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TransCanada Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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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. Helpful (6)

    "Dissspointed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good severance pay when letting people go

    Cons

    Connections prevails over quality of people

    Advice to Management

    Keep paying good severance pay. That is the best part of working for TransCanada.


  2. "transcanada review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TransCanada full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and very good salary. I started there with four weeks vacation and they provided twelve flex day as well as three extra log weekends.

    Cons

    was not very challenging. the others did not work together. found that leadership didn't communicate and did not hold admins with any regard

    Advice to Management

    treat all your staff equally.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Going downhill with no end in sight"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex time and vacation are good but I don't expect that to last.

    Cons

    Used to be a culture that fostered development and innovation. People were valued and rewarded for hard work, team efforts and results. I was proud to be part of this organization and loved going to work everyday.

    Now instead of using inhouse talent, the senior management hires consulting firms for millions to re organize the business and drive down costs and ensure EPS is on target and gets rid of valuable experience and acumen to pay for it. Benefits packages are less attractive, salaries and advancements are declining and the senior lead team values do not seem to align with the actual values on the website. Team effort and innovation as well as responsibility and safety are now replaced with a "do it fast, do it cheap, and if you don't we will get rid of you mentality". This has fostered a new culture of distrust, politics are worse than ever, and employees are basically told they are lucky to be employed so don't think for yourselves and keep your head down. This creates behaviours that are unhealthy and do not drive the best results. Most of TC's talent and experienced professionals were let go this past two years and there are more consultants running around than ever. Hard work is not rewarded. People are not valued and there is little hope for upward movement. Also- bonus structures are changing that decrease compensation for supporting staff while the executives are making huge sums from their bonuses and ESUs due to record profits during a time of mass layoffs across Canada and US this year. Not very engaging.

    Also - the amount of re organizations, layoffs, acquisitions, moves create a muddy environment for objectives and ultimately results. How are you supposed to develop as an employee and deliver results when you have a new leader every four months? This is not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    A company is only as good as its employees. Listen to your middle management team. Think about the career path of front line management. You cannot be a top company in the industry if you have no employees that care or that have skin in the game. When your employees show no interest in development plans it should be a hint that the jobs are becoming less attractive. Also- the old boys club gets old. It's the 21st century. Diversity isn't a buzzword anymore. And the new unapproachable dynasty of Vice Presidents, Senior VPs, and executives is not very progressive.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Subject Matter Expert"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  6. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, great vacation and compensation

    Cons

    Lots of opportunities for improvement


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, large corporation, and vacation.

    Cons

    Management, in the states and Canada.

    Advice to Management

    you jump too much into changes without a true plan and understanding. There is very little oversite and accountability.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, steady work, some amazing coworkers,
    Location, depending on department you have the ability to grow within the company itself.

    Cons

    Lack of integrity, trust, managers and some coworkers turn a blind eye and blame others for things they have done wrong. Valid proof is not taken unless you are a manager as a managers word is gold to an employee.
    The unfairness within a department causing such sleepless nights due to stress is unbelievable.

    Advice to Management

    When your given proof of misbehavior, you should take a look at it and not disregard.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Field Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Vacation is very liberal. If you can prove 10 years of relevant experience, they automatically give you 4 weeks plus everyone gets 40 hrs personal time in addition.
    In the past pay was competitive, but has fallen off over the last few years.

    Cons

    HUGE divide at the US/Canadian border. Canada get more $, more personal time, more holidays, and all of the upper management positions. It's two different companies, just depends on which side of the border you live.
    Procedure driven........check your brain at the door.
    Bonuses are shrinking. No raises in 2016.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people doing the work. Their actions make the company money, not someone sitting in the office. Work life balance should be always, not just when slow or convenient to management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    TCPL has good medical benefits and relaxed work environment for the Houston downtown office.

    Cons

    Company is run with Calgary mentality and the new Columbia Gas Pipeline acquisition

    Advice to Management

    care about the US employees, not only the CPG group


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Not the Greatest Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation program, flex days, benefits plan

    Cons

    Very top heavy, incompetent management, lack of innovation, poor morale, people locked into pensions that don't want to be there, slow to get things done, people promoted into management that do not have the people skills, large and unwieldly burocracy, low employee morale, traditional, inflexible, employees not treated with much respect,

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees when they are dissatisfied with their management.
    Promote competent people from within.
    Reduce the layers of management.
    More management training programs.
    Don't rely on pension as the main retention tool.


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