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Ontario Power Generation Reviews

Updated June 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "Pay is good but the work-life balance is the biggest factor for me" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Relax, no busy, good pay, good environment" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "there are no CONS, it is all pros" (in 7 reviews)

  • "The work environment: Indoors, noisy, dry, no windows" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "great place"

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

    Pros

    Great place and benefits also

    Cons

    None at and great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work


  2. "I has a good experience and enjoyed my time there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    OT worked hard to value their employees. I liked the managers and the positive attitudes around the office. Everyone contributed to a good company culture.

    Cons

    I would have liked to see a more competitive benefits package. The premiums continued to go up each and every year which was frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great community and experience gained

    Cons

    Sometimes independence created inefficiencies

    Advice to Management

    Retrain employees who have not been in awhile


  4. "Job Content"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits
    Relaxed environment
    Opportunities to do more.

    Cons

    Systems and processes are archaic.

    Advice to Management

    Majority of staff has spent life in the company with very little exposure to other organisation.


  5. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, pension, compensation, senior management

    Cons

    Can be long hours at times


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating and Depressing"

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    Former Employee - Technical Engineer in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Engineer in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The salary and work hours.

    Cons

    Upper management was deaf to the concerns of workers and focussed more on reducing the workforce than ensuring that the company worked efficiently. No response to real concerns about dealing with problematic suppliers or systemic problems. Middle management was incompetent since the remuneration for those positions caused only poorly qualified entry level employees to get those jobs. Constant pressure to take on more work and reduce access to benefits. On paper the company has great values, but in practice workers are steered to cut corners and only give lip service to the company's charter.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the concerns of the Society of Professionals and resolve them. Respect the workforce.


  7. "Line Manager"

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    Former Employee - Front Line Manager in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Front Line Manager in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For union employees salary and benefits, not for management though.

    Cons

    A lot of people at OPG have anger issues, there is rampant blame culture. At the Union employee level there are many old timers who got there God knows how and you can all you want: the inept, the lazy, the aggressive ones, etc. etc This is bad for the good union employees who try to work because they end up working for the ones who can't do their job.
    Union people can make more money than managers!!!
    At the Manager level there is a lot backstabbing and betrayal!!!!
    At the Director level and up, there is a lot of people with absolutely no knowledge of the areas they "lead". Very aggressive Directors and upper management. I was told several profanity by a senior VP!!!!
    Lots is buzzwords used only when convenient to the Director or VP in question.
    OPG is a wide display of distunctions at a workplace!!!!
    I don't recommend to go there unless, you really have no option...

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the mess

  8. Helpful (1)

    "If you join early in your career, you may enjoy it - not for professionals with some experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation full-time

    Pros

    Awesome if you are a member of the unions - very strong union and union members are way overpaid than their education and experience will command in the real world. Annual pay raises for union members are greater than raises for management.

    Good place if you join early and learn the OPG way and do not mind spending years and years doing the same thing. However, you will not be marketable after a few years at OPG.

    Cons

    Work with teams of people that have been with OPG forever - all they know is the OPG way of doing things (very large teams work on projects; usually there is no one person responsible for results so you waste an inordinate amount of time as leaderless teams go around in circles). Frustatingly slow progress on projects.

    Very limited growth opportunities in management.

    Managers will have union members in their teams - very difficult to get good work from them; you will be stuck with a very inflexible team. Almost impossible to get rid of poor performers if they are in the uion (and there are many of those around).

    Advice to Management

    None - beyond repair!


  9. "Very interesting sector to work in."

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Risk Management in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Risk Management in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Great pay. Interesting work. Good location. Lot of opportunity to learn and expand your skill set.

    Cons

    Slow work environment. Not a lot of opportunities for interns to come back to the company after graduation.


  10. "Senior Design Engineer"

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

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, benefits, safe work environment, colleagues

    Cons

    union environment, slow paced, limited work travel


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