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Stantec Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  • They preach work life balance but dont practice it (in 14 reviews)

  • Too much middle to upper management with little value (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "They will integrate you"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Stantec part-time

    Pros

    There are some really great people who work here, with the best intentions for building a diverse community and building an excellent portfolio.

    Cons

    Management is constantly in flux and is never sure to remain stable, leading to a complete breakdown of accurate information, ladders to leadership, and collaboration across senior levels. The Stantec model is to buy up high performing firms and integrate them into the Stantec community but they provide no tools or benefits of being a part of a megalith company. Our benefits became less comprehensive under Stantec, as well as less family and woman friendly. The sense of community the former firm had will be broken down and re-assimalated into "Stantec" while also diluting the effectiveness of its leadership and community. Upper management frequently gets propelled into the amorphous, mutable ether of Stantec upper leadership while the rest get stagnated in deeper layers of bureaucracy. They talk a lot about values but rarely do those values become enacted into anything greater than public mantra.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more women leaders and foster greater collaboration and transparency between the hierarchy. The leadership that exists is predominantly male with very few clear opportunities for education and career growth. Everything is about what you can do for the company and very rarely about what the company can do for you.


  2. "Nice Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    There are a lot of

  3. "Great place to start"

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

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

    Pros

    Some great projects. Great experience out of school to work with this company

    Cons

    Favoritism and some managers didn't know what they were doing in certain departments. Advancement was hard because too many people at same level

    Advice to Management

    Really evaluate a persons relative skills to help them succeed at that company.


  4. "Overall a good experience. Normal challenges one would expect working in a large organization."

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    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people make all the difference: great mentors, peers, and interns to learn from and learn with. Managers generally listen to people's concerns, ideas, and desires for professional fulfillment. Projects are interesting and range from size and scope, giving a lot of learning opportunities, as well as creative freedom

    Cons

    People do not seem to transfer between teams as much as they may wish to in order to broaden their experience on projects, phases, and teams


  5. "CAD Tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    They Have great Health Insurance.

    Cons

    Having to travel out of town.


  6. "EIT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, Steady Workload, Fair benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to advance within the company ranks


  7. "GIS analyst"

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    Former Employee - GIS Analyst
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allowed to work on special projects and take the time to learn new skills with shown initiative. This company is engaged in the GIS community and well respected.

    Cons

    Company culture does not show a lot of diversity. Management is switched around and left in the dark. You're told one thing, then expected to deliver another. This is not a company that is interested in keeping valuable employees, but ones that demonstrate submissive behavior and a low profile.

    Advice to Management

    Not much advice to management except to speak with transparency and honesty... if you're allowed.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Need to accomadate more experienced engineers in Philly office."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, flx time. Architects and Interior designers top notch.

    Cons

    Engineering dept in state of disarray. Fish bowl work environment. Mgmt bending over backwards to keep young staff. No tolerance for attitudes and demeanor that accommodates experienced staff. QA/QC shotty at best. Specs are appropriated for old MasterSpec. 11 bil company doesn't have subscription. Change impossible as the adage is "That is the way we always did it". Felt the company lacked polish. Growth thru acquisitions. HR in need of maturity.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing will help until it is addressed from the top.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Too many hands in the pot"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are offices everywhere so many people have the option to relocate. When your company gets acquired, they let you keep your same salary, and there's good benefits and 401k match.

    Cons

    You go from a small firm of having high status to suddenly being the small step child. There are too many hands in the pot and everyone thinks the other person will take care of it. Theres a ton of miscommunication. Theres the fear of things changing dramatically from the great benefits you had at the small firm to now going by the rule book of Stantec. Lets see, I get blocked on the internet trying to access sites that I need to do my job all the time... that's fun. You lose a lot of the culture that you had when you were a small company, mostly because a ton of employees will jump ship quickly after being acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Take a break from buying companies and focus on those you already have.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not a Pleasant Experience to be Acquired by Stantec"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are good Employees who are not upper management.

    Cons

    A complete disaster to be acquired by Stantec. You are considered fodder for Wall Street and the bottom line for management and stockholders.

    Advice to Management

    I see Bob Gomes is leaving at the end of 2017, so that is a great start. Does he care about anything but the next acquisition?


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