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SNC-Lavalin President and CEO Ian L. Edwards
Ian L. Edwards
135 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work environment is up to standards(in 66 reviews)

  • "Friendly colleagues, friendly management, good benefits(in 45 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management would take all credit for work done by underlings(in 23 reviews)

  • "Awful management, awful senior management(in 19 reviews)

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    1. 1.0
      Former Contractor

      Poor

      Jul 20, 2020 - Electrical Engineer In Training (EIT) in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Good pay, great benefits, good project.

      Cons

      Awful management, awful senior management. Boring and old people.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Non-progressive company with archaic rules and policies

      May 1, 2019 - Manager in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Renowned Canadian Brand, Huge market cap, has a lot of potential

      Cons

      Biased policies, very bureaucratic environment like a public company. Non-cooperative employees. Very less inter-divisional co-operation. Senior management doesn't like change, they hate creative thinking. Very rigid environment, micro-management at its peak. No policy of working from home even during extreme weather conditions. However, if you are friends with senior management then no rule applies to you. You can do whatever you want. Incompetent Human Resource department, no set HR policies for work from home, flexible work hours etc. You are at the mercy of your reporting manager. Always in a cost saving mode even for essential things.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Company going through re-structuring (AKA downsizing)

      May 9, 2016 - Junior/Intermediate Designer 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good benefits (health & life insurance, RRSP matching, stock purchase option); my immediate managers/supervisors were nice to work with (we still keep in touch); the senior engineers/designers were very knowledgeable and supportive; most co-workers were good people; gained good work experience as I got to go to clients sites.

      Cons

      Unfortunate I joined SNC right after the corruption scandal had been made public so that brought some challenges for the office, the major clients stopped awarding them projects and management was only able to gain minor, low budget projects which put an excessive pressure on leads and the people who were actually executing the work, it really was an extremely stressful time. I actually suffered a lower back injury due to stress which until this date I'm still suffering and have to deal with the pain from time to time. When I joined I was very surprised that they had no training in place (there was some introduction to the procedures) but no specific training for the department. Very little training available. Well, I have to say that the major Con is the fact that upper senior management ended up shutting down the branch where I was working, sadly most people there had worked for SNC for 10+, 20+, 30+ years. They let go a lot of experience and seasoned professionals (oh well, their loss).

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      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Negative work environment

      Jan 12, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Salary (if you have the right boss) - Time off at the end of December

      Cons

      - Managers don't take the time to get to know you. Many don't even do performance appraisals because they don't know who their employees are. Unqualified managers are in charge of hundreds of employees. - Senior management turns over frequently and hires/promotes friends. If you're not in the "in" club, good luck. - Reluctant to tell employees anything. Communication is non-existent and non-transparent. - You are just an employee number, nothing more. - No team building or employee functions beyond the Christmas party. - No work life balance. Have to work overtime and don't get paid for it and questioned for all the time you put on your timesheet. - Major backstabbing and people trying to screw each other over to get ahead. - If you want to work in another department you have to apply and you likely won't ever hear back from them. Moving around is quietly discouraged. - Very in-the-box and old school thinkers. Don't try to suggest new ways of doing things or give your opinion on anything. - Overall horrible morale and work environment with high turnover.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Reputation is based on paper only, not on reality

      Oct 4, 2013 -  
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Flexible work hours, good work-life balance and being involved in one-of-a-kind large-scale mega projects that very few other companies can ever get to

      Cons

      Being such a huge company, there is zero organization and coordination between different teams and divisions, even between different members of the same division! Work seems to be carried only for completion, without any insight. Very high level of connections and buddy-buddy system; it is not uncommon for underperforming staff to be kept, while good staff are let go or decide to leave themselves. No attention paid to staff concerns or opinions, senior management thinks they are the best and can do whatever they want. Pay is also lower or relatively lower than competing companies

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Bureaucratic mess. Top Heavy.

      Sep 11, 2014 - Environment & Water in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The projects are challenging, ground breaking and huge. Lateral level or mid-level employees (worker bees) are often very talented and fun to learn from and work with. Work-life balance is one of the best I've seen in a consulting company.

