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Stantec Reviews

Updated August 20, 2017
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  • Certain projects require a surrender of work-life balance; poor estimation of project resources (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent environment of cooperative works between seniors professional and young motivated juniors engineers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Operations at Canada & the USA which open opportunities for interactions with multiple projects, multiple disciplines, and new technologies. This is a company with an effective safety policy and culture.

    Cons

    On frequent cases, concerns for the project in progress or a potential project and service need to wait for final decisions in headquarter in Canada.

    Advice to Management

    The level of decisions and financial authority for locals centers leads in the USA should be increased a little bit to gain a better operational performance with human resources, new clients and project risks evaluations.


  2. "HRIS analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    love the people I worked with

    Cons

    poor culture, management and training

  3. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top 10 Engineering and Construction company. If you want scale globally and your skills are what they need, there's opportunity.

    Cons

    This company is built through Mergers and Acquisitions so expect a fair amount of chaos as the acquire, slice and dice and re-purpose the assets they acquire. Expect a lot of uncertainty and uneasiness due to the fact that you've either been acquired, or there may be a company being acquired that changes the work dynamics. Additionally, there long-time CEO just announced his retirement, so expect a lot of uncertainty as the new leadership marches in.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Design Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Design Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Design Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to work on various types of jobs

    Cons

    Navigating a 23,000 person firm can be a bit overwhelming


  6. "Employee"

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

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    Ample opportunity for growth. Great team environment. Friendly environment

    Cons

    Learning the position is rushed. Many distractions and no dedicated training space to help clearly focus on the task being learned.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a learning environment with minimal distractions to increase learning ability.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Nothing special"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I liked my coworkers. It was really relaxed and low stress. I barely saw my manager. Huge company with a lot of resources.

    Cons

    I barely saw my manager. There wasn't any room for growth. The company is so big and has so many disparate offices that I think it's easy for talent to get lost in the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ways to make your company feel like a company and not just dozens of different fiefdoms that are doing their own thing.

  8. "landscape designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stantec full-time

    Pros

    stable global company with generous benefits

    Cons

    standard cons of global company. Slow to make changes. Seniority more prized than productivity.


  9. "Good Benefits, Impossible to get ahead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Generous vacation time. Friendly corporate culture. Nice offices with open space floor design. Marketing of the "stantec" brand was well done.

    Cons

    Highly lacking diversity in upper level management, basically run by all old white males. Pays way under market value. Lacking good IT equipment. The resources from one business center to another vastly differ to the point where it doesn't feel like one company.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ways to work collaboratively between BCs, assess regional appropriateness of pay, give more women and minorities a seat at the table in upper level management.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible,no job security ,no severence,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They will give you a job in some new merger or acquistion.You will be bought in to fix Stantec problems then got rid of. They also furlough people to get out of paying severence.

    Cons

    They mislead staff and new hires and get rid of people once a problem is fixed.No loyalty..expensive benefits.No job security. They don't value staff in any department and many departments are low paid . The senior mangers who have bene there for a long long time like in RIhcmond VA, are just rude, non caring people who dont care baout staff. .Nicknamed " the "body shop" in the business.Health funds disappear,pay goes missing.HR ignores problem.Stantec is a Mergers and Acquisitions compnay wiht bad long time senor management. so expect a fair amount of chaos as the acquire, slice and dice and re-purpose the assets they acquire. They also furlough people to get out of paying severence.

    Advice to Management

    Pay my husband the severence due.You horrible people who have made life very very difficult.he did nothing but good work for you.Chuck in RIchmond you are appalling.


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