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Stantec Reviews

Updated December 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great for considering work-life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, employees are friendly (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Projects require a surrender of work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Too much middle to upper management with little value (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Project Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Staff is friendly and nice.

    Cons

    No leadership among senior staff. Impossible utilization goals are foisted on employees that they cannot meet.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. They are your most valuable asset.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Management and cheap salary hierarchy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package, including 401K matching and maternity leave

    Cons

    Success is focused on utilization vs. dollars which creates an environment to treat employees like a data report rather than focusing on how optimizing employee strengths and encouraging growth. Unfortunately the former encourages an environment of back stabbing and high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time focused on utilization numbers and guiding compensation packages using a strict assessment report rather than actual strengths that would benefit both the employee and employer.

  3. "Billable Hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    +Lots of support available
    +Big projects
    +Flexible hours

    Cons

    -disconnected management
    -layers of red tape
    -terrible local labor pool
    -underpaid and overworked

    Advice to Management

    Promote a better team spirit and camaraderie.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "What could be great is lost in the chaos."

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Design Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The larger firm has the right philosophy overall - “People First” , “Do the Right Thing”, etc. and from what I hear, other offices within Stantec are great places to work- great projects, good design, stable leadership, nice culture and true integrated design projects.

    Cons

    Infighting amongst the local senior leadership and the number of principals that have come and gone in a very short period of time has resulted in a very unstable, high-anxiety environment to work in, causing it very difficult to keep talented staff. Given the fact that New York City is a very competitive market for architecture and design services the opportunities are enormous but with the internal issues those opportunities are lost.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware that you are not invisible to the staff and be more professional with each other to be the example of leadership to those who will follow you. Get out of your own way so that the talent can do the great work and more opportunities will present themselves.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits they were very affordable

    Cons

    When they acquired our company-they cut my pay by 25%


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Architect"

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

    I worked at Stantec full-time (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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It all depends on what team you are in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects that engage the entry level engineer.

    Cons

    Managing staff micro-manages and are not willing to help employees.

    Advice to Management

    Place more importance on developing your employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management clueless"

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

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Fully vested right away.

    Cons

    Management doesn't pay attention to the employees. Bad managers stay and good ones get let go.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. If they tell you that a manager is bad for moral, take their word. Don't keep perpetuating the cycle of frustration and apathy needs to stop or you will just keep losing people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Values on Paper Only"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure and resources, investment in technology and marketing systems. However the personal experience is non existent. Expands by acquisitions. No other word to describe.

    Cons

    It's a pyramid, expected to fit a mold. Diversity only for the worker bees. Management is an exclusive club. Watch you back especially from who smiles at your face but cons against your success

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Poorly managed company"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Designer
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offices located in nearly every major city.

    Cons

    Purely an acquisition company, from our offices experience. Quality of work takes a back seat to profit margins. Prior to being integrated into Stantec, we had upper management come in and sell us on the idea of sharing resources (people, expertise, workload) with other offices. Since we've become a part of Stantec, we've realized the current standard operating procedures doesn't promote office partnerships, but in fact discourages it. Meaning if one office is struggling to find work, it's in the best interest of another office to hoard all the work or they could find themselves in the same situation.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your core values: We put people first, We do what is right, We are better together, We are driven to achieve.


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