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TransCanada Reviews

Updated April 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 (2)

    "They'll burn you out and throw you away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a regulated utility, it is fairly stable in comparison to the oil and gas industry.

    Cons

    Overwork is encouraged, even demanded. No support for employees when the inevitable burnout occurs.
    As a regulated utility, it can tend to have an overly bureaucratic mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people instead of using them up and discarding them. You would then earn their loyalty and keep their experience for the benefit of the company.


  2. "TransCanada Pipelines"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is an opportunity for growth if you want to work hard and take on new challenges, however it can take a long time.

    Cons

    The work can get repetitive and become less of a challenge. If you like to take on new tasks it can be boring work.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talented employees and give them challenges in order to grow. The industry can fluctuate so reassure employees during the hard times.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Creativity Not Rewarded"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and challnging work.
    Very professional people work there who are committed to doing a good job.
    Good compensation practices and excellent benefits.
    There is a general understanding at the corporate level about the importance of investing in people.

    Cons

    It is a very structured work environment where there seems to be a policy, procedure or process for everything and anything. If you are a creative, self starting individual, this is not the place for you. If you like structure, clear objectives and favor management over leadership - this may be a good place for you to work.

    Advice to Management

    Not all of the intellectual capital in the organization is held at the VP level and above. Actually inspiring people to take the initiative and do work to the best of their ability will likely pay some real dividends.


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  5. "Working at TransCanada good for your pension not good for your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall compenstaion and pension plan. Very friendly personnel.

    Cons

    Incompetent middle managment. Unclear directions. Very low oppourtunity for advancement. Too much politics. Too much process red tape. Huge disconnects between various departments

    Advice to Management

    Too many management layers. Need to focus on getting the job done rather than sharpening their political skills.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad, but it could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very happy with peers. A lot of great people to work with.

    Cons

    The work seems to be biased by individual manager agendas. When you have politically driven work and sneaky / ambitious management who are interested in looking good to their superiors, it creates an environment ripe with partisans - those who the managers favor vs those who don't. Progress for those who don't obviously is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Newsflash - the Peak Performance and Leadership development program is not working! Stop measuring this program by surveying the managers. Survey the ones who receive the leadership..and not just once a year with the 360 degree reviews. Managers find ways to identify the ones who give negative reviews..and punish them.


  7. "Not what you know, It's who you know!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people
    Good location
    Good projects to work on

    Cons

    Extreme amount of favoritism
    Poor communication on management to the point of hiding
    Poor distribution of workload

    Advice to Management

    Seriously look at the managers and directors you put in positions they are not qualified to handle


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you are okay with taking orders"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great especially for the calgary market

    Cons

    People, especially the more senior staff and management - tends to be filled with 'yes' people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TransCanada full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, short-term and long-term incentive compensation

    Cons

    The culture is in conflict to the values


  10. "Not a company you want to work for if you expect to be mentored"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package with great stock purchase plan and pension.

    Cons

    Management usually did not have people management skills. Poor Managers across the company that only care about their own compensation packages. I would not recommend this as a company to work for if you are looking to start your career.

    Salary is average and work demands are high. My manager, in particular, stole my work products and isolated me from the rest of the team and blocked me from any career development opportunities.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Salary, poor culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Forecasted company growth and reputation in industry for major projects department
    -Recent organizational transformation

    Cons

    Current company culture and antiquated 1970s style management practices
    Lack of development and training opportunities for employees
    Relatively undervalued bonuses when compared to other oil and gas companies

    Advice to Management

    retain skilled employees by focusing on employee development and training opportunities.
    Improve financial incentives and corporate bonus structure in order to attract top talent.


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