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Updated March 26, 2017
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  • Certain projects require a surrender of work-life balance; poor estimation of project resources (in 12 reviews)

  • HR will gossip about the concerns you brought forth to the perpetrators (most likely upper management) which only exacerbates the situation (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Dissappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Architect Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Junior Architect Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautifully appointed, well maintained physical office facilities. Lots of company social events and reasonable quality lunch/ learn seminars.

    Cons

    Top-down hire and fire culture. Layoffs are common. "Polite and openly friendly with a dagger in your back culture".

    Managers are well paid, and are always in meetings, rarely in the trenches with project staff. Will blame team members for any problems on their work teams. Middle management, ie Project Managers are more powerful than anyone else, but often refuse to take ownership of project losses, ie of their poor management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate your bi-annual 20% staff layoff, and give people a chance to grow with your company..3-year tenure, minimum. Hire more selectively and less frequently.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Low wages,no bonuses, wages go missing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Varied work and projects, varied work and projects with opportunity to work on varied work and projects, offices okay, colleagues okay.

    Cons

    We have done a great job for your company ,over and above, but Very average or low wages for qualified professionals mid and senior management, wages go missing frequently and have to chase up...we were missing over $500.00 on wages at Christmas and still not rectified-where is our pay?we were offered the 5% pay rise but missing wages??, no christmas or year end bonuses, no company incentives or bonus ...compared with other USA companies

    Advice to Management

    fire payroll, increase wages for professionals and mid to senior level management, give bonuses or christmas presents, do corporate retreats for families like ALL other companies in USA,find missing wages for staff, sort out the hierarchy so staff have someone to complain to about missing wages, find missing wages, provide better compensation packages.Other companies offer more...just offering health insurance out of peoples wages anyway isnt enough.We are actively seeking employment elsewhere that starts at $30 000 more as it should.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Welcome to Stantec, get packing......"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pro's are if they decide to keep you then you can enjoy the corporate life for awhile.

    Cons

    If they decide to keep you then you hold your breathe each quarter then their profit is not enough for the shareholders so someone has to go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep paying the bonuses and adding the perks because the work lifestyle provided wears on the employees quick. Also a complete overhaul of upper management is needed, the managers brought on from acquisitions are not qualified. Atleast in the North East.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Vice President in South Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Broad spectrum of projects. Some opportunities to interact with experts. Offices are located in many areas. Nice people in some locations.

    Cons

    Very low respect for administrative staff and lower tier personnel.
    Management is terrible and unaware of reality.
    Growing too fast and stubborn resulting in high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure and outsource human relations and top management.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "IT support"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Mostly nice people in the office; day hours with weekends off. Paid holiday week between Christmas and New Year.

    Cons

    Manager is an egotistical tyrant. If you're not one of his few favorites, you're done. Huge disparity in yearly income.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be replaced with someone who is fair and ethical. Everyone in IT is always looking over their shoulder wonderingwho will be next to go.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Environmental Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Staff Specialist in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Project Staff Specialist in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Company management in Canada is good.

    Cons

    The current existing lady who is office manager and her former supervisor, now her assistant, are not good to work with. They manage this branch as their own company and bully the staff. Since her management, all professionals left the company. They don't treat people well and use the company money as their own. If both of these are not at this branch, it will be a nice place to work. Upper management from Canada or Sacramento should thoroughly inspect the office. Office in charge should be assigned to someone with professional background.

    Advice to Management

    The existing office manager and her coworker (senior scientist) should not be assigned as this branch's lead. They enjoy to bully employees. Office lead should be someone with professional background with many years of experience in office management.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Better before the acquisition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company was wonderful prior to acquisition- great moral - core values and genuinely cared about the Employees.

    Cons

    Too many changes - imagine they wanted to see my Marriage license and my kids BC's before they would add them to Insurance plan- you could go take that request and shove it...

    Advice to Management

    Take into consideration the employees personalities before you shove this Canadian crap down our American throats.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best start for entry levels"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Competitive pay
    Friendly employees
    Stock options
    Big company feel

    Cons

    Management is a mess
    Perfection is always expected; mistakes will be ridiculed and you could become a scapgoat
    Unprofessional, judgmental environment; Bosses play "favorites"
    Not a good first job for any beginning engineer

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on developing young professionals.
    Get rid of unqualified managers


  10. Helpful (7)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stantec (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.

    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.

    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "the great culture erosion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, TN
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stantec (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good holiday schedule and OK benefits. The company also has good community outreach efforts.ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    After the merger, your design leadership will loose focus on the local market, your resources will be spread out to other offices in the organization. The gradual removal of the personal factor within your office will drive talented staff to competition. Business management model is bottom line driven and much focused on profitability.

    Advice to Management

    If you allow the gradual erosion of the unique company culture that made you a success PRIOR to the merger into Stantec, you will continue to see talented and driven staff walk to find greener pastures. Do not forget the people who brought you here and celebrate their talents and give recognition!


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