      Cons

      Senior management is a blind, bureaucratic mess. There is too much senior management, top heavy. Many deep cultural politics. No mentorship. And these seniors are often are not talented enough to be innovative, however, yet have worked for the company for a long time and therefore the culture within the company confuses talent capacity with seniority tender.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Worst Engineering Firm

      Jul 24, 2014 - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Not much other than some good co-workers/engineers and downtown offices

      Cons

      - If you have any dignity and want to work in a meaningful engineering firm, DO NOT WORK AT SNC - Highly unorganized and I can see why the senior management is in the news (Corruptions!) - Talent and thinking will get you in trouble and punished, working like a trained Monkey is what they look for - HR and IT need to understand they are SUPPORT staff and not the core business - Senior management will promote friends/family and not the hard working/talented staff. Also hearing management YELL at other people is common (I was shocked the first time it happened while everyone watched like business as usual) - SNC has big projects but most of the wok is sub-contracted to other companies, so you are trying to find work all the time in a BIG company (very annoying and painful) - Another point about above: We had a massive layoff 150 people in Vancouver, while they had Big projects (Evergreen Line, John Hart Dam etc) - SNC was late in paying a paycheck for 2 months (Bureaucracy at its worst) -

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Project Manger II

      Jul 27, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Diversity and opportunity to grow and learn.

      Cons

      Poor leadership from senior management. Lack of consideration for the valued and experienced employees. No compassion and poor handling of employees during restructuring. Dishonest and corrupt reputation on the international stage.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Project Coordinator

      Sep 14, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      -Great stock and RRSP benefits; -Flexible schedule once you build your reputation -Occasionally large projects, which if you are a part of, can be career changers

      Cons

      -Large layoffs and terminations during downturns -High rate of senior management changes -Cant move up via strong performance results - more of networking based -Applying to other internal postings is viewed as a negative within your own department

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Sinking Ship - Avoid.

      Mar 21, 2014 -  in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      As with all companies there are pros and cons. However the list of cons got longer as i spent more time in the organization and was able to observe how things were done (or rather not done) in various depts. The positives i took from my time at SNC: * I worked with some amazing people here in terms of skill set, experience and personality. (mainly senior level) * People are generally friendly. * Salary was comparable with current market rate. * Benefits were ok

      Cons

      * Generally very unorganized. Paperwork got 'lost' on such a regular basis that i started to scan everything and date it so i'd have a record/another copy. * Lack of employee engagement (they don't ask for regular or even semi regular feedback from employees. Morale is very low in parts of the company and they don't want to hear why or deal with trying to tackle it.) * They have a mandatory closure stance for the holidays. Fair enough. What's not fair is that they force employees to either use their vacation or to bank OT to cover this period. I've worked for other companies who closed over the holidays and paid employees the 2/3 days off. It was a small gesture that made a big impact with staff. * * 5 sick days are given to deal with illness, personal appointments etc. This is less that what i've been given in the past at other companies. I was ill with a flu/vomiting bug early in the year that used up my 5 days, which mean i was a ball of stress and worry about missing work and wages when i (and half the dept!) came down with a flu at the end of the year. * Performance review process was disorganized and updates unclearly communicated by HR. * People get away with stuff here that elsewhere would get them fired (project manager shouting expletives at a senior staff member; staff browsing internet for most of day) * Lack of proper orientation. Weeks after joining the company i had to chase down information that should have been presented at the orientation. * Technical systems are lacking. They implemented a change and brought in Oracle yet didn't offer anything other than basic training on it. In addition to this, other SNC offices in the US or Europe not using the same system which makes billing/invoicing/hours etc challenging. * Hard work and loyalty is not recognized. I worked with some stellar people who were quieter/less likely to bring attention to their achievements and from the companies perspective, they were just another cog in the wheel. There was no recognition of employees going above and beyond. It appears that if you are friendly with senior management or able to talk the talk and intent on ass kissing you'll get much further.

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      3 people found this review helpful
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