. Highly dependent on the energy sector and the oil refinery in Regina which is a bit scary. VERY old school and play it safe. Turnover is extremely high and the culture is very weird. You'd like it if you grew up in a small town but other then that you may feel out of place. Lack of diversity, poor communication across all departments so projects take forever. Lots of politics involved and managers lack experience so they aren't able to empower or inspire employees. The culture is very cult-like, hard to stay inspired and motivated because they are constantly the last to try new things compared to competition. Only one female VP directly reporting to the CEO... It's 2017...
    Very dramatic divide between union and non-union/management employees. No training or clear path for career development available. Very disorganized. Seems like many jobs don't have a 'real' job description. Heavily dependent on old demographic in terms of customers but don't think long-term by appealing to urban markets and younger generation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee engagement and diversity. Think outside the box. Stop with the old school mentality and narrow-minded outlook. Invest on attracting a younger generation of consumers, invest in marketing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "FCL"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Co-Operatives full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A diverse company with a lot of career opportunities. They are making conscious effort to be a progressive employer and to develop their employees

    Cons

    Not too many opportunities for job sharing or flexible work schedules. The company is a little conservative but is becoming more progressive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward on technology initiatives and developing your people. Keep building relationships with the retail co-ops. Recent social responsibility initiatives have been positive


  10. "A very good work for full time students"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Co-Operatives part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people. Good benefits for full-time employee. Not bad pay for general labourers. The work time is in weekend, so it will not take your study time.

    Cons

    They have a computer system which evaluates your performance, so you have to keep working hard.

    Advice to Management

    Update the computer system in time, and make it be better.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pincher Creek, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Pincher Creek, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Federated Co-Operatives full-time

    Pros

    The General Manager kept all the pieces together. We actually made money when he was here and he cleaned up employees that we're stealing

    Cons

    The environment is extremely toxic to work in. The board of directors are crooked and will fire you if they don't like you. Small town politics

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from this company entirely


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