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TransCanada Canada Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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TransCanada President, CEO, and Director Russell K. (Russ) Girling
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  • Average leadership, very political, Old boys club culture plays in for leadership roles (in 9 reviews)

  • There is still a large faction (about 50%) of the manager and higher level that have the "old boys club" mentality (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Generally a great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Good Pay. Great Corporate Culture. Lots of excellent people. A good variety of work and opportunity for advancement. Getting experience all over the company is encouraged. Good support for training.

    Cons

    Leadership changes constantly and leaders are not necessarily technically competent in the area they are leading. Going through a long and protracted reorganization at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    IT needs stable and technically competent leadership, down to the manager level. Values need to be enforced top to bottom.


  2. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Pipe Integrity Engineering in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Pipe Integrity Engineering in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at TransCanada as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of work in Pipe Integrity, but you are compensated well for your work.
    The colleagues were very helpful as they helped with the learning on the job. Overall it is a great company to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes it ended up being a lot of work. It was also sometimes challenging work but you end up overcoming those challenges and becoming much more competent on the job.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Too Many Chiefs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TransCanada (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Defined Benefit Pension Plan, People generally very pleasant to deal with. Nice work locations. Education assistance once you pass even at the lower levels.

    Cons

    - Lots of people giving orders, not many actually doing the work.
    - Nepotism throughout the ranks.. Promotions/ who goes or stays mainly due to the buddy system or being related etc.
    - Lots of dead weight in management positions. In many departments managers don't do any work.
    - Doer's don't get any of the credit creating a bit of a bad aura in some ways.
    - You can get put in the wrong position due to layoffs etc. with little to no opportunities to get out. Career goes sideways.

    Advice to Management

    - Understand what is involved in certain positions before making cuts.
    - Cut down on levels of management. Managers sitting around directing traffic while employees have large work loads. Managers of 3-4 people who do basically nothing aren't needed.
    - Respect the people that are actually doer's more.


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  5. "EIT Contractor review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransCanada as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good communication from leaders, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    lots of office politics, mostly hiring contractors


  6. "Supply Chain Level 4 Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Level IV in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Level IV in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, Benefits, Vacation, Health plan

    Cons

    Highly unreliable job status in a volatile economic segment.


  7. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TransCanada as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company embraces diversity. It has a highly multi-cultural workforce.

    Cons

    They had a very efficient and harsh approach to downsizing


  8. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TransCanada (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers and great benefits. A lot of autonomy in my role.

    Cons

    Not much support from management, it all seemed to be a game of who can smooze the best even if they didn't produce anything. Living under constant layoff threats for three years is a difficult if not impossible environment to work in. Some managers were excellent leaders whilst others were just biding their time.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your employees have the resources and support they need to do their jobs and know what they do. Don't cover up overtime with time in lieu that never gets taken when another resource needs to be allocated to share the load. Trust your employees and get rid of the dead weight instead of the good workers who produce actual results.


  9. "Good experience as intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransCanada as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    (Experience may vary, TC hires a lot of interns and some get lucky like me, others do not and end up pushing paper for a year)
    - Lots of responsibilities, working on real projects
    - Get to go on field trips if you show interest
    - People are nice and helpful
    - Lots of freedom as long as work gets done, no micro-management
    - Good work-life balance if you make it so, don't become the 'intern yes-man' that everyone dumps their work on

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy is frustrating, lots of unnecessary steps to go through for everything
    - Very inefficient a carrying out their projects in terms of costs
    - Can get really boring due to the above (waiting for approval)
    - Lots of dead weight at the company
    - Not much room to learn as an EIT, many interns do the exact same work as them
    - Lots of nepotism for summer/intern/EIT positions and promotions

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that teams requesting interns have a plan for training and developing them, rather than having them do menial tasks


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Subject Matter Expert"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Senior and middle management is clueless of their role. No clear objectives or goals for employees. Copy and paste mentality for system programs. Inexperienced employees getting promotions. No rules or guidelines. Complete chaos. An organization without direction

    Advice to Management

    Cost cutting will cost the reputation of this organization in the long run


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Pluses and Minuses"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Document Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Document Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, some of the managers are excellent and allow for flexible work hours. Great ergonomic support and they provide you with great work hardware. Benefits package is very competitive.

    Cons

    It is a gamble what kind of manager you wind up with. With the downturn in oil it is random who is going to stay and who goes. It is still a bit of an old boys club and in some groups it is the people kissing up to the management who are protected from layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you promote into management rolls. Make sure they are also in the appropriate department so that the people working under them can be properly supported.


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