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  1. "Overall a great experience - learned a lot and met some great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genivar (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for two different departments - one at the head office and later at an extension office:
    Working at head office on contract was great - the people in the department were friendly, educational and patient. Everyone was always willing to answer questions and impart wisdom, which you don't see often, especially in larger companies. The management in that particular office was great and had a pretty open door policy.

    The second office, where I had my permanent position once my contract was up, was a bit of a different dynamic. People there were friendly and shared a lot of information and I learned a lot.

    Cons

    We had two senior people at the second office I worked in. One of the Directors was really great and related to the people in the office well. The other Director had very poor communication and people skills. This person was very belittling and demeaning to the workers that were not in authority positions and treated them poorly and unfairly. This person was also very politically incorrect, which I did not find very fitting for the workplace. That person eventually left and I have moved on, but I hear they are back now so based on that alone I would never consider putting myself into that environment again.

    Also, not a lot of growth opportunities if you aren't an engineer or have studied something related to it as it is an engineering firm.

    Advice to Management

    Not to all of the ones that I encountered, as there were a lot of great people, but to the one who made work life unbearable for a great many, please show better respect for others and don't belittle people. You may not like your life or who you are, but that doesn't mean that you have the right to treat others so badly. Grow up.


  2. "Good work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administration in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administration in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides monthly socials and summer activities. good benefits. Manager is open for feedback.

    Cons

    no room for growth for non engineers. highs lows are quite extreme due to projects wins


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A big company, with big organization structure problems"

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

    I worked at Genivar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to be exposed to a variety of projects.

    Cons

    You don't have support from others. Enterprise is very desorganized.


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  5. "Project Manager - Toronto/Markham"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Genivar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefit and stock options, good health benefit program

    Cons

    Compensation is on the lower end.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Just about as gutless and soulless as every other consulting firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Draftsperson in Thunder Bay, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Draftsperson in Thunder Bay, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genivar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -learning opportunities
    -exposure to large-scale industrial projects with international clients

    Cons

    -not much opportunity for advancement
    -expectation that you will put your work before everything else in your life
    -management too close to retirement to care much about anything
    -management will seemingly turn a blind eye to any generally awful, completely inappropriate, and unprofessional staff member as long as the staff member in question has two or more certifications
    -a general sense of being just a cog the machine that comes from working for a big umbrella company such as Genivar, who bought up all the small independent engineering firms they could in Canada
    -personally witnessed a manager that would insult and belittle an older individual constantly in front of clients and regular office staff

    Advice to Management

    Well, as Genivar's now been bought out by WPS Group, I want to hope that changes have been made, especially in management (speaking specifically of the management out of the local office in which I was employed). I wouldn't bet on it, though.


  7. "Great Experience. Very helpful and provided challenging tasks."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Engineer-In-Training in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer-In-Training in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Genivar part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience and coworkers were very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Small office - not much opportunity to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe provide more training. Was thrown into it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "young dynamic environement, but clearly a sweat shop"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genivar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    not that many procedures, you can deliver within agressive dates

    Cons

    a lot of overtime required, but not paid. Difficuly, if not impossible, to go on vacation and disconnect from the office.

    Advice to Management

    implement a closer review of the objectives and align them across the company. Allow human ressources to do their job and improve personnel retention.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I worked at Genivar"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profitable in Industry when Others are not. Strong business strategy for growth potential

    Cons

    Lots of people from companies that were acquired and haven't made the transition .. Unhappy and blame Genivar instead of their previous owner who sold them.

    Advice to Management

    Review total benefits to sure competitiveness


  10. "Challenging and INteresting Work ... Strong Executive Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genivar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair and Equitable, follow their values, growth oriented, entrepreneurial, good career opportunities, some very strong executives, dynamic and constantly changing and strengthening

    Cons

    Average benefits plan, don't always deal with the complainers in the group soon enough

    Advice to Management

    take some of the earnings and invest in employees' benefits (salaries, RRSP matching, bonuses)


  11. "Offered Potential and high hopes; failed"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and shares and RRSP, work can be diverse, Nice co-workers

    Cons

    Micromanaged, no training- other than here is manual and overly complicated paper work, multiple bosses and managers giving DIFFERENT information, Lack of planning and willingness to spend money, Have all eggs in 1 basket...if eggs are lost...well good by job No project details, felt like flying by seat of our pants, I made mistakes, through lack of information. Not a safe at the office I was based at.



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