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Stantec Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Certain projects require a surrender of work-life balance; poor estimation of project resources (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management not in the same office as their teams, have no idea of what is actually going on in the local marketplaces - huge disconnect (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Good Stable Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very Structured
    - Stable
    - Nice People to work with and for (Probably one of the nicest set of PM's I've ever work with who are cool under pressure)
    - Very flexible with time off and let you select your own work periods
    - Opportunity to move up or to different offices

    Cons

    - Poor Company culture , not enough events and points where you can really mingle with an office of 300+ ( I think that this is the company's biggest downfall - they lose out on the opportunity to really make this place a great place to work instead of just a good/stable place to spend 37.5 hours of your time every week)
    - Different departments work separately from each other

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at start up companies who are truly starting to incorporate exciting, fun and proactive company culture into their every day routine (it doesn't take that much time and it's really not that expensive). I think you'll hold on to some really talented people for longer creating a happier work space that people are excited to come to. Don't get lost in just completing projects one after another - create a great base for all of your employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Group Of People"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bim Manager in Hauppauge, NY
    Current Employee - Bim Manager in Hauppauge, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This has to be some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Their hard work and devotion is incredible. Every person here is completely understanding and does astonishing work. Absolutely love working here.

    Cons

    Typical Corporate Issues.
    Not a great medical coverage

    Advice to Management

    Never Stop Pushing The Envelope and recognize a person's work. Do not forget to reward those for their hard work instead of having them to ask...

  3. "HRIS analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    love the people I worked with

    Cons

    poor culture, management and training


  4. "My Time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Water in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Water in London, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good colleagues, benefits, offices, work environment

    In general, a good place to work with lots offices and plenty of interesting projects going around for you to get involved with.

    Cons

    -Senior leadership can turn a deaf ear to issues

    Not many cons, the company works hard at making sure everyone is happy. Management needs to focus on employee recognition a little more.

    Advice to Management

    People are your most valuable asset, ensure they are heard and valued


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. 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.


  7. "Bons avantages sociaux mais terrible environnement de travail"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Parmi les meilleurs avantages sociaux
    Salaires assez compétitifs

    Cons

    Environnement de travail
    Conciliation famille/travail
    Équipe de direction

    Advice to Management

    Saluer les employés lorsque vous les croisez dans les couloirs

  8. "Ok place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool downtown location and good benefits . The PM's are generally good and upper mgmt is supportive.

    Cons

    Can sometimes feel like a cog in a wheel rather than part of the wheel. It would be great to focus on more face to face communication.


  9. "Acquisition Overload - Beware of Restructuring"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in London, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Potentially interesting and large projects
    Intelligent Staff
    Variety of service lines within the company

    Cons

    Immense pressure to be at over 80% utilized. If you are not, you are told to take time off (or use vacation) to keep the numbers up.
    Budgets for projects can be very tight (to stay competitive) so you end up working on your own time (e.g. for free) just to get the job done as they don't want write-offs.
    Upper management not in the same office as their teams, have no idea of what is actually going on in the local marketplaces - huge disconnect.
    Constantly buying up smaller firms, every six months there seems to be a "restructuring" (layoffs).

    Advice to Management

    It might cost some dollars to bring in business but don't put all of your eggs into one basket to get the "big fish". Different cities have different marketplaces and the "one-size-fits-all" mantra doesn't work.


  10. "Technologist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technologist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technologist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Spacious office.

    Vacation for 3 weeks.

    Helpful and friendly colleagues!

    Good benefits health/fitness .

    Big Clients.

    Paid to volunteer in the community.

    Many events throughout the year, and groups milestones.

    Cons

    Good people don't stay .

    Very disorganized company without proper standards.

    Poor promotion.

    A lot of "it is not my fault".

    Boring repetitive work.

    Office politics.

    Too much middle to upper management with little value.

    Poor estimation of project resources

    Projects require a surrender of work-life balance.

    Company slogans are total hypocrisy.

    Every team has it's own culture.

    Advice to Management

    You are the problem


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