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Updated December 6, 2017
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Toronto, ON (Canada)

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Ontario Power Generation President and CEO Tom Mitchell
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Pros
  • Unionized Engineers and amazing work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Good pay, vacation and benefits (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • there are no CONS, it is all pros (in 6 reviews)

  • All Engineering work is contracted out (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits, Management too political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and salaries are towards the top of the industry. High technology focus within a clean industry. A ;eader in health and safety.

    Cons

    Often bring in foreign management who like to shake things up and leave chaos in their wake. Change from being a Crown corporation in the 1990s has lessened employee engagement and belief in the goals of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Develop local management and promote through to the top of the company. Work with government to allow the making of decisions on supply expansion based on engineering studies, not political considerations.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was really fun to work for such a large successful company like OPG, who own and operate so many different facilities and locations across Ontario. It was great to attend different kinds of company events, network with hundreds of new faces, and learn about the behind the scene work done by the company from various perspectives!

    Cons

    The department I worked for was full of political issues...and was very stressful (filled with very hostile/ rude staff). However, after speaking to other staff in other departments, I learned that it was a common thing within the company -
     lots of structural changes and teamwork issues.

    There is a CLEAR work gap between union staff and management staff. Union staff often work at their own pace (and go on multiple long coffee breaks on company time). Also, I found the staff within my department to be very competitive...to the extent that they would throw others under the bus to look better in front of their superiors. Disgusting and childish behaviour demonstrated by grown adults!!

    Advice to Management

    Better management of both union and non-union staff would be great, so that productivity can be increased! Bullying within departments should also be monitored and stopped - since a lot of "trash talking" and gossiping goes around!!

    On another note, more networking and department bonding events are strongly encouraged. It's a great opportunity to make friends, build relationships, and branch off into new areas!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A government firm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefit, Pension Plan and Work Hours

    Cons

    No sense of ownership among managers or employees. There is a lot of buzzwords that float around but implementation of such and the associated principles is poor. Bonus structure for management is not at all based on company's financial performance.

    Advice to Management

    Spruce up your act and give up the sense of entitlement


  4. "Manager Safety"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good team with challenging work

    Cons

    sometimes too bureaucratic with too much government policy interference

    Advice to Management

    assert stronger independence from government policy interference


  5. "construction"

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    Former Contractor - Scheduler in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Scheduler in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    its a friendly environment nice place to work and the human relation is good

    Cons

    its nuclear place to generate electricity so you have to be careful for radiation

    Advice to Management

    there should be increase in the salary because its a radiation enviroment


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unions rule"

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Executive Administrator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unionized workers will always get a raise, excellent benefits and keep their jobs for life.

    Cons

    Non-union workers get no such perks. Trend is to hire temp/contract, pay less and no benefits. Nepotism and office politics for any promotions, job openings. Bloated pay for execs and unionized employees. If they don't like you, you'll be terminated.

    Advice to Management

    You can only promote your friends/colleagues to a point before the cracks begin to show.


  7. "Good so far"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Operator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Nuclear Operator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, very thorough training

    Cons

    Inefficiencies are quite frequent, problems that are minor get lots of attention, while major ones get ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Too much paperwork and round about ways of getting things done. Simplification is better.

  8. "Great learning experience, and work atmosphere."

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

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

    Pros

    One of my most fulfilling job experiences. A great place to learn because supervisors take time to mentor you and become life-long connections. It also helps that you get to work on interesting projects. Great work-life balance, great pay and cool perks offered as well.

    Cons

    Honestly, this was my favourite internship and I have no negative comments to say. But it's a 20 word minimum soo...

    Advice to Management

    Good open door policy - I had a chance to interact with a SVP and it was very enlightening.


  9. "A shadow of its former self."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, good salaries.

    Cons

    Company operating revenues are shrinking along with promotional opportunities. New build deferred indefinitely. Pickering Nuclear Generating Station will be shut down by 2020.
    Only remaining nuclear site Darlington NGS will undergo refurbishment.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to turn over. Current set is focused on maximizing retirement income.


  10. "Not much work, lots of reward"

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    Former Intern - Development Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Development Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge hourly rate for a coop student

    Cons

    Not a lot of work to go around, unless you actively search for it.


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