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Updated December 4, 2017
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  • Senior management looks after only themselves (in 4 reviews)

  • It's an Oil & Gas company which means it is subject to oil prices (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Manager in America, OK
    Current Employee - Manager in America, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many new challenges arise monthly. Almost never the same thing twice. Flexible schedule. Work life balance is part of the culture.

    Cons

    Extensive travel to remote areas. Diversification in the marketplace is minimal. Recent downturn in the energy sector decimated the foundation of the company. Currently rebuilding at all levels...Leading tongue challenges mentioned in the Pros.

    Advice to Management

    Measure twice. Cut once.


  2. "Average"

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

    Pros

    Small company. Good direct management.

    Cons

    Unrealistic market expectations and pricing

  3. "Financial Analyst"

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

    I worked at NewAlta full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and benefits. Also, the office has a really great view and a gym, café, etc. in the lobby.

    Cons

    There are too many layers of management and not enough help on the lower levels to get all of the work done that needs to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the better employees well and stop sticking with what's familiar and "what we've always done".


  4. "Good place to work with great people"

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    Former Employee - U S Business Development Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - U S Business Development Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, great people, positive working environment,

    Cons

    It's an Oil & Gas company which means it is subject to oil prices. Nothing that the company can do, it's just a part of the industry.


  5. "Great Company and a Great Team"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Williston, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent team of professionals seeking to build business. Dynamic group that is willing to listen to ideas and develop new products to create a sustainable solution for Oil and Gas. They are also easy to work with in managing accounts and family life. The company has built a sustainable business plan even in a tough market.

    Cons

    Slow to move to price cuts when the market demands it. Due to the size and structure of management it is hard to convince executive level offices to restructure the operations group to operate at a very low margin threshold.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a way to very quickly bypass executive level team members when action is needed to stay relevant to market prices.


  6. "good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great pay , hours , comp vet, gas , per diem , housing

    Cons

    understaffed at times, constantly fighting for benefits and other aspects of package they had promised .


  7. "Southwest branch is where to go"

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    Former Employee - Solids Control Technician in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Solids Control Technician in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Insurance was unmatched and leadership of the southwest branch always seemed to take care of operators.

    Cons

    Northeast branch management played favorites with their friends and have been known to pay them extra.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe have the Southwest branch management go and train the Northeast branch on how to lead people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good relaxed culture, work-life balance, and great office. The people in the office are all friendly and good at working together. There are a lot of events and opportunities to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Oil & gas pay raise restrictions. There is a slight lack of accountability with some functional groups because of the split between workforce in the U.S. and the larger majority in Calgary, Canada.

    Advice to Management

    Recently there have been some lay-offs which dramatically affect company morale. It is clear that management is trying to be proactive with respect to costs in the current market, but I think it might be just as important to retain some talent even if it does hurt cash flow because once the market turns around the expenses related to hiring and replacing the same talent will be much higher than that of retention.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "horrible bosses"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    money is very good and the hours are great but never home

    Cons

    management is always playing favorites and not knowing what to do

    Advice to Management

    stop playing favorites and grow up your a manager and you nbeed to start acting like one


  10. "Loved this place"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for. Hours were great, pay and benefits were amazing.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the career ladder in the US unless your in the management areas. Oilfield industry so there are layoffs when the market is bad.


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