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NewAlta Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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John Barkhouse
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Pros
  • Work life balance is part of the culture (in 6 reviews)

  • Alberta based company provides great benefits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Very heavy workload, poor work/life balance (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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Good place to work with great people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Great Company and a Great Team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Southwest branch is where to go"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Slow Moving"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company is a great company with good values and good intentions. There are nice people to work with and good benefits.

    Cons

    Things move very slowly. There is too much "In-Crowd" nonsense. No diversity, and promotion of the wrong people.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting or keeping around people you like and start promoting people who are different than you, and will provide better ideas for the direction of this company. Get rid of the boys club.


  8. "Positive. Aggressive."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NewAlta full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth. The long term outlook appears to be organically driven which provides many opportunities for promotion.
    High family values, good benefits, balance between work and home is promoted.

    Cons

    The business is managed from a different country. This seams to slow adaptation of technology, engineering, safety, and business practices. Company standards can be confusing depending on being directed by local or foreign managers.

    Hiring practices are not very stringent. Too easy to get hired and stay employed even when incompetent, present company excluded:)

    Advice to Management

    Ensure all core people are competent. From top to bottom of the organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Upper Management Not very Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environment Technician in Montgomery, PA
    Former Employee - Environment Technician in Montgomery, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have some great manages, and so great people working there.

    Cons

    THE NEW MANAGEMENT, THEY HAVE IN THE USA IS NOT GOOD. But they still have some good supervisor. .

    Advice to Management

    Upper management make some bad moves, if your rig is down and you have to go over to work on someone rig, to help them to try and fix the problems they have, but don't have the time to get it fixed you can lose your job even if it wasn't your fault you will be fired by Newalta.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Former Onsite Operator"

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    Former Employee - Onsite Operator in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Onsite Operator in Williston, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provide proper PPE and that is all.

    Cons

    Management very poor in all aspects. Communication lacking. Plays favoritism. Fails to respond in timely manner to valid issues. Company salaried its field operators trying to get away with not paying overtime mandated by National Labor laws. Taken to court by former employees. Company had to issue back pay checks to comply with National labor Laws. If you are looking for a career, you won't find it here!

    Advice to Management

    Start doing your job as assigned. Its expected your operators do their job and they should not have to cover management deficiencies. Management needs to be held accountable. Worst Human Resources department I have ever dealt with. HR needs to be held accountable.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Field Supervisor politics and Sr Op buddy system is a killer of a great company overall"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solids Control Technician in Three Rivers, TX
    Former Employee - Solids Control Technician in Three Rivers, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Newalta provides top rate training for it's field operators. They provide the proper PPE and they keep it coming every week by allowing the operators to submit a needs list.

    Cons

    lower management inter-office political backstabbing, "buddy" favoritism, and rampant dishonesty breaking down trust between operators and management

    Advice to Management

    The Field Supervisors and Sr Operators maintain a level of dishonest politics with the operators. Overall the company could be a great company if not for the petty politics hindering lower level management.


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