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TransCanada Reviews

Updated November 15, 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 (3)

    "Decent Salary, poor culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  2. "IS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively good pay but what use if you will end by getting an ulcer or a heart attack trying to manage the work load

    Cons

    If you are part of services or if you are a support person you have no life, the level of stress is high and damaging to your personal life and health

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Contract Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransCanada part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bring a utility, it isn't subject to the full extent of the Oil and Gas boom and bust cycke

    Cons

    Very political. Management is very old school.
    Employees below managers are commodities

    Advice to Management

    Empower and engage the front line staff


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good if you do not care about the outcome"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good coworkers (for the most part)
    - Good work hours, flex days, vacation days
    - Good bonuses in March
    - Opportunities to move within the company
    - Office locations are great if you are working in Calgary

    Cons

    - Pay is below average for an oil and gas company
    - Incompetent management is the root cause of all problems. They create more problems than solve any of them. Almost all of them are clueless on how the company actually works/makes money.
    - Managers do not understand what individuals on their own teams do
    - Large organization means everyone works in silos, so do not expect any communication. No open door policies here.
    - Stress levels are high on average, make sure you are healthy if you want to work!
    - Lots of "dummy weight" employees who provide no benefit to anyone
    - Most corporate policies lack common sense
    - Large company means nothing gets done quickly or efficiently
    - Lots of turnover in some groups, and lots of unhappy people in others
    - HR is useless, so do not bother asking questions
    - Benefits are average, nothing special

    Advice to Management

    N/A since management does not listen to anything


  5. "Senior Contract Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    TransCanada is a famous midstream company and successfully running power, gas & oil distribution business for many years. Working with TransCanada shall renew my knowledge on midstream industry and keep me competitive in my career in this field.

    Cons

    Working with TransCanada also comes across lots of challenges, such as continuous improving the contract administration procedures and daily work desktop procedures.

    Advice to Management

    To have all the employees learned the company culture and to strengthen the team building and to improve the communication among cross functioning departments.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Can't Trust this Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. never paid for prescription drugs.
    Better than average salary plus good bonuses and retention bonuses

    Cons

    Constantly laying off. This has caused significant distrust at analyst level. You never know if you're part of the next round of layoffs

    Lack of opportunity due to cronyism and not following their internal policies. They have a policy that they have to post internally before externally, and yet there are some examples where they directly hire externally (bypassing the internal posting).

    Senior Management have no idea what's really happening on the ground floor. The culture is such that you cannot deliver bad news; all status updates have to be positive -you always have to on-time and on-budget. The status updates continue to get watered down as they are communicated upwards. The CEO must think everything is perfect.

    Advice to Management

    encourage a culture that allows employees to share their honest opinions whether they have good news or bad news


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not worthwhile"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    gained some hands on experience

    Cons

    terrible working environment, managers not qualified

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Poor management whose sole focus is on cost-cutting and re-organization to improve bottom line"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    A work culture that is very hierarchical and where people work in silos. The culture is not collaborative or innovative.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Pluses and Minuses"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransCanada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Comparable Salary and Benefits to other Oil & Gas companies.
    They are increasing their diversity in there work force.
    Going to great lengths to increase equal female representation in leadership roles and senior leader roles.
    Incentive Compensation (personnel performance bonuses) almost impossible to not achieve 10%

    Cons

    Huge internal change with incredibly poor leadership on execution.
    Numerous long term experienced high level EVPs and SVPs have quit or left?
    20% targeted reductions in their workforce since fall of 2015.
    1000+ long term experienced people terminated.
    Many roles were rebranded / replaced soon after terminations.
    Huge gaps exist, lacking experienced operational leadership at many levels.

    Advice to Management

    Must develop centralized and "formalized" processes in Human Resources to fairly assess employee performance when determining terminations for all lines of their businesses.
    Requires formalized processes for assessment or advancement of their leaders.


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