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Ontario Power Generation Toronto Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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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. "Okay but slow and political"

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    Current Contractor - Business Process Analyst in Oshawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Business Process Analyst in Oshawa, ON (Canada)
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    pay, hours, benefit are good

    Cons

    slow, boring, repetitive and political

    Advice to Management

    listen

  3. "Good Internship experience, lots of responsibility"

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    Former Employee - Technical Engineering Intern in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Engineering Intern in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Lots of responsibility
    - Good speaking experience
    - Good variety of experience

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic culture, lots of paperwork


  4. "Don't go there unless you are part of the Union"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Power Generation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and pension.
    In addition, for Union employees ONLY there are lots of pluses: short days, reasonable work load, crazy long vacation allowance, sick days, family days.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are actually mediocre compared to market.

    At the union employee level, lots of lazy and entitled staff! if you work hard sorry but you will be paid exactly as the lazy bunch that do nothing and just want to make $140k by warming up their chairs!
    At the manager level there is a lot of backstabbing and some managers continually throw other people under the bus to get promoted. As a manager, your performance is not evaluated by how you achieved your objectives, but how directors in your area say you did (most of the time there are no objective evaluations), so it becomes a game of managers living to please directors and the latter very often have no knowledge of their areas!
    If you are targeted as an undesirable manager they will make everything possible to make you fail and point at every single minor mistake you make (while other managers will be told nothing for much worse mistakes)...
    There are lots of buzzwords that are repeated to the nausea, but mean nothing or are only applied when it is convenient for the director of VP in question.
    Often some directors make up statements without checking facts and just by repeating them over and over these statements become facts!
    Bottom line, don't go there unless you have the protection of a Union

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the subjective evaluations and whatever you want your managers to do put it in writing AND evaluated according to what is agreed the work plan will be!!!!


  5. "Senior Communications Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Communications Advisor in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Communications Advisor in Bowmanville, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Some opportunity to progress in or change roles

    Cons

    Extremely busy position; management can be detached and uncaring

    Advice to Management

    get to know your people; listen to their concerns and demonstrate what you are doing about them or explain to them why not


  6. "A company of diversity"

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    Current Employee - Eng Trainee in Oshawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Eng Trainee in Oshawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much diversity
    Wonderful health care and dental
    Respectful people
    Just focus on following protocols and following rules , professionalism and respectful behaviour will get you far

    Cons

    parking is hard to find haha thats the only con
    lots of training and lots of computer based training which will make many people angry
    No other cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the diverse hiring of people and not only white people


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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!

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Contractor - Assistant Engineer in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Assistant Engineer in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Power Generation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance.
    Great pay
    Coworkers and management are committed to see you improve.

    Cons

    Hard to make changes for such a large company.


  9. "Interns left twiddling their thumbs"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well and good training at the start of the internship.

    Cons

    Interns were not given enough work and nobody is willing to delegate their work towards interns. I would regularly try to ask the staff if I could be of any help on their projects they seemed to be grasping to their own projects with a firm grip.

    Advice to Management

    Have more things planned for your interns so they aren't wasting their time.


  10. "Good for work and life."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefit and job secure

    Cons

    The project process is longer than a normal company.


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