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Stantec Architect Reviews

Updated Oct 16, 2019

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3.1
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Stantec President and CEO Gord Johnston
Gord Johnston
3 Ratings
  1. "Project Architect - Company acquired by Stantec"

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    Former Employee - Project Architect Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are lots of resources and people to turn to for help and support. Positive work environment.

    Cons

    Can be a lot of extra paperwork and standards to follow because it is such a large company.

    Stantec2019-10-16
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Warning! Don't work here!"

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    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a coffee machine

    Cons

    Completely underwhelming work and few opportunities for growth or creativity

    Stantec2019-02-27
  3. Helpful (1)

    "It’s in a holding pattern"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are not many good reasons to work here

    Cons

    Employees are not motivated to do well Company does not treat design staff with respect

    Stantec2019-01-28
  4. "Good Benefits and Good People"

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    Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Folks work hard and care about what they do. Stantec wins large and prestigious work across North America

    Cons

    The usual corporate bureaucracy of large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Help folks understand how to get additional compensation.

    Stantec2018-08-21
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Big Company. Bennies are nice. People are fantastic.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost. Feels like a huge company. Stantec "safety moments" before every meeting. Super impersonal and feels like everything is done for the sake of lawyers and for legal/profit building reasons.

    Stantec2018-01-25
  6. "Full Time Review"

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    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Leadership! The company allows plenty of room to tailor your future endeavors.

    Cons

    Lack of youth in my office

    Stantec2017-08-17
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong safety culture and some dedicated professionals.

    Cons

    Same tired corporate approach to recognizing the individual through their CDPR yearly review process, which goes nowhere. Management is weak and inefficient. You never know what's going to happen next. Internal communication is just as weak as management and they are both linked together. If you are a professional, you do your best and plan for the worst, due to weak managers who just don't have the chops. Dreadful.

    Advice to Management

    A large company like Stantec should not have lapses in securing work that result in employee layoffs. Put the marketing teams to work and improve your hands on, in-the-trenches management, which is non-existent. Lots of heat but no light internally. Just a bunch of talk. You can't become one of the top ten design firms in the world just through acquisitions. Stantec is losing talent and will continue to lose Architects by not paying attention to staff and to the right metrics. By the way, many don't think you care anyway.

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    Stantec2017-06-19
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Project Architect"

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    Current Employee - Project Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, good projects, opportunities at major cities. There is a great office culture at some office locations. Compensation package is comparable to other mid-to large AE firms.

    Cons

    This company is expanding their operations thru un-controlled acquisitions. The integration process is a nightmare. A lot of unnecessary corporate procedures, training and forms need to be filled.

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaged on the day to day aspects of the practice. Not everything is profit. Get to know your pears and their interest. Strengthen the culture by promoting company events.

    Stantec2016-10-09
  9. Helpful (8)

    "So You've Been Acquired By Stantec..."

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    Project Architect in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stantec for more than 8 years

    Pros

    In general, Stantec's message to new acquisitions is, "If you're doing something that works well, don't change it." If you are in a position below the Project Manager level, this is largely true. Your company was acquired for what it is already doing well, and in general Stantec does not step in to change your project delivery processes. Upon my company's acquisition, there was not an immediate round of layoffs and/or house-cleaning. (although it eventually happened to some people...) Like any company, there are plenty of great people to work with if you seek them out.

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    Cons

    Stantec is singularly focused on acquisitions and how to plug new companies into their existing framework - there is little to no focus on organic growth and/or how to improve the way things are done. They are not a known entity in the Buildings industry, so you'll spend a lot of time explaining to clients who Stantec is and what they do. If just acquired, you are about to become part of a "Business Center" (formerly called a "Profit Center"), in which Oracle data is king. For any Project Manager or above who might be reading this, your world is about to get turned upside down. For everyone else, you will mostly just experience a laser focus on your utilization rate and completing timesheets on time, due to the manner in which Stantec recognizes revenue/profit. IT and HR support will become more impersonal and less helpful, and your local IT/HR support might be replaced by remote support. Your internet speed will probably get slower and web browsing will become restricted (so long, Youtube software tutorials). In my experience, Stantec noticeably lagged the DC market in terms of salaries, and the benefits were not as good as I'd expect from such a large company. Bonuses occur at an odd time of year relative to other firms and are tied to the performance of the entire corporation, not just the success of your projects, office, or even your whole business line.

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    Advice to Management

    Put more of a focus on organic growth. People want to feel like they're part of an organically-growing office/company, and not that their company is constantly buying new revenue streams as existing offices bleed talented staff. Take a hard look at your systems/policies and how they can be improved to help current employees be more productive - don't just make things optimized for plugging in an acquisition. Re-brand the Buildings group as its own entity. That business line is uniquely different from all others within Stantec and the lack of a recognizable brand within the AEC industry is detrimental on many fronts. Make bonuses specific to each business line and/or business center and give local management the final say on staff bonuses from a set pool. Stagnant bonuses after a notably successful year in one business line, due to low oil prices impacting another, is a disincentive. Having corporate management adjust/approve individual bonuses for staff they have never met is a similar disincentive, and eliminates an employee's sense of any correlation between performance and bonus.

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    Stantec2016-06-20
  10. Helpful (1)

    "an ok firm that is stale in its design focus"

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    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    my co-workers were nice and friendly. I had a lot of fun with them, very open with a good sense of humor. Stantec is a giant company with over 15k employees so there are great opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects. The Boston office location is great and they make sure they are easily commutable. 401k match is good (4% match)

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible. The biggest issue with them is getting your time card in on time and meeting your utility rate. They are soft on their design focus and do little to break new ground. There is little mentoring and your career path is solely up to you to develop, they have no follow up on the items outlined in past reviews. Their software\IT department is 15years behind their peers (dated file management process, dated internet connections\pipeline and their issuance of new machines are very slow). Salary is low, health insurance is expensive and not good coverage.

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    Stantec2016-01-26
